Southern Utah University continues to have players peppering preseason all-American teams. The following is a list of players and the awards that they have been honored with:
Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL) 2014 FCS Preseason All-American
The CDFL is the sponsor of the Senior Scout Bowl and only recognizes seniors throughout the nation.
Nick Nissen - OL - second-team offense
College Sports Madness - Preseason FCS Football All-American Teams
James Cowser - DL - second-team
College Sports Madness - Big Sky Preseason all-conference teams
James Cowser - DL - first-team
Matt Holley - LB - second-team
LeShaun Sims - DB - second-team
Anthony Norris - TE - third-team
Miles Killebrew - DB - third-team
Ted Hendricks Award
James Cowser was also named to the initial watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the Defensive End of the Year by the Ted Hendricks foundation. Cowser is one of only two players on the FCS level to be included on the initial watch list, joining Montana's Zach Wagenmann. Former recipients of the ward include Arizona State's Terrell Suggs (2002) and South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney (2012).
Southern Utah University is receiving votes in the initial FCS coaches' poll. The Thunderbirds picked up 20 votes in the poll that was released on Aug. 4 and join fellow Big Sky institutions Eastern Washington (No. 2), Montana (No. 5), Montana State (No. 19), Northern Arizona (No. 25) and Cal Poly (RV) as those to appear.
The strength of SUU's schedule was validated as the team will face three teams in the top five, including Eastern Washington, Montana and No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana. The Thunderbirds will also welcome the No. 10-ranked South Dakota State Jackrabbits to Cedar City for Homecoming on Sept. 13.