Ferrum's Mann earns preseason All-America honors


Senior Brian Mann (No. 5) begins his final Ferrum College football campaign on Saturday, September 14 on the road against Greensboro (North Carolina) College.

FERRUM — Brian Mann, Ferrum College’s single-season and career rushing kingpin, has earned preseason All-American accolades from d3football.com.

Mann, a senior, is a second-team honoree.

The website, which covers NCAA Division III football on national basis, selects a first team, second team and third team for offense, defense and specialists.

Mann, who hails from Pearisburg and who prepped at Giles County, earned second-team All-American laurels from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) following his junior campaign, a season in which he broke the program’s single-season rushing mark for the third time by gaining 1,605 yards.

Mann is 386 yards shy of reaching the 5,000-yard mark in career rushing; he enters the season with 4,614 yards.

Ferrum, which has won 19 games during Mann’s career, opens its 2019 season Saturday, September 14 at Greensboro (North Carolina) College.

Also receiving preseason accolades from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference are linebacker Re’Shawn Myers, a senior from Bridgewater College (first team), offensive tackle Jake Wernle, a senior from Randolph-Macon College (second team), and running back Tre Frederick, a senior from Randolph-Macon (third team).

In 2018, Mann led the ODAC in rushing and was ranked among the national leader in rushing and several other statistical categories. He scored 15 rushing touchdowns.

Also he returned eight kickoffs for 269 yards and one TD.

Mann’s rushing total ranks fifth in single-season rushing in ODAC history. His exploits came during Ferrum’s inaugural campaign in the conference, which has been in existence since the mid 1970s.

Mann holds 12 Ferrum football records.

Besides his latest honor and last year’s All-America nod, Mann has received citations from two conferences, from the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) amd from the Richmond Touchdown Club, which selects small college Player of the Year in the state annually.

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