D'Orazio Named Preseason Third-Team All-America

TSN Preseason All-America Teams Release

PHILADELPHIA - Senior offensive lineman Joe D'Orazio, a first-team All-Ivy selection last season, was named to The Sports Network (TSN) Preseason All-America third team on Monday. He was the only Ivy League player selected for the honor.

As a junior, D'Orazio started all 10 games at center to help guide Penn to the 2009 Ivy League title. The Bryn Mawr, Pa., native led an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the Ivy League, giving up just six in the final nine games. As a sophomore, he appeared in eight games, which included three starts at center. Among those starts, he blocked for Keiffer Garton when the signal caller ran for 174 yards against Harvard - setting a Bagnoli-era record for a quarterback.

D'Orazio will lead an offensive line that has four starters returning for the 2010 season - which includes three All-Ivy selections. The group will also have Drew Luongo back after he missed the entire 2009 campaign due to injury. Luongo started all 10 games on the offensive line as a junior. Last season, the Quakers averaged 21.4 points per game and rushed for nearly 150 yards per contest.

In all, 87 players were selected to the TSN Preseason All-America teams. The Southern Conference led all leagues with 15 selections, while D'Orazio served as the Ivy League's lone representative. Defending FCS champion Villanova had the most players on the first team with three - senior wide receiver Matt Szczur, senior offensive tackle Ben Ijalana and senior linebacker Terence Thomas. While the only other Penn opponent on this list is Lafayette senior wide out Mark Layton.

The 2010 TSN All-America teams, sponsored by Fathead.com, will be announced on Dec. 22. The Sports Network will present its 24th annual FCS Awards Presentation on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 in Frisco, Texas - the night before the FCS Championship Game.

TSN is the leading source in the FCS. In addition to the Payton (FCS Heisman), Buchanan (FCS Best Defensive Player) and Robinson (FCS Top Coach) awards, TSN is responsible for the FCS's most widely recognized weekly Top 25 poll and weekly awards honoring the nation's top offensive player, defensive player and special teams player.

Last season, two Quakers were named to the TSN Preseason All-America lists as kicker Andrew Samson was named a first team specialist and defensive back Chris Wynn was among the second team defense.

D'Orazio and the Quakers can officially begin preseason practices in the final week of August. Penn will begin its defense of the Ivy League title on Sept. 18 against Lafayette at Franklin Field. The Red and Blue will then head to Villanova on Sept. 25 to take on the defending FCS champions. Penn enters the 2010 campaign with the nation's second-longest active winning streak (eight), second only to Villanova (nine).


TSN Preseason All-Americans:

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Player School Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt.

Michael Herrick Northern Arizona QB Sr. 6-1 195

Taiwan Jones Eastern Washington RB Jr. 6-1 200

Chase Reynolds Montana RB Sr. 6-0 195

Tersoo Uhaa Furman FB Jr. 5-8 206

Jason Caldwell Fordham WR Sr. 5-11 180

Tysson Poots Southern Utah WR Sr. 6-3 205

Matt Szczur Villanova WR Sr. 5-11 190

Stephen Skelton Fordham TE Sr. 6-5 244

Johnny Culbreath South Carolina State T Sr. 6-6 298

Ben Ijalana Villanova T Sr. 6-4 320

David Arkin Missouri State G Sr. 6-5 302

D.J. Hall Texas State G Jr. 6-3 300

Ryan McKnight South Dakota State C Sr. 6-1 295

Matt Bevins Liberty PK So. 6-2 185

Mareo Howard Arkansas-Pine Bluff KR Jr. 5-8 180

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Player School Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt.

Christian Anthony Grambling State DE Sr. 6-4 265

Christian Clark Sacramento State DE Sr. 6-3 265

Kenrick Ellis Hampton DT Sr. 6-5 340

Martin Parker Richmond DT Sr. 6-3 283

J.C. Sherritt Eastern Washington LB Sr. 5-10 220

D.J. Smith Appalachian State LB Sr. 6-1 235

Terence Thomas Villanova LB Sr. 6-0 230

Jabara Williams Stephen F. Austin LB Sr. 6-3 225

Trumaine Johnson Montana CB Jr. 6-3 197

Korey Lindsey Southern Illinois CB Sr. 6-0 190

Mark LeGree Appalachian State S Sr. 6-0 200

James Vercammen Dayton S Sr. 5-10 192

Jonathan Plisco Old Dominion P So. 6-0 220

Kiare Thompson Grambling State PR Sr. 6-1 185

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Player School Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt.

Jeremy Moses Stephen F. Austin QB Sr. 6-1 200

Jonathan Grimes William & Mary RB Jr. 5-10 201

Devon Moore Appalachian State RB Sr. 5-9 200

John Goode Southern Illinois FB Jr. 6-2 225

Mark Layton Lafayette WR Sr. 5-9 175

Brian Quick Appalachian State WR Jr. 6-5 220

Simmie Yarborough Southeastern Louisiana WR Jr. 6-1 205

Ben Jorden Appalachian State TE Jr. 6-2 250

David Pickard Southern Illinois T Jr. 6-5 290

Will Rackley Lehigh T Sr. 6-4 310

Corey O'Daniel Gardner-Webb G Sr. 6-7 317

J.C. Oram Weber State G Jr. 6-4 310

Alex Verlanic Montana C Sr. 6-2 282

Zach Brown Portland State PK So. 6-1 180

Terrence Holt Austin Peay KR Sr. 5-7 180

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

Player School Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt.

Markell Carter Central Arkansas DE Sr. 6-4 250

Jabari Fletcher Appalachian State DE Sr. 6-3 265

Malcolm Taylor Alcorn State DT Sr. 6-3 245

Renard Williams Eastern Washington DT Jr. 6-2 300

Kadarron Anderson Furman LB Jr. 6-1 235

Tyler Holmes Massachusetts LB Jr. 6-0 215

Eric McBride Richmond LB Sr. 6-2 231

Bryce Smith Samford LB Sr. 6-1 245

Jeremy Caldwell Eastern Kentucky CB Jr. 5-10 172

Justin Rogers Richmond CB Sr. 5-10 181

Anthony DiMichele Holy Cross S Sr. 5-9 185

Jason House Southern S Sr. 6-0 190

Pedro Ventura Prairie View A&M P Sr. 5-9 170

Todd Speight Western Illinois PR Sr. 5-8 165

THIRD TEAM OFFENSE

Player School Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt.

Scott Riddle Elon QB Sr. 6-0 210

Chris Evans Samford RB Sr. 6-0 215

Kyle Minett South Dakota State RB Sr. 5-10 225

Michael Scott Wofford FB Jr. 5-9 210

Da'Marcus Griggs Texas State WR Sr. 6-1 185

Josh Philpart Jacksonville WR Jr. 6-0 170

Zach Watkins Butler WR Jr. 6-2 205

Schuylar Oordt Northern Iowa TE Sr. 6-7 246

Mike Person Montana State T Sr. 6-5 292

Mark Tos UC Davis T Sr. 6-6 290

Pat Illig Wofford G Sr. 6-5 330

Juavahr Nathan South Carolina State G Jr. 6-2 260

Joe D'Orazio Penn C Sr. 6-1 270

Kyle Dougherty Southern Illinois PK Sr. 5-10 185

Marcus Harris Murray State KR Sr. 6-1 185

THIRD TEAM DEFENSE

Player School Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt.

Dain Taylor Drake DE Sr. 6-3 242

Lanston Tanyi Appalachian State DE Jr. 6-2 250

Dan Ogden Montana State DT Sr. 6-0 261

Brent Russell Georgia Southern DT So. 6-2 294

Rob Damon Rhode Island LB Sr. 6-1 205

Marty Patterson Gardner-Webb LB Sr. 6-3 220

Jake Trantin William & Mary LB Jr. 6-1 235

Antoine Wilkinson Missouri State LB Sr. 6-2 230

T.J. Heath Jacksonville State CB Sr. 6-1 170

Josh Norman Coastal Carolina CB Jr. 6-2 190

Eugene Clifford Tennessee State S Sr. 6-2 197

Mike McElroy Southern Illinois S Sr. 6-1 205

Patrick Dolan Nicholls State P Sr. 6-1 180

Fesi Sitake Southern Utah PR Sr. 5-10 180