University of Delaware Football Places Enderson, Johnson on The Sports Network Pre-Season All-American Team
PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Delaware and the Colonial Athletic Association were well-represented on The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision Pre-Season All-American teams announced Tuesday by TSN.
Blue Hen sophomore punter Eric Enderson (Phoebus HS/Hampton, Va.) earned second team honors while senior wide receiver and kick returner Michael Johnson (Gainesville/Gainesville, Fla.) gained a spot on the third team in the all-purpose category. The CAA led all national conferences with 15 players honored followed by the Big Sky with 13 citations.
The duo led Delaware to a 7-5 record under first-year head coach Dave Brock last fall. The Blue Hens, who will open pre-season camp in early August, look to contend for the CAA title this fall as they welcome back 13 starters, including four who earned all-league honors.
No player in the history of Delaware football had a better season punting than Enderson in 2013 when the redshirt freshman ranked among the nation’s top punters. After a slow start over the first three games, he was the model of consistency and led the CAA in punting average (45.0 per punt), punting yardage (2,701), and punts over 50 yards (22 - no other CAA player had more than 13), and ranked No. 2 in punts inside the opponent 20-yard line (20).
His 45.0 yard average, which ranked No. 3 nationally, shattered the UD single season record of 42.8 set by Gene Vadas in 1991. Enderson earned a slew of post-season honors in 2013 as he was named honorable mention College Sporting News All-American, second team Phil Steele Freshman All-American, second team College Sports Journal Freshman All-American, and second team All-CAA.
“Eric had a breakout year as a redshirt freshman last year,” said Brock. “We are looking for him to maintain and improve upon that performance this fall. He really became a weapon for us on our special teams, which is one of the most critical parts of our team.”
Johnson proved to be one of the league’s most dynamic players, whether it be catching passes, running the ball, or returning kickoffs. He ranked second in the CAA in all-purpose yardage, piling up 1,800 yards for an average of 150.0 per game.
He led the Blue Hens in receiving with 60 catches for 1,035 yards and nine touchdowns, rushed for 159 yards and two scores, and returned 20 kickoffs for an average of 20.9 yards per return. He had six plays go for 60 yards or more during the season and led all CAA receivers with nine touchdowns while ranking third in yardage and seventh in receptions.
“Michael proved to be one of the top wide receivers not only in the CAA but in the nation last year,” said Brock. “We expect him to build on his junior year and again be an explosive playmaker and one of the top guys in the nation at his position.”
In addition to Enderson and Johnson, other CAA players listed on the pre-season All-American team were first teamers in Towson fullback Emmanuel Holder, New Hampshire wide receiver R.J. Harris, and Towson cornerback Tye Smith; second team picks in William & Mary wide receiver Tre McBride, New Hampshire offensive lineman Mike Coccia, Richmond offensive lineman Austin Gund, William & Mary defensive end Mike Reilly, and William & Mary linebacker Luke Rhodes; and third teamers in Villanova quarterback John Robertson, Richmond wide receiver Stephen Barnette, Richmond defensive tackle Evan Kelly, Towson safety Christian Carpenter, and James Madison safety Dean Marlowe.