Olszewski named to D2Football.com Preseason All-America Team

Olszewski named to D2Football.com Preseason All-America Team
Friday, August 17, 2018
Olszewski named to D2Football.com Preseason All-America Team

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University football senior defensive back Gunner Olszewski was announced as a member of the 2018 D2Football.com Preseason All-America Second Team Friday, earning his third career nod to a preseason All-America team. Olszewski is the lone defensive back from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to be named to the D2Football.com Preseason All-America Teams.

Olszewski, a native of Alvin, Texas, was selected as the 2017 and 2018 NSIC North Division Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and closely trails several BSU program career records. He is just 10 solo tackles shy of the Beaver Football all-time record, 393 punt return yards shy of the program record and four interceptions away from second all-time at BSU.

Entering 2018, Olszewski has totaled 247 tackles, including 147 solo, 33 pass defenses, 10 interceptions, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two total touchdowns. He is also a threat returning punts with 654 total punt return yards for an average of 12.3 yards per return and holds the BSU single-game record with 194 punt return yards.

Olszewski was previously named to the 2016 Lindy’s Sports Magazine Preseason All-Division II Second Team and Football Gameplan’s 2016 Preseason All-American Team. In addition to his preseason honors, he has been selected NSIC North Division All-Conference First Team Defense on three occasions, 2016 CCA All-Super Region Three Second Team Defense, 2017 All-NSIC North Division Second Team Special Teams and 2017 Don Hansen All-Super Region Three Second Team.

The NSIC totaled seven members on the 2018 D2Football.com Preseason All-America First and Second Teams. Olszewski is the lone defensive back selected from the conference and just one of two total defensive members from the league.

Olszewski and Beaver Football begin the 2018 season at Chet Anderson Stadium Thursday, August 30 at 6 p.m. against Northern State University.

2018 D2Football.com Preseason All-America Team
First Team
QB – Amir Hall, Junior, 6-4, 180, Bowie State
RB – Marc Jones, Senior, 5-11, 225, Gannon
RB – Cameron Mayberry, Junior, 5-11, 200, Colorado School of Mines
WR – Weston Carr, Junior, 6-2, 200, Azusa Pacific
WR – Shane Zylstra, Junior, 6-5, 220, Minnesota State
TE – Seth Hebert, Senior, 6-4, 225, Central Missouri
OL – Devon Johnson, Senior, 6-7, 315, Ferris State
OL – Justin Gooseberry, Junior, 6-4, 300, Ouachita Baptist
OL – James Moore, Senior, 6-5, 300, Central Washington
OL – Derek Puni, Senior, 6-6, 300, Central Missouri
OL – Trey Pipkins, Senior, 6-7, 300, Sioux Falls

DL – James Prater, Senior, 6-1, 253, Ashland
DL – Markus Jones, Senior, 6-3, 255, Angelo State
DL – Adonis Davis, Senior, 6-3, 257, Florida Tech
DL – Michael Onouha, Senior 6-5, 255, Texas A&M-Commerce
LB – Brandon Payer, Junior, 6-4, 248, CSU-Pueblo
LB – Tyler Morrissey, Senior, 6-3, 256, West Chester
LB – Kirby Hora, Senior, 6-2, 210, Augustana
DB – Darius Williams, Junior, 6-0, 180, CSU-Pueblo
DB – Doyin Jibowu, Senior, 6-2, 190, Fort Hays
DB – Cua Rose, Senior, 5-10, 183, Arkansas Tech
DB – Corey Ballentine, Senior, 6-0, 204, Washburn

K – Casey Bednarski, Senior, 6-1, 230, Minnesota State
P – Zach Davidson, Sophomore, 6-7, 230, Central Missouri
AP – Deonte Harris, Senior, 5-6, 170, Assumption

Second Team
QB – Brook Bolles, Senior, 6-3, 190, Central Missouri
RB – Walter Fletcher, Junior, 5-10, 191, Edinboro
RB – Nate Gunn, Junior, 6-1, 215, Minnesota State
WR – Austin Ryan, Sophomore, 6-0, 185, Bentley
WR – Brody Oliver, Senior, 6-3, 210, Colorado School of Mines
TE – D.J. Cornish, Junior, 6-2, 260, Shepherd
OL – Colin McAllister, Junior, 6-2, 290, IUP
OL – Brandon Anderson, Junior, 6-3, 285, West Alabama
OL – Phillip McDowell, Junior, 6-5, 315, Carson-Newman
OL – Nick Fish, Senior, 6-7, 300, Grand Valley
OL – Evan Heim, Junior, 6-3, 300, Minnesota State

DL – John Cominsky, Senior, 6-5, 275, Charleston
DL – Davondick Lison, Senior, 6-3, 225, Southern Arkansas
DL – Derrick Tate, Senior, 6-3, 210, Bowie State
DL – Tyrell Thompson, Senior, 6-4, 300, Tarleton State
LB – Terry Samuel, Senior, 6-2, 193, West Alabama
LB – Justin Jackson, Senior, 6-2, 230, Angelo State
LB – Jalen Nelson, Senior, 6-2, 230, Charleston
DB – Gunner Olszewski, Senior, 5-10, 170, Bemidji State
DB – Sterling Hammond, Junior, 6-1, 210, Virginia Union
DB – Lamont McPhatter, Junior, 5-11, 190, California
DB – Tyler Hasty, Senior, 6-0, 190, Central Washington

K – Aaron Ball, Senior, 5-8, 195, West Virginia State
P – Brendan Paulison, Senior, 6-0, 210, West Chester
AP – Drew Harris, Senior, 5-10, 185, Ouachita Baptist

Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

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