BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Four Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) football players have been named to D3football.com's Preseason All-America squads, the website announced on Thursday. Saint John's quarterback Jackson Erdmann and guard Dan Greenheck joined St. Thomas running back Josh Parks as First Team honorees, while Tommie defensive tackle Luke Swenson was named to the Third Team.
Erdmann (Sr. | Rosemount, Minn.) was named the recipient of the 2018 Gagliardi Trophy as the most outstanding football player in NCAA Division III and was named the D3football.com Offensive Player of the Year. The senior signal-caller led D-III in passing efficiency (189.8), passing touchdowns (47), and points responsible for (290) last season and set single-game program records for passing yards (470 on Oct. 13 vs. St. Thomas) and passing touchdowns (7 on Nov. 10 vs. Thomas More).
Parks (Sr. | Chisago Lakes, Minn.) set career-highs with 1,266 yards and 17 touchdowns on 151 carries in 10 games last season, falling just short of the Division III yards per carry record with a clip of 8.4 on the year. The senior tailback went for triple-digits in seven of the Tommies' 10 contests in 2018, including a career-high 256 yards on the ground against the stingy Johnnie defense in Collegeville last October.
Greenheck (Sr. | St. Paul, Minn. | Cretin-Derham Hall) earned his second straight First Team Preseason All-America accolade. He has started each of the Johnnies' last 24 games at right guard and helped SJU average 47.5 points and 491.8 yards per game last fall. The 491.8 yards per game were the second-most in an SJU season (495.2 average in 1993) and the 299.5 passing yards per game were the most since the school record set in 1994 (314.5).
Swenson (Sr. | Shoreview, Minn. | Mounds View) has become a mainstay along the Tommies' defensive line over the last three seasons, helping St. Thomas hold opponents to a college football-low 0.7 yards per rushing attempt in 2017 and a 1.1 yards per rush mark in 2018 - good for second-best in the NCAA. He logged a career-best 23.0 tackles as a junior, with 5.5 sacks to go along with three fumble recoveries and a pair of pass breakups to his name.
A total of 75 players were selected to D3football.com Preseason All-America teams. Saint John's and St. Thomas are among 16 programs to land multiple preseason honorees.