June 26, 2012

Three Warriors Receive Preseason All-American Accolades

BSN Preseason All-Americans

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Merrimack football seniors, Zach Gilbert (Salem, Mass.), Isaiah Voegeli (Hyannis, Mass.) and Michael Wiggins (Dolton, IL), were named preseason All-Americans by Beyond Sports Network.

The Warriors received two of three first team selections from the Northeast-10 Conference as Gilbert and Voegeli were both first-team selections while Wiggins was an honorable mention.

Voegeli was named First-Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region as a junior after recorded his best season since stepping on campus, leading the team and conference in receiving yards with 1,251 yards. Voegeli ranked first in the conference and third nationally in receiving yards per game with 125.1 per contest and ranked second in the nation in receiving touchdowns with 14. Voegeli led the Northeast-10 and was eight nationally in average yards per punt return with a 16.2 yard average. Voegeli broke the 100 yard receiving plateau in eight of ten games on the season including a season-high 182 receiving yards and four total touchdowns in a victory against Pace. Voegeli finished second all-time in school history in receiving yards in a season and tied for first all-time in receiving touchdowns.

Gilbert earned First-Team All-Conference accolades as a junior after being a part of an offensive line that only allowed 20 sacks on the season. Gilbert paved the way for an offense that led the conference in total yards per game and ranked second in points scored.

Wiggins was named to the Second-Team All-Conference as a junior after compiling 66 total tackles, good for second on the team. Wiggins led the team in tackles for a loss with 13.5 and tied for the team lead with 7.5 sacks. His 10 quarterback hurries ranked second on the team behind All-American Tony Johnson. Wiggins recorded a career-high 13 tackles in the season finale win at Southern Connecticut State.

Voegeli is a captain for the 2012 squad, which opens the season on September 1 at New Haven at 1 p.m.