Cole Reyes held down one of the four defensive back spots, while junior John Santiago was recognized as the kick returner on the 27-man squad.GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A week after the publication pegged North Dakota as the No. 5 team in its preseason poll, contributors from Athlon Sports had a pair of Fighting Hawks land on their FCS Preseason All-America Team Wednesday. Senior safety
Reyes is looking to back up a 2016 season that saw him earn Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year accolades and land on six different All-America teams. He finished the campaign with 70 tackles, eight pass break-ups and three interceptions.
Santiago was one of the four non-seniors named to the team that featured only one other Big Sky player -- Cal Poly fullback Joe Protheroe. Santiago tied the UND school record with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Fighting Hawks' win over Weber State and averaged 27.8 ypr on 18 attempts in 2016.
The Fighting Hawks open the 2017 season on Thursday, Aug. 31 at Utah.
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Fighting Hawk duo earns preseason All-America nod