Barnes named preseason All-American by Sporting News

By Jacob Knabel on May. 21, 2016 in Football

SEWARD, Neb. – Following a breakout season in 2015, defensive lineman Trey Barnes has been named a preseason All-American by the Sporting News. Barnes is one of just three Great Plains Athletic Conference players honored by the Sporting News, which selected 11 offensive and 11 defensive players and two specialists to its preseason list.

A Seward native and product of Seward High School, Barnes collected numerous honors as a junior this past fall when he garnered NAIA second team All-America accolades from the American Football Coaches Association. He was also a first team all-GPAC selection and the honorary defensive captain of the Omaha World-Herald NAIA All-Nebraska squad.

Barnes thrived in 2015 as a defensive end after having played running back and linebacker in his career as a Bulldog. Also an All-American thrower on the track and field team, Barnes put together one of the top statistical seasons ever by a Concordia defensive player. He registered 10 sacks, 20 tackles for loss and 75 total tackles. He also recorded 11 quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles.

2016 Sporting News preseason All-America team

QB – Nick Ferrer, Saint Francis (Ind.), Jr.
RB – Nolan Saraceni, Montana Tech, Sr.
RB – Quan Weaver, Pikeville (Ky.), Jr.
OL – Hea Tulfua, William Penn (Iowa), Sr.
OL – Mitch Butterfield, Friends (Kan.), Jr.
OL – Kevin Lonergan, Saint Xavier (Ill.), Sr.
OL – Justin Hunter, Saint Xavier (Ill.), Jr.
OL – Blake Frank, Morningside (Iowa), Sr.
TE – Marcus Lenhardt, College of Idaho, Jr.
WR – Krishawn Hogan, Marian (Ind.), Sr.
WR – Clarence Clark, Baker (Kan.), Jr. 

DL – D’Vonn Brown, SW Assembles of God (Texas), Sr.
DL – Sam Van Gingel, Northwestern (Iowa), Sr.
DL – Trey Barnes, Concordia (Neb.), Sr.
DL – Tim Smith, St. Francis (Ill.), Sr.
LB – Aaron Cooper, Kentucky Christian, Sr.
LB – Alden Mann, Wayland Baptist (Texas), Sr.
LB – Shaquille Ash, Marian (Ind.), Sr.
DB – Julius Rucker, Southern Oregon, Sr.
DB – Nate Moore, College of Idaho, Sr.
DB – Nick Holshoe, Concordia (Mich.), Sr.
DB – Carl Morgan, SW Assemblies of God (Texas), Jr.

K – Cristian Casillas, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), Jr.
P – Eddie Juarez, Sterling (Kan.), Sr.