The University of Montana's Ellis Henderson and Zack Wagenmann were both named to The Sports Network's 2014 preseason All-America second team, while Montana State University’s Shawn Johnson was also on the list.
A 6-0, 185-pound junior from Portland, Oregon, last season Henderson was named to the prestigious preseason team as an "all-purpose" player. Last season he led the Grizzlies with team-highs of 43 receptions for 1,008 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns, and was also ranked among the top return men in the FCS.
A year ago, Henderson was named second-team All-Big Sky Conference at wide receiver and as a return specialist. His 14 touchdown grabs were the third most in the FCS in 2013, and he was seventh in the nation in punt returns; 19th in all-purpose yards; and 39th in kickoff return average.
Last season, Wagenmann, a 6-3, 255-pound senior defensive end from Missoula, was ranked among the Big Sky leaders in sacks (third, with 8.5) and tackles for loss (tied for third with 16.5). He was ranked 27th in the FCS in tackles for loss, averaging 1.3 per game. He was fifth on the team with 64 tackles. He was a first team all-league selection for the second straight season.
Johnson, a 5-9, 175-pound senior running back was named an All-Big Sky selection as a kick returner in each of the last two seasons. He returned two punts and one kickoff for scores as a junior and also rushed for over 600 yards and a backup to departed starter Cody Kirk. Johnson is expected to be MSU’s primary running back this season.
The 2014 preseason All-America squad included 101 players from 59 different schools, and all 13 FCS conferences.