Two Grizzlies earn preseason All-American honors


MISSOULA, Mont. - The preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Montana Grizzlies as they approach the 2014 football season. Griz standouts Ellis Henderson and Zack Wagenmann were both named to The Sports Network's 2014 preseason All-America second team on Tuesday.

These Sports Network honors come on the heels of both Henderson and Wagenmann being named to the College Football Performance Awards watch list for their respective positions.

Henderson, a 6-0, 185-pound junior wide receiver from Portland, Ore., led the Grizzlies last fall with team-highs of 43 receptions for 1,008 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns. Henderson was also ranked among the top return men in the FCS. The junior 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 entire FCS last season while he also ranked 19 th in all-purpose yards.

On the defensive side, Zack Wagenmann continues to carve out an impressive career with the Grizzly defense. The senior defensive end finished third in the Big Sky with 8.5 sacks last season and tied for third in tackles for loss with 16.5. The senior captain and Missoula native was a first team all-league selection for the second straight season last fall.

For the Montana State Bobcats, senior running back and return specialist Shawn Johnson was the sole Bobcat to make the Sports Network's All-American list. Johnson earned second team honors as a kickoff returner. Last fall, Johnson finished fourth in the nation and second in the Big Sky with 31.0 yards per kickoff return.

The 2014 SN preseason All-America selections listed 101 total players from 59 different schools; the squad was represented by athletes from all 13 FCS conferences.

The Missouri Valley Football Conference, led by three-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State, had the most first-team selections with eight. With 13 overall selections, the MVFC tied with the Big Sky Conference for the second-highest total behind CAA Football's 15.