WATERTOWN, WI – Maranatha Baptist University football player Ethan Kennon dominated the gridiron in 2013, and was richly rewarded with a selection to the USA College Football Division III Preseason All-American Team, earning a spot on the First Team Defense, along with 80 other Division III individuals across the nation.
The award represents outstanding student-athletes selected by members of football writer’s associations, head coaches, sports information directors and the staffs of Lindy’s Sports and USA College Football, and consists of three teams, and honorable mention.
With the selection, the fourth-year linebacker out of Raleigh, N.C. is eligible to participate, and has intentions for playing in the NCAA-compliant USA College Football Bowl on January 19, 2015, in Jackson, Mississippi.
Professional scouts from the National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL), and Arena Football League (AFL) will be in attendance at the Bowl game, and will be streamed, with a link to be posted online. Information can be found by clicking here.
“My goal is to have a great senior season and show up in Jackson ready to compete at a high level. If there is a team that likes me, and offers a contract, I would love to play professionally for several years,” the linebacker stated.
His nose for the ball led him atop the Division III statistical rankings in total tackles (158), assisted tackles (82), and tackles per game (15.8) in 10 games last season.
Kennon attributed his success at Maranatha to the influence of former head coach Andy Peterson, and linebacker Ethan Lane (’10-’12), a teammate during the 2011-12 seasons.
“Ethan [Lane] is the best linebacker I’ve played with, and I tried imitating everything he did, and the countless hours he spent after practice teaching me how to play at the college level. Coach “Pete” also knew what it took to get me to the next level, and used his professional experience to aid my growth,” Kennon remarked.
Lane’s substantial impact may not be enough to keep Kennon from breaking his record in Maranatha’s all-time record books, as Kennon ranks fourth in total tackles (320), and needs just 19 this season to overtake Lane’s second-place mark of 338. The all-time leader is Oz Price (’94-’98), who finished with 536 total tackles.
Record books aside, Kennon reiterated his focus, saying, “My goal for this season has been the same every year; to become a better player, and leader, and to assist my teammates in the same journey. Ultimately, I want to compete in a way which brings honor and glory to God.”