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Three Aggies Earn Preseason All-American honors

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 08/21/2013
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Senior defensive back Travis Crosby has led the Aggies in solo tackles the past two seasons.
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GREENSBORO – USA College Football has released its 25th Annual Pre-Season Division I-AA (FCS) All-American Teams. Three Aggies – D’Vonte Graham, William Ray Robinson III and Travis Crosby – appear on the list of teams. Leading the list for the Aggies is senior cornerback and return man D’Vonte Graham.

Graham earned first-team honors as a defensive back and had a honorable mention as a returner. Graham’s preseason honor by USA College Football is his third this summer. Graham was named a preseason All-American by The Sports Network (punt returner) and Boxtorow.com (defensive back and return specialist). In July, Graham, a two-time All-MEAC performer, was named to the preseason All-MEAC team as a defensive back and return specialist.

In his career, Graham has 35 passes defended and 11 interceptions. He averaged 12.4 yards per punt return last season.

 Ray Robinson III earned second-team honors. It was his second preseason honor of the year after being named second-team preseason All-American by Lindy’s Sports Annuals.  Robinson was a first-team All-MEAC selection in 2012 and was named to the MEAC’s preseason second team in July.

Crosby along with Graham was a part of a secondary that ranked first in the nation in pass defense efficiency. Crosby was first on the team in tackles per game and second in total tackles. He has led the team in solo tackles the past two seasons.

Head Coaches, Sports Information Directors, CFL and NFL agents and franchise scouts, broadcast, internet, national and regional print and magazine media, members of football writers' associations along with the staff of USA College Football contributed to the selection process. All senior honorees with no remaining college eligibility are candidates for invitations to participate in the USA College Football postseason, four-day, three-night All-American event (USA Football Bowl) that include the USA College Football Awards Banquet at which the D-I-AA (FCS) All-Americans as well as newly created Division I-AA (FCS) Position Players of the Year will be honored.

The Aggies open the season on Saturday, Sept. 7 when they face Appalachian State in Boone, N.C., at 6 p.m. Their first home game is Saturday, Sept. 14 against Elon at 6 p.m.  

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