EASTON, Pa. - Senior DT Rick Lyster and junior wide receiver Mark Ross have been selected to the inaugural All-Patriot League Preseason Football Team. Coming off a 4-7 record, the Leopards were picked fifth in the preseason poll as voted by the league coaches and sports information directors.
Lyster enters his final campaign as the anchor of a defensive line that returns three of four starters. In 2011, he started every game at tackle, earning his second varsity letter while racking up All-Patriot League Second-Team honors.
The team's Defensive Line MVP recorded 42 tackles, with six for loss, and managed three sacks and a forced fumble. Lyster is a dual major in International Affairs and Government & Law.
Ross is coming off a breakout sophomore year that saw him step into the fray to fill in for a pair of injured seniors at different points of the season and emerge as the Leopards' top receiver. Ross started every game and garnered All-Patriot League Second-Team honors and the team's season-end positional award.
Ross led the team with 49 catches for 703 yards and nine touchdowns and registered two 100-yard-plus receiving games. He scored a pair of touchdowns vs. Penn, Holy Cross and Bucknell. Ross is a Economics major and an Academic All-Patriot League selection who maintained a 3.85 semester GPA during the fall season.
The Leopards return six starters on offense including senior QB Andrew Shoop and 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year TB Ross Scheuerman. They open training camp on College Hill on Aug. 8 while their first game is slated for 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 at William & Mary.
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