DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Football team began their week with good news as three Wolverines were tabbed by D3football.com as Preseason All-Americans. Wide receiver Bryce Shade and linebacker Samer Manna were named First Team Preseason All-Americans while offensive lineman Matt Gono was named to the Second Team.
A rising senior, Bryce Shade set the Wesley College program record last season with 83 receptions on the season. He went for 1,427 yards and 17 receiving touchdowns as well. The shifty Shade also averaged 7.2 yards per carry and rushed for 215 yards on the season. He served as a return man as well, averaging 15.1 yards per punt return. Last season, Shade earned D3football.com All-America First Team honors and was named First Team All-NJAC. He currently ranks second in Wolverine lore in career receptions (154) and for career receiving yards (2,247).
Linebacker Samer Manna had a breakout season in 2015, garnering him All-NJAC First Team honors in the fall. He also earned himself a spot on the D3Football.com All-East Region Second Team. As a sophomore, Manna recorded a team-high 127 tackles, including 55 solo bring-downs. He also added three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, two QB hurries, a sack, and three pass breakups. Manna will lead the Wesley defense again this year as the middle of a seasoned linebacking corps.
Matthew Gono had himself an impressive sophomore season, helping Wesley to the nation's top-ranked offense. An offensive tackle, Gono kept Gagliargi Trophy winner Joe Callahan upright last season as the quarterback set the NCAA single-season passing yards record. Gono earned a D3football.com All-America Honorable Mention last season, and was named an All-East Region First Teamer by the site. Listed at 6-4, 290, Matthew Gono will again be a force to reckon with on the Wolverines' offensive front.
Wesley opens the season on Sept. 2 with Delaware Valley, a team that finished last season ranked regionally in the East, before they open their NJAC conference schedule. The Wolverines will host Frostburg State on Sept. 10 in their first conference game of the season.