MINNEAPOLIS - The 2008 D3football.com All-South Region Teams were announced this week by the Web site and Salisbury University was represented with three players. Senior defensive end Jarrell Chandler highlighted the group as he was named to the first team. Senior offensive tackle David Preston was selected to the second team and senior center Bryan Burdalski was a third team honoree.
The three Sea Gulls are among eight Atlantic Central Football Conference (ACFC) players to be selected to the D3football.com 2008 All-South Region team this season. Wesley College was the only other ACFC team to be represented as the Wolverines had five players honored overall and four players named to the first team.
Chandler makes his second career appearance on the D3football.com All-South Region team, as he was a third team selection a year ago. Chandler is the first Sea Gull to earn all-region first team honors since D3football.com started the teams in 2005. The Salisbury, Md., native ranks fourth in the nation for tackles for loss average per game (2.15) and 15th in the nation for sacks per game (0.95). In the ACFC, he is sixth in tackles (64) and tackles per game (6.40). The ACFC first team selection is tied for first in sacks (9.5) in the conference. The preseason All-American also leads the ACFC in tackles for loss average per game and is second in tackle for loss yards (90).
Preston makes his second career appearance on the D3football.com All-South Region team. Last season, he was named to the second team. The Beltsville, Md., native opened the way for the Sea Gull backfield and was one of the anchors for the top rushing offense in NCAA Division III. The preseason All-American helped the Gulls' rush for 380 yards per game (6.6 yards per carry) and 4,885 yards of total of offense in 11 games. He is a two-time All-ACFC selection in his career for SU.
Burdalski collects his first career D3football.com All-South region honor. The center was named to the All-ACFC second team earlier this season. The Lumberton, N.J., product helped pave the way for the No. 21 Sea Gulls (9-2) to average 40.7 points per game and 58 offensive touchdowns this season.
Salisbury has had eight D3football.com All-South Region selections since 2006.
Christopher Newport University running back Tunde Ogun was named the D3football.com All-South Region Offensive Player of the Year. The D3football.com All-South Region Defensive Player of the Year went to Mary-Hardin Baylor linebacker Eric Henri. LaGrange College coach Todd Mooney was named the D3football.com All-South Coach of the Year.
The teams, selected in balloting by South Region sports information directors and D3football.com staff, were chosen from 205 nominations by Division III member schools. A total of 75 players were chosen.