CB Marcus Williams, WR/RS Ryan Smith Named to 2012 BSN.com Preseason All-America Team
Release: June 26, 2012
North Dakota State University cornerback Marcus Williams was named to the 2012 Beyond Sports Network.com Preseason Football Championship Subdivision All-America first team, while wide receiver/return specialist Ryan Smith was honorable mention.
5-foot-11, 195-pound junior from Minneapolis, Minn. (Hopkins H.S.), has
started in all 29 games played during his career and has at least one
pass defended in 24 of those contests. He has 11 career interceptions.
Smith, a 5-foot-7, 174-pound junior from Wahpeton, N.D. (Wahpeton H.S.), was second on the team with 44 receptions for 531 yards and one touchdown. He averaged 12.1 yards per catch.
Smith ranked 13th
nationally in NCAA Division I FCS punt returns, taking in 25 for 261
yards and one touchdown. He averaged 10.48 yards per return.
Smith was honorable
mention on the all-Missouri Valley Football Conference team. He also
earned player of the week honors and MVFC all-academic second team
North Dakota State won the program’s first NCAA Division I Football Championship with a 17-6 win over Sam Houston State on Jan. 7 and also claimed the program's first Missouri Valley Football Conference title. The Bison were 14-1 overall and 7-1 in MVFC.
The Bison open the 2012 season against Robert Morris at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, in the Fargodome.