WOU football players named to preseason list

Bergman, Williams, Akins, and Kuenzi earn honors

MONMOUTH — The Beyond Sports Network named four Western Oregon University football players to its Great Northwest Athletic Conference Preseason All-Conference team on July 9.

Quarterback Ryan Bergman, wide receiver Tyrell Williams, defensive lineman Kraig Akins and linebacker Shane Kuenzi received the preseason honors.

Bergman was second in total yards in the conference in 2013, averaging 288.2 yards per game. Bergman is joined on the preseason all-conference offensive team by Williams, who was selected first team All-GNAC last season. Williams caught 49 passes for 849 yards.

On defense, Akins was named the GNAC’s Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2013. He finished the season as the conference leader in tackles for loss with 16 and tied for the lead in forced fumbles with four. Akins also ranked second in sacks (eight). Kuenzi recorded 105 tackles en route to earning a first team All-GNAC selection in 2013.

Western Oregon finished 7-4 overall in 2013.

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