SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.– Lindy's Sports has named Slippery Rock University football players Marcus Martin and Shamar Greene to its Preseason All-Division II team and has ranked The Rock No. 9 in the preseason national rankings listed in the annual college football preview issue of the publication that is on newsstands now.
This marks the second straight year Slippery Rock is listed in the preseason top 25 by Lindy's after ranking 25th last summer. This also marks the second straight appearance on the All-Division II first team for Martin, while it marks the first appearance on the second team for Greene.
The Rock are one of four teams in Super Region One to appear in the Lindy's preseason poll and are one of two teams from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. National runner-up Shepherd is the highest ranked team from the region at No. 2. Slippery Rock follows at No. 9 to give Super Region One two teams in the top 10. Assumption is ranked No. 14 and Indiana (Pa.) is 15th. SRU played each of those teams last year and posted a 2-1 record with wins over Indiana (Pa.) and Assumption and a loss at Shepherd in the NCAA quarterfinals.
Greene, a West Mifflin graduate, earns his first preseason recognition of the year with a nod as the second team running back on Lindy's list. He will enter the 2016 season needing just 179 yards to become the all-time rushing leader in Rock football history.
The senior is coming off a pair of seasons in which he rushed for more than 1,450 yards. He missed two-and-a-half games with an injury last season and despite those missed opportunities, still finished the season with the fourth highest total rushing yards of any player in the country with 1,545 yards. Greene ranked eighth in the nation in rushing yards per game at 128.8 and averaged 5.7 yards per carry to go along with 14 rushing touchdowns. He also added two receiving touchdowns.
Greene is the only player in Slippery Rock history to rush for more than 1,450 yards in two separate seasons and ranks No. 2 and No. 3 on the single-season rushing ledger with his 2014 and 2015 seasons. After three years, Greene has rushed for 3,754 yards, just 179 shy of breaking Stan Kennedy's (1997-00) record of 3,932 yards.
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