By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11
D3Football.com released its 2018 Preseason All-American team last night and a pair of Massachusetts student-athletes earned spots on the second and third teams, respectively.
Worcester State tight end Jacob Maher of Marshfield, Massachusetts secured a spot on the second team, while Springfield College center Nick Bainter of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts appeared on the third team.
Maher concluded his second season with the Lancers by leading the MASCAC with 14 receiving touchdowns, along with a team-best 84 points. He also recorded 986 receiving yards last year, which is an average of 98.6 receiving yards per game. The receiving yards average was second-best in the conference.
Following his team’s final game, Maher collected a slew of postseason awards, including the AP Little All-America first team honor. Per a recent Worcester State release on Maher, who was recently named to the 2018 College Football America NCAA Division III Starting Lineup, the junior tight end was the first Lancer to earn AP Little All-America first team honors.
Bainter started 11 games last fall for Springfield and was named to D3Football.com’s National Team of the Week last October following the Pride’s dominating performance against Catholic University. The Pride tallied a team-high 68 points against the Cardinals, while tallying a team-best 625 yards on the ground.
Springfield concluded its 2017 campaign as the best rushing offense in Division III, averaging 435.2 yards per game.
In addition to being recognized by D3Football.com last fall, Bainter was also named to the ECAC Division III Football All-Region Team.