BELTON (July 23, 2013) -- University of Mary Hardin-Baylor defensive tackle Silvio Diaz has been named to D3football.com Preseason All-America Team, released today. This is the fourth preseason All-American honor for Diaz after he was also recognized by Lindy’s Sports, Beyond Sports Network and USA Football Network
Diaz was named to the D3football.com Preseason All-America Second Team. Diaz, a senior from Leander High School, is coming off a 2012 season that saw him record 17 tackles for loss and nine quarterback sacks. He posted 58 total tackles, forced one fumble, recovered another and broke up two passes. Diaz led UMHB in sacks and tackles for loss and led all Cru defensive linemen in tackles last year.
The UMHB football team went 13-1 last season and won the American Southwest Conference Championship for the eighth straight year. The Cru advanced to the National Semifinals before falling to eventual National Champion Mount Union. UMHB expects to return 46 lettermen, five offensive starters and eight defensive starters from that team this season.
The 2013 edition of the Cru football team will report to campus on August 14th. The first practice for UMHB will be the following morning, Thursday, August 15th.