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TAMUC – Football

Lions ranked 6th, Machorro tabbed as preseason All-American by Street & Smith’s

COMMERCE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team is ranked sixth nationally in the 2017 issue of Street & Smith’s college football preview. The publication selected offensive lineman Jared Machorro as a preseason All-American.

The Lions have won three consecutive Lone Star Conference Championships and advanced to the regional semifinal round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 2016 with an overall record of 11-2. A&M-Commerce is slated to face two teams in the Street & Smith’s Preseason Top 25 in the regular season. The Lions will open the season at 14th-ranked North Alabama on Thursday, August 31. The Lions will visit 25th-ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville on September 23.

Machorro will anchor the Lion offensive line that led the Lone Star Conference in scoring and allowed only five sacks in 2016. The Associated Press Little All-American team, D2CCA, and American Football Coaches Association named him to the second-team

Machorro is named second-team All-American by the Associated Press Little All-America team, D2CCA, and American Football Coaches Association, a third team All-American by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette, and honorable mention All-American by D2Football.com. He was a first team all-LSC honoree and earned two all-region honors.

Season tickets for the back-to-back-to-back LSC Champion Lions’ five home games are now available for sale to the general public. For tickets, you can call the Lion Sales & Service at (903) 468-8756.

Street & Smith’s Division II Preseason Top 25

1. Northwest Missouri State
2. Grand Valley State
3. California (Pa.)
4. Emporia State
5. Ferris State
7. Southwest Baptist
8. Colorado State-Pueblo
9. Bemidji State
10. Valdosta State
11. Indiana (Pa.)
12. Minnesota-Duluth
13. Shepherd
14. North Alabama
15. Azusa Pacific
16. Edinboro
17. Sioux Falls
18. Colorado School of Mines
19. Central Missouri
20. Assumption
21. West Chester
22. LIU Post
23. Winston-Salem State
24. Colorado Mesa
25. Texas A&M-Kingsville

Street & Smith’s Preseason All-Americans

QB Braxton Marshall Emporia State
RB Marty Carter Grand Valley State
RB Bubba Jenkins Southwest Baptist
OL Jared Machorro A&M-COMMERCE
OL Alex Cappa Humboldt State
OL Joe Hillin Mars Hill
OL Gavin De Los Santos Harding
OL Lavonte Hights Shepherd
WR Damon Gibson Minnesota State-Moorhead
WR Brody Oliver Colorado School of Mines
WR Trey Brock Hillsdale


DL Marcus Martin Slippery Rock
DL Whitney Richardson Lane
DL Zach Sieler Ferris State
LB Osband Thompson Tuskegee
LB Kyle Kitchens Catawba
LB Kevin Haynes Central Washington
LB Bo Highburger Western Oregon
DB Drew Hebel Black Hills State
DB Jay Watkins Indiana (Pa.)
DB Dustin Rivas Colorado Mesa
DB Carlo Thomas Johnson C. Smith


K Cole Antley Ouachita Baptist
P Garrett Lee Concord (W. Va.)
AP Kamal Cass Eastern New Mexico