CHICAGO – Saint Xavier University senior offensive lineman Tim Ladd (Chicago, Ill./St. Rita) was named to the College Football America 2013 NAIA Preseason All-America Team when the honors were released by the national publication earlier this week. The members of the College Football America staff publish the College Football America 2013 Yearbook Encyclopedia, which features 919 college football teams in the United States and Canada. The group also helps the Football Writers Association of America submit nominees for All-American status as well as the Nagurski Award for Defensive Player of the Year. Ladd has been a starter on the offensive line each of his previous three years with the Cougars and been a tremendous leader for the program both on and off the field. Last season, he was named to the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) All-Mideast League Second Team.
"Tim has been a rock for our program on the offensive line the past three years and it's hard to believe that he will be a senior this fall," said SXU head football coach Mike Feminis. "He's not only a great football player, but a great person as well and definitely deserving of whatever accolades he receives. I know he is very excited about his senior season and will do whatever it takes to help get this team ready to compete for a national championship."
Saint Xavier goes into the 2013 campaign with the NAIA's No. 4 national preseason ranking and kicks off its new season against No. 2 ranked Marian University (Ind.) on Saturday, September 7. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.