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Bilal Named First-Team Preseason All-American

Bilal Named First-Team Preseason All-American Preseason All-Americans

LIBERTY, Mo.-- Anthony Bilal (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) was named an All-American First-Team selection by

Bilal was previously named a preseason All-American by USA College Football this year.

Following a terrific junior campaign Bilal earned several offseason awards. He finished third in the Harlon Hill Trophy voting, which is awarded to the top player in Division-II.  Bilal also earned First-Team All-American selections by USA College Football, Daktronics, AP Little All-American, Beyond Sports Network and USA College Football, as well as First-Team All-Region honors by Daktronics and Don Hansen.  He was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Offensive Back of the Year, earning a spot on the First-Team.  The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) named Bilal Co-Offensive Player of the Year. Bilal broke several school records en route to becoming the Storm's first 2,000 yard rusher.  He ended the year tied for lead nationally in rushing touchdowns with 29 and second in rushing yards with 2,091 on just 254 carries (8.2 avg.).  Against Ohio Dominican University, Ferris State University and Michigan Tech University- three teams that qualified for the NCAA playoffs- Bilal totaled 626 yards and six touchdowns.

The Storm open their 2015 season Spet. 3 at home against Ashland University.