WESTMINSTER — All three of Western Maryland College's 1991 football captains have been recognized as preseason All-Americans.
The Green Terrors' record-setting tailback, senior Eric Frees of Ephrata, Pa., has been selected to The Sporting News and Football Gazette's NCAA Division III All-America first-team squads. He was also named to College Football Preview's Division III All-America unit. Frees enters his final seasonin 20th place in Division III history for rushing yards and needs toadd just 927 to his 3,736 yards to move to third.
The Ephrata High graduate earned Western Maryland's Most ValuablePlayer award and Centennial Football Conference first-team honors for the second consecutive year in 1990 after setting single-season school records for carries, with 295, for rushing, with 1,594 yards, andfor rushing touchdowns, with 11. Frees also tied his 1989 school-record mark for total touchdowns, with 12, in addition to catching six passes for 48 yards and returning 17 kickoffs for 361 yards. His average of 159.4 yards per game ranked him fourth place among Division IIIrushers.
Frees also is in line to become the all-time collegiate rushing leader in Maryland, needing 444 yards to surpass the 4,179 compiled by Napoleon McCallum of Navy from 1981 to 1985. In addition, with 635 more yards in CFC games, he will be the conference's all-timeleading rusher, with 3,433.
Western Maryland's two other 1991 captains joined Frees on the College Football Preview preseason All-America team. Senior wide receiver Andy Steckel, also from Ephrata, is the school's career leader in receiving yards, with 1,472, and in touchdown catches, with 16. The Conestoga Valley High graduate is tied forfourth in all-time receptions with 76, after catching 33 passes for 704 yards and a school single-season record eight touchdowns last year. He earned a spot on the 1990 CFC All-Star team.
Senior linebacker Jim Webster of Painted Post, N.Y., was co-winner of Western Maryland's defensive Most Valuable Player last year after finishing second in tackles, with 94, despite missing the final two games with an ankle injury. Webster, a graduate of Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy, was a CFChonorable-mention selection.