(Seguin) – Three Texas Lutheran University football players - guard Alejandro Briseno, safety James Bell and center Christopher Bennett - picked up spots on the D3football.com All-South Region squads.
Briseno, a senior from Brownsville, Texas (Rivera), was named to the All-South Region First Team.
Bell, a redshirt freshman from Houston (Lamar), earned a spot on the All-South Region Second Team.
Bennett, a redshirt junior from The Colony, Texas (The Colony), received an All-South Region Third Team designation.
Briseno and Bell previously were named to the American Southwest Conference First Team Offense and Defense, respectively. Bennett was an All-ASC Second Team Offense choice.
Briseno and Bennett paved the way for a Bulldog offensive attack that currently ranks 11th nationally in total offense (486.1 yards per game), 19th in rushing offense (244.2 ypg), 77th in passing offense (241.9 ypg), 42nd in scoring (35.7 ppg), 35th in sacks allowed (1.2 pg), 24th in total first downs (245), 22nd in third-down conversion percentage (.464), and 17th in time of possession.
Bell led a defense that ranked 22nd in rushing defense and 74th in passes intercepted. The TLU Defense went from allowing 171.6 yards of rushing per game in 2016 to allowing only 91.8 yards rushing per game this year. TLU's total defensive yards allowed went from 443.0 per contest to 400.9, and the scoring defense improved by nine points a game.
Bell led the ASC in interceptions per game, with six in nine games played. (Bell missed the first game of the year with a broken bone in his hand.) He currently ranks 11th nationally in interceptions per game. Bell also was active in stopping the run. He finished third on the team in total tackles, with 60, and he had a tackle for loss. Bell's six interceptions went for 53 yards in INT return yardage. He also had four pass breakups.
Briseno, Bell and Bennett played huge roles in TLU's turn-around 2017 season. The Bulldogs went 6-4 overall and 6-3 in the American Southwest Conference after posting a 2-8 record (and 2-4 mark in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) in the prior season.
In the 2017 ASC Preseason Coaches' Poll, TLU was picked seventh out of 10 teams. The Bulldogs, led by ASC Co-Coach of the Year Carl Gustafson, ended up in a tie for third in the league.