MEDFORD - For the first time in the 12 seasons that D3football.com has been releasing All-Region teams, Tufts University has two players on the 2016 All-East squad as senior running back Chance Brady and sophomore cornerback Tim Preston were recognized.
Brady, named to the second team, receives the honor for the second straight year. He was on the D3football All-East third team last fall. He is the first two-time D3football All-East honoree for the Jumbos since defensive back Tom Tassinari was on the 2008 second team and 2007 third team.
Preston, also on the second team this year, is a first-time D3football All-Region selection. He is the first Jumbo sophomore to earn the accolade since Tassinari in 2007.
Brady had the best season by a running back in Tufts history with 1,183 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns in eight games. His 14.3 points scored per game average this fall is the best in the East and fourth in Division III overall. The tri-captain rushed for Jumbo single-season records of 1,099 yards and 17 touchdowns while earning New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Year honors. He was also chosen as New England Player of the Year by the New England Football Writers Association and the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.
With five interceptions in eight games, Preston ranks ninth nationally in Division III with the average of 0.6 per game. That number is the best in the East. His 137 interception return yards rank eighth nationally and are made up mostly of his electric 99-yard interception return for a touchdown against Colby College on November 5. It was the first interception return for a touchdown by a Tufts player since 2010. Preston also finished 2016 with 28 tackles (23 solo) including 1.5 for losses and six pass break-ups.
Head coach Jay Civetti's Jumbos had their best season since 1998 this fall. They finished 7-1 for second place in NESCAC. Tufts was #6 in the final New England Division III poll.