Two Dayton football players named preseason All-Americans

The Dayton Flyers football team practices in the fall of 2020. UD photo
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The Dayton Flyers football team practices in the fall of 2020. UD photo

Two Dayton Flyers football players earned Football Championship Subdivision preseason All-America honors on Monday.

Safety Brandon Easterling and running back Jake Chisholm, both UD captains, were two of 120 FCS All-Americans named to the Stats Perform teams. They were both third-team selections and the only players from the Pioneer Football League honored.

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The last time Dayton played a season in 2019, Easterling led FCS schools in solo tackles per game (7.5) and turnovers acquired (six interceptions and three fumbles). The Fairborn High School graduate was named an All-American by HERO Sports, the Walter Camp Foundation, the Associated Press and STATS FCS.

Chisholm, a junior from Union, Ky., ranked second in the nation in rushing yards (112.9 per game) in 2019. He led the nation in all-purpose yards (204.3 per game).

Easterling and Chisholm were two of five Flyers named to the All-PFL preseason team last week. Dayton was picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll. UD opens the season against Robert Morris on Sept. 4 at Welcome Stadium.