From SLU Sports
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Southeastern Louisiana University kick returner Jordan Wells picked up more honors prior to the upcoming 2012 season when he was named to The Sports Network FCS Preseason All-America team on Monday.
Wells, a sophomore from Round Rock, Texas, was a third-team selection as a kick returner and was one of 14 Southland Conference student-athletes named to the preseason squad.
As a redshirt freshman in 2011, Wells earned Southland Conference Freshman of the Year honors and finished tied for 10th overall in the inaugural Jerry Rice Award after setting the league's single-season record in kickoff return yardage. Wells returned 52 kickoffs for 1,383 yards in 2011, breaking the previous record of 1,055 yards set by Texas State's Karrington Bush in 2008 and finished 28 yards shy of tying the previous NCAA mark of 1,411 set by David Primus of Samford in 1989.
His 26.6 yards per return ranked 15th nationally in the FCS and was third among freshmen. Against Central Arkansas in October, Wells totaled 265 yards on nine kickoff returns that also included a 91-yard return.
Southeastern will report for fall camp on July 31 before opening the season on Sept. 1 against SEC newcomer Missouri.