Union College senior wide receiver Domonique Jefferson is a 2014 Preseason NAIA All American selection, the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL) announced on Wednesday. He is a second team honoree.
Last season, Jefferson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) recorded arguably one of the best seasons ever by a Bulldog receiver. He finished the year with 41 receptions for 897 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is the 17th player to haul at last 40 receptions in a season, finishing two yards shy of setting the single-season record for receiving yards. Shawn Kelley had 899 yards in 2007 on 69 receptions. Jefferson's 11 touchdown catches are tied for second-most in program history. Only Kyle Callahan had more touchdown receptions (13 in 2008) in a season, and Sean Mackey also had 11 during the 2010 campaign.
Of the 17 players to amass 40 receptions in a season, no player had a better yards-per-catch average than Jefferson. In fact, Jefferson's 21.9 yard-per-reception average is 5.2 yards better than the second-place person (Courtney Elesby at 15.7 in 2004) on the list.
Jefferson ranks seventh in program history with 95 career receptions, third in career yards receiving (1,734) and second in career receiving touchdowns (19).
For his efforts, Jefferson was named an All-Mid-South Conference East first team member.
This 2014 Preseason All-America Football Team is presented by the CDFL. It was selected by the, "D2 vs. NAIA Challenge" Bowl committee and the 2015 "Team America" coaching staff. It is based upon player nominations and evaluations made by college coaches, college sports information directors, regional scouts and media personnel. The CDFL is honored to showcase the 2014 preseason All-American players and to sponsor the annual "D2 vs. NAIA Challenge. " to be held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Saturday, December 20, 2014, The selected players are on the watch list for invitation to this game.
Union posted a 3-8 overall record and 2-4 MSC East mark in 2013. The Bulldogs open the 2014 campaign on Aug. 28 when they take on NCAA FCS Murray State University (Ky.) at 8 p.m. Eastern.
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