Rudell Small and Shaun Lewis named preseason honorable mention All-America
Senior running back Rudell Small and defensive lineman Shaun Lewis were named honorable mention All-America by Consensus Draft Services.

The duo’s placement on the list marks the second straight year the Dolphins have seen a player honored. Last year, defensive back Jason Wood was selected.

“It is great to see that the hard work and dedication that these young men have put into our program is being recognized,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “They have done all the right things and continue to be leaders for our program.”

Small enters the 2010 season ranked fourth nationally in career rushing yards (2,928) and is third in career rushing touchdowns (31). He ranks second nationally in yards per game (91.5) during his career.

He already owns the JU records for most career rushing yards, most career rushing touchdowns, most career touchdowns (33), most points in a season (90), most touchdowns in a season (15) and most touchdowns in a game (5).

Small is also the first Dolphin to ever rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.

Lewis enters his final season with a chance to etch his name in the record books as well and leave as possibly the best defender in the program’s history.

He has racked up 20 sacks during his career and needs six more to break the school record of 25 set by Justin Yowell in 2001. He already owns the school record for most sacks in a game (3.0), setting it last season against Morehead State.

In a year in which many offensive lines were focused on him, he still racked up 14.5 tackles for a loss along with 58 tackles to rank fifth on the team. He earned honorable mention all-Pioneer Football League honors for his efforts.