Three St. Ambrose University football players have been named to the Beyond Sports College Network 2012 NAIA Preseason All-American team.|
Matt Klingler was picked as the first-team punter, Carl Meister was tabbed as a third-team offensive lineman and Andrew Friederich received honorable mention as a tight end.
Klingler (Soph., St. Louis, Mo.) took over the punting duties in the second game of his freshman season last year. He was the NAIA's top punter a year ago, averaging a school-record 43.9 yards per kick and had at least one 50-yard punt in eight of the nine games he played. Klingler boomed a 71-yard punt in a win at Iowa Wesleyan late in the season.
Meister (Sr., Downers Grove) was a 2011 American Football Coaches Association NAIA Coaches' All-American, after a dominating junior campaign. The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder started all 10 games at left tackle for an SAU team that averaged more than 190 rushing yards per game, the 18th-best mark in the NAIA.
Friederich (Jr., Davenport Assumption HS) was a second team All-Mid-States Football Association tight end in 2011. Along with providing good blocking skills, he also proved to be a receiving threat by hauling in 17 catches for 226 yards and three touchdowns.