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Five Lumberjacks Named to GNAC Preseason Football Team

ARCATA, Calif. -- With less than two months until the 2014 football season kicks off, preseason honors have begun to roll in for Humboldt State players. Beyond Sports Network selected five Lumberjack football players to represent HSU in its annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Preseason All-Conference Football Team. Running back Nick Ricciardulli, wide receiver Chase Krivashei, defensive linemen Silas Sarvinski and Alex Markarian, and punter Chris Campbell earned preseason honors.

HSU tied Simon Fraser and Azusa Pacific with five of the available 27 roster spots. Central Washington earned the most representatives with six. Western Oregon and Dixie State had four and two representatives respectively.

The BSN staff based team selections on 2013 season statistics, game film and returning performers.

Ricciardulli, HSU's leading rusher two seasons ago, returns after missing all but two games last year. He carried the ball 281 times for over 1500 yards, 12 touchdowns and averaged 143.5 yards per game in 2012.

The Lumberjacks received an offensive boost last season from Krivashei, the GNAC Freshman of the Year. He proved to be one of the GNAC's most dynamic offensive threats in his first season in the green and gold, and broke the GNAC and HSU single-season records with 96 receptions. He played in all 11 games, compiled 915 receiving yards and caught three touchdowns.

Sarvinski and Markarian anchored HSU's defensive front. Markarian recorded five sacks and 35 tackles, and Sarvinksi added four sacks and 58 total tackles, which ranked third on the team.

Campbell was the GNAC's leading punter in 2013. He punted 65 times for 2659 yards, including a season-best 63-yard effort against Simon Fraser on Sept. 7. Campbell averaged a conference-leading 40.9 yards per punt.

HSU opens the 2014 season on the road against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday, Sept. 6. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT.