NAU tight end Rickert named to preseason All-America team

Northern Arizona senior tight end R.J. Rickert was named to the USA College Football FCS first team Preseason All-America team.

The Lumberjacks also had one second-team selection, two third-team choices and one honorable mention.

Rickert caught 22 passes last season for 246 yards.

Senior offensive lineman Roy Garcia was a second-team selection. He started all 12 games for NAU last season — 11 at center.

Junior fullback Nick Butier and senior linebacker Austin Hasquet were third-team selections, and sophomore offensive lineman Jacob Julian earned honorable mention.

The team was selected by a national panel featuring head coaches, sports information directors and journalists.