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BC linebacker named to pre-season team

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Bethel College junior linebacker Joshua Seabolt was named to the Street & Smith NAIA Pre-Season All-America Team for the 2020 season. Seabolt led Bethel in total tackles. The same publication ranked Bethel ninth in its pre-season poll.

The Bethel College football team has gotten some notice even before the 2020 season has begun.

In the annual Street & Smith pre-season publication, Bethel was ranked ninth in its NAIA pre-season Top 10.

In addition, junior linebacker Josh Seabolt was named a pre-season All-American.

Seabolt, a 5-foot-9, 210-pound junior from Cimarron, was an NAIA All-American last season, recording 101 tackles, including 54 solo tackles. He had three quarterback sacks, two interceptions and a blocked extra point. He has 194 career tackles, which are the most by a Bethel player in their first two seasons. He helped Bethel to finish in the top 10 in rushing defense at 101.8 points a game.

Bethel is coming off an 8-3 season, 7-3 in KCAC play, finishing 24th in the final NAIA poll. Bethel led the country in rushing offense at 371.3 yards a game and was among the top in pass efficiency at 180.3.

Street & Smith

NAIA Pre-season

All-America Team

OFFENSE

QB Joe Dolincheck, Morningside (Iowa)

RB Arnijae Ponder, Morningside (Iowa)

RB Tim Whitfield, Langston (Okla.)

OL Austin Sherrill, Keiser (Fla.)

OL Andrew Rupcich, Culver-Stockton (Mo.)

OL Dustin Rivera, Southwestern

OL Tristan Shehorn, Ottawa (Ariz.)

OL Donovan Corlew, Concordia (Mich.)

TE Austin Harris, Midland (Neb.)

WR Stevie Williams, Kansas Wesleyan

WR Shane Solberg, Northwestern (Iowa)

DEFENSE

DL Robert Robinson, Briar Cliff (Iowa)

DL Kumi Sarpong Jr. Cumberlands (Ky.)

DL Sage DeLong, Eastern Oregon

DL Seth Maitlen, Morningside (Iowa)

LB DaMarcus Wimbush, Bluefield (Va.)

LB Lane Napier, Concordia (Neb.)

LB Josh Seabolt, Bethel

DB Twon Collymore, Sterling

DB Dallis Flowers, Grand View (Iowa)

DB Sage Chen-Young, Keiser (Fla.)

DB Athanie Leeviraphan, Evangel (Mo.)

SPECIAL TEAMS

K Nathan Hamilton, Grand View (Iowa)

P Camdon Griffiths, Midland (Neb.)

2020 Street & Smith

NAIA Preseason

Top-10 Rankings

1. Morningside (Iowa)

2. Marian (Ind.)

3. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

4. College of Idaho

5. Northwestern (Iowa)

6. Saint Xavier (Ill.)

7. Saint Francis (Ind.)

8. Concordia (Mich.)

9. Bethel

10. Kansas Wesleyan