Germantown native Tommy Addison has been named a preseason Division II All-American by The Sporting News and Lindy’s Football magazine.
The national publications named the Shepherd University senior running back a first team All-American following a junior-year campaign in which he rushed for 1,670 yards and 19 touchdowns.
“It feels great,” said Addison, who rushed for 100 yards or more in nine games last season. “I worked hard for it. My coach said I could be an All-American if I worked hard.”
Addison, who is a graduate of Quince Orchard High School, has lofty goals for the 2011 season and has set his sights on reaching the 2,000-yard plateau.
“That’s a big goal,” he said. “We think it’s achievable. That would be real nice.”
As a senior at Quince Orchard, Addison helped lead the Cougars to the 2007 4A state championship. The Cougars rallied from a 23-7 deficit to squeeze out a 36-30 win over Arundel. Addison played a huge part in the victory, rushing for 219 yards on 19 carries including touchdown runs of 28, 86 and 42 yards.
He finished his senior campaign at Quince Orchard with 1,615 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Addison enters his senior campaign at Shepherd seeking to lead the Rams to a Division II national title. The West Virginia school finished 12-2 overall and 7-1 in the conference last season.
“We have some great players coming in,” said Addison. “We’ve got most of the defense coming back.”
Shepherd opens the 2011 campaign at home Sept. 3 against Shippensburg University, but the schedule is highlighted by an Oct. 29 home matchup against Bowie State. The two teams last met during the 2009 season.
“They beat us last time,” said Addison. “We’ve got to get our revenge.”