ASHLAND, Va. - Randolph-Macon senior offensive lineman Jake Wernle (Purcellville, Va./Woodgrove) and senior running back Tre Frederick (Angier, N.C./West Johnston) were named to the 2019 D3football.com Preseason All-America Team.
Wernle was All-America Second Team, while Frederick was All-America Third Team. Click here to view entire Preseason All-America Team.
In 2018, Wernle was voted All-State First Team by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID), All-South Region Third Team by D3football.com and All-ODAC First Team. Wernle started all 12 games for the Yellow Jackets and helped anchor an offense that was 17th in the nation in rushing offense during the regular season at 260.1 yards per contest. R-MC was ninth in the country in Red Zone Offense at .906.
A season ago, Frederick was All-South Region Second Team by D3football.com, All-State First Team by VaSID and All-ODAC Second Team. Frederick was 15th in the nation in rushing yards per game at 129.9 at the conclusion of the regular season. He finished the season with 1,284 yards on the ground. Frederick became the first Yellow Jacket to have three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He has 4,056 career rushing yards, the second-highest total in program history and third-highest total in ODAC history. Remon Smith (R-MC 1984-87) tops the ODAC list with 4,276 rushing yards, while Oliver Jordan (Emory & Henry 1996-99) sits second with 4,059 yards. Frederick has nearly 5,000 all-purpose yards, sitting at 4,973.
Head coach Pedro Arruza, who completed his 15th season at R-MC in 2018, led the Yellow Jackets to an 8-2 regular-season mark and 6-1 record in ODAC play a season ago. R-MC won its 11th ODAC title, tying Emory & Henry for the most championships in the history of the conference. The Yellow Jackets earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship and received a trip to No 8 John Carroll. R-MC won its first NCAA playoff game in program history with a 23-20 victory over the Blue Streaks. The Yellow Jackets would have their season end at No. 23 Muhlenberg in the second round of the NCAA Championship. R-MC finished No. 18 in the final D3football.com Top 25.
Randolph-Macon was ranked No. 24 by D3football.com in its preseason poll. The Yellow Jackets open the 2019 campaign at home on Day Field on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. against sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins.