Football players receive preseason honors

The University’s football season has yet to officially begin but the accolades have already started to pile in, as sophomore wide receiver Brad Duesing and junior defensive back John Woock were named to the Division III Pre-Season All-America team as chosen by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. Woock was named to the second-team after picking up the University Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year Award last fall. He started every game at cornerback and safety, finished third on the team with 79 tackles (50 solo), recorded four forced fumbles, notched three interceptions and registered five pass break-ups. Duesing was named to the third-team after an outstanding freshman campaign in which he set the school record with 1,073 receiving yards, and tied the Bears record for receptions (69). Duesing finished 15th in Division III averaging 107.3 receiving yards per game. The Bears take the field for their 2003 season opener Sept. 6 at Simpson College.

Assistant SID named

Nick Povalitis has been named the assistant sports information director. Povalitis comes to the University after spending the past year at Northwestern University. Povalitis’ responsibilities will include handling all publicity for baseball, cross country, men’s soccer, swimming and diving, track and field, volleyball, women’s basketball and women’s tennis. During his time at Northwestern, Povalitis served as the primary contact for fencing, men’s soccer, men’s tennis and wrestling. As a media services intern, he also acted as the publications coordinator toward the end of his term. Povalitis, a Rockford, Ill. native, graduated from the University of Illinois in May 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism. While at Illinois, Povalitis served as a student assistant in athletic public relations for one semester after working nearly two years as a sports reporter at the student newspaper.