Two members of the 2013 Stetson football team were recognized by College Sports Journal as members of their 2013 All-Freshman Team.
Defensive back Donald Payne and receiver/kick returner Chris Crawford were both selected to the second team. They were two of just four players from the Pioneer Football League to be selected. They were joined by Mercer quarterback John Russ and Drake tight end Eric Saubert.
Payne, who was named the PFL Defensive Freshman of the Year, finished the year with a team-high 113 tackles, including 71 solo stops. He tied with Drake’s John Hugunin for most overall tackles in the PFL and led the league in solo stops. He ranked second in the PFL with 16 tackles for losses of 86 yards including 4.5 sacks, which tied for 16th in the league. He forced two fumbles and recovered three, had a pair of interceptions and was credited with 12 pass breakups. He ranked third in the PFL in passes defended.
Crawford led the Hatters in receptions with 33, for 332 yards, and in punt returns with 14 for 107 yards.
The Hatters are scheduled to begin spring practice on February 15 and the spring game is scheduled to be played at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium on Friday, March 14.