Ottawa University football’s James Reeder has been named to the 2018 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Preseason Team. The KCAC office announced the top preseason players for the upcoming season Thursday, according to a KCAC news release.

Reeder is a sophomore running back from Lawrence. He emerged as a freshman force in the Braves backfield last season, finishing just shy of 1,000 yards. He compiled 976 rushing yards on 188 carries for an average of 5.2 yards per rush and two touchdowns, good enough to earn first team all-conference honors. He added 20 receptions for 115 yards, an average of 5.8 yards per reception.

Reeder and the Braves open their season 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Bethel College in North Newton.

The full KCAC preseason list is as follows:

OFFENSE

QB: Eric Butler, Sterling

FB: Raven Josiah, Avila

RB: DeMarco Prewitt, Kansas Wesleyan

RB: James Reeder, Ottawa

RB: Jafar Thomas, Bethany

RB: Noah Diaz, Friends

TE: Trenton Poe-Evans, Kansas Wesleyan

WR: Darryl Terrell, Sterling

WR: Jackson Goodmiller, McPherson

WR: Dalton Goodwin, Bethany

WR: Donny Ebanks, Southwestern

OL: Rigo Guzman, Sterling

OL: Yancey Vanosdell, Southwestern

OL: Eli Smith, Kansas Wesleyan

OL: Dakota Best, Kansas Wesleyan

OL: Dustin Rivera, Southwestern

DEFENSE

DL: AJ Banks, Southwestern

DL: Zack Gray, Southwestern

DL: Vincent Haider, Sterling

DL: Shaq Bradford, Kansas Wesleyan

LB: Brad Kistner, Tabor

LB: Grant Torgerson, Southwestern

LB: Matt Washee, Friends

LB: Jasper Chavez, Kansas Wesleyan

DB: Javan Moore, Bethany

DB: Rhett Mizer, Bethany

DB: Elijah Creighton, Saint Mary

DB: Desean McKinnon, Friends

SPECIAL TEAMS

K: Austin Smith, Tabor

RET: Maurice Rucker, Sterling

RET: Jackson Goodmiller, McPherson

P: Aiden Pirrin, Saint Mary