Koclanakis earns preseason honors

Anthony Koclanakis makes a tackle in a game against SEMO. (Photo courtesy of Dave Winder/Racer Athletics)

Jakob Milani

Contributing Writer

jmilani@murraystate.edu

With his senior season quickly approaching, senior linebacker Anthony Koclanakis was named to the Stats Perform FCS Preseason All-America Third Team.

The preseason nod adds to Kocklankis’ plethora of accolades he has accrued during his Murray State career. After being a 2019 First-Team All-OVC selection, he was also named to the 2020 Preseason All-OVC team,  2020 HERO sports preseason All-OVC team and the Phil Steele Preseason All-America and All-OVC teams.

In 2019, Koclanakis was a starter for all 12 of the Racers’ games. He was the league leader in tackles in the OVC with 124, with 63 of them being solo tackles. He averaged 10.3 tackles per game, ranking 11th across the country, with 5.3 solo tackles per game, ranking 20th in the country.

Koclanakis was also a problem for backfield opponents last season, leading the Racers with 9.5 tackles-for-loss and posting an additional 3.0 sacks. He finished the season with seven 10-plus tackle games and posted a career high 18 tackles in two of those games. Other impressive stats for Koclanakis in 2019 include two fumble recoveries and an interception.

Koclanakis is one of the 101 players across 56 different schools from 13 FCS conferences to be named to the Stats Perform FCS Preseason All-America teams.