Bates, Decloux, Mulumba Tshimanga Earn Beyond Sports Network Preseason Recognition
ORONO, Maine -- Defensive end Trevor Bates (Westbrook, Maine), kicker Sean Decloux (Ottawa, Ontario) and linebacker Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga (Laval, Quebec) have all garnered spots on the Beyond Sports Network Colonial Athletic Association Preseason All-Conference team.
Bates earened All-CAA third team recognition following the 2013 season as he made 54 tackles (29 unassisted) with 9.0 for loss to go along with 4.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, one pass breakup and one blocked kick.
Decloux was the CAA first team kicker as he set a new school-record with 16 made field goals in 2013. Decloux matched the University of Maine record with 45 made PATs as he went 16-for-21 on field goal attempts, hitting a career-long 42-yard field goal on two occassions.
Mulumba Tshimanga had one of the best defensive rookie seasons in UMaine school history as he was named both the CAA and ECAC Defensive Rookie of the Year. An All-CAA first team selection, Mulumba Tshimanga paced Maine with 118 tackles, fifth most in the league. Named to the FCS All-New England first team, Mulumba Tshimanga also recorded a pair of interceptions to go along with 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery in the 2013 campaign.
The Beyond Sports Network Preseason All-Conference team selections were made by the BSN staff based on returning performers from the 2013 CAA All Conference Football Team, game evaluations, and overall statistics.
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The 2013 Colonial Association Champions will begin defense of their title August 30 in a home game against Norfolk State. Black Bear season tickets are on sale now at 581-BEAR or via GoBlackBearsTickets.com