POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Three seniors on the Marist football team - tight end Anthony Calcagni (Thornwood, N.Y.), offensive lineman Phede Celestin (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and defensive lineman Terrence Fede (Nyack, N.Y.) - were named Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Preseason All-Americans by Beyond Sports Network. Calcagni earned a First Team honor, while Celestin and Fede were named Honorable Mention.
Calcagni is coming off a 2011 season in which he was named First Team All-Pioneer Football League (PFL). In his first year as the Red Foxes' starting tight end, he tied for the team lead with five touchdowns, and ranked second on the team in both receptions and receiving yards with 40 and 494, respectively. He had a career high 130 yards receiving at Butler on Oct. 22, 2011.
The 6-foot-5, 317-pound Celestin has been a mainstay on the offensive line the last two seasons. In that time, he has started all 22 games at right tackle, and is the only Marist offensive lineman to start every game each of the last two seasons. Celestin was named All-PFL Honorable Mention in 2010, and was named First Team All-PFL this past season.
Fede was a Second Team All-PFL selection in 2011. He led the Red Foxes with eight-and-a-half sacks and 16 tackles for losses. His 72 total tackles ranked second on the team. His efforts were crucial in helping Marist finish sixth in the FCS ranks in first in the PFL in total defense, as the Red Foxes allowed an average of just 285.64 yards per game.The Marist football team begins its 2012 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Bryant. The Red Foxes will play the first of their five home games on Saturday, Sept. 8 against Bucknell. Marist is in its fourth season as a member of the PFL, and will open league play on Saturday, Sept. 22 against Davidson, which will be on Alumni Weekend.