Tech’s Sailes receives second preseason All-America recognition

PHILADELPHIA – Tennessee Tech all-purpose junior Henry Sailes picked up his second preseason All-America nod as the Sports Network released its preseason All-America team on Thursday afternoon. Sailes was a third-team Special Teams pick by the national organization.

Sailes was previously named in May as a Football Championship Subdivision preseason honorable mention All-America selection as a kick returner by Consensus Draft Services.

A 5-foot-7, 180-pound runningback from Palmetto, Fla., Sailes led Tech in rushing last season with 433 yards on 72 carries, scoring a team-high four touchdowns on the ground. He was second on the team in receiving with 47 catches for 344 yards, including two more scores. As a return man, Sailes handled 16 kicks for 449 yards including an 87-yard touchdown, averaging 28.1 yards per try.

In all, he had a team-high 1,230 all-purpose yards, an average of 123 yards per game.

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