LEWISTON, Maine -- Safety Andrew Kukesh '14 has been named to the First Team Defense on the Lindy's 2013 Division III Preseason All-America Team, further evidence of the Bates football program's ascendance.
Kukesh (Exeter, N.H.), one of two team captains on the 2013 Bobcats, along with slotback and fellow rising senior Shawn Doherty (Mansfield, Mass.), is a two-time All-NESCAC selection, and was also named to the D3football.com 2012 All-East Region's Second Team Defense.
Kukesh helped propel Bates to the best Division III-best turnover differential in Division III last season, on the benefit of 32 defensive takeaways. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound safety tied for the NESCAC lead in interceptions with six and recorded a career-high 55 tackles (43 solo). Bates won the CBB Championship and went 5-3 in 2012, the team's best record since 1981.
Kukesh is one of three players from the New England Small College Athletic Conference on the Lindy's 2013 All-Div III Team -- Middlebury's McCallum Foote is the First Team quarterback, and Trinity's Evan Bunker is a Second Team running back.