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Fitzpatrick, Bass Named Preseason All-Americans
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Fitzpatrick, Bass Named Preseason All-Americans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior safety Daniel Fitzpatrick was named to The Sports Network’s FCS Preseason All-American Team, while defensive end Anthony Bass made the publication’s Third Team.

Fitzpatrick made the squad following a season in which he picked off six passes during the regular season and added two more in the team's first round FCS Playoff victory over Butler. The eight total interceptions led all Division I players (FBS or FCS). Of those eight interceptions the junior returned three for touchdowns, scoring a 50-yarder against Jackson State in the Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis, returning what proved to be the game-winner 20 yards at UT Martin and a 26-yarder at Butler.

He added a season-high nine tackles twice during the season, in a victory at nationally-ranked Jacksonville State and against nationally-ranked Eastern Illinois in the playoffs.

The strong safety finished the year with 75 tackles (52 solo), 5.5 TFL and eight pass breakups, leading TSU to a playoff victory for the first time since 1986.

Bass, the OVC Defensive Player of the Year, also earned Third Team honors after helping anchor a defense that ranked sixth nationally in total defense (296.9 yards/game) and seventh in scoring defense (18.1 points/game). Bass ranked 29th nationally in sacks/game (0.7) and overall on the season had 34 tackles, 14.5 tackles-for-loss, 10.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and recoveries, six quarterback hurries, four pass breakups, a blocked kick and a safety.