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Cru place five on D3football.com All-America teams

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Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:30 am

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor cornerback Brodrick Crain and defensive tackle Silvio Diaz were named to the D3football.com All-America First Team, announced Friday. 

Crain, a Belton native, and Diaz headlined a list of five Cru players who were named to one of the squads.

Defensive end Korey Steward earned a second-team nod while guard Josh Holt and safety Cody Jones were named to the third team.

Crain capped his UMHB career by recording 76 tackles, including 9½ for loss, and five interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. The former Tiger led the Cru in pass breakups with 20 on the season.

Crain also returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Diaz, meanwhile, notched a school-record 11 sacks despite missing three games on the season. He also had 50 tackles, 14 for loss, on the season.

Steward, the lone second-teamer, tallied 37 tackles from his defensive end position and added 12½ tackles for loss and 5½ sacks.

The senior also broke up a pass and recovered two fumbles.

Holt was part of an offensive line that paved the way for 274.9 rushing yards per game. No pancake or sack stats were available on the senior.

Finally, Jones led the Cru with seven interceptions from his safety position while also notching 12 pass break-ups to go with 71 tackles, including four for loss.

Like Crain, Jones also recorded two defensive touchdowns, returning a punt and an interception for scores.

UMHB went 13-1 this season, falling for the first time in the National Semifinals to eventual champion Wisconsin-Whitewater in a 16-15 loss at home.

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