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Bethany’s Arrington & Holmes Named Preseason All-Americans

Aug. 20 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College senior linebacker Kyle Arrington (Jackson Twp., Ohio/Jackson) was named First Team South Preseason All-American and senior wide receiver Ed Holmes (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown) was selected Honorable Mention South by the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL), which is the sponsor for the D3 Senior Classic.

This is the second straight season the Bison have sported Preseason All-Americans on the roster, as running back Eric Walker, who completed his career as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns, was selected prior to last season.

Arrington, a 6-2, 220-pound inside linebacker for the Bison, is a three-time Honorable Mention All-PAC selection. He led the Bison in tackles for the third straight year in 2011 with 86, which was good enough for third in the league. For his career, he has 256 career stops, which places him ninth all-time at BC with still a season to go.

With Arrington spearheading the Bethany defense, the unit ranked first in the conference in total defense (281.1 yards per game) and pass defense (128.4) and allowed just 19.3 points per game after recording two shutouts during the season against Thiel (20-0) and King’s (48-0). It was the first time BC blanked two foes in the same season since 2000.

A pre-med major, Kyle is the son of Pamela & Tony Arrington of Jackson Twp., Ohio.

The 5-9, 175-pound wideout Holmes was recognized with Honorable Mention All-PAC status after last season, a year in which he led Bethany and ranked fifth in the league with 47 receptions for 577 yards and four touchdowns. He also shared time as a kickoff returner and added a fifth touchdown on the season by taking one back 82 yards for a score at Saint Vincent.

Entering his final year in Green and White, Holmes has amassed 96 catches for 1,104 yards and six touchdowns. With just four more receptions, Holmes will become only the eighth player in Bison history to catch 100 career passes.

A sports communication major, Ed is the son of Lakeeta and Robert Lewis of Virginia Beach, Va.