Football's Justin Fairfield Named Preseason All-American By Two Publications

Hope College's Justin Fairfield is drawing national recognition prior to the 2017 football season.

The senior offensive lineman from North Muskegon, Michigan (North Muskegon HS) has been named a NCAA Division III Preseason First Team All-American by two publications: and College Football America.

Fairfield is one of two first-team guards by D3Football and five first-team offensive linemen by College Football America in its 2017 Yearbook.

"I see it as a huge honor. I definitely didn't expect to get this," Fairfield said. "The team I'm a part of is a large part of why I got put in this position. I'm very grateful for the teammates I have and the coaches I have around me. I think his team is going to do great things. There's still a lot of work to be done."

Fairfield is one of three returning starters on an offensive line that helped the Flying Dutchmen rush for a school-record 2,738 yards last season.

Hope also featured two 1,000-yard rushers for the first team in team history in 2016 — Brandan Campbell and Mike Miklusicak — en route to its biggest single-season turnaround with a 7-3 overall record.

Fairfield was an honorable mention All-America offensive guard as a junior.

In 2016, Fairfield was one of the Flying Dutchmen's record four D3football North Region honorees and six first-team All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association selections.

Hope kicks off the 2017 season on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Monmouth, Illinois.

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