Keegan, Liscio, Fischer Earn D3 Senior Classic Preseason All-America Honors

Montclair, NJ (8/3/11) – Three members of the Montclair State football team were selected to the D3 Senior Classic Preseason All-America Team. Seniors Dan Keegan (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex), Joe Liscio (Little Falls, NJ / Passaic Valley) and Tom Fischer (Livingston, NJ / Livingston) were among the players selected on the North squad. 

Keegan was named to the First Team at returner while Liscio, who last month was named to the D3Football.com Preseason All-America Team, was chosen Second Team. Fischer collected Honorable Mention accolades. 

All three were instrumental in helping Montclair State to a second consecutive 10-2 season in 2010, the first time that MSU has won 10 games in back-to-back seasons since 1985 and 1986. The Red Hawks captured a share of the NJAC championship for a second consecutive year and earned one of the six at-large berths in the NCAA Division III Playoffs. Montclair knocked off Hampden-Sydney in the opening round 16-14 before falling to No. 1 overall seed and third-ranked Wesley in the second round.

Liscio averaged 35.3 yards per punt last season which was sixth in the NJAC in terms of average. However, the junior was tremendous in the field position game helping Montclair State to the No. 2 ranking in the conference in net punting at 32.3 yards per attempt. In 71 kicks this past season, Liscio amassed 2,507 yards and had four punts of 50-plus yards, including a season-best 60 yard boot against Cortland on October 30. An NJAC Special Teams Player of the Week selection, Liscio downed 25 punts inside the opponent's 20 yard line in 2010 and forced 16 fair catches.

What Liscio was in the punt department, Keegan was every bit as valuable in the punt return game. The NJAC Special Teams Player of the Year, the junior shattered the MSU single-season record for punt return yards as he registered 537 on 25 runbacks. He broke Rashon Moore's 1999 mark of 427 return yards and also had a 75-yard return for a touchdown against Westfield State in the season opener. Keegan averaged 21.5 yards per return and broke the single-season mark by more than five yards (Ed Chavis in 1986). Keegan led the NJAC in punt returns and was ranked second in Division III.

Fischer enjoyed his best season since taking over the reigns as the starting quarterback for the Red Hawks in 2008. He completed 164 passes for 2,431 yards and 22 touchdown passes. Named the NJAC Offensive Player of the Year, he finished second in the NJAC in passing average, pass efficiency and touchdown passes and was third in total offense. A career record of 29-4 in his three years, he moved into fourth place on the all-time MSU list for completions (429), yards (4,984) and total offense (5,746) as well as TD passes (44). Off the field, his resume was just as impressive. In November he was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team, a first for an MSU football player since the early 1980s. Fischer is also a member of the National Student-Athlete Honor Society and a three-time member of the NJAC All-Academic Team.