Wise, Virginia - UVa-Wise rising senior Marcus Bratton has been named a Pre-Season First Team All-American kick returner by the Beyond Sports Network. The Roanoke, Virginia native is coming off his best season in a Cavalier uniform. In 2011, Bratton earned All-American accolades by BSN while also being named to the All Mid-South East squad.
The 6'0 Bratton averaged 27.3 yards per kick return while posting three kick return touchdowns. The former William Fleming High School star also averaged over 14 yards per punt return while also collecting two interceptions from his defensive secondary position. Overall on defense, he finished the season with 41 tackles, six pass break ups, and two fumble recoveries to go along with his two interceptions.
UVa-Wise will begin its 2012 season on August 25th when the Cavaliers travel to take on Bethel for a 7:00 p.m. EST kickoff.