College Football: Five Flyers earn Pioneer League preseason honors

Dayton Flyers defensive back Christian Searles closes on a Jacksonville receiver at Welcome Stadium. Mike Hartsock/STAFF

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Dayton Flyers defensive back Christian Searles closes on a Jacksonville receiver at Welcome Stadium. Mike Hartsock/STAFF

Five Dayton Flyers were named to the Pioneer League preseason all-league team Tuesday.

Senior cornerback Christian Searles and junior punter Sean Smith were repeat selections for UD. Searles and Smith both are two-time, first-team all-PFL selections.

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Linebacker Jack Crain, defensive end Nick Surges and offensive tackle Ben Gauthier also were preseason all-league picks. Crain and Surges were second-team, all-league picks last season, while Gauthier was honorable mention all-league.

Dayton returns 12 starters from a team that finished 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the PFL. On Monday, the Flyers were picked to finish second in the PFL preseason poll.

Dayton opens the season Sept. 2 at Robert Morris. The Flyers’ home opener is Sept. 9 against Southeast Missouri.

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