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Updated: June 20, 2011 - 3:10 p.m. (ET)
Monmouth Sports Information

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- Monmouth University fifth-year senior Jose Gumbs (Queens, N.Y./Hebron Academy) was named as a First Team Preseason All-American by Consensus Draft Services on Monday afternoon.

"Jose is one of the hardest working players on our team," said MU Head Coach Kevin Callahan.  "He's a veteran leader on our defense and we are expecting him to play a big role in 2011."

Gumbs, a safety, enters his final season for the Hawks with 231 total tackles and is fresh off his second consecutive  First Team All-NEC selection.  In 2009 he earned Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year, despite playing outside linebacker for some of the season, a position that he had never played.  He earned NEC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2008 and has led the Hawks in total tackles each of the last three seasons.  He currently sits in ninth all-time in total tackles and has two interceptions, four fumbles recovered and eight pass breakups.

Gumbs was the only Northeast Conference player on the list, which can be found here:

Monmouth opens up the 2011 season by welcoming Patriot League defending champion Lehigh University to Kessler Field on Sept. 3.

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