Tonderum named preseason All-American

MARSHALL, Minn. – Southwest Minnesota State University senior running back Tyler Tonderum on Tuesday was named a first team preseason All-American by He is one of two running backs named to the first team squad.

Tonderum, a native of Armstrong, Iowa, amassed the best season for an SMSU running back in program history in 2013. He rushed for a school record 2,145 yards (ranking second in the country), becoming just the 25th player in Division II history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season. He also set a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference record with 1,979 yards rushing in 11 conference games.

Tonderum, an All-American by five different organizations, finished eighth in the voting for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is awarded to the top player in Division II. He rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 games, including a school record 343 yards in win at MSU Moorhead. He set six school single-season records, including rushing touchdowns with 19. Tonderum also caught 34 passes for 289 yards and one touchdown.

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Southwest Minnesota State will open the 2014 season on Sept. 6 at the University of Mary.