Passafiume catches first-team all-America honor

Senior wide receiver Daniel Passafiume (Louisville, Ky.) has been selected a pre-season first-team all-American by

Passafiume, who missed the entire 2011 campaign with mononucleosis, is a three-time all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection.

During the 2010 season, Passafiume became Hanover’s career receptions leader after posting a Heartland Conference-best 91 catches for 958 yards and 11 touchdowns. The effort raised his career total to 254 receptions, which surpassed the Panthers’ previous mark of 249 set by all-American Tarrik Wilson from 1996 to 1999.

Passafiume set the NCAA’s all-divisions record for receptions in a game with 25 catches in a 2009 contest against Franklin College. The outing eclipsed a mark previously held by NFL hall-of-famer Jerry Rice (1983) and Chas Gessner (2002).

Hanover, 5-5 overall last season, will be guided by first-year head coach Steve Baudendistel in 2012. The Panthers will kick off the campaign Saturday, Sept. 1, on the road against Illinois College. The game will begin at 1 p.m. in Jacksonville, Ill. Pre-Season All-American Team