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Texas Wesleyan’s Brandon Rolfe wins All-American honors

The progress continues for the Texas Wesleyan football program.

Now, the news has come down from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic (NAIA) that sophomore Brandon Rolfe has made history. He is the first All-American from the program since it was revived three seasons ago following a 76-year hiatus.

“Brandon is one of the most dynamic players in our conference,” Rams Head Coach Joe Prud’homme said. “He can change the game in a heartbeat – it’s a result of his hard work and his study and the way he gets after it.”

Rolfe is one of three Rams to earn All-American status in their respective sports this fall, joining volleyball player Chastiny Brown and women’s soccer player Tameir Grosvenor.

Rolfe, an honorable mention on the All-American squad, ranked 46th nationally in receiving yards per game, averaging 69.9. In the Sooner Athletic Conference, he was second in yards per catch (21.8) among receivers with 10 or more catches. He was also fourth in the league in receiving yards with 669.

Rolfe was a walk-on as a freshman and earned his way to a scholarship this season.

“He’s really put in the work. His jump from last season to this season has been tremendous, on and off the field,” Prud’homme said.

“Once you see your name on that list, it’s like … I’m speechless,” Rolfe said. “All the long hours of grinding in the summer, every day during the week, just to get where I am… my coaches, they saw the potential I had in me and it’s really validating to see my name on that list.”

Rolfe is also one of only three sophomores across the nation to be on the list this season. Behind his play, the Rams finished 3-7, the most wins they’ve had since resuming play. They were 3-1 at home at Farrington Field.

CHASTINY VB ALL-AMERICAN

Senior middle blocker Chastiny Brown continued a streak of All-American honors for the Texas Wesleyan Lady Rams volleyball team, earning honorable mention status on the NAIA team. It is the fifth consecutive season in which a Ram volleyball player has been honored.

Brown was instrumental in the Lady Rams’ return to the national tournament, leading the team with 108 blocks, including 22 solo blocks. She was also second on the team in three categories, kills (330), kills per game (2.66), and hitting percentage (.270).

She had a career-high 14 kills in four different matches this season. She matched her career-high seven blocks in four separate matches, helping the Lady Rams to a 26-10 record.

In two seasons as a Lady Ram, she has posted 512 kills and 185 total blocks. She averaged 2.26 kills per game and 1.23 blocks per game in her career.

Brown becomes the 26th All-American in program history.

GROSVENOR HONORED AGAIN

Junior forward Tameir Grosvenor repeated her feat of a year ago by once again being named to the NAIA All-American Women’s Soccer Team. She was selected as an honorable mention.

Grosvenor holds the school record for career goals with 75 and the single-season mark with 30 in 2019 as the Lady Rams finished 13-6.

Grosvenor led the Sooner Athletic Conference in points per game (3.94), game winning goals (6), and game winning goals per game (.35). She ranked second in the league in goals per game (1.71).

The women’s soccer program now boasts nine All-Americans all-time.

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