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SWAC Releases 2014 Preseason All-SWAC Football Team

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southwestern Athletic Conference released its 2014 SWAC Preseason Teams with quarterback Ben Anderson (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), and linebacker Kourtney Berry (Alabama State) headlining the list. 



The announcement was made during the 2014 SWAC Football Media Day after ballots were completed by the league’s head coaches, sports information directors, and selected national media members.  Twenty-five players were named to this year’s preseason teams as a result of receiving 2013 All SWAC honors.  In the event that a player was named to the first team during the post season, and does not return, the second team player for that position was elevated to the first team.  Players were ranked in their position based on the number of votes received.


For the second consecutive year, Anderson was voted on as the SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.  In only his second season as a Hornet, Berry was tabbed as the SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. 

Last season, Anderson finished second in the league in passing yards (2,787) with 19 touchdowns while completing 58 percent of his passes. In 2012, the Little Rock, Ark. native earned first team All-SWAC honors before leading the Golden Lions to and 10-2 record a their first-outright SWAC Championship crown since sharing the title in 1966. He was named Offensive MVP of the 2012 Toyota SWAC Football Championship. 

Anderson is joined on the preseason first-team offense with running backs Courtney Brown (Prairie View) and Malcolm Cyrus (Alabama State), wide receivers Montarious Smith (Alabama A&M) and Willie Quinn (Southern), tight end Jordan Payne (Alcorn State), along with offensive linemen Issac Sampson (Alcorn State), Dillon Bonnet (Prairie View), Johnathan Smith (Jackson State), Jonathan Scott (Alcorn State) and Anthony Mosley (Southern).


Berry was arguably the biggest surprise from the 2013 season.  As a redshirt freshman, he made an immediate impact.  He finished the year with 105 tackles to lead ASU and was second in the conference.  The Merrillville, Ind. native notched seven sacks and 12.5 TFL while also recovering two fumbles and intercepting a pass.  He was named the 2013 SWAC Newcomer of the Year while also garnering First Team All-SWAC honors.


Others to join Berry include: defensive linemen Derrick Billups (Alabama State), Amir Bloom (Texas Southern), Javancy Jones (Jackson State), and Deion Roberson (Alcorn State), linebackers Jerome Howard (Prairie View), Antonio Jenkins Arkansas Pine Bluff) with defensive backs Avery Boykin (Mississippi Valley State), C.J. Morgan (Alcorn State), Devon Francois (Alcorn State) and Deandre Rashada (Alabama State) rounding out the voting.


For the special teams, kicker Haiden McCraney (Alcorn State), punter Kory Carter (Texas Southern), and return specialist Julian Stafford (Alabama State) were all tabbed as first team selections.


For the predicted order of finish in both divisions, the defending champion Southern Jaguars totaled 95 votes including eight first place votes to become the preseason favorite out of the West Division. Prairie View A&M followed with 88 points, Arkansas-Pine Bluff gathered 66 points, with Texas Southern (50) and Grambling State (31) closing the divison's preseason ranking.


In the East Division, Alabama State totaled 93 points with 10 first-place votes. Alcorn State received 91 points followed by Jackson State (72), Mississippi Valley State (40) and Alabama A&M (34).

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Benjamin Anderson (QB) - Arkansas - Pine Bluff
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Kourtney Berry (LB) - Alabama State

2014 Preseason All-SWAC - First Team


FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB

Jerry Lovelocke 

Prairie View

RB

Courtney Brown

Prairie View

RB

Malcolm Cyrus

Alabama State

OL

Issac Sampson

Alcorn State

OL

Dillon Bonnet

Prairie View A&M

OL

Johnathan Smith

Jackson State

OL

Jonathan Scott

Alcorn State

OL

Anthony Mosley

Southern

WR

Montarious Smith

Alabama A&M

WR

Willie Quinn

Southern

TE

Jordan Payne

Alcorn State

DEFENSE

DL

 Derrick Billups

Alabama State

DL

 Amir Bloom

Texas Southern

DL

 Javancy Jones

Jackson State

DL

Deion Roberson

Alcorn State

LB

 Kourtney Berry

Alabama State

LB

Jerome Howard

Prairie View

LB

Antonio Jenkins

Arkansas Pine Bluff

DB

 Avery Boykin

Mississippi Valley State

DB

 C.J. Morgan

Alcorn State

DB

 Devon Francois

Alcorn State

DB

Brandon Thomas

Texas Southern

SPECIAL TEAMS

K

Haiden McCraney

Alcorn State

P

Cory Carter

Texas Southern

RS

Julian Stafford

Mississippi Valley State


2014 Preseason All-SWAC - Second Team

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB

Benjamin Anderson

Arkansas Pine Bluff

RB

Rakeem Sims

Jackson State

RB

Lenard Tillery

Southern

OL

Robert Roquemore

Alabama State

OL

Detonio Dade

Alcorn State

OL

Tovar Allen

Alabama State

OL

Zach Brown

Southern

OL

Tre Glover

Prairie View

WR

Julian Stafford

Mississippi Valley State

WR

Tobias Singleton

Jackson State

TE

Natron Brooks

Mississippi Valley State

DEFENSE

 DL

 Tedderick Terrell

Jackson State

 DL

Arthur Miley

Southern

 DL

Edward Mosley

Alabama State

 DL

Justin Mitchell

Alabama State

 LB

Ariane McCree

Jackson State

 LB

Daniel Brown

Southern

 LB

William Thomas

Alcorn State

 DB

Quinton Cantue

Alcorn State

 DB

Antonio Sutton

Jackson State

 DB

Anthony Williams Jr.

Alcorn State

 DB

Tray Walker

Texas Southern

SPECIAL TEAMS

K

Ryan Deising

Jackson State

P

Darcy Williamson

Jackson State

RS

Willie Quinn

Southern


Predicted Order of Finish

East

School

Points

Alabama State

93

Alcorn State

91

Jackson State

72

Mississippi Valley

40

Alabama A&M

34

West

School

Points

Southern

95

Prairie View A&M

88

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

66

Texas Southern

50

Grambling

31


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