McNeese lands 10 players on All-Southland preseason teams

McNeese lands 10 players on All-Southland preseason teams
(Source: KPLC)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The first sign that the 2018 football season is near was released on Thursday morning when the Southland Conference announced its preseason all-conference teams that features 10 McNeese Cowboys – five on each the first and second teams.

Senior running back David Hamm, along with junior tight end Lawayne Ross and senior kicker Gunnar Raborn, were automatic selections on the first team after being named to the 2017 all-conference postseason first-team squad.

Senior punter Alex Kjellsten and senior linebacker B.J. Blunt were voted by the league coaches onto the preseason first team unit.

Garnering second team honors includes senior quarterback James Tabary and junior offensive lineman Grant Burguillos on offense while junior defensive line man Chris Livings is joined on the defensive side of the ball by junior defensive back Colby Burton and sophomore back Darion Dunn.

The 2018 preseason poll will be released during the SLC Football Media Day event on July 19 in Houston.

McNeese opens its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 at Northern Colorado and will open up fall camp on August 2

First Team All-Conference Offense

Pos.

Name

School

Class

Hometown

QB

Chase Fourcade

Nicholls

Jr.

Metairie, La.

RB

David Hamm*

McNeese

Sr.

Klein, Texas

RB

Carlos Blackman*

Central Arkansas

Jr.

Gosnell, Ark.

TE/HB

Lawayne Ross*

McNeese

Jr.

Richwood, Texas

WR

Davion Davis*

Sam Houston State

Sr.

Hutto, Texas

WR

Nathan Stewart*

Sam Houston State

Jr.

Dallas, Texas

WR

Damion Jeanpiere*

Nicholls

Sr.

Kenner, La.

OL

Mitchell Watanabe*

Sam Houston State

Sr.

San Antonio, Texas

OL

Ryan Hanley*

Nicholls

Sr.

Metaire, La.

OL

Chandler Arceneaux*

Nicholls

Sr.

Bourg, La.

OL

Eric David*

Sam Houston State

Jr.

Richmond, Texas

OL

Tristan Wendt

Sam Houston State

Sr.

Schulenberg, Texas

AP

Davion Davis*

Sam Houston State

Sr.

Hutto, Texas

PK

Gunnar Raborn*

McNeese

Sr.

Lafayette, La.

P

Alex Kjellsten

McNeese

Sr.

Lake Charles, La.

First Team All-Conference Defense

Pos.

Name

School

Class

Hometown

DL

Chris Terrell*

Central Arkansas

Jr.

Pensacola, Fla.

DL

Eric Jackson*

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Apopka, Fla.

DL

Sully Laiche*

Nicholls

Jr.

Gramercy, La.

DL

Kenny Dotson*

Nicholls

Sr.

Plaquemine, La.

LB

Allen Pittman*

Nicholls

Jr.

St. Rose, La.

LB

Hezekiah White

Nicholls

Sr.

Boutte, La.

LB

BJ Blunt

McNeese

Sr.

New Orleans, La.

DB

Raphael Lewis*

Houston Baptist

Sr.

Elk Grove, Calif.

DB

Alize Ward*

Stephen F. Austin

Jr.

San Diego, Calif.

DB

Corey Abraham*

Nicholls

Sr.

Breaux Bridge, La.

DB

Juan Jackson*

Central Arkansas

Jr.

Gardendale, Ala.

DB

Ahmani Martin*

Nicholls

Sr.

Reserve, La.

KR

Juwan Petit-Frere*

Southeastern Louisiana

Jr.

Orlando, Fla.

PR

Davion Davis*

Sam Houston State

Sr.

Hutto, Texas

Second Team All-Conference Offense

Pos.

Name

School

Class

Hometown

QB

James Tabary

McNeese

Sr.

New Orleans, La.

RB

Kyran Irvin*

Nicholls

Jr.

Darrow, La.

RB

Marcus Cooper

Southeastern Louisiana

So.

Altair, Texas

TE/HB

Josh Nix

Central Arkansas

So.

Tuscumbia, Ala.

WR

Tamrick Pace*

Stephen F. Austin

Jr.

Brownsboro, Texas

WR

Kody Edwards

UIW

Sr.

Mesquite, Texas

WR

Dai’jean Dixon

Nicholls

So.

New Orleans, La.

OL

Adrian Harris

Central Arkansas

So.

Tyler, Texas

OL

Hunter Watts

Central Arkansas

Jr.

San Antonio, Texas

OL

Alfred Beverly

Southeastern Louisiana

Jr.

Beaumont, Texas

OL

Grant Burguillos

McNeese

Jr.

Mandeville, La.

OL

Eddie Houston

Nicholls

Sr.

Newton, Miss.

AP

Alize Ward

Stephen F. Austin

Jr.

San Diego, Calif.

PK

Lorran Fonseca*

Nicholls

Sr.

Hercules, Calif.

P

Caleb Lewallen

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

Kingwood, Texas

Second Team All-Conference Defense

Pos.

Name

School

Class

Hometown

DL

Chris Stewart*

Sam Houston State

Sr.

Petal, Miss.

DL

Chris Livings

McNeese

Jr.

Lake Charles, La.

DL

Cardell Best

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Little Elm, Texas

DL

Nathan Grant

Central Arkansas

So.

Carrollton, Texas

LB

Raphael Garner

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Thomasville, Ala.

LB

Tamarcus Russell

Southeastern Louisiana

Sr.

Dadeville, Ala.

LB

Ryan Woods

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

Pearland, Texas

DB

Trenton Gordon

Stephen F. Austin

So.

Rowlett, Texas

DB

Bolu Onifade

Abilene Christian

So.

Oklahoma City, Okla.

DB

Darion Dunn

McNeese

So.

Oakdale, La.

DB

Zyon McCollum

Sam Houston State

So.

Galveston, Texas

DB

Colby Burton

McNeese

Jr.

League City, Texas

KR

Cedric Battle

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Wichita Falls, Texas

PR

Zae Giles

Lamar

Jr.

Austin, Texas

Automatic selection; returning all-conference player

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