Southern’s Lee, Prairie View A&M’s East claim top honors

Jackson State, Grambling State predicted division winners

BIRMINGHAM – The Southwestern Athletic Conference announces its 2008 Preseason All-Conference Football Team with Southern quarterback Bryant Lee and Prairie View A&M linebacker Zach East taking top honors.  The team was selected by nominations and votes from the member schools’ coaches and sports information contacts along with selected members of the media.

Named the preseason offensive player of the year, Lee (6-2, 195, Jr.) spearheaded an offensive unit that finished first in passing offense, second in total offense and fourth in scoring offense last season.  The Boutte, La., native tallied 2,326 passing yards in ten games in 2007.  He threw for 23 touchdowns (leading the SWAC) while finishing with a pass efficiency rating of 152.6 (11th in the FCS).  He ended the season garnering second-team All-Conference honors.

Tabbed the preseason defensive player of the year, East (6-1, 240, Sr.) came on strong during the end of the 2006 season and continued his strong play in 2007.  He finished the 2007 campaign with 127 total tackles (67 solo) while being named SWAC Defensive Player of the Year.  He also tallied 14.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, four forced fumbles and a blocked kick.  He had double-digit stops in nine games last season including an 18-tackle performance versus Grambling State and a 19-tackle performance against Jackson State.  In two years with the Panthers, he has totaled 187 total tackles.

In the predicted order of finish, voters decided that the 2007 division winners will repeat in 2008.  In the Eastern Division, SWAC champion Jackson State received 17 first-place votes en route to 105 total points.  Alabama A&M, the 2006 SWAC champion, received five first-place tallies as they received 92 points.  Mississippi Valley State (51 pts), Alabama State (49 pts) and Alcorn State (33 pts) rounded out the divisional voting.  In the Western Division, 2005 champion Grambling State claimed 11 first-place votes as they earned 96 points.  Southern – the 1999 and 2003 champion – received seven first-place votes as en route to 89 total points.  Prairie View A&M earned four first-place tallies as they finished with 75 points.  Arkansas-Pine Bluff (38 pts) and Texas Southern (32 pts) rounded out the Western Division.

In all, there were 12 seniors selected to the first team and 13 for the second team.  Ten juniors were chosen for the first team while 11 were selected second team. Three sophomores were first-team selections while one was chosen for the second team.

Alabama A&M and Southern led the count with nine preseason selections each.  The Bulldogs received six first-team selections while Southern had five.  Jackson State ended with seven preseason choices – three on first team and four on second team.  Grambling State had three on each team for a total of six selections.  Arkansas-Pine Bluff received four first-team honors and one second-team selection for a total of five.  Mississippi Valley State and Alabama State each garnered four selections while Prairie View A&M had three.  Alcorn State and Texas Southern carried two and one selections, respectively.

Twenty players who received all-conference honors in 2007 were named preseason all-conference in 2008.  Those who received first-team honors last season were: Banks (AAMU), Lands (SU), Maddox (AAMU), East (PVAMU), Johnson (ALST), Turner (UAPB), Donaldson (AAMU), Palmer (JSU) and Duran (SU).  Those who were named second-team in 2007 include: Stewart (SU), Turner (AAMU), Manuel (AAMU), Warren (GSU), Lee (SU), Anthony (UAPB), Peters (UAPB, Licea (AAMU) and Speaks (JSU).

Coaches’ Predicted Order of Finish

(first place votes in parentheses)

Eastern Division

Western Division

2008 SWAC Preseason All-Conference Selections

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

ht

wt

cl

hometown

QB

Bryant Lee

Southern

6-2

195

Jr.

Boutte, LA

2,326 passing yards, 23 TDs, 65.7 comp. %, 232.6 yards/game; 274 rush yards, four rush TDs

 

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

LB

Zach East

 Prairie View A&M

6-1

240

Sr.

Houston, TX

127 tackles (67 solo), 14.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, four forced fumbles

 

First-Team Offense

ht

wt

cl

hometown

OL

Muhammad Karim

Grambling State

6-4

300

Sr.

Dallas, TX

Offensive guard; team had 222.8 pass ypg (5th in SWAC) and 350.5 total offensive yards (4th in SWAC)

OL

Demarcus Stewart

Southern

6-0

285

Sr.

Plaquemine, LA

2007 2nd-team All-SWAC; team has 247.1 pass ypg (1st in SWAC) and 386.1 off. yards (2nd in SWAC)

OL

Darius Turner

Alabama A&M

6-4

297

Sr.

Birmingham, AL

2007 2nd-team All-SWAC; team had 395.5 offensive. yards (1st in SWAC)

OL

Mikael Harshaw

Jackson State

6-4

310

Jr.

Memphis, TN

Team averaged 139.2 rushing yards (3rd in SWAC) and averaged 377.2 offensive yards

OL

Xavier Manuel

Alabama A&M

6-1

307

Jr.

Vinegar Bend, AL

2007 2nd-team All-SWAC; team had 395.5 offensive. yards (1st in SWAC)

TE

Abner Brown

Mississippi Valley State

6-3

210

Sr.

Daytona Beach, FL

34 receptions, 403 yards, 11.9 yards/catch, one touchdown in 2007

WR

Thomas Harris

Alabama A&M

6-0

210

Jr.

Alexander City, AL

51 receptions, 936 yards, seven TDs, 18.4 yards/catch, 1,009 all-purpose yards in 2007

WR

Del Roberts

Southern

5-9

185

Jr.

Tallahassee, FL

42 receptions, 474 yards, two TDs

RB

Frank Warren

Grambling State

6-0

185

So.

Pleasant Grove, AL

196 carries, 901 rushing yards, five rushing TDs, 995 all-purpose yards

RB

Ulysses Banks

Alabama A&M

5-8

172

Jr.

Birmingham, AL

164 carries, 887 rushing yards, nine rushing TDs; two receiving TDs, 128.5 all-purpose yards/game

QB

Bryant Lee

Southern

6-2

195

So.

Boutte, LA

2,326 passing yards, 23 TDs, 65.7 comp. %, 232.6 yards/game; 274 rush yards, four rush TDs

K

Eric Perri

Jackson State

5-8

155

Jr.

Miama, FL

17-24 FGs, 70.8%, long of 50, nine made longer than 30 yards

First-Team Defense

DL

Vincent Lands

Southern

6-1

250

Sr.

Baton Rouge, LA

60 total tackles (32 solo), 22 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, seven pass breakups

DL

Ledarius Anthony

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

6-6

270

Sr.

Pine Bluff, AR

66 tackles (22 solo), 11 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles

DL

Jeremy Maddox

Alabama A&M

6-0

244

Jr.

Grand Bay, AL

29 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three pass breakups

DL

Christian Anthony

Grambling State

6-4

246

Jr.

Birmingham, AL

57 tackles (30 solo), 14 tackles for loss, six sacks, three pass breakups

LB

Zach East

Prairie View A&M

6-1

240

Sr.

Houston, TX

127 tackles (67 solo), 14.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, four forced fumbles

LB

Rechard Johnson

Alabama State

5-11

190

Jr.

Montgomery, AL

121 stops (62 solo), 22.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles

LB

Tim Turner

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

6-2

215

Sr.

Little Rock, AR

Team-high 122 tackles (51 solo), seven tackles for loss, four pass breakups

DB

Al Donaldson

Alabama A&M

5-10

173

Sr.

Crawfordville, FL

51 tackles (37 solo), eight interceptions, 11 pass breakups

DB

Malcolm Palmer

Jackson State

5-11

175

Jr.

Autaugaville, AL

68 tackles (46 solo), four interceptions, 2.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, two blocked kicks

DB

Brandon Averett

Alabama State

5-8

175

Sr.

Phenix City, AL

60 tackles, three interceptions, 11 pass breakups

DB

Stewart Franks

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

6-3

218

Sr.

Little Rock, AR

56 tackles (38 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, two pass breakups

P

Josh Duran

Southern

5-9

180

So.

Eunice, LA

Averaged 40.3 yards per punt, long of 65 yards

RS

Bruce Peters

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

5-11

185

Sr.

Orlando, FL

11.0 punt return average, long of 60 yards, 20.5 kickoff return average, 115 receiving yards

Second-Team Offense

ht

wt

cl

hometown

 

OL

Nelson Baddelle

Mississippi Valley State

6-3

295

Sr.

Jackson, MS

 

OL

Cleveland Collie

Prairie View A&M

6-2

285

Sr.

Royal Palm Beach, FL

 

Team allowed conference-low 12 sacks, team averaged 137.3 rushing yards per game (5th in SWAC)

OL

Bronson Carvalho

Alcorn State

6-3

335

Sr.

Kapaa, HI

 

Team passed for 1,945 yards (6th in SWAC), Team had 61.5 red-zone scoring rate

OL

Andrew Showalter

Alabama State

6-3

300

Jr.

Opp, AL

 

Team led SWAC in rushing yardage (172.5 ypg) while scoring 14 rushing touchdowns

OL

Eric Jones

Jackson State

6-3

285

Jr.

Birmingham, AL

 

Team rushed for 1,671 yards (19 rush TDs) and passed for 2,856 yards (20 pass TDs)

TE

Todd Leichtfuss

Alabama A&M

6-1

223

Jr.

Ventura, CA

 

WR

Juamorris Stewart

Southern

6-3

195

Jr.

Baton Rouge, LA

 

23 receptions, 237 yards, one TD

WR

Brian Haith

Texas Southern

6-1

180

Jr.

Upland, CA

 

48 receptions, 564 yards, two TDs

RB

Ronald Brewer

Mississippi Valley State

5-11

210

So.

Memphis, TN

 

190 rushes, 762 yards, seven TDs

RB

Rahmod Traylor

Alabama State

5-11

205

Jr.

Memphis, TN

 

64 rushes, 356 yards, 5.6 yards per carry, five TDs

QB

Brandon Landers

Grambling State

6-0

200

Sr.

Monroe, LA

 

42 stops (14 solo), 9.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles

K

Jeremy Licea

Alabama A&M

5-7

147

Jr.

Ventura, CA

 

16-21 FG, 11 made over 30 yards (four over 40 yards)

Second-Team Defense

 

DL

Marcus Benard

Jackson State

6-4

260

Sr.

Ypsilanti, MI

 

45 tackles (26 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks

DL

Dalvin Nettles

Prairie View A&M

6-1

320

Jr.

Houston, TX

 

32 tackles (13 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks

DL

Melvin Matthews

Grambling State

6-5

305

Sr.

Clinton, LA

 

19 stops,2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, interception

DL

Kenneth Leichman

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

6-2

260

Jr.

Compton, CA

 

42 stops (14 solo), 9.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles

LB

Marcellus Speaks

Jackson State

6-2

230

Sr.

Jackson, MS

 

85 tackles (42 solo), 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, interception

LB

Johnathan Malveaux

Southern

6-6

250

Jr.

Baton Rouge, LA

 

79 tackles (34 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, five pass breakups

LB

Keefe Hall

Grambling State

6-4

220

Sr.

Houston, TX

 

64 tackles (32 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two pass breakups

DB

Glenn Bell

Southern

5-9

185

Sr.

New Orleans, LA

 

Team-high 80 stops (42 solo), nine tackles for loss, three interceptions, 1.5 sacks

DB

Roderick Williams

Alcorn State

5-10

203

Sr.

Mobile, AL

 

24 tackles (3  tackles for loss), two interceptions, six pass breakups

DB

Dominique Johnson

Jackson State

6-2

200

Sr.

Texas City, TX

 

22 tackles, five interceptions, 14 pass breakups

DB

Michael Williams

Southern

5-11

195

Sr.

Natchez, MS

 

53 tackles (41 solo), four tackles for loss, three interceptions, five pass breakups

P

Rashan Cylar

Alabama A&M

5-10

179

Jr.

Stone Mountain, GA

 

39.6 punting average, long of 64, 19 inside the 20-yard line

RS

Clarence Cotton

Mississippi Valley State

5-10

190

Sr.

D’Iberville, MS

 

2006 stats: 19 punt returns, 9.9 punt return avg., 2 kickoff returns 15.0 KO return avg., 577 receiving yards

 

 



1 COMMENT

  1. No Martell Mallett or Mickey Dean. Now you have made UAPB mad and now Mickey Dean and Mallett must show the SWAC that the preseason selections are a bunch of crap!

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