ATLANTA — Quarterback Johnathan McCrary of Clark Atlanta University was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Preseason Offensive Player of the Year along with linebacker Osband Thompson of Tuskegee University who was selected as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, announced Tuesday during media day at the College Football Hall of Fame.

All votes are submitted by SIAC head coaches and sports information directors.


McCrary, a redshirt senior from Decatur, Ga., completed 142-of-256 passes for 1,903 yards and averaged 211.4 yards per game last season. In his first year in the SIAC, McCrary led the league with 14 touchdown passes. In the come-from-behind victory over Morehouse (Oct. 1) he set SIAC single-game highs with 456 passing yards and five touchdowns.

Thompson recorded 137 tackles in 2016 for the Golden Tigers who advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the second consecutive year. The Miami, Fla. native totaled 67 solo tackles on the year, including 11.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He also forced three fumbles, intercepted one pass, recorded four pass breakups and three quarterback hurries. Thompson was also the 2016 SIAC Defensive Player of the Year and Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Super Region 2 Defensive Player of the Year.

Tuskegee was picked to win the west division with 75 points and 11 first-place votes in the preseason poll. Miles (60) was voted second, ahead of Kentucky State (48), Lane (37), and Central State (21).

Albany State was the preseason favorite in the east division with 65 points and six first-place votes. Fort Valley State earned 55 points followed by Benedict (52), Clark Atlanta (42), and Morehouse (26).

2017 SIAC Preseason Football All-Conference First Team

Johnathon McCrary Quarterback Clark Atlanta Redshirt-Senior Decatur, Ga.
Ryan Edwards Tight end Morehouse Senior Atlanta, Ga.
Okechi Ntiasagwe Wide receiver Benedict Junior Columbia, S.C.
Dre Martin Wide receiver Clark Atlanta Sophomore LaGrange, Ga.
Marcus Holliday Running back Lane Junior Memphis, Tenn.
Ger’Kerry Jackson Running back Miles Junior Montgomery, Ala.
Tedrick Cofield Offensive lineman Albany State Senior Atlanta, Ga.
Leeward Brown Offensive lineman Tuskegee Senior Miami, Fla.
Marcus Campbell, Jr. Offensive lineman Kentucky State Junior Radcliff, Ky.
Justin Brown Offensive lineman Benedict Junior Marietta, Ga.
Howard Bush Offensive lineman Lane Senior Mobile, Ala.
Charles Williams Defensive lineman Benedict Senior Barnwell, S.C.
Rodriguez Jones Defensive lineman Kentucky State Senior Newport News, Va.
Aaryn Guy Defensive lineman Benedict Junior Grand Rapids, Mich.
Kaelan Bonds Defensive lineman Miles Senior Florence, Ala.
David Smith Linebacker Morehouse Senior Newport News, Va.
Osband Thompson Linebacker Tuskegee Senior Miami, Fla.
Kendrick Frazier Linebacker Benedict Senior Charleston, S.C.
Edward Kirkland Defensive back Benedict Senior Columbia, S.C.
Jonah McCutcheon Defensive back Tuskegee Senior Mobile, Ala.
Travionte Brown Defensive back Benedict Sophomore Albany, Ga.
Kenneth Morgan Defensive back Clark Atlanta Sophomore Milledgeville, Ga.
Nick Christiansen Kicker Miles Senior Clayton, N.C.
Juan Serna Punter Fort Valley State Senior Douglasville, Ga.
Ricci Nuckles Kick returner Morehouse Sophomore Suwanee, Ga.
Deandre Jackson Punt returner Clark Atlanta Senior Atlanta, Ga.

2017 SIAC Preseason Football All-Conference Second Team

Marcus Reynolds Quarterback Lane Junior Calhoun, Ga.
Darius Nelson Tight end Benedict Junior Milledgeville, Ga.
Jules St. Ge Wide receiver Kentucky State Sophomore Lakeland, Fla.
Javarrius Cheatham Wide receiver Tuskegee Junior Greenville, Ala.
Jamari Clark Running back Fort Valley State Junior Stockbridge, Ga.
Lavelle Cloyd Running back Kentucky State Senior Lexington, Ky.
Darius Thomas Offensive lineman Central State Sophomore Cincinnati, Ohio
Craig Hinson Offensive lineman Benedict Junior Hephzibah, Ga.
Christopher Ruffin Offensive lineman Miles Senior Bessemer, Ala.
Darius Preyer Offensive lineman Clark Atlanta Junior Montgomery, Ala.
Lowell Richardson Offensive lineman Tuskegee Junior Miami, Fla.
Antonio Johnson Defensive lineman Morehouse Junior Birmingham, Ala.
Voris Bryant Defensive lineman Morehouse Senior Gray, Ga.
Devonte West Defensive lineman Fort Valley State Senior Largo, Fla.
Mekiye Kingston Defensive lineman Clark Atlanta Junior Jonesboro, Ga.
Zavondric Shingleton Linebacker Albany State Senior Millen, Ga.
Anthony Hardy Linebacker Miles Senior Demopolis, Ala.
Keonte Reynolds Linebacker Kentucky State Junior Louisville, Ky.
Nick Scott Defensive back Albany State Senior Ellabell, Ga.
Ryan Luckett Defensive back Kentucky State Senior Orlando, Fla.
Robert Cummings Defensive back Benedict Sophomore Macon, Ga.
Kentron James Defensive back Fort Valley State Junior Tallahassee, Fla.
Carlos Saldana Kicker Clark Atlanta Sophomore Austell, Ga.
Nick Christiansen Punter Miles Senior Clayton, N.C.
Deandre Jackson Kick returner Clark Atlanta Senior Atlanta, Ga.
Ladarrell Pettway Punt returner Tuskegee Redshirt-Sophomore Spanish Fort, Ala.

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year:
Johnathan McCrary, Clark Atlanta

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year:
Osband Thompson, Tuskegee

Predicted Order of Finish

East Division

  1. Albany State — 65 (6)
  2. Fort Valley State — 55 (4)
  3. Benedict — 52 (4)
  4. Clark Atlanta — 42 (2)
  5. Morehouse — 26

West Division

  1. Tuskegee — 75 (11)
  2. Miles — 60 (3)
  3. Kentucky State — 48 (2)
  4. Lane — 37
  5. Central State — 21

First place votes in parenthesis ()

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