ATLANTA – Running back Justin Hardy of Miles College was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Preseason Offensive Player of the Year along with linebacker Davoris Thomas of Tuskegee University who was selected as Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, announced Tuesday during media day at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.

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


Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Justin Hardy, Running back
Miles College

Hardy, a senior from Homewood, Ala., led the SIAC last season in total rushing yards (1,197), yards per game (119.7), rushing touchdowns (12), total touchdowns (13), and scoring (78 points). He was ninth in Division II in rushing yards and had six 100-yard games and four games with more than 165 yards, including a 210-yard, three-touchdown effort against Central State.

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Davoris Thomas, Linebacker
Tuskegee University

Thomas, a junior from Mobile, Ala., finished the season with 80 tackles (44 solo, 36 assist), which included five and a half tackles for loss, a pass breakup, and four quarterback hurries. In conference, Thomas managed 7.2 tackles per game, which placed him at No. 13 in the conference for tackles. The junior linebacker recorded three sacks on the season for the Golden Tigers to claim the conference championship title.

Preseason Rankings
In the East Division, Albany State is anticipated to capture the Eastern Division Championship title as they had seven first-place picks. With two first-place votes, Benedict was voted ahead of defending Eastern Division Champs, Fort Valley State, who had one first-place vote. Morehouse and Clark Atlanta round out the eastern division.

In the West Division, defending SIAC Champions, Tuskegee, is anticipated to top the West as they received six first-place votes. Miles is picked to finish second with three first-place votes. With one first-place vote, Kentucky State is predicted to finish third above Central State and Lane who rounds out the western division.

Football Preseason Rankings by Division
East Division
1.         Albany State (7)
2.         Benedict (2)
3.         Fort Valley State (1)
4.         Morehouse
5.         Clark Atlanta

West Division
1.         Tuskegee (6)
2.         Miles (3)
3.         Kentucky State (1)
4.         Central State
5.         Lane

*First place votes in parenthesis.

2018 SIAC Football – Preseason Team
First Team

Jamarcus Ezell Quarterback Tuskegee Demopolis, Al
Joseph Castellanos Tight End Kentucky State North Brunswick, N.J.
Javarrius Cheatham Wide Receiver Tuskegee Greenville, Al
Mike Green Wide Receiver Albany State Albany, GA
Justin Hardy Running Back Miles Homewood, AL
Brett Sylve Running Back Kentucky State Hammond, LA.
Jamie Glenn Offensive Lineman Albany State Snellville, GA
Jean Cyriaque Offensive Lineman Morehouse Durham, N.C.
Justin Brown Offensive Lineman Benedict Marietta, Ga
Darrius Hicks Offensive Lineman Fort Valley State Camilla, Ga
Lowell Richardson Offensive Lineman Tuskegee Miami, Fl.
Antonio Johnson Defensive Lineman Morehouse Birmingham, Al
Marquel Shelton Defensive Lineman Miles Bessemer, Al.
Terrance Leatherwood Defensive Lineman Tuskegee Northport, Al
Charles Williams Defensive Lineman Benedict Barnwell, S.C
David Brown Linebacker Fort Valley State Ellenwood, GA.
Davoris Thomas Linebacker Tuskegee Mobile, Ala.
Xavier George Linebacker Benedict Jacksonville, Fla.
Aaron Dore Defensive Back Fort Valley State McDonough, GA.
Darnell Hill Defensive Back Tuskegee Miami, Fl.
Cameron Young Defensive Back Fort Valley State Eastman, Ga
Travionte Brown Defensive Back Benedict Albany, GA
Dalton Hall Kicker Tuskegee Hartsville, South Carolina.
Gabriel Ballinas Punter Albany State Guadeloupe, Mexico
Brett Sylve Kick Returner Kentucky State Hammond, La.
Lorenzo Smothers Punt Returner Fort Valley State Buena Vista, Ga

Second Team

Slade Jarmon Quarterback Fort Valley State Pensacola, Fl
Ryan Edwards Tight End Morehouse Atlanta, Ga
Johnathon Sanders Wide Receiver Clark Atlanta East Point, Ga
Amyr Smith Wide Receiver Morehouse Atlanta, Ga
Terraris Saffold Running Back Central State Hayneville, AL.
McKinley Habersham Running Back Albany State Savannah, Ga
Marcus Campbell Offensive Lineman Kentucky State Radcliff, Ky.
Roger Womack Offensive Lineman Miles Birmingham, Ala.
Craig Hinson Offensive Lineman Benedict Hephzibah, Ga
Rochelin Romain Offensive Lineman Tuskegee Pompano Beach, Fl.
Jah-Mai Davidson Offensive Lineman Clark Atlanta Snellville, GA.
Demetrius Harris Defensive Lineman Fort Valley State Decatur, Ga
Kamari Jones-Hunter Defensive Lineman Morehouse New York, NY
Bundrea Conway Defensive Lineman Morehouse Lansing, MI
Kali James Defensive Lineman Tuskegee Stockbridge, GA.
Austin Stephens Linebacker Miles Mumford, Ala.
Kailen Abrams Linebacker Central State Detroit, Mi.
Kevin Dawson Linebacker Tuskegee Tallahassee, Fl
Quantavious Singletary Defensive Back Clark Atlanta Moultrie, Ga.
Nicco Whigham Defensive Back Fort Valley State North Lauderdale, Fl.
Jaylin Boyd Defensive Back Albany State Fairburn, Ga
Macaiah Page Defensive Back Morehouse Upper Marlboro, MD
Carlos Saldana Kicker Clark Atlanta Austell, Ga.
Vincente Luis Juan-Pena Punter Lane Temple City, Ga
Lorenzo Smothers Kick Returner Fort Valley State Buena Vista, GA
Brett Sylve Punt Returner Kentucky State Hammond, La.

 

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