Caleb Johnson

The HBCU football season is right around the corner and there is a lot to be excited about in the SWAC.

This offseason has been one for the ages with a number of transfers committing to the SWAC, three players getting selected in the NFL draft, and plenty of top players returning for the 2022 season.

The conference is loaded with talent from top to bottom, which could lead to a heated battle in both divisions for a spot in the SWAC championship game.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the top returning players to watch for this fall.

SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Shedeur Sanders, Jackson State

SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Isaiah Land, Florida A&M

Also read: How long is each SWAC school’s conference championship drought?

Shedeur Sanders, Jackson State
Photo: Mandela Jones/HBCU Sports

All-SWAC Preseason First Team

QB: Shedeur Sanders, Jackson State

RB: Caleb Johnson, Mississippi Valley State

RB: Gary Quarles, Alabama A&M

WR: Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim, Alabama A&M

WR: Malachi Wideman, Jackson State

TE: Kemari Averett, Bethune-Cookman

OL: Dallas Black, Southern

OL: Mark Evans II, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

OL: Drake Centers, Texas Southern

OL: Tony Gray, Jackson State

OL: Robert Alston, Alabama State

DL: Jason Dumas, Southern

DL: Sundiata Anderson, Grambling State

DL: Ronnie Thomas, Mississippi Valley State

DL: Jordan Lewis, Southern

LB: Isaiah Land, Florida A&M

LB: Aubrey Miller, Jackson State

LB: Monroe Beard III, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

DB: BJ Bohler, Florida A&M

DB: Omari Hill-Robinson, Bethune-Cookman

DB: Shilo Sanders, Jackson State

DB: Irshaad Davis, Alabama State

K: Jose Romo Martinez, Florida A&M

P: Josh Sanchez, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

RS: Isaiah Bolden, Jackson State

Andrew Body, Texas Southern
Photo: Corpus Christi Caller-Times

All-SWAC Preseason Second Team

QB: Andrew Body, Texas Southern

RB: Niko Duffey, Alcorn State

RB: LaDarius Owens, Texas Southern

WR: Xavier Smith, Florida A&M

WR: Jacory Rankin, Mississippi Valley State

TE: Jyrin Johnson, Texas Southern

OL: Noah Hayes, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

OL: Tyler Thomas, Grambling State

OL: Trayvon Taylor, Alabama State

OL: Jonathan Williams, Alabama A&M

DL: Gentle Hunt, Florida A&M

DL: Jalen Bell, Mississippi Valley State

DL: Devonta Davis, Jackson State

DL: Troy James, Prairie View A&M

LB: Tarik Cooper, Texas Southern

LB: Claudin Cherelus, Alcorn State

LB: Timon Akins, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

DB: Jamias Presley, Prairie View A&M

DB: Rey Estes, Grambling State

DB: Christopher Daigre, Grambling State

DB: Glenn Brown, Southern

K: Garrett Urban, Grambling State

P: Orlando Fernandez, Mississippi Valley State

RS: Darnell Deas, Bethune-Cookman



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