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Bulldogs Picked to Finish 3rd in SWAC East

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BIRMINGHAM -- Montaurius Smith, Corey Johnson, Reginald Bailey, Justin Goodrich and Derrick Harris were each named to the Preseason All-SWAC second-team announced today at the Southwestern Athletic Conference football media days.

Bailey, Johnson, Smith and Harris each received their first preseason nod while Goodrich earns his second straight as he was named to the 2012 squad.

Also for the second straight year the Bulldogs were picked to fininsh third in the Eastern Division. At the beginning of 2012 A&M was in a similar situation after coming off their fifth championship game in the last ten years. They finished the season third with a 6-3 record.
Defending champion, UAPB, led the way with 11 selections including nine voted to the first team. Alabama State, Jackson State, and Prairie View A&M had seven picks apiece. ASU and PVAMU tallied three players on the first team with JSU posting two.

Alabama A&M and Southern each recorded five picks with SU finishing the tally with three players making the first team. Rounding out the selections include: Mississippi Valley with four players, registering two on the top team. Alcorn State, Grambling State and Texas southern posted one player apiece on the second team.

For the predicted order of finish in both divisions, Arkansas-Pine Bluff totaled 105 points, including 14 first-place votes, to become the favorite out of the West Division. Southern followed with 88 points, Prairie View A&M gathered 83 points, with Grambling State (51) and Texas Southern (38) closing the division's preseason ranking.

In the East Division, Alabama State claimed 108 points with 15 first-place votes. Jackson State received 102 points followed by Alabama A&M (60), Mississippi Valley State (51) and Alcorn State (40).

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Ben Anderson (QB) - Arkansas - Pine Bluff

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Qua Cox (DB) - Jackson State


2013 Preseason All-SWAC Football Preseason - First Team
OFFENSE

QB Ben Anderson Arkansas - Pine Bluff
RB Isaiah Crowell Alabama State
RB Justin Billings Arkansas - Pine Bluff
WR Lee Doss Southern
WR LaDarius Eckwood Arkansas - Pine Bluff
TE Dezmond Beverly Arkansas - Pine Bluff
OL Kenny Eagle Arkansas - Pine Bluff
OL Tre Glover Prairie View A&M
OL Damien Love Alabama State
OL Dillon Bonnet Prairie View A&M
OL Edmund Davis Alabama State
PK Bobby Wenzig Alabama State
P Bobby Wenzig Alabama State
RS Virgil Williams Southern


DEFENSE

DL Robert Simpson Mississippi Valley State
DL Damien Lee Arkansas - Pine Bluff
DL Tedderick Terrell Jackson State
DL DeMarcus Berry Arkansas - Pine Bluff
LB Jer-Ryan Harris Arkansas - Pine Bluff
LB Jerome Harris Prairie View A&M
LB Anthony Balancier Southern
DB Qua Cox Jackson State
DB Ryan Shaw Arkansas - Pine Bluff
DB Kevin Eugene Mississippi Valley State
DB Virgil Williams Southern


2013 Preseason All-SWAC Football Preseason - Second Team

OFFENSE

QB Dray Joseph Southern
RB Tommy Gooden Jackson State
RB Rakeem Sims Jackson State
WR Julian Stafford Mississippi Valley State
WR Montaurius Smith Alabama A&M
TE Justin Robinson Alabama State
TE Olatunde' Idowu Prairie View A&M
OL Keathric Brown Arkansas - Pine Bluff
OL Jordan Arthur Jackson State
OL Clint Marsh Grambling State
OL Justin Goodrich Alabama A&M
OL Antonio Griggs Mississippi Valley State
PK Chris Barrick Prairie View A&M
P Travis Jatzlau Prairie View A&M
RS Johnta' Hebert Prairie View A&M


DEFENSE

DL Carlton Jones Alabama State
DL Reginald Bailey Alabama A&M
DL Arthur Miley Southern
DL Corey Johnson Alabama A&M
LB Xavier Lofton Arkansas - Pine Bluff
LB Todd Wilcher Jackson State
LB DeMarques Taylor Alabama State
DB Cameron Loeffler Jackson State
DB Jamison Knox Alcorn State
DB Le'Tevin Wilcox Texas Southern
DB Derrick Harris Alabama A&M



2013 Predicted Order of Finish: (First-Place Votes)

WEST DIVISION

1. Arkansas - Pine Bluff 105 (14)
2. Southern 88 (6)
3. Prairie View A&M 82 (3)
4. Grambling State 51 (1)
5. Texas Southern 38


EAST DIVISION

1. Alabama State 108 (15)
2. Jackson State 102 (9)
3. Alabama A&M 60
4. Mississippi Valley State 51
5. Alcorn State 40


ABOUTH THE SWAC
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), established in 1920, is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., which is comprised of historically black universities in the Southern United States. It participates in the NCAA's Division I for all sports and the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

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