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
|QB||Ben Anderson||Arkansas - Pine Bluff|
|RB||Isaiah Crowell||Alabama State|
|RB||Justin Billings||Arkansas - Pine Bluff|
|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|
|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|
|DB||Qua Cox||Jackson State|
|DB||Ryan Shaw||Arkansas - Pine Bluff|
|DB||Kevin Eugene||Mississippi Valley State|
2013 Preseason All-SWAC Football Preseason - Second Team
|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|
|DL||Carlton Jones||Alabama State|
|DL||Reginald Bailey||Alabama A&M|
|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)
|1.||Arkansas - Pine Bluff||105 (14)|
|3.||Prairie View A&M||82 (3)|
|4.||Grambling State||51 (1)|
|1.||Alabama State||108 (15)|
|2.||Jackson State||102 (9)|
|4.||Mississippi Valley State||51|
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).