Southern picked to repeat as SWAC West Champs

Courtesy AP:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Southern University football received 90 first-place votes and was tabbed to repeat as Southwestern Athletic Conference western division champions as voted by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors, the conference announced Tuesday during football media day. 

The Jaguars finished ahead of Prairie View A&M and in-state rival Grambling State in the Western Division vote. Alcorn State received 92 first-place votes and was selected to finish first in the East.

Sophomore defensive end Jordan Lewis, who led the league in sacks as a true freshman, earned first-team preseason All-SWAC honors along with offensive lineman Jodeci Harris, who ended his 2018 campaign as an All-SWAC first-team selection.

Three Jaguars were named to the All SWAC second team including center Jaylon Brinson, safety Montavius Gaines and running back Devon Benn. Southern reports for Fall Camp August 1 and will open the 2019 season at McNeese State in Lake Charles on August 31.

2019 Preseason All-SWAC Football Teams

SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year- Noah Johnson

SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year- Soloman Muhammad

Preseason First Team
QBNoah JohnsonAlcorn State
RBTaeyler PorterArkansas-Pine Bluff
RBDe’Shawn WallerAlcorn State
OLDeJohn JonesPrairie View A&M
OLDeonte BrroksAlcorn State
OLMustaffa IbrahimAlcorn State
OLJodeci HarrisSouthern
OLKevin HallAlcorn State
WRTristan WallacePrairie View A&M
WRDeJuan MillerArkansas-Pine Bluff
TEKendric JohnsonAlabama A&M
DLJordan LewisSouthern
DLChristian ClarkAlabama State
DLJalen StewardArkansas-Pine Bluff
DLAnferenee MullinsGrambling State
LBDarron JohnsonAlabama State
LBArmoni HollowayAlabama A&M
LBSolomon MuhammadAlcorn State
DBJaven MorrisonAlcorn State
DBQwynnterrio ColeAlcorn State
DBJoseph McWilliamsGrambling State
DBJu’Anthony ParkerPrairie View A&M
Special Teams
KCorey McCulloughAlcorn State
PAnthony CravenAlabama State
RSEzra GrayAlabama State
Preseason Second Team
QBAqeel GlassAlabama A&M
RBDawonya TuckerPrairie View A&M
RBDevon BennSouthern
OLChristian RicePrairie View A&M
OLDanny GarzaPrairie View A&M
OLWilliam WaddellGrambling State
OLShonye ReamsAlabama A&M
OLJaylon BrinsonSouthern
WRTren’Davian DixonTexas Southern
WRBrian JenkinsAlabama A&M
TEJeremias HoustonSouthern
DLRon CollinsPrairie View A&M
DLDarrell HendersonAlcorn State
DLTheron BondsAlcorn State
DLKhalil JohnsonJackson State
LBBrelion HollisAlcorn State
LBJulian MarcantelTexas Southern
LBKeonte HamptonJackson State
DBDaquarian FieldsGrambling State
DBJoshua HillAlabama State
DBDaylon BurksAlcorn State
DBMontavious GainesSouthern
Special Teams
KZack ElderPrairie View A&M
PCorey McCulloughAlcorn State
RSTyrin RalphArkansas-Pine Bluff

Predicted Order of Finish

Eastern Division

Alcorn State (92)

Alabama A&M (70)

Jackson State (61)

Alabama State (47)

Mississippi Valley State (30)  

Western Division

Southern (90)

Prairie View A&M (78)

Grambling State (74)

Texas Southern (34)

SArkansas-Pine Bluff (24)

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