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SCSU's Long and Hampton's Sanchez lead All-MEAC Preseason Football Squad; SC State picked on top for Third Straight Year

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July 30, 2010

NORFOLK, Va., - South Carolina State’s Malcolm Long and Julio Sanchez of Hampton earned the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s (MEAC) top football preseason awards, as announced by the conference on Friday afternoon at the Norfolk Marriott Hotel. Long was selected as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year and Sanchez was named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year by the MEAC head football coaches and sports information directors.

For the third year in row the defending MEAC champion South Carolina State Bulldogs were the consensus pick to win the conference title in 2010. The Florida A&M Rattlers finished second in the preseason poll.

Long led the MEAC in passing last year setting a school record with 2,503 total yards with 20 touchdowns. He completed 64-percent of his passes (208-343) and averaged a conference season high 208.6 yards per game. A second team All-MEAC selection and All-State performer in 2009, Long guided the Bulldogs to their second straight conference title while boasting a record high 19-game MEAC win streak.

A native of Gaffney, S.C., Long accounted for 25 total touchdowns last season, five of them rushing. He set new standards for SCSU in completions (209), attempts (324), and completion percentage (64.5) in additional to total yards. Long was recently named as one of 11 quarterback to the Sports Network’s 2010 Payton Award Watch List, which highlights the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

Sanchez , a native of Miami, Florida, finished second in the MEAC last year in total tackles averaging 8.9 per game. He recorded 51 solo, 47 assisted, with 1.5 sacks. He also tallied eight tackles for 23-yard loss, two breakups, one fumble and two fumble recoveries for the Pirates who finished with a 5-6 overall last year.

Sanchez’ efforts in the linebacker corp aided the Pirates’ defense that finished third in the MEAC in total defense, allowing just 278.1 yards per game, and second in rushing defense, giving up just 117.0 yards on the ground per game.

South Carolina State led all teams with eight players on the preseason All-MEAC first team. The Bulldogs also had six players to make the second team.

Offensive Player of the Year: Malcolm Long, South Carolina State Defensive Player of the Year: Julio Sanchez,

Pos Name CL School Hometown
QB Malcolm Long Sr. South Carolina State Gaffney, S.C.
RB DeAngelo Branche r-Sr. Norfolk State Norfolk, Va.
RB Philip Sylvester Sr. Florida A&M Marianna, Fla.
TE Lamont Bryant Jr. Morgan State Newport News, Va.
WR Willie Carter Jr. Howard Denmark, S.C.
WR Isaac West Sr. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
OL Johnny Culbreath r-Sr. South Carolina State Monroe, Ga.
OL Juavahr Nathan r-Sr. South Carolina State Ladson, S.C.
OL Josh Harrison Sr. South Carolina State Lake City, S.C.
OL Kendall Noble Jr. Norfolk State Rocky Mount, N.C.
C Sam Timothy Sr. South Carolina State Portland, Ore.
DL Andre Carroll r-Sr. Delaware State Neptune, N.J.
DL Kenrick Ellis Sr. Hampton West Palm Beach, Fla.
DL Josh Turner Jr. Norfolk State Chesterfield, Va.
DL Jayson Ayers Sr. South Carolina State Clio, S.C.
LB Alvis Graham r-Jr. Florida A&M Orlando, Fla.
LB David Erby Sr. South Carolina State Rock Hill, S.C.
LB Julio Sanchez r-Sr. Hampton Miami, Fla.
DB Qier Hall Sr. Florida A&M Cocoa, Fla.
DB Justin Ferrell Jr. North Carolina A&T Danville, Va.
DB Quay Long Jr. North Carolina A&T Charlotte, N.C.
DB Darren McKahn Sr. Morgan State Miami, Fla.
P Nicholas Adams So. Morgan State Fayetteville, N.C.
P/K Trevor Scott r-Jr. Florida A&M Jacksonville, Fla.
Ret Dwight Fluker-Berry r-Sr. Norfolk State Miami, Fla.

Pos Name CL School Hometown
QB Anthony Glaud r-Sr. Delaware State Sicklerville, N.J.
RB Jaashawn Jones r-Jr. Delaware State Asbury Park, N.J.
RB Mike Mayhew Jr. North Carolina A&T Charlotte, N.C.
TE Sherron Childress r-Sr. Norfolk State Hampton, Va.
WR Kevin Elliot r-Jr. Florida A&M Orlando, Fla.
WR Richard Christie Sr. South Carolina State Miami, Fla.
OL Christopher Sands r-Sr. Florida A&M Tallahassee, Fla.
OL Michael Ola Folorian r-Sr. Hampton Riverdale, Ga.
OL Lawrence Brewer Sr. Morgan State Fort Washington, Md.
OL Calton Ford Sr Norfolk State Chesapeake, Va.
C William Falakiseni Sr. Norfolk State Tonga
DL Ryan Davis Jr. Bethune-Cookman Tampa, Fla.
DL Brandon Peguese r-Sr. Hampton Greensboro, N.C.
DL Micah Stanfield Jr. North Carolina A&T Reidsville, N.C.
DL Ronnell Ferguson Jr. South Carolina State Lincolnton, Ga.
LB Reginald Sandilands Jr. Bethune-Cookman Miami, Fla.
LB Anthony Taylor Sr. Norfolk State Virginia Beach, Va.
LB Julius Wilkerson Sr. South Carolina State Gaffney, S.C.
DB Curtis Holcomb Sr. Florida A&M Miami, Fla.
DB Semaj Moody Sr. South Carolina State Denmark, S.C.
DB Devonne Quattlebaum Sr. South Carolina State Ridge Spring, SC
DB Ricardo Silva r-Sr. Hampton Baltimore, Md.
P Alex Grubb So. North Carolina A&T Lexington, N.C.
P/K Blake Erickson Jr. South Carolina State Pensacola, Fla.
Ret Larrone Moore Sr. Delaware State Hyattsville, Md.

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