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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced its 2019 All-SWAC Preseason teams and Predicted Order of Finish on Tuesday with Alcorn State and Southern tabbed to finish in first place in the Eastern and Western divisions respectively in a vote conducted by the leagues’ Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors.swacfb media day19

Alcorn State led all SWAC programs with a total of 14 selections on the All-SWAC Preseason First and Second teams. Prairie View A&M came in second in the number of Preseason All-Conference selectons with a total of eight student-athletes.

Alcorn State’s Noah Johnson was named the 2019 SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year after an impressive 2018 campaign in which he led the Braves to a SWAC Championship title and Celebration Bowl appearnace. In three seasons, Johnson ranks eighth all-time in school history in touchdown passes (30), ninth in passing yards (4,018) and 10th in rushing yards (1,867).

In 2018, he threw for 2,207 yards and 15 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,080 yards and 11 touchdowns. Johnson ranked third in the nation in rushing yards per carry (7.5) and 16th in completion percentage (.621).

Soloman Muhammad also from Alcorn State, was tabbed the leagues’ 2019 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year after also being named a 2018 HBCU All-American and a 2018 SWAC All-Conference First-Team honoree.

He finished second on the team in tackles with 64 despite missing two games. He also wrapped up 4.0 sacks and 9.0 tackles for a loss. It came after a breakout year in 2017 where he notched 52 tackles in just seven games including 6.5 tackles for a loss, 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.



Alabama A&M, Jackson State, Alabama State, and Mississippi Valley State round out the predicted order of finish in the SWAC’s Eastern Division.

In the SWAC’s Western Division, Prairie View A&M, Grambling State, Texas Southern, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff were tabbed to finish in second, third, fourth, and fifth place respectively.

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

Offense

QB

Noah Johnson

Alcorn State

RB

Taeyler Porter

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

RB

De’Shawn Waller

Alcorn State

OL

DeJohn Jones

Prairie View A&M

OL

Deonte Brroks

Alcorn State

OL

Mustaffa Ibrahim

Alcorn State

OL

Jodeci Harris

Southern

OL

Kevin Hall

Alcorn State

WR

Tristen Wallace

Prairie View A&M

WR

DeJuan Miller

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

TE

Kendric Johnson

Alabama A&M

Defense

DL

Jordan Lewis

Southern

DL

Christian Clark

Alabama State

DL

Jalen Steward

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

DL

Anferenee Mullins

Grambling State

LB

Darron Johnson

Alabama State

LB

Armoni Holloway

Alabama A&M

LB

Solomon Muhammad

Alcorn State

DB

Javen Morrison

Alcorn State

DB

Qwynnterrio Cole

Alcorn State

DB

Joseph McWilliams

Grambling State

DB

Ju’Anthony Parker

Prairie View A&M

Special Teams

K

Corey McCullough

Alcorn State

P

Anthony Craven

Alabama State

RS

Ezra Gray

Alabama State

Preseason Second Team

Offense

QB

Aqeel Glass

Alabama A&M

RB

Dawonya Tucker

Prairie View A&M

RB

Devon Benn

Southern

OL

Christian Rice

Prairie View A&M

OL

Danny Garza

Prairie View A&M

OL

William Waddell

Grambling State

OL

Shonye Reams

Alabama A&M

OL

Jaylon Brinson

Southern

WR

Tren’Davian Dixon

Texas Southern

WR

Brian Jenkins

Alabama A&M

TE

Jeremias Houston

Southern

Defense

DL

Ron Collins

Prairie View A&M

DL

Darrell Henderson

Alcorn State

DL

Theron Bonds

Alcorn State

DL

Khalil Johnson

Jackson State

LB

Brelion Hollis

Alcorn State

LB

Julian Marcantel

Texas Southern

LB

Keonte Hampton

Jackson State

DB

Daquarian Fields

Grambling State

DB

Joshua Hill

Alabama State

DB

Daylon Burks

Alcorn State

DB

Montavious Gaines

Southern

Special Teams

K

Zack Elder

Prairie View A&M

P

Corey McCullough

Alcorn State

RS

Tyrin Ralph

Arkansas-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)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (24)

 

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