Southland announces 2019 preseason All-Conference football teams

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Chase Fourcade

FRISCO, Texas – The 2019 Southland Conference Football Preseason All-Conference Teams were announced on Thursday, with defending co-champion Nicholls leading the league with 11 total selections.

Led by senior quarterback Chase Fourcade and senior defensive lineman Sully Laiche, the Colonels accounted for eight of the 28 first-team slots. Fourcade, the 2018 Southland Conference Player of the Year, enters his final season with the 10th-most career total offense yards in league history (8,990), and Laiche begins his senior campaign as the active FCS leader in career sacks (25.5).

Central Arkansas earned the second-most selections with seven, followed by six each for Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana.

The Bears’ secondary placed three on the all-league teams with Juan Jackson earning first-team honors after leading the team with 91 tackles in 2018. UCA’s second-leading tackler, junior Jackie Harvell (69), joins classmate Robert Rochell on the second team.

With 1,000 receiving yards in 2019, Sam Houston State wide receiver Nathan Stewart would become just the third player in FCS history to tally 1,000 yards all four years, joining Elon’s Terrell Hudgins and Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp.

The Lions boast a talented crop of return specialists with returning all-conference selections Juwan Petit-Frere and Devonte Williams named to the top squad and punt returner Austin Mitchell appearing on the second team.

Defending co-champion UIW and Abilene Christian placed five on the teams, while Northwestern State garnered four preseason all-conference selections. Houston Baptist, Lamar, McNeese and Stephen F. Austin earned three spots each.

Returning all-conference selections from the previous season are automatically named to the preseason all-conference teams and may advance to higher team slots if they are vacated by non-returning players. Open positions are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches.

The 2019 preseason poll will be revealed next Thursday, July 18, to kick off Southland Football Media Day at the Hilton Houston Post Oak.

1st Team Offense
Pos.NameSchoolClassHometown
QBChase Fourcade*NichollsSr.Metairie, La.
RBCarlos Blackman*Central ArkansasSr.Gosnell, Ark.
RBBilly McCrary*Abilene ChristianSr.Austin, Texas
TE/HBBransen Schwebel*Southeastern LouisianaSr.Amite, La.
WRNathan Stewart*Sam Houston StateSr.Dallas, Texas
WRDai’Jean Dixon*NichollsJr.New Orleans, La.
WRJuwan Petit-Frere*Southeastern LouisianaSr.Orlando, Fla.
OLHunter Watts*Central ArkansasSr.San Antonio, Texas
OLBrandon Floores*UIWSr.La Vernia, Texas
OLTerence Hickman II*UIWSr.Converse, Texas
OLGrant Burguillos*McNeeseSr.Mandeville, La.
OLP.J. BurkhalterNichollsR-Jr.Franklinton, La.
PKStorm RuizStephen F. AustinSr.League City, Texas
PWinston Jones*NichollsSr.Thibodaux, La.
1st Team Defense
Pos.NameSchoolClassHometown
DLSully Laiche*NichollsSr.Grammercy, La.
DLChris Terrell*Central ArkansasSr.Pensacola, Fla.
DLChris Livings*McNeeseSr.Lake Charles, La.
DLDaniel Crosley*LamarSr.DeRidder, La.
LBJeremiah Chambers*Abilene ChristianSr.Austin, Texas
LBEvan Veron*NichollsSr.LaPlace, La.
LBAllen Pittman*NichollsSr.St. Rose, La.
DBHayden Bourgeois*Northwestern StateJr.Church Point, La.
DBZyon McCollum*Sam Houston StateJr.Galveston, Texas
DBColby Burton*McNeeseSr.League City, Texas
DBJuan Jackson*Central ArkansasSr.Gardendale, Ala.
DBDarren Evans*NichollsJr.Baton Rouge, La.
KRJuwan Petit-Frere*Southeastern LouisianaSr.Orlando, Fla.
PRDevonte Williams*Southeastern LouisianaSr.Columbia, Md.
2nd Team Offense
Pos.NameSchoolClassHometown
QBJon Copeland*UIWSo.Argyle, Texas
RBDontrell Taylor*NichollsSr.White Castle, La.
RBMyles WanzaLamarJr.Houston, Texas
TE/HBWoody BrandomSam Houston StateR-Sr.Corona, Calif.
WRTamrick PaceStephen F. AustinSr.Brownsboro, Texas
WRJerreth SternsHouston BaptistSo.Midlothian, Texas
WRJosh FinkAbilene ChristianSr.Coppell, Texas
OLJair JosephNichollsJr.Napoleonville, La.
OLChris ZirkleNorthwestern StateSr.League City, Texas
OLToby SandersonCentral ArkansasJr.Edmond, Okla.
OLKade ParmellyAbilene ChristianJr.Abilene, Texas
OLUzoma OkereUIWJr.Grand Prairie, Texas
PKElvin MartinezLamarJr.Huntsville, Texas
PDavid BalcombUIWSr.Gordon, Australia
2nd Team Defense
Pos.NameSchoolClassHometown
DLErick Fowler*Sam Houston StateSr.Austin, Texas
DLIsaac Adeyemi-BerglundSoutheastern LouisianaSr.Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
DLO’Shea JacksonNorthwestern StateSr.Arlington, Texas
DLAndre WalkerHouston BaptistSr.Slidell, La.
LBCaleb JohnsonHouston BaptistJr.San Diego, Calif.
LBHunter BrownSam Houston StateR-Sr.Weston, Fla.
LBRoyce SeeSam Houston StateSr.Shepherd, Texas
DBKhristian Mims*NichollsSr.Baton Rouge, La.
DBBolu Onifade*Abilene ChristianSr.Oklahoma City, Okla.
DBAlize Ward*Stephen F. AustinSr.San Diego, Calif.
DBJackie HarvellCentral ArkansasJr.Gurdon, Ark.
DBRobert RochellCentral ArkansasJr.Shreveport, La.
KRMyles WardNorthwestern StateSo.Harvey, La.
PRAustin MitchellSoutheastern LouisianaJr.Plaquemine, La.

* Automatic as returning all-SLC

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