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11 Braves, 5 Tigers, 3 Delta Devils on Preseason All-SWAC Team

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Press Release from Southwestern Athletic Conference

The Southwestern Athletic Conference released its 2016 SWAC Preseason Teams with Southern running back Lenard Tillery and Alabama State linebacker Kourtney Berry being tabbed for individual honors. 

The teams were released during the 2016 SWAC Football Media Day after ballots were completed by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. Fifty-one players were named to this year’s preseason teams, with several returning players that earned all-conference at the conclusion of the 2015 season. Should a player that was named to the first team during the postseason not return, the second-team player for that position was elevated to the first team. Players were ranked in their position based on the number of votes received.

After leading the league in rushing en route to a second-straight first-team All-SWAC nod, Tillery was the voters’ favorite for the SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year award.  For the third-straight year, Berry was tabbed as SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. 

Tillery rushed for 1,211 yards on 197 carries (6.1 average) in 2015, scoring a SWAC-best 14 touchdowns on the ground for the Jaguars. He was the only runner to average 100 yards or better a game, posting an average of 110.1 yards per contest.

The Baton Rouge, La. native is one of five Southern players on the preseason first-team offense, with quarterback Austin Howard, offensive linemen Anthony Mosley and Terrell Lee, tight end Dillon Beard and return specialist Willie Quinn. Rounding out the first-team offense are running back Martez Carter (Grambling State), offensive linemen Detonio Dade (Alcorn State), Justin Miller (Grambling State), Josiah Freeman (Prairie View A&M), and wide receivers Chad Williams (Grambling State) and Daniel Williams (Jackson State).

Berry, who won the 2015 SWAC Defensive Player of the Year award, has led the SWAC in stops during each of his first three seasons. The Merrillville, Ind. product accounted for a league-best 130 tackles and two fumble recoveries. He is a three-time First Team All-SWAC performer and has earned several pre-and post-season honors.

Joining Berry on the preseason first-team defense are: defensive linemen Stacey Garner (Alcorn State), Javancy Jones (Jackson State), Mike Brooks (Alcorn State), and DeVohn Reed (Prairie View A&M), linebackers Darien Anderson (Alcorn State) and Willie Duncan (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), and defensive backs Guy Stallworth (Grambling State), Marquice O’Leary (Prairie View A&M), Danny Johnson (Southern) and Marquis Green (Mississippi Valley State).

Kicker Marc Orozco (Grambling State) and punter Haiden McCraney were each tabbed as first team selections for special teams.


Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Lenard Tillery (RB) – Southern


Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Kourtney Berry (LB) - Alabama State


2016 Preseason All SWAC Football Team
* indicates tie in voting at the position

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB

Austin Howard

Southern

RB

Lenard Tillery

Southern

RB

Martez Carter

Grambling State

OL

Detonio Dade

Alcorn State

OL

Justin Miller

Grambling State

OL

Anthony Mosley

Southern

OL

Josiah Freeman

Prairie View A&M

OL

Terrell Lee

Southern

WR

Chad Williams

Grambling State

WR

Daniel Williams

Jackson State

TE

Dillon Beard

Southern

DEFENSE

DL

 Stacey Garner

Alcorn State

DL

 Javancy Jones

Jackson State

DL

Mike Brooks

Alcorn State

DL

DeVohn Reed

Prairie View A&M

LB

Kourtney Berry

Alabama State

LB

Darien Anderson

Alcorn State

LB

Willie Duncan

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

DB

Guy Stallworth

Grambling State

DB

Marquice O’Leary

Prairie View A&M

DB

Danny Johnson

Southern

DB

Marquis Green

Mississippi Valley State

SPECIAL TEAMS

K

Marc Orozco

Grambling State

P

Haiden McCraney

Alcorn State

RS

Willie Quinn

Southern

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB

Lennoris Footman

Alcorn State

RB

Khalid Thomas

Alabama State

RB

Arron Baker

Alcorn State

OL

David Adams

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

OL

Sam Baptiste

Alabama State

OL

Frank Carter

Jackson State

OL

Markus Cook

Jackson State

OL

Kerry Williams

Alabama State

WR

Derrick Griffin

Texas Southern

WR

Marquis Warford *

Alcorn State

WR

Willie Young *

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

TE

Brandon Campbell

Alcorn State

DEFENSE

 DL

Cornelius Henderson

Jackson State

 DL

CeaJae Bryant

Southern

 DL

Robert Brown

Alabama State

 DL

Roderick Henderson

Alabama State

 LB

Bryan Brower

Alabama A&M

 LB

Aaron Tiller

Southern

 LB

Arkez Cooper

Grambling State

 DB

D'Andre Smith

Alcorn State

 DB

Farrean Toney

Mississippi Valley State

 DB

Dominique Weaver

Prairie View A&M

 DB

Eric Foster

Alcorn State

SPECIAL TEAMS

K

Jamie Gillan

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

P

Trevor Vincent

Alabama State

RS

Booker Chambers*
Octayvious Miles*

Mississippi Valley State
Alabama A&M

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