Saturday, July 30, 2016

Savannah State picked 11th in Preseason MEAC Poll

Two Tigers earn Preseason All-Conference honors

NORFOLK, Virginia -- Savannah State seniors Marquis Smith and John Barron have been named to the Preseason All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Third Team.

Smith, a linebacker from Prince Georges County, Maryland, was second on the team last season with 57 tackles. He led the squad with tackles for losses (7) and also had one interception, one sack, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.

For his career, he enters the season with 241 tackles, having got 124 as a freshman in 2013 and 60 as a sophomore during the 2014 campaign. He has 10 career sacks, two interceptions, three pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and one blocked kick.

Barron, who is sharing preseason honors with South Carolina State kicker Tyler Scandrett, is a native of Marietta, Georgia. Last season, Barron made 11 of 13 extra point attempts and converted 11 of 17 field goal attempts for a team-leading 44 points. He kicked a career-long 44 yard field goal against Colorado State. Barron also handled the kickoffs where he had 36 for 2,012 yards for a 55.9 yard average. Ten of those went for touchbacks.


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