Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SIAC Announces 2016 Preseason Football All-Conference Awards

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Albany State running back Jarvis Small was named the 2016 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Preseason Offensive Player of the Year while Tuskegee defensive lineman Julian Morgan was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year, announced by the league on Wednesday.

All votes are submitted by SIAC head football coaches and sports information directors.

Small, who was the 2015 SIAC Offensive Player of the Year, led the SIAC in rushing averaging 103.7 yards per game. Small recorded 1,037 yards in 2015 and scored a conference-high 11 touchdowns. He recorded six games last year where he rushed for over 100 yards, including a season-best 173 yards against Morehouse.

Morgan recorded 54 tackles in 2015 and led the Golden Tigers in sacks (9.5). He tallied nine quarterback hurries and forced three fumbles. Morgan also finished the 2015 campaign with 15.5 tackles for loss.

In addition to the individual awards, the league also announced the predicted order of finish for the 2016 season. Albany State garnered 14 first place votes and 78 points to lead the east division. Morehouse was second (52) followed by Fort Valley State (49), Clark Atlanta (29), and Benedict (22).

In the west division, Miles was picked to finish first with eight first place votes and 72 points. Tuskegee was voted second with seven first place votes and 69 points. Central State followed in third (34), ahead of Lane (27) and Kentucky State (25).

2016 SIAC Football Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
 (First Place Votes in Parenthesis)

East Division                                   Points
 Albany State (14)                 78
  1. Morehouse (2)                     52
  2. Fort Valley State (1)             49
  3. Clark Atlanta                        29
  4. Benedict                               22
West Division                                  Points
 Miles (8)                                72
  1. Tuskegee (7)                         69
  2. Central State                         34
  3. Lane (1)                                 27
  4. Kentucky State                      25

Offensive Player of the Year: Jarvis Small, Albany State
Defensive Player of the Year: Julian Morgan, Tuskegee
2016 SIAC Preseason Football First Team
QBDavid WhippleMilesSeniorGordon, Ga.
TELeo GilbertTuskegeeSeniorMiami, Fla.
WRDesmond ReeceTuskegeeR-SeniorValley, Ala.
WRQuadrey SimmonsAlbany StateJuniorCope, S.C.
RBJamarcus NanceMilesSeniorMuscle Shoals, Ala.
RBJarvis SmallAlbany StateSeniorBrunswick, Ga.
OLChris RuffinMilesJuniorBessemer, Ala.
OLLeeward BrownTuskegeeJuniorMiami, Fla.
OLJavoris WilburnAlbany StateSeniorWarrenton, Ga.
OLMarcus CampbellKentucky St.SophomoreRadcliff, Ky.
OLTedrick CofieldAlbany StateJuniorAtlanta, Ga.
DLGrover StewartAlbany StateSeniorCamillia, Ga.
DLJulian MorganTuskegeeSeniorLithia Springs, Ga.
DLDaryl GeorgeTuskegeeSeniorDouglasville, Ga.
DLBretton ErvinKentucky St.SophomoreLouisville, Ky.
LBDeonate GaryCentral StateSeniorLakeland, Fla.
LBJavonte KellyLaneSeniorMemphis, Tenn.
LBOsband ThompsonTuskegeeJuniorMiami, Fla.
DBClim RobbinsCentral StateSeniorWest Orlando, Fla.
DBJonah McCutcheonTuskegeeR-JuniorMobile, Ala.
DBNick ScottAlbany StateSeniorEllabell,Ga.
DBNehemiah CowardCentral StateSeniorClermont, Fla.
KNick ChristiansenMilesJuniorClayton, N.C.
PJuan SernaFort ValleyJuniorDouglasville, Ga.
KRAmyr SmithMorehouseSophomoreAtlanta, Ga.
PRAmyr SmithMorehouseSophomoreAtlanta, Ga.
2016 SIAC Preseason Football Second Team

QBCaleb EdmondsAlbany StateSeniorSmyrna, Ga.
TERyan EdwardsMorehouseSeniorAtlanta, Ga.
WRCharles JohnsonKentucky St.JuniorErlanger, Ky.
WRBrenton MartinClark AtlantaSophomoreMarietta, Ga.
RBReginal HarrisKentucky St.SophomoreMiami, Fla.
RBJaha McCrayClark AtlantaJuniorJacksonville, Fla.
OLTrey WilsonMorehouseSophomoreLawrenceville, Ga.
OLHoward BushLaneJuniorMobile, Ala.
OLMichael MoagaKentucky St.SeniorLexington, Ky.
OLAliou DioufCentral StateJuniorCincinnati, Ohio
OLDarryl CarrLaneJuniorSauk Village, Ill.
DLDevonta RamseurTuskegeeJuniorShelby, N.C.
DLRay TaylorLaneSophomoreMemphis, Tenn.
DLVoris BryantMorehouseJuniorGray, Ga.
DLDarion HallTuskegeeSeniorWetumpka, Ala.
LBTrevon SpencerKentucky St.SeniorLouisville, Ky.
LBStephen WilliamsBenedictSeniorWilliamston, S.C.
LBZavondric ShingletonAlbany StateSeniorMillen, Ga.
DBDarius HolmesTuskegeeR-SophomoreWarner Robins, Ga.
DBCedric PooleMilesSeniorBirmingham, Ala.
DBJaquatin VictrumClark AtlantaJuniorMiami, Fla.
DBEmmauel ParksMorehouseSeniorAtlanta, Ga.
KBill RoseKentucky St.SeniorLawrenceburg, Ky.
PTerry WileyAlbany StateJuniorDouglas, Ga.
KRGeorge Myers, Jr.BenedictJuniorHephzibah, Ga.
PRClim RobbinsCentral StateSeniorWest Orlando, Fla.

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