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SWAC announces Spring 2021 Preseason Football Team

The SWAC announces Spring 2021 Preseason Football Team
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala — The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced its Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football team highlighted by Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Felix Harper and Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Keonte Hampton. The preseason team was voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors and was announced during day one of the Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Virtual Media Days. 

After helping lead the Braves to an eight-win regular season highlighted by a 6-1 mark in conference play, Alcorn State quarterback Felix Harper was tabbed as the Preseason SWAC Offensive Player of the Year. Harper took the league by storm this past season after taking over as the Braves starter at quarterback. He tallied 29 touchdowns during the regular season to go along with 167 completions, 2,387 passing yards good for a 167.9 efficiency rating.  

 Jackson State’s Keonte Hampton, a sophomore linebacker from West Point, Miss. was named Preseason SWAC Defensive Player of the Year after racking up 106 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. Hampton concluded the regular season ranked in the top five in the SWAC in total tackles, tackles per game (8.8 tpg), and sacks (4.5).

 Alabama A&M led all member institutions with nine total selections followed by Prairie View A&M (8), Alcorn State (7), Univ. of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6), Southern (6), Alabama State (5), Jackson State (5), Texas Southern (3), and Mississippi Valley State (1). 

A complete listing of the Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Team and individual award winners can be found below. 

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year- Felix Harper, QB, Alcorn State

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year- Keonte Hampton, LB, Jackson State


Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football First Team Offense

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football First Team Offense

Position    Name    Classification    School    Hometown

QB    Felix Harper    Redshirt Senior    Alcorn State    Fairburn, Ga.

RB    Devon Benn    Redshirt Senior    Southern    New Orleans, La.

RB    Keshawn Harper    Senior    Jackson State    Mobile, Ala.

OL    Mark Evans, II    Junior    Arkansas-Pine Bluff    Houston, Texas

OL    Danny Garza    Senior    Prairie View A&M    San Antonio, Texas

OL    Atondre Smith    Senior    Arkansas-Pine Bluff    Desoto, Texas

OL    Cedric Dunbar    Junior    Jackson State    Natchez, Miss.

OL    Johnathan Bishop    Senior    Southern    Birmingham, Ala.

WR    Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim    Sophomore    Alabama A&M    Miramar, Fla.

WR    Harry Ballard, III    Senior    Arkansas-Pine Bluff    St. Louis, Mo.

TE    Kendric Johnson    Redshirt Junior    Alabama A&M    New Market, Ala.

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football First Team Defense

Position    Name    Classification    School    Hometown

DL    Jason Dumas    Junior    Prairie View A&M    Vacherie, La.

DL    Jerry Garner    Senior    Mississippi Valley State    Chunchula, Ala.

DL    Christian Clark    Redshirt Senior    Alabama State    Euclid, Ohio

DL    Marcus Cushine    Junior    Alabama A&M    Broward Ct., Fla.

LB    Armoni Holloway    Senior    Alabama A&M    Pinson, Ala.

LB    Keonte Hampton    Junior    Jackson State    West Point, Miss.

LB    Tre'Shaud Smith    Senior    Prairie View A&M    Centreville, Miss.

DB    Qwynnterrio Cole    Senior    Alcorn State    Memphis, Tenn.

DB    Naytron Culpepper    Junior    Alabama State    Miami, Fla.

DB    Drake Cheatum    Junior    Prairie View A&M    Mesquite, Texas

DB    Jaylen Harris    Redshirt Senior    Prairie View A&M    Round Rock, Tx.

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football First Team Specialist 

Position    Name    Classification    School    Hometown

K    Spencer Corey    Senior    Alabama A&M    New Palestine, Ind.

P    Caleb Darbone    Junior    Prairie View A&M    Lake Charles, La.

RS    Tyrin Ralph    Redshirt Senior    Arkansas-Pine Bluff    New Orleans, La.

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football Second Team Offense

 Position    Name    Classification    School    Hometown

QB    Aqeel Glass    Senior    Alabama A&M    St. Louis, Mo.

RB    Ezra Gray    Redshirt Senior    Alabama State    Lynnhaven, Fla.

RB    Niko Duffey    Sophomore    Alcorn State    Tampa, Fla.

OL    Dexter Fuqua, II    Junior    Alabama A&M    Tanner, Ala.

OL    J'Atyre Carter    Senior    Southern    White Castle, La.

OL    DeJohn Jones    Senior    Prairie View A&M    Garland, Texas

OL    Joseph Milburn    Senior    Alcorn State    Mansfield, Texas

OL    Will Ready    Sophomore    Alcorn State    Mansfield, Texas

WR    Zabrian Moore    Senior    Alabama A&M    Tuscaloosa, Ala.

WR    Michael Jefferson    Junior    Alabama State    Mobile, Ala.

TE    Kyland Richey    Senior    Jackson State    Cedar Hill, Texas

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football Second Team Defense

 

Position    Name    Classification    School    Hometown

DL    Jordan Lewis    Junior    Southern    Ocala, Fla.

DL    Xavier Mitchell    Redshirt Junior    Arkansas-Pine Bluff    New Orleans, La.

DL    Chris Monroe    Senior    Alcorn State    Petal, Miss.

DL    Michael Badejo    Redshirt Senior    Texas Southern    Mansfield, Texas

LB    Caleb Carter      Redshirt Senior     Southern    Shreveport, La.

LB    Quantravis Kelly    Redshirt Senior    Alabama A&M    Montgomery, Ala.

LB    Storey Jackson    Senior    Prairie View A&M    Olathe, Kansas

DB    Tamaurice Smith    Redshirt Junior    Southern    Mobile, Ala.

DB    Shawn Steele    Senior    Arkansas-Pine Bluff    Arlington, Texas

DB    C.J. Holmes      Senior     Jackson State    New Orleans, La. 

DB    Juwan Taylor    Senior    Alcorn State    Jackson, Miss.

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football Second Team Specialist

 

Position    Name    Classification    School    Hometown

K    Richard Garcia, III    Sophomore    Texas Southern    Mesquite, Texas

RS    Ezra Gray    Senior    Alabama State    Lynn Haven, Fla.