2019 SWAC Media Day Recap with Alabama A&M


BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced its 2019 All-SWAC Preseason teams and Predicted Order of Finish on Tuesday at Football Media Day with Alcorn State and Southern tabbed to finish in first place in the Eastern and Western divisions respectively in a vote conducted by the leagues’ Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors.

Alabama A&M was picked as a prominent player in the SWAC East division.
The head coaches and sports information directors from the SWAC’s 10 member institutions projected Alabama A&M to finish second in the East. Defending conference champion Alcorn State was picked as the division favorite.

Alcorn State led all SWAC programs with a total of 14 selections on the All-SWAC Preseason First and Second teams. Prairie View A&M came in second in the number of Preseason All-Conference selectons with a total of eight student-athletes. 

Alcorn State’s Noah Johnson (pictured above far right) was named the 2019 SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year after an impressive 2018 campaign in which he led the Braves to a SWAC Championship title and Celebration Bowl appearnace. In three seasons, Johnson ranks eighth all-time in school history in touchdown passes (30), ninth in passing yards (4,018) and 10th in rushing yards (1,867).

In 2018, he threw for 2,207 yards and 15 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,080 yards and 11 touchdowns. Johnson ranked third in the nation in rushing yards per carry (7.5) and 16th in completion percentage (.621).

Soloman Muhammad (pictured above far left) also from Alcorn State, was tabbed the leagues’ 2019 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year after also being named a 2018 HBCU All-American and a 2018 SWAC All-Conference First-Team honoree.

He finished second on the team in tackles with 64 despite missing two games. He also wrapped up 4.0 sacks and 9.0 tackles for a loss. It came after a breakout year in 2017 where he notched 52 tackles in just seven games including 6.5 tackles for a loss, 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.

Alabama A&M, Jackson State, Alabama State, and Mississippi Valley State round out the predicted order of finish in the SWAC’s Eastern Division.

In the SWAC’s Western Division, Prairie View A&M, Grambling State, Texas Southern, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff were tabbed to finish in second, third, fourth, and fifth place respectively.

A complete listing of the 2019 Preseason All-SWAC Football teams can be found below.

2019 Preseason All-SWAC Football Teams

SWAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year- Noah Johnson

SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year- Soloman Muhammad

Preseason First Team
QBNoah JohnsonAlcorn State
RBTaeyler PorterArkansas-Pine Bluff
RBDe’Shawn WallerAlcorn State
OLDeJohn JonesPrairie View A&M
OLDeonte BrroksAlcorn State
OLMustaffa IbrahimAlcorn State
OLJodeci HarrisSouthern
OLKevin HallAlcorn State
WRTristen WallacePrairie View A&M
WRDeJuan MillerArkansas-Pine Bluff
TEKendric JohnsonAlabama A&M
DLJordan LewisSouthern
DLChristian ClarkAlabama State
DLJalen StewardArkansas-Pine Bluff
DLAnferenee MullinsGrambling State
LBDarron JohnsonAlabama State
LBArmoni HollowayAlabama A&M
LBSolomon MuhammadAlcorn State
DBJaven MorrisonAlcorn State
DBQwynnterrio ColeAlcorn State
DBJoseph McWilliamsGrambling State
DBJu’Anthony ParkerPrairie View A&M
Special Teams
KCorey McCulloughAlcorn State
PAnthony CravenAlabama State
RSEzra GrayAlabama State
Preseason Second Team
QBAqeel GlassAlabama A&M
RBDawonya TuckerPrairie View A&M
RBDevon BennSouthern
OLChristian RicePrairie View A&M
OLDanny GarzaPrairie View A&M
OLWilliam WaddellGrambling State
OLShonye ReamsAlabama A&M
OLJaylon BrinsonSouthern
WRTren’Davian DixonTexas Southern
WRBrian JenkinsAlabama A&M
TEJeremias HoustonSouthern
DLRon CollinsPrairie View A&M
DLDarrell HendersonAlcorn State
DLTheron BondsAlcorn State
DLKhalil JohnsonJackson State
LBBrelion HollisAlcorn State
LBJulian MarcantelTexas Southern
LBKeonte HamptonJackson State
DBDaquarian FieldsGrambling State
DBJoshua HillAlabama State
DBDaylon BurksAlcorn State
DBMontavious GainesSouthern
Special Teams
KZack ElderPrairie View A&M
PCorey McCulloughAlcorn State
RSTyrin RalphArkansas-Pine Bluff

Predicted Order of Finish

Eastern Division 
Alcorn State (92)
Alabama A&M (70)
Jackson State (61)
Alabama State (47)
Mississippi Valley State (30)  

Western Division
Southern (90)
Prairie View A&M (78)
Grambling State (74)
Texas Southern (34)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (24)

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