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Southland Announces 2019 Preseason All-Conference Football Teams
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Southland Announces 2019 Preseason All-Conference Football Teams

FRISCO, Texas – The 2019 Southland Conference Football Preseason All-Conference Teams were announced on Thursday, with defending co-champion Nicholls leading the league with 11 total selections.
Led by senior quarterback Chase Fourcade and senior defensive lineman Sully Laiche, the Colonels accounted for eight of the 28 first-team slots. Fourcade, the 2018 Southland Conference Player of the Year, enters his final season with the 10th-most career total offense yards in league history (8,990), and Laiche begins his senior campaign as the active FCS leader in career sacks (25.5).
Central Arkansas earned the second-most selections with seven, followed by six each for Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana.
The Bears’ secondary placed three on the all-league teams with Juan Jackson earning first-team honors after leading the team with 91 tackles in 2018. UCA’s second-leading tackler, junior Jackie Harvell (69), joins classmate Robert Rochell on the second team.
With 1,000 receiving yards in 2019, Sam Houston State wide receiver Nathan Stewart would become just the third player in FCS history to tally 1,000 yards all four years, joining Elon’s Terrell Hudgins and Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp.
The Lions boast a talented crop of return specialists with returning all-conference selections Juwan Petit-Frere and Devonte Williams named to the top squad and punt returner Austin Mitchell appearing on the second team.
Defending co-champion UIW and Abilene Christian placed five on the teams, while Northwestern State garnered four preseason all-conference selections. Houston Baptist, Lamar, McNeese and Stephen F. Austin earned three spots each.
Returning all-conference selections from the previous season are automatically named to the preseason all-conference teams and may advance to higher team slots if they are vacated by non-returning players. Open positions are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches.
The 2019 preseason poll will be revealed next Thursday, July 18, to kick off Southland Football Media Day at the Hilton Houston Post Oak.

First Team All-Conference Offense
Pos. Name School Class Hometown
QB Chase Fourcade* Nicholls Sr. Metairie, La.
RB Carlos Blackman* Central Arkansas Sr. Gosnell, Ark.
RB Billy McCrary* Abilene Christian Sr. Austin, Texas
TE/HB Bransen Schwebel* Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Amite, La.
WR Nathan Stewart* Sam Houston State Sr. Dallas, Texas
WR Dai’Jean Dixon* Nicholls Jr. New Orleans, La.
WR Juwan Petit-Frere* Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Orlando, Fla.
OL Hunter Watts* Central Arkansas Sr. San Antonio, Texas
OL Brandon Floores* UIW Sr. La Vernia, Texas
OL Terence Hickman II* UIW Sr. Converse, Texas
OL Grant Burguillos* McNeese Sr. Mandeville, La.
OL P.J. Burkhalter Nicholls R-Jr. Franklinton, La.
PK Storm Ruiz Stephen F. Austin Sr. League City, Texas
P Winston Jones* Nicholls Sr. Thibodaux, La.
First Team All-Conference Defense
Pos. Name School Class Hometown
DL Sully Laiche* Nicholls Sr. Grammercy, La.
DL Chris Terrell* Central Arkansas Sr. Pensacola, Fla.
DL Chris Livings* McNeese Sr. Lake Charles, La.
DL Daniel Crosley* Lamar Sr. DeRidder, La.
LB Jeremiah Chambers* Abilene Christian Sr. Austin, Texas
LB Evan Veron* Nicholls Sr. LaPlace, La.
LB Allen Pittman* Nicholls Sr. St. Rose, La.
DB Hayden Bourgeois* Northwestern State Jr. Church Point, La.
DB Zyon McCollum* Sam Houston State Jr. Galveston, Texas
DB Colby Burton* McNeese Sr. League City, Texas
DB Juan Jackson* Central Arkansas Sr. Gardendale, Ala.
DB Darren Evans* Nicholls Jr. Baton Rouge, La.
KR Juwan Petit-Frere* Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Orlando, Fla.
PR Devonte Williams* Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Columbia, Md.
Second Team All-Conference Offense
Pos. Name School Class Hometown
QB Jon Copeland* UIW So. Argyle, Texas
RB Dontrell Taylor* Nicholls Sr. White Castle, La.
RB Myles Wanza Lamar Jr. Houston, Texas
TE/HB Woody Brandom Sam Houston State R-Sr. Corona, Calif.
WR Tamrick Pace Stephen F. Austin Sr. Brownsboro, Texas
WR Jerreth Sterns Houston Baptist So. Midlothian, Texas
WR Josh Fink Abilene Christian Sr. Coppell, Texas
OL Jair Joseph Nicholls Jr. Napoleonville, La.
OL Chris Zirkle Northwestern State Sr. League City, Texas
OL Toby Sanderson Central Arkansas Jr. Edmond, Okla.
OL Kade Parmelly Abilene Christian Jr. Abilene, Texas
OL Uzoma Okere UIW Jr. Grand Prairie, Texas
PK Elvin Martinez Lamar Jr. Huntsville, Texas
P David Balcomb UIW Sr. Gordon, Australia
Second Team All-Conference Defense
Pos. Name School Class Hometown
DL Erick Fowler* Sam Houston State Sr. Austin, Texas
DL Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
DL O’Shea Jackson Northwestern State Sr. Arlington, Texas
DL Andre Walker Houston Baptist Sr. Slidell, La.
LB Caleb Johnson Houston Baptist Jr. San Diego, Calif.
LB Hunter Brown Sam Houston State R-Sr. Weston, Fla.
LB Royce See Sam Houston State Sr. Shepherd, Texas
DB Khristian Mims* Nicholls Sr. Baton Rouge, La.
DB Bolu Onifade* Abilene Christian Sr. Oklahoma City, Okla.
DB Alize Ward* Stephen F. Austin Sr. San Diego, Calif.
DB Jackie Harvell Central Arkansas Jr. Gurdon, Ark.
DB Robert Rochell Central Arkansas Jr. Shreveport, La.
KR Myles Ward Northwestern State So. Harvey, La.
PR Austin Mitchell Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Plaquemine, La.
* Automatic selection; returning all-conference player