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Kats Dominate Preseason All-Southland Picks
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Release: 07/17/2012
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With 19 Bearkats among the 54 players listed, defending Southland Conference champion Sam Houston State University dominates the 2012 preseason all-conference team , the league office announced Tuesday in advance of next week's media day at L'Auberge du Lac Resort in Lake Charles, La.

A total of 35 of the 52 Southland Conference football players who earned all-conference honors after the 2011 season return this fall and garner spots on the preseason all-conference teams

Four of the conference's individual award winners from last year are back, including Sam Houston State juniors Tim Flanders and Richard Sincere, the league's player of the year and offensive player of the year, respectively, along with senior teammate Darnell Taylor, the reigning defensive player of the year, and Stephen F. Austin junior Willie Jefferson, the conference's newcomer of the year a season ago.

Sam Houston State returns 19 starters from a team that advanced to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game in Frisco, Texas, after claiming its fourth Southland Conference championship. On the first-team offense, the Bearkats return quarterback Brian Bell, running back Flanders, "wildkat" Sincere and offensive linemen Kaleb Hopson and Dan Jenkins.

Flanders, one of the nation's top returning running backs and a top candidate for the Walter Payton Award, led the league in rushing and scoring last season with 109.6 yards per game and 9.6 points per game. He also led the league with 2,058 all-purpose yards thanks to rushes totaling 1,644 and receiving yards totaling 414. Flanders averaged 137.2 all-purpose yards in the Bearkats' 15 games.

Flanders also recorded more than 200 all-purpose yards of rushing twice last season against Montana (287) and New Mexico (240). Flanders led the league in rushing, rush attempts (298), rushing yards, rushing touchdowns (22) and scoring.

Sincere also put together a great sophomore campaign last season, finishing toward the top in most offensive categories. Sincere led the league in yards per rush (7.6) and was second in yards per play (7.3), touchdowns (13), rushing touchdowns (nine) and rushing yards (979), third in rushing yards per game (65.3) and in all-purpose yards (1,464) and fifth in rushing attempts (129).

The Bearkats' other first-team selections include defensive linemen J.T. Cleveland, Andrew Weaver and Gary Lorance and defensive backs Taylor, Kenneth Jenkins and Daxton Swanson. Taylor led the team with 124 total tackles, including 79 solo stops and three forced fumbles.

Sam Houston's second-team picks include tight end T. J. Jones, offensive lineman Matt Boyles, defensive lineman Preston Sanders, linebacker Darius Taylor, defensive backs Bookie Sneed, Matt Foster and Robert Shaw and punter Matt Foster.

 Gone, however, are center Travis Watson, the conference's football scholar-athlete of the year last season, Chris Crocket and linebacker Will Henry, all of whom were first-team all-conference selections a season ago.

Stephen F. Austin has four first-team selections, Central Arkansas places nine on the preseason all-league teams and

McNeese State has six all-conference picks, two of which are first-team honorees.

Northwestern State places four on the preseason all-conference teams, all earning first-team honors. Nicholls State's preseason honors include two first-team and two second-team selections.

Many of the players named to the preseason All-Southland team and all of the league's head coaches will be featured in a special Southland Conference presentation during the league's annual football media day July 24, which will be carried live nationally on ESPN3 and the new Southland Conference Digital Network.

"Live from Southland Media Day" will be available from 4-5 p.m., CT, during the final hour of media day, which is being held at L'Auberge du Lac Resort and Casino in Lake Charles, La. The one-hour special will include interviews with the head coaches and student-athletes from all eight football-playing institutions in the Southland.

The program will be hosted by Chris Mycoskie, an assistant commissioner with the conference, and Lyn Rollins, a long-time play-by-play announcer for college athletics in the region, including on the Southland Conference Television Network.

Sam Houston State will report for preseason football camp on Thursday, August 9. The Bearkats open the season Saturday, Sept. 8, with a non-conference game with Incarnate Word.

Season tickets are on sale now online at www.gobearkats.com/tickets or at the SHSU athletic ticket office located in the Ron Mafrige Field House at Bowers Stadium. The ticket office telephone is (936) 294-1729 and ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

2012 Preseason All-Southland Conference Football Team


First-Team Offense

Pos.

Name

University

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

QB

Brian Bell

Sam Houston

6-2

175

Jr.

RB

Tim Flanders

Sam Houston

5-9

210

Jr.

RB

Jackie Hinton

Central Arkansas

5-10

203

Sr.

FB/HB

Richard Sincere

Sam Houston

5-10

180

Jr.

WR

Cordell Roberson

Stephen F. Austin

6-3

200

Sr.

WR

Gralyn Crawford

Stephen F. Austin

5-11

175

Sr.

TE

Nick Scelfo

Nicholls State

6-3

245

So.

OL

Dominique Allen

Central Arkansas

6-3

288

Jr.

 OL

Alec Savoie

McNeese State

6-7

322

Sr.

OL

Kaleb Hopson

Sam Houston

6-6

300

Sr.

OL

Larry Calcote

Northwestern St

6-4

284

Sr.

OL

Dan Jenkins

Sam Houston

6-4

290

Sr.

PK

John Shaughnessy

Northwestern St

5-11

181

Sr.

First-Team Defense

Pos.

Name

University

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

DL

J.T. Cleveland

Sam Houston

6-0

290

Sr.

DL

Willie Jefferson

Stephen F. Austin

6-6

230

Jr.

DL

Andrew Weaver

Sam Houston

6-1

240

Jr.

DL

Gary Lorance

Sam Houston

6-0

290

Jr.

 LB

Seth Allison

Central Arkansas

5-11

198

Sr.

LB

Derek Rose

Northwestern St

5-11

229

Sr.

DB

Darnell Taylor

Sam Houston

6-0

195

Sr.

DB

Malcolm Bronson

McNeese State

5-11

192

Sr.

DB

Kenneth Jenkins

Sam Houston

5-10

195

Sr.

DB

Dax Swanson

Sam Houston

5-11

185

Sr.

DB

Jamaal White

Northwestern St

6-0

192

Sr.

P

Cory Kemps

Nicholls State

6-2

245

Sr.

RS

Gralyn Crawford

Stephen F. Austin

5-11

175

Sr.

Second-Team Offense

Pos.

Name

University

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

QB

Brady Attaway

Stephen F. Austin

6-1

205

Jr.

RB

Marcus Washington

Nicholls State

6-0

210

Jr..

RB

Jesse Turner

Nicholls State

5-10

190

Sr..

FB/HB

Mike Brooks

Stephen F. Austin

5-9

170

Jr.

WR

Jesse Grandy

Central Arkansas

5-11

167

Sr.

WR

Dominique Croom

Central Arkansas

6-1

193

Sr.

TE

Tim Jones

Sam Houston

6-3

245

Sr.

OL

Jonathan Landry

McNeese State

6-4

295

Jr.

OL

Matt Boyles

Sam Houston

6-3

275

Jr.

OL

John Steel

Stephen F. Austin

6-5

290

Sr.

OL

Miguel Gauthreaux

McNeese State

6-1

291

Sr..

OL

Corey Howard

Central Arkansas

6-1

290

Sr.

PK

Eddie Camara

Central Arkansas

5-9

172

So

Second-Team Defense

Pos.

Name

University

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

DL

Malcolm Mattox

Stephen F. Austin

6-1

255

Jr.

DL

Preston Sanders

Sam Houston

6-3

255

Jr.

DL

Pat Williams

McNeese State

6-3

270

Sr.

DL

Matt Hornbuckle

Central Arkansas

6-3

281

Jr.

LB

Ryan Epperson

Stephen F. Austin

6-0

225

Sr.

LB

Darius Taylor

Sam Houston

6-0

240

Sr.

DB

Robert Alford

Southeastern La.

6-0

180

Sr.

DB

Bookie Sneed

Sam Houston

6-0

180

Jr.

DB

Jestin Love

Central Arkansas

6-0

204

Jr.

DB

Robert Shaw

Sam Houston

6-0

195

Sr.

DB

Josh Aubrey

Stephen F. Austin

5-11

205

Jr.

P

Matt Foster

Sam Houston

6-6

195

Sr.

RS

Darius Carey

McNeese State

6-0

185

Sr

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