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Ten Mountaineers Named Preseason All-SoCon PDF Print
Written by Mike Flynn   
Thursday, 26 July 2012 13:29

Appalachian State University football led all teams with 10 players that earned recognition on the preseason all-Southern Conference teams that were announced during the league’s Media Day on Thursday. The

Mountaineers’ league-high 10 preseason all-SoCon selections include three first-team honorees: junior quarterback Jamal Jackson (Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta), senior linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough (Decatur, Ga./Cedar Grove) and defensive back Demetrius McCray (Covington, Ga./Newton).
Appalachian’s second-team honorees include sophomore offensive lineman Kendall Lamm (Charlotte, N.C./Butler), junior wide receivers Andrew Peacock (Durham, N.C./Northern Durham) and Tony Washington (High Point, N.C./T.W. Andrews), sophomore defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County), senior linebacker Brandon Grier (Charlotte, N.C./West Charlotte), senior defensive back Troy Sanders (Chester, S.C./Chester) and senior punter Sam Martin (Fayetteville, Ga./Starr’s Mill).
The preseason all-SoCon teams are selected by the league’s coaches, with coaches prohibited from voting for their own team’s players. In the SoCon’s preseason polls, the conference’s coaches picked the Mountaineers to finish second behind Georgia Southern while the league’s media voted Appalachian third behind GSU and Wofford. The Apps received two of the nine first-place votes in the coaches’ poll to finish just six points behind Georgia Southern, who snapped Appalachian’s record-tying string of six-straight SoCon championships last season, and a comfortable nine points ahead of Wofford. The Mountaineers received one first-place nod in the media poll to place just two points behind Wofford.


2012 SoCon Football Preseason Media Poll School (First-place votes) Points
1.Georgia Southern                                    (25)           266
2.Wofford                                              (4)           225
3.Appalachian State                                    (1)           223
4.Chattanooga                                                        163
5.Furman                                                             152
6.Samford                                                            105
7.Elon                                                               104
8.The Citadel                                                         79
9.Western Carolina                                                    36


2012 SoCon Football Preseason Coaches Poll School (First-place votes) Points
1.Georgia Southern                                      (7)             63
2.Appalachian State                                     (2)             57
3.Wofford                                                               48
4.Chattanooga                                                           44
5.Furman                                                                36
6.Samford                                                               27
7.Elon                                                                  24
8.The Citadel                                                           17
9.Western Carolina                                                       8


NOTE: Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team


2012 Southern Conference FootballPreseason All-Conference Teams


Offensive Player of the Year: Eric Breitenstein, Sr., RB, Wofford
Defensive Player of the Year: Brent Russell, Sr., DL, Georgia Southern


First Team Offense
QB         Jamal Jackson, Jr., Appalachian State
RB         Jerodis Williams, Sr., Furman
RB         Eric Breitenstein, Sr., Wofford
OL         Mike Sellers, Jr., The Citadel
OL         Dakota Dozier, Jr., Furman
OL         Dorian Byrd, Jr., Georgia Southern
OL         Ryan Dudchock, Sr., Samford
OL         Jake Miles, Sr. Wofford
TE          Colin Anderson, Sr., Furman
WR        Aaron Mellette, Sr., Elon
WR        Kelsey Pope, Jr., Samford


First Team Defense
DL         Chris Billingslea, Sr., The Citadel
DL         Josh Lynn, Sr., Furman
DL         Brent Russell, Sr., Georgia Southern
DL         Josh Williams, Sr., Chattanooga
LB          Jeremy Kimbrough, Sr., Appalachian State
LB          Wes Dothard, Jr., Chattanooga
LB          Alvin Scioneaux, Jr., Wofford
DB         Demetrius McCray, Sr., Appalachian State
DB         Greg Worthy, Jr., Furman
DB         Deion Stanley, So., Georgia Southern
DB         D.J. Key, Jr., Chattanooga


First Team Specialists
PK         Cameron Yaw, Sr., Samford
P           Cass Couey, Sr., The Citadel
RS         Fabian Truss, Jr., Samford


Second Team Offense
QB         Thomas Wilson, Sr., Elon
RB         Darien Robinson, Jr., The Citadel
RB         Fabien Truss, Jr., Samford
OL         Kendall Lamm, So., Appalachian State
OL         Blake DeBartola, Sr., Georgia Southern
OL         Charlie Sanford, Sr., Samford
OL         Adam Miller, Sr., Chattanooga
OL         Jared Singleton, Jr., Wofford
OL         (tie) Calvin Cantrell, Sr., Wofford
TE          Faysal Shafaat, So., Chattanooga
WR        Andrew Peacock, Jr., Appalachian State
WR        Tony Washington, Jr., Appalachian State


Second Team Defense
DL         Ronald Blair, So., Appalachian State
DL         Derek Douglas, Jr., The Citadel
DL         Tony Thompson, Jr., Elon
DL         Nick Williams, Sr., Samford
DL         (tie) Davis Tull, So., Chattanooga
LB          Brandon Grier, Sr., Appalachian State
LB          Mitch McGrath, Sr., Furman
LB          Darius Eubanks, Sr., Georgia Southern
LB          (tie) Rock Williams, Sr., Western Carolina
DB         Troy Sanders, Sr., Appalachian State
DB         Alvin Hines II, Sr., Samford
DB         Kadeem Wise, Jr., Chattanooga
DB         Nathan Wade, Sr., Furman


Second Team Specialists
PK         Nick Pollard, So., Chattanooga
P           Sam Martin, Sr., Appalachian State
RS         Darreion Robinson, Sr., Georgia Southern


NOTE: Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players





Photo Courtesy: Jamal Jackson, ASU Athletics







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