Preseason All-Southland Conference Team
Raking in his second honor of the preseason, Central Arkansas sophomore Jay Wilson was named second-team All-Southland Conference on Wednesday.
Wilson, a Bastrop High product, made the squad as a kick returner. He was also recently chosen as a third-team All-America kick returner by the Sports Network.
A two-time Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week as a freshman, Wilson ranked second in the league in kickoff returns with a 30.6-yard average. For the season, he returned 19 kickoffs for 581 yards and two touchdowns, including a 93-yarder. Seeing action in all 12 games at wide receiver, including four starts, Wilson caught 41 passes for 409 yards and two touchdowns.
Wilson and JeMarcus Marshall, a sophomore defensive end at Northwestern State who prepped at Ouachita, are the only area players on the team. Marshall was chosen as a second team defensive lineman.
Defending conference champion Southeastern Louisiana leads the way with 15 selections, including nine first-team picks.
Representing the Lions on the first unit are quarterback Bryan Bennett, running back Rasheed Harrell, offensive lineman Jonathan Braddock, defensive lineman Jonathan Woodard, linebackers Isiah Corbett and Drew Misita and defensive back Harlan Miller. Recognized as an all-purpose player on offense and a kick returner on defense, Southeastern junior Xavier Roberson is the only player listed on the team at two positions.
McNeese is next with 10 selections, followed by UCA with nine, Northwestern State with eight, Sam Houston with six, Stephen F. Austin and Lamar with four and Nicholls State with two.
Seven of the Cowboys’ honorees landed on the first team, inlcuding tight end/H-back Zach Hetrick and offensive linemen Antoine Everett and Quentin Marsh, defensive lineman Everett Ellefsen, linebacker Bo Brown, defensive back Aaron Sam and punter Jean Breaux.
Named to the second unit from McNeese were running back Kelvin Bennett, wide receiver Ernest Celestie and defensive back Gabe Hamner.
The conference will release its annual preseason coaches and media polls at SLC Media Day on Wednesday.
The complete preseason All-Southland Conference team.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB — Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana
RB — Rasheed Harrell, Southeastern Louisiana
RB — Gus Johnson, Stephen F. Austin
TE/HB — Zach Hetrick, McNeese State
WR — Reggie Begelton, Lamar
WR — Dezmin Lewis, Central Arkansas
WR — Tyler Boyd, Stephen F. Austin
OL — Jonathan Braddock, Southeastern Louisiana
OL — Antoine Everett, McNeese State
OL — Donald Jackson, Sam Houston State
OL — Cole Caruthers, Central Arkansas
OL — Quentin Marsh, McNeese State
AP — Xavier Roberson, Southeastern Louisiana
PK — Luc Swimberghe, Sam Houston State
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL — Jacob Newman, Southeastern Louisiana
DL — Jonathan Woodard, Central Arkansas
DL — Everett Ellefsen, McNeese State
DL — Deon Simon, Northwestern State
LB — Isiah Corbett, Southeastern Louisiana
LB — Drew Misita, Southeastern Louisiana
LB — Bo Brown, McNeese State
DB — Harlan Miller, Southeastern Louisiana
DB — Imoan Claiborne, Northwestern State
DB — Mike Wade, Sam Houston State
DB — Aaron Sam, McNeese State
DB — Fred Thomas, Northwestern State
P — Jean Breaux, McNeese State
KR — Xavier Roberson, Southeastern Louisiana
PR — Kevin Johnson, Lamar
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB — Caleb Berry, Lamar
RB — Kelvin Bennett, McNeese State
RB — Keshawn Hill, Sam Houston State
TE/HB — Shane Young, Sam Houston State
WR — Jeff Smiley, Southeastern Louisiana
WR — Damien Watts, Central Arkansas
WR — Ernest Celestie, McNeese State
OL — Joe Graves, Southeastern Louisiana
OL — C.J. Simon, Central Arkansas
OL — Byron Williams, Stephen F. Austin
OL — Austin Douglas, Northwestern State
OL — Justin Brock, Lamar
AP — Daniel Taylor, Northwestern State
PK — Eddie Camara, Central Arkansas
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL — A.J. Bowen – Southeastern Louisiana
DL — T.J. Randall – Central Arkansas
DL — JeMarcus Marshall – Northwestern State
DL — Gary Lorance – Sam Houston State
LB — Justin Church – Southeastern Louisiana
LB — Kaleb Muse – Southeastern Louisiana
LB — Davin Bovie – Nicholls State
DB — Tyler Stoddard – Southeastern Louisiana
DB — Gabe Hammer – McNeese State
DB — Dillon Winfrey – Central Arkansas
DB — Adam Jones – Northwestern State
DB — Byron Cobb – Nicholls State
P — Nick Bruno – Stephen F. Austin
KR — Jatavious Wilson – Central Arkansas
PR — Ed Eagan – Northwestern State