CSJ Conference Preview: SWAC

Grambling State Tigers linebacker De’Arius Christmas (5) makes a confetti angel after the Grambling State Tigers defeated North Carolina Central Eagles during the 2016 Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl on December 17, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images

College Sports Journal announces their 2018 Fearless Prediction for the Order of finish of the SWAC, picking Alcorn State to win the Eastern division and picking Grambling to win the Western division.

The Braves are four-time defending SWAC East Division champions, and were picked to win it again by College Sports Journal.  Alcorn State features senior RB P.J. Simmons was tabbed the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year on the SWAC All-Conference team.

The Tigers are defending SWAC Champions are also picked to repeat as divisional champions.  Grambling State features LB De’Arius Christmas, who notched 88 tackles, 48 solo stops and 17 1/2 tackles for loss last season.

For information and details on each school’s prospects for 2018, click on the links below.

SWAC Eastern Conference

  1. Alcorn State
  2. Alabama State
  3. Alabama A&M
  4. Jackson State
  5. Mississippi Valley State

SWAC Western Conference

  1. Grambling State
  2. Southern University
  3. Prairie View A&M
  4. Texas Southern
  5. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

2018 All-SWAC Football Preseason Team  

FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
QBNoah JohnsonAlcorn State
RBP.J. SimmonsAlcorn State
RBKeShawn WilliamsArkansas-Pine Bluff
OLMustaffa IbrahimAlcorn State
OLJeremiah AbbySouthern
OLWilliam WaddellGrambling State
OLKyle DavisGrambling State
OLCorbin FinlaysonPrairie View A&M
WRQuinn McElfreshMississippi Valley State
WRDarrell ClarkGrambling State
TEJordan JonesGrambling State

 

DEFENSE
DLLinwood BanksGrambling State
DLLa’Allan ClarkGrambling State
DLBrandon VarnerGrambling State
DLVernon MolandAlabama A&M
LBPatrick HarbinMississippi Valley State
LBTrae FerrellAlcorn State
LBDe’Arius ChristmasGrambling State
DBDylan HamiltonAlabama A&M
DBAndre AugustineSouthern
DBJu’Anthony ParkerPrairie View A&M
DBPercy CargoGrambling State

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
KMarc OrozcoGrambling State
PJamie GillanArkansas-Pine Bluff
RSKeShawn WilliamsArkansas-Pine Bluff

 

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
QBDarryl Pearson Jr.Alabama State
RBJordan BentleyAlabama A&M
RBDawonya TuckerPrairie View A&M
OLDeonte BrooksAlcorn State
OLKevin HallAlcorn State
OLRoderick SmithPrairie View A&M
OLJimmy WilliamsTexas Southern
OLTytus HowardAlabama State
WRQuintin GuiceGrambling State
WRMarkcus HardyPrairie View A&M
TEZarrian HolcombePrairie View A&M

 

DEFENSE
 DLAnfernee MullinsGrambling State
 DLSterling ShippyAlcorn State
 DLKevin AgeeArkansas-Pine Bluff
 DLChristian ClarkAlabama State
 LBDe’Andre HoguesGrambling State
 LBMalcolm WilliamsGrambling State
 LBSolomon Muhammad (tie)
Darron Johnson
Alcorn State
Alabama State
 DBReggie StubblefieldPrairie View A&M
 DBJeffrey HillAlabama State
 DBBrady SmithAlcorn State
 DBDedrick ShyGrambling State

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
KCorey McCulloughAlcorn State
PCorey McCulloughAlcorn State
RSGeorge GoldenAlabama State

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