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
Alcorn State Alabama State Alabama A&M Jackson State Mississippi Valley State
SWAC Western Conference
Grambling State Southern University Prairie View A&M Texas Southern Arkansas-Pine Bluff
2018 All-SWAC Football Preseason Team
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB Noah Johnson Alcorn State RB P.J. Simmons Alcorn State RB KeShawn Williams Arkansas-Pine Bluff OL Mustaffa Ibrahim Alcorn State OL Jeremiah Abby Southern OL William Waddell Grambling State OL Kyle Davis Grambling State OL Corbin Finlayson Prairie View A&M WR Quinn McElfresh Mississippi Valley State WR Darrell Clark Grambling State TE Jordan Jones Grambling State
DEFENSE DL Linwood Banks Grambling State DL La’Allan Clark Grambling State DL Brandon Varner Grambling State DL Vernon Moland Alabama A&M LB Patrick Harbin Mississippi Valley State LB Trae Ferrell Alcorn State LB De’Arius Christmas Grambling State DB Dylan Hamilton Alabama A&M DB Andre Augustine Southern DB Ju’Anthony Parker Prairie View A&M DB Percy Cargo Grambling State
SPECIAL TEAMS K Marc Orozco Grambling State P Jamie Gillan Arkansas-Pine Bluff RS KeShawn Williams Arkansas-Pine Bluff
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB Darryl Pearson Jr. Alabama State RB Jordan Bentley Alabama A&M RB Dawonya Tucker Prairie View A&M OL Deonte Brooks Alcorn State OL Kevin Hall Alcorn State OL Roderick Smith Prairie View A&M OL Jimmy Williams Texas Southern OL Tytus Howard Alabama State WR Quintin Guice Grambling State WR Markcus Hardy Prairie View A&M TE Zarrian Holcombe Prairie View A&M
DEFENSE DL Anfernee Mullins Grambling State DL Sterling Shippy Alcorn State DL Kevin Agee Arkansas-Pine Bluff DL Christian Clark Alabama State LB De’Andre Hogues Grambling State LB Malcolm Williams Grambling State LB Solomon Muhammad (tie) Darron Johnson Alcorn State Alabama State DB Reggie Stubblefield Prairie View A&M DB Jeffrey Hill Alabama State DB Brady Smith Alcorn State DB Dedrick Shy Grambling State
SPECIAL TEAMS K Corey McCullough Alcorn State P Corey McCullough Alcorn State RS George Golden Alabama State