SWAC Announces Spring 2021 Preseason Football Team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced its Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football team highlighted by Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Felix Harper and Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Keonte Hampton.

The preseason team was voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors and was announced during day one of the Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Virtual Media Days. The preseason poll was voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

After helping lead the Braves to an eight-win regular season highlighted by a 6-1 mark in conference play, Alcorn State quarterback Felix Harper was tabbed as the Preseason SWAC Offensive Player of the Year. Harper took the league by storm this past season after taking over as the Braves starter at quarterback. He tallied 29 touchdowns during the regular season to go along with 167 completions, 2,387 passing yards good for a 167.9 efficiency rating.  

Jackson State’s Keonte Hampton, a sophomore linebacker from West Point, Miss. was named Preseason SWAC Defensive Player of the Year after racking up 106 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. Hampton concluded the regular season ranked in the top five in the SWAC in total tackles, tackles per game (8.8 tpg), and sacks (4.5).

Alabama A&M led all member institutions with nine total selections followed by Prairie View A&M (8), Alcorn State (7), Univ. of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6), Southern (6), Alabama State (5), Jackson State (5), Texas Southern (2), and Mississippi Valley State (1).

Earlier, the SWAC announced its preseason football poll on Thursday with the Alcorn State Braves and Southern Jaguars tabbed to once again win their respective divisions.

You can find a full 2021 Spring schedule for the SWAC here on College Sports Journal, as well as team pages for every team in the SWAC, which includes a news feed, team schedule, current standings, and the latest in each team’s Twitter feed.

East Division

Alabama A&M
Alabama State
Alcorn State
Jackson State
Mississippi Valley State

West Division

Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Grambling State
Prairie View A&M
Southern
Texas Southern

A complete listing of the Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Team and individual award winners can be found below.


Preseason Offensive Player of the Year- Felix Harper, QB, Alcorn State
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year- Keonte Hampton, LB, Jackson State

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football First Team Offense

PositionNameClassificationSchoolHometown
QBFelix HarperRedshirt SeniorAlcorn StateFairburn, Ga.
RBDevon BennRedshirt SeniorSouthernNew Orleans, La.
RBKeshawn HarperSeniorJackson StateMobile, Ala.
OLMark Evans, IIJuniorArkansas-Pine BluffHouston, Texas
OLDanny GarzaSeniorPrairie View A&MSan Antonio, Texas
OLAtondre SmithSeniorArkansas-Pine BluffDesoto, Texas
OLCedric DunbarJuniorJackson StateNatchez, Miss.
OLJohnathan BishopSenior SouthernBirmingham, Ala. 
WRAbdul-Fatai IbrahimSophomoreAlabama A&MMiramar, Fla.
WRHarry Ballard, IIISeniorArkansas-Pine BluffSt. Louis, Mo.
TEKendric JohnsonRedshirt JuniorAlabama A&MNew Market, Ala.

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football First Team Defense

PositionNameClassificationSchoolHometown
DLJason DumasJuniorPrairie View A&MVacherie, La.
DLJerry GarnerSeniorMississippi Valley StateChunchula, Ala.
DLChristian ClarkRedshirt SeniorAlabama StateEuclid, Ohio
DLMarcus CushineJuniorAlabama A&MBroward Ct., Fla.
LBArmoni HollowaySeniorAlabama A&MPinson, Ala.
LBKeonte HamptonJuniorJackson StateWest Point, Miss.
LBTre’Shaud SmithSeniorPrairie View A&MCentreville, Miss.
DBQwynnterrio ColeSeniorAlcorn StateMemphis, Tenn.
DBNaytron CulpepperJuniorAlabama StateMiami, Fla.
DBDrake CheatumJuniorPrairie View A&MMesquite, Texas
DBJaylen HarrisRedshirt SeniorPrairie View A&MRound Rock, Texas

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football First Team Specialist

PositionNameClassificationSchoolHometown
KSpencer CoreySeniorAlabama A&MNew Palestine, Ind.
PCaleb DarboneJuniorPrairie View A&MLake Charles, La.
RSTyrin RalphRedshirt SeniorArkansas-Pine BluffNew Orleans, La.

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football Second Team Offense

PositionNameClassificationSchoolHometown
QBAqeel GlassSeniorAlabama A&MSt. Louis, Mo.
RBEzra GrayRedshirt SeniorAlabama StateLynnhaven, Fla.
RBNiko DuffeySophomoreAlcorn StateTampa, Fla.
OLDexter Fuqua, IIJuniorAlabama A&MTanner, Ala.
OLJ’Atyre CarterSeniorSouthernWhite Castle, La.
OLDeJohn JonesSeniorPrairie View A&MGarland, Texas
OLJoseph MilburnSeniorAlcorn StateMansfield, Texas
OLWill ReadySophomoreAlcorn StateMansfield, Texas
WRZabrian MooreSeniorAlabama A&MTuscaloosa, Ala.
WRMichael JeffersonJuniorAlabama StateMobile, Ala.
TEKyland RicheySeniorJackson StateCedar Hill, Texas

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football Second Team Defense

PositionNameClassificationSchoolHometown
DLJordan LewisJuniorSouthernOcala, Fla.
DLXavier MitchellRedshirt JuniorArkansas-Pine BluffNew Orleans, La.
DLChris MonroeSeniorAlcorn StatePetal, Miss.
DLMichael BadejoRedshirt SeniorTexas SouthernMansfield, Texas
LBCaleb Carter  Redshirt Senior SouthernShreveport, La.
LBQuantravis KellyRedshirt SeniorAlabama A&MMontgomery, Ala.
LBStorey JacksonSeniorPrairie View A&MOlathe, Kansas
DBTamaurice SmithRedshirt JuniorSouthernMobile, Ala.
DBShawn SteeleSeniorArkansas-Pine BluffArlington, Texas
DBC.J. Holmes  SeniorJackson StateNew Orleans, La. 
DBJuwan TaylorSeniorAlcorn StateJackson, Miss.

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football Second Team Specialist

PositionNameClassificationSchoolHometown
KRichard Garcia, IIISophomoreTexas SouthernMesquite, Texas
RSEzra GraySeniorAlabama StateLynn Haven, Fla.

About the SWAC
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams. 

Current championship competition offered by the league includes competition for men in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Tennis. 

Women’s competition is offered in the sports of Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball. 

Follow the SWAC
For complete coverage of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, please follow the SWAC on social media at @TheSWAC (Twitter), @TheSWAC (Facebook), and @TheSWAC (Instagram) or visit the official home of the Southwestern Athletic Conference at www.swac.org.

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