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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.

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 (3), and Mississippi Valley State (1).

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  Senior Jackson 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.

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