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SIAC Football Preseason Teams and Predicted Order of Finish Announced

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) announced the 2014 predicted order of finish and Preseason All-Conference teams for the upcoming football season at the 2014 Football Luncheon and Media Day. The Lions were picked to finish sixth in the Eastern Division in their return to football. No Lions were eligible for Preseason All-Conference honors due to the team entering its first year of conference play in football. Albany State quarterback, Frank Rivers, and Miles College linebacker, Julantate English, highlight the 2014 preseason teams.

Defending SIAC champion Albany State was selected as the East Division’s predicted champion and the predicted overall champion. Fort Valley State and Benedict round out the predicted top three in the East. Tuskegee was predicted to win the West Division and finish second overall. Miles and Stillman round out the West’s top three with Tuskegee and Miles predicted to finish second and third overall. Paine has been predicted to finish at the bottom of the conference and East Division in their first season back on the college football scene since 1962.

“There’s only one way to go and that is up,” stated Head Coach Greg Ruffin. “We are picked last and we understand that. We won’t be your average first-year program. We have some older kids on our football team and we are going to be ready to play.”

Ruffin was accompanied in Montgomery by OL Jaylen Reid and DT Henderson Ware. The pair stressed the team’s dedication and discipline to the their coach’s philosophy, the game and their teammates.

“We just work hard and take it day by day and week by week,” said Reid. “It will all fall in place. We just have to listen to what our coach says.”

 “We haven’t been together that long, but those are my brothers,” stated Ware. “I will lay it all out on the line for them as I know they will do for me.”

The SIAC Football Coaches Association voted Rivers and English to lead the preseason team. Returning players from the 2013 postseason teams received an automatic selection. Players from the second team at the end of 2013 were elevated to the first team as a result of last year’s voting and positions available for nomination.

Albany State registered the most selections on this year’s preseason squads with 11 including five voted to the first team. Miles posted nine players and led the first team with six picks followed by Tuskegee with seven players tabbed overall. Fort Valley State and Stillman recorded five apiece with Lane (4), Kentucky State (3), Clark Atlanta (3), Central State (2), Morehouse (2) and Benedict (1) rounding out the preseason honors.

SIAC Football Championship Game

The SIAC also announced that the conference is slated to hold the championship game at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery for the next three seasons starting in 2014. The decision to move the championship was unanimously approved by the SIAC President’s Council. It relocates after spending its first three years in Atlanta. The inaugural game was played at Panther Stadium on the campus of Clark Atlanta University in 2011 before moving to Lakewood Stadium the last two seasons.

Cramton Bowl is a 25,000-seat stadium that opened in 1922. It has been home to Major League Baseball spring training, the Turkey Day Classic, 20 games for the University of Alabama and several high school football games. In June 2014, a new synthetic turf field was installed. Starting in December, the Cramton Bowl will also be the location for the Camellia Bowl featuring teams from the Sun Belt Conference and Mid-American Conference.

West Division Predicted Order of Finish

Team                           Total Points (First Place Votes)

Tuskegee                   23 (3)

Miles                          21 (2)

Stillman                     17

Kentucky State          14

Lane                           8

Central State             7

East Division Predicted Order of Finish

Team                           Total Points (First Place Votes)

Albany State             20 (4)

Fort Valley State      17

Benedict                    12

Morehouse               11

Clark Atlanta             8

Paine                          7

Predicted Overall Champion

Albany State             111 (3)

Tuskegee                   103 (5)

Miles                          102 (4)

Fort Valley State      87

Stillman                     64

Kentucky State          63

Benedict                    62

Morehouse               56

Clark Atlanta             43

Lane                           42

Central State             31

Paine                          28

First Team Offense

QB Frank Rivers - Albany State

RB Jacquise Lockett - Kentucky State

RB Hoderick Lowe - Tuskegee

OL Victor Moli - Albany State

OL Terrence Owens - Miles

OL Matthew Reece - Tuskegee

OL Michael D. Thornton - Tuskegee

OL Aderus Hood - Miles

TE Delarius Webb - Miles

WR Jamion Dunning - Lane

WR Jesse Atkins - Albany State

KR Dondre Purnell - Stillman

K   Zach Holley - Albany State

First Team Defense

DL Grover Stewart - Albany State

DL Bryshon Jones - Miles

DL Gabriel Mass - Lane

DL Clarence Christian - Morehouse

LB Julante English - Miles

LB Bre'Nard Williams - Clark Atlanta

LB LeRon Furr - Fort Valley State

DB Joe Beckham - Miles

DB Cameron Stallings - Stillman

DB Michael Robinson - Tuskegee

DB Robert Crosby - Stillman

P Austin Casillas - Clark Atlanta

PR Rodney Hall - Benedict

Second Team Offense

QB Demetrice Price - MIles

RB Montavious Taylor - Clark Atlanta

RB Phillip Moore - Albany State

OL Montell Collins - MIles

OL Shea Martin - Morehouse

OL Daniel Ford - Kentucky State

OL Brandon Baker - Fort Valley State

TE Zach Thomas - Cnetral State

WR Dondre Purnell - Stillman

WR Antonio Pitts - Miles

KR Darius Mitchell - Lane

K Trevor Wylie - Tuskegee

Second Team Defense

DL Peter Dele - Stillman

DL Damien Goosby - Albany State

DL Benard Little - Fort Valley State

DL Justin Woods-West - Central State

LB Terry Horton - Kentucky State

LB El'Malik Chinn - Tuskegee

LB Larry Whitfield - Albany State

DB Dewayne Brown - Lane

DB Bryan Walker - Fort Valley State

DB Breon Issac - Fort Valley State

DB Tyrin Thurmon - Tuskegee

P   Ryan Latner - Albany State

PR Adrian Alexander - Albany State

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