SWAC Announces Spring 2021 Preseason Football Team

By Andrew Roberts, Assistant Commissioner for Media Relations

 

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

Position

Name

Classification

School

Hometown

QB

Felix Harper

Redshirt Senior

Alcorn State

Fairburn, Ga.

RB

Devon Benn

Redshirt Senior

Southern

New Orleans, La.

RB

Keshawn Harper

Senior

Jackson State

Mobile, Ala.

OL

Mark Evans, II

Junior

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Houston, Texas

OL

Danny Garza

Senior

Prairie View A&M

San Antonio, Texas

OL

Atondre Smith

Senior

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Desoto, Texas

OL

Cedric Dunbar

Junior

Jackson State

Natchez, Miss.

OL

Johnathan Bishop

Senior

Southern

Birmingham, Ala.

WR

Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim

Sophomore

Alabama A&M

Miramar, Fla.

WR

Harry Ballard, III

Senior

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

St. Louis, Mo.

TE

Kendric Johnson

Redshirt Junior

Alabama A&M

New Market, Ala.

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football First Team Defense

Position

Name

Classification

School

Hometown

DL

Jason Dumas

Junior

Prairie View A&M

Vacherie, La.

DL

Jerry Garner

Senior

Mississippi Valley State

Chunchula, Ala.

DL

Christian Clark

Redshirt Senior

Alabama State

Euclid, Ohio

DL

Marcus Cushine

Junior

Alabama A&M

Broward Ct., Fla.

LB

Armoni Holloway

Senior

Alabama A&M

Pinson, Ala.

LB

Keonte Hampton

Junior

Jackson State

West Point, Miss.

LB

Tre’Shaud Smith

Senior

Prairie View A&M

Centreville, Miss.

DB

Qwynnterrio Cole

Senior

Alcorn State

Memphis, Tenn.

DB

Naytron Culpepper

Junior

Alabama State

Miami, Fla.

DB

Drake Cheatum

Junior

Prairie View A&M

Mesquite, Texas

DB

Jaylen Harris

Redshirt Senior

Prairie View A&M

Round Rock, Texas

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football First Team Specialist

Position

Name

Classification

School

Hometown

K

Spencer Corey

Senior

Alabama A&M

New Palestine, Ind.

P

Caleb Darbone

Junior

Prairie View A&M

Lake Charles, La.

RS

Tyrin Ralph

Redshirt Senior

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

New Orleans, La.

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football Second Team Offense

Position

Name

Classification

School

Hometown

QB

Aqeel Glass

Senior

Alabama A&M

St. Louis, Mo.

RB

Ezra Gray

Redshirt Senior

Alabama State

Lynnhaven, Fla.

RB

Niko Duffey

Sophomore

Alcorn State

Tampa, Fla.

OL

Dexter Fuqua, II

Junior

Alabama A&M

Tanner, Ala.

OL

J’Atyre Carter

Senior

Southern

White Castle, La.

OL

DeJohn Jones

Senior

Prairie View A&M

Garland, Texas

OL

Joseph Milburn

Senior

Alcorn State

Mansfield, Texas

OL

Will Ready

Sophomore

Alcorn State

Mansfield, Texas

WR

Zabrian Moore

Senior

Alabama A&M

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

WR

Michael Jefferson

Junior

Alabama State

Mobile, Ala.

TE

Kyland Richey

Senior

Jackson State

Cedar Hill, Texas

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football Second Team Defense

Position

Name

Classification

School

Hometown

DL

Jordan Lewis

Junior

Southern

Ocala, Fla.

DL

Xavier Mitchell

Redshirt Junior

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

New Orleans, La.

DL

Chris Monroe

Senior

Alcorn State

Petal, Miss.

DL

Michael Badejo

Redshirt Senior

Texas Southern

Mansfield, Texas

LB

Caleb Carter

Redshirt Senior

Southern

Shreveport, La.

LB

Quantravis Kelly

Redshirt Senior

Alabama A&M

Montgomery, Ala.

LB

Storey Jackson

Senior

Prairie View A&M

Olathe, Kansas

DB

Tamaurice Smith

Redshirt Junior

Southern

Mobile, Ala.

DB

Shawn Steele

Senior

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Arlington, Texas

DB

C.J. Holmes

 Senior

 Jackson State

New Orleans, La.

DB

Juwan Taylor

Senior

Alcorn State

Jackson, Miss.

Spring 2021 Preseason All-SWAC Football Second Team Specialist

Position

Name

Classification

School

Hometown

K

Richard Garcia, III

Sophomore

Texas Southern

Mesquite, Texas

RS

Ezra Gray

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