Football Preseason All-Conference Team Announced
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 07/22/2015
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UTC's Jacob Huesma
Courtesy: Southern Conference

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman has been named the Southern Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Samford defensive lineman Michael Pierce was chosen as the preseason pick on defense.

The league’s head coaches also selected preseason all-conference first and second teams in conjunction with the league’s media day on Wednesday (July 22). Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes as part of the balloting.

Named to the 2015 STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List earlier this month, Huesman was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014. As a junior, Huesman guided the Mocs to their first outright Southern Conference title since 1984 and helped UTC win its first FCS Playoff game in school history. Last season he passed for 2,731 yards, rushed for 1,009 and accounted for 37 touchdowns.

Pierce anchored a stout Samford defense in 2014 as the Bulldogs gave up just 19.7 points per game and ranked second in the SoCon in total defense (312.7 ypg). Pierce finished his junior season with 35 tackles, including 26 solo stops. He tallied five tackles for loss for minus-19 yards and recorded a sack and a forced fumble and was credited with four quarterback hurries last year.

Chattanooga led all schools with 12 preseason all-conference honorees. The Mocs placed eight student-athletes on the first team, while four players were named to the second team. Samford had nine players earn preseason all-conference honors, including six on the first team. Wofford and Western Carolina earned eight preseason honorees each.

The 2015 Southern Conference football season begins Thursday, Sept. 3, when VMI visits Ball State and Samford hosts Central Arkansas. The other six league teams hit the field for their season openers Sept. 5.

2015 Southern Conference Football Preseason All-Conference Teams
Offensive Player of the Year: Jacob Huesman, Sr., QB, Chattanooga
Defensive Players of the Year: Michael Pierce, Sr., DL, Samford

First Team Offense
QB         Jacob Huesman, Sr., QB, Chattanooga
RB         Alex Lakes, So., Mercer
RB         Denzel Williams, Jr., Samford
OL         Sam Frye, Sr., The Citadel
OL         Joe Turner, Sr., Furman
OL         Gunnar Bromelow, Sr., Samford
OL         Corey Levin, Jr., Chattanooga
OL         Anton Wahrby, Jr., Wofford
TE          Duncan Fletcher, Jr., Furman
WR        Karel Hamilton, Jr., Samford
WR        Spearman Robinson, Jr., Western Carolina

First Team Defense
DL         Mitchell Jeter, Sr., The Citadel
DL         Michael Pierce, Sr., Samford
DL         Josh Freeman, Sr., Chattanooga
DL         Keionta Davis, Jr., Chattanooga
LB          Cory Magwood, Sr., Furman
LB          Justin Cooper, Sr., Samford
LB          Nakevion Leslie, Jr., Chattanooga
DB         James Bradberry, Sr., Samford
DB         Dee Virgin, Jr., Chattanooga
DB         Lucas Webb, So., Chattanooga
DB         Trey Morgan, Jr., Western Carolina

First Team Specialists
PK         Henrique Ribeiro, Jr., Chattanooga
P           Brian Sanders, Sr., Wofford
RS         Chandler Curtis, So., Mercer

Second Team Offense
QB         Troy Mitchell, Sr., Western Carolina
RB         Darius Ramsey, Sr., Western Carolina
RB         Lorenzo Long, Jr., Wofford
OL         Alec Hulmes, Sr., Samford
OL         Jacob Revis, So., Chattanooga
OL         Synjen Herren, Sr., Chattanooga
OL         Josh Wineberg, Sr., Western Carolina
OL         T.J. Chamberlain, Sr., Wofford
TE          Tony Philpot, Sr., Samford
WR        Jordan Snellings, Sr., Furman
WR        C.J. Board, Jr., Chattanooga

Second Team Defense
DL         John Mackey, Sr., Furman
DL         Austin Barrett, So., Mercer
DL         Helva Matungulu, Sr., Western Carolina
DL         Caleb Hawkins, Sr., Western Carolina
(tie) DL   E.J. Speller, Sr., Wofford
LB          Tyler Ward, Jr., Mercer
LB          Terrance Morris, So., Wofford
LB          Drake Michaelson, Sr., Wofford
DB         Alex Avant, Sr., Mercer
DB         Jamerson Blount, Jr., Samford
DB         Cedric Nettles, Jr., Chattanooga
DB         Sertonuse Harris, Sr., Western Carolina

Second Team Specialists
PK         Dillon Christopher, Jr., VMI
P           Matt Shiel, So., Mercer
RS         Will Gay, Sr., Wofford

NOTE: Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

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