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SWAC announces preseason honors
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With offensive and defensive players of the year returning from 2009 in Prairie View quarterback K.J. Black and Grambling defensive end Christian Anthony, the preseason all-SWAC football team for 2010 carried few surprises – especially since Prairie View and Alabama A&M were selected to repeat as respective division champions for the upcoming season.
Anthony was a dominant defensive force who finished 10th in the league with 76 tackles and third overall in both sacks (8.0) and tackles-for-loss (15.0) in 2009.
As a defensive lineman he recorded five interceptions and returned two of them for touchdowns for the Tigers. He led the league in fumbles forced with five, and he recovered three loose balls.
Black was the premier offensive threat in the SWAC in 2009 while leading the Panthers to their first conference title in nearly half a century. Black threw for 225.9 yards per game and led the league in pass efficiency by nearly 30 points at 172.8.
He also tossed 22 touchdowns on the season with just four interceptions.
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
According to the SWAC coaches, sports information directors and selected media menbers, the Farmers Insurance SWAC Football Championship Game should be a rematch on December 11 at Legion Field.
The selection group has picked Prairie View A&M and Alabama A&M to repeat as respective division champions for the 2010 season.
Western Division: The Panthers garnered 17 first place votes and outdistanced second-place selection Grambling by 25 total tallies. Texas Southern finished third, 11 votes shy of Grambling, while Southern and Arkansas-Pine Bluff were predicted a distant fourth and fifth, respectively.
PVAM (17) 104; GRAM (2) 79; TXSO (2) 68; SUBR 42; UAPB (1) 37.
Eastern Division: Alabama A&M was selected in a tight race with Jackson State in the eastern predicted race. The Bulldogs got 15 first place votes and ended with a 12 vote cushion over the Tigers. Alcorn State finished third following JSU by 17 votes. Alabama State and Mississippi Valley State were predicted to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.
AAMU (15) 98; JKST (5) 86; ALCN (2) 69; ALST 50; MVSU 27.
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