SIAC Announces 2019 All-Conference Football Preseason Honors

ATLANTA – Junior running back Santo Dunn of Morehouse College was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Preseason Offensive Player of the Year along with senior linebacker Austin Stephens of Miles College who was selected as Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, announced Tuesday during media day at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.

All votes are submitted by head coaches and sports information directors.


Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Santo Dunn, Running back
Morehouse College

Dunn, a junior running back, was picked as last season’s SIAC Offensive Player of the Year and returns for his third year with the Maroon Tigers. The Miami, FL native led the SIAC in rushing yards (875), scoring (8.4 points per game), and touchdowns with 14. Dunn also ranked nationally in rushing yards at No. 38, tied for No. 25 in scoring and No. 17 in total touchdowns. He earned BOXTOROW National Player of the Week honors after his performance versus Tuskegee University where he ran for a game-high 125 yards and three touchdowns in the upset victory. The same week, Dunn was added to the Black College Hall of Fame Player of the Year watch list. Dunn also earned SIAC Offensive Player of the Week once this season and was named to the BOXTOROW All-American Honorable Mention Team.

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Austin Stephens, Linebacker
Miles College

Stephens, a senior linebacker, was picked as last season’s Defensive Player of the Year and returns for his fourth year with the Golden Bears. The Munford, Ala. native led the SIAC in total tackles (120), which is currently tied for seventh in Division II. Stephens had 14.5 tackles for loss, one sack, an interception and a fumble he recovered and returned for a touchdown. He also earned one SIAC Defensive Player of the Week award. Stephens became the first-ever player from Miles to be named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II All-American Team and was the only SIAC selection in the 2018 D2CCA All-Super Region 2 Football Team.

Preseason Rankings
In the East Division, Albany State is anticipated to capture the Eastern Division Championship title as they had three first place picks. With two first place votes, Benedict was voted ahead of Morehouse, who had one first place vote. Fort Valley State was picked to finish fourth as Clark Atlanta and newest member, Savannah State, round out the eastern division.

In the West Division, defending SIAC Champions, Miles, is anticipated to top the west after receiving two first place votes and leading the poll for the first time since 2016. Tuskegee was picked to finish second with two first place votes leading Central State with three first place votes. Lane and Kentucky State round out the western division.

Rankings by Division
Eastern Division

  1. Albany State (3)
  2. Benedict (2)
  3. Morehouse (1)
  4. Fort Valley State
  5. Clark Atlanta
  6. Savannah State

Western Division

  1. Miles (2)
  2. Tuskegee (2)
  3. Central State (3)
  4. Lane
  5. Kentucky State

*first-place votes in parenthesis


2019 SIAC Football Preseason

First Team

Martesse PattersonSeniorOffensive LinemanTuskegeeColumbus, Ohio
Jean CyriaqueSeniorOffensive LinemanMorehouseDurham, NC
Darrius HicksJuniorOffensive LinemanFort Valley StateCamilla, Ga.
Aaron ScrogginsJuniorOffensive LinemanMilesBessemer, Al.
Rochelin RomainSeniorOffensive LinemanTuskegeePompano Beach, Florida
Robert Corbin, Jr.JuniorTight EndCentral StateCincinnati, Oh.
Leonard TyreeRedshirt SeniorWide ReceiverMilesTuscaloosa, Al.
Kevin GreenhowSeniorWide ReceiverCentral StateColumbus, Oh.
Santo DunnJuniorRunning BackMorehouseMiami, Fl.
Terraris SaffoldSeniorRunning BackCentral StateHayneville, Al.
Michael SimsJuniorQuarterbackMorehouseDetroit, Mi.
Deonte JacksonSeniorDefensive LinemanAlbany StateFairburn, Ga.
Brayce McKinzieJuniorDefensive LinemanLaneGeneva, FL
Chris RobertsJuniorDefensive LinemanKentucky StateFrankfort, Ky.
Breante GloverSophomoreDefensive LinemanClark AtlantaLaGrange, Ga.
Kailen AbramsJuniorLinebackerCentral StateDetroit, Mi.
Austin StephensSeniorLinebackerMilesMunford, Al.
Davoris ThomasSeniorLinebackerTuskegeeMobile, Ala.
Camron YoungSeniorDefensive BackFort Valley StateEastman, Ga.
Robert CummingsSeniorDefensive BackBenedictMacon, Ga.
Rorrick StewardRedshirt JuniorDefensive BackTuskegeeDecatur, Alabama
Traviontae BrownSeniorDefensive BackBenedictAlbany, Ga.
Gabriel BallinasJuniorKickerAlbany StateGuadalupe, Mexico
Gabriel BallinasJuniorPunterAlbany StateGuadalupe, Mexico
Lorenzo SmothersJuniorPunt ReturnerFort Valley StateBuena Vista, Ga.
Anthony EvelynSophomoreKick ReturnerLaneAtlantic Beach, FL

Second Team

Lee HumphreySeniorOffensive LinemanMorehousePlano, Ill.
Raekwon BetheaSeniorOffensive LinemanAlbany StateGainesville, Fl.
Paul ColemanSophomoreOffensive LinemanClark AtlantaMontgomery, Ala.
Christian TaylorJuniorOffensive LinemanBenedictLexington, S.C.
Eliezer HernandezJuniorOffensive LinemanKentucky StateLake Worth, Fla.
Montavious TinchSeniorTight EndMilesElberton, Ga.
Tremell GoodenSeniorWide ReceiverMorehouseAtlanta, Ga.
Johnathan SandersJuniorWide ReceiverClark AtlantaAtlanta, Ga.
Tracy ScottSeniorRunning BackAlbany StateGreenville, S.C.
McKinley HabershamSeniorRunning BackAlbany StateSavannah, Ga.
Daniel SmithSeniorQuarterbackMilesPeoria, Az.
William CallawayJuniorDefensive LinemanMorehouseScottsdale, Ga.
Jaylun ThomasSeniorDefensive LinemanMilesSylacauga, Al.
Rashaad MillerSeniorDefensive LinemanBenedictInman, S.C.
Shaun McGeeSeniorDefensive LinemanTuskegeeSnellville, Ga.
Julien TurnerSeniorLinebackerMorehousePickerington, OH
Amari AndrewsSeniorLinebackerBenedictStone Mountain, Ga.
Edward NelsonSeniorLinebackerMorehouseChester, Pa.
Dedrick VanoverJuniorDefensive BackMorehouseGainesville, Fl.
Kendrell WalkerRedshirt JuniorDefensive BackMilesTuscaloosa, Al.
Zach AndersonJuniorDefensive BackFort Valley StateCairo, Ga.
Tyler ScottJuniorDefensive BackAlbany StateTampa, Fl.
Jackson SpradlinSophomoreKickerMilesDora, Al.
Ty WoodsJuniorPunterClark AtlantaMontgomery, Ala.
Brett SylveSeniorPunt ReturnerKentucky StateHammond, La.
Ricci NucklesSeniorKick ReturnerMorehouseSuwanee, Ga.

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