SoCon announces preseason All-Conference team; Citadel linebacker selected

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein has been named the Southern Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in voting conducted by the league's head coaches.  Defensive linemen Ameet Pall (Wofford) and Brent Russell (Georgia Southern) were tabbed Preseason Co-Defensive Players of the Year.

Breitenstein led the league and ranked fifth in the nation with 1,639 rushing yards last season.  The junior scored 22 touchdowns a season ago and ranked fourth nationally with 10.15 points per game.  The Terriers boasted the top rushing attack in all of FCS last season with 297.7 yards per game on the ground.

Russell posted 71 tackles for Georgia Southern in 2010.  A first-team Associated Press All-American last season, Russell helped anchor one of the top defenses in FCS last year as the Eagles ranked among the nation's leaders in total defense (ninth), pass defense (11th) and scoring defense (11th).

Pall was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.  The Montreal, Quebec native recorded 60 tackles on the defensive line for the Terriers.  He ranked eighth nationally in both sacks (12.5) and tackles for loss (22.5).  Pall forced two fumbles and recorded two others in 2010 as Wofford ranked seventh nationally in total defense.

Georgia Southern led all schools with 14 selections, including eight on the first team.  Appalachian State placed five on the first team and six on the second team.

Chattanooga and Furman each had seven student-athletes honored, while Wofford placed three on both the first and second team.

The 2011 Southern Conference football season begins Thursday, September 1 when Western Carolina visits Georgia Tech.  The league's eight other teams hit the field Saturday, September 3, including a conference game between Georgia Southern and Samford.

2011 Southern Conference Football

Preseason All-Conference Teams

Offensive Player of the Year: Eric Breitenstein, Jr., FB, Wofford

Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Ameet Pall, Sr., DL, Wofford & Brent Russell, Jr., DL, Georgia Southern

First Team Offense

QB         DeAndre Presley, Sr., Appalachian State

RB         Robert Brown, So, Georgia Southern

RB         Eric Breitenstein, Jr., Wofford

OL         Orry Frye, Sr., Appalachian State

OL         Rodney Austin, Sr., Elon

OL         Ryan Lee, Sr., Furman

OL         Brett Moore, Sr., Georgia Southern

OL         Nate Page, Sr., Wofford

TE          Ben Jorden, Sr., Appalachian State

WR        Aaron Mellette, Jr., Elon

WR        Joel Bradford, Sr., Chattanooga

First Team Defense

DL         John Rizor, Jr., Appalachian State

DL         Brent Russell, Jr., Georgia Southern

DL         Alex Davis, Sr., Samford

DL         Ameet Pall, Sr., Wofford

LB          Kadarron Anderson, Sr., Furman

LB          Josh Rowe, Jr., Georgia Southern

LB          Ryan Consiglio, Sr., Chattanooga

DB         Ed Gainey, Sr., Appalachian State

DB         Ryan Steed, Sr., Furman

DB         Derek Heyden, Sr., Georgia Southern

DB         Laron Scott, Sr., Georgia Southern

First Team Specialists

PK         Ray Early, So., Furman

P           Charlie Edwards, Sr., Georgia Southern

RS         Laron Scott, Sr., Georgia Southern

Second Team Offense

QB         B.J. Coleman, Sr., Chattanooga

RB         Travaris Cadet, Sr., Appalachian State

RB         J.J. Wilcox, Jr., Georgia Southern

OL         Matt Ruff, Sr., Appalachian State

OL         Dakota Dozier, So., Furman

OL         Dorian Byrd, So., Georgia Southern

OL         Willie Maxwell, Sr., Georgia Southern

OL         Adam Miller, Jr., Chattanooga

TE          (tie) Colin Anderson, Jr., Furman

TE          (tie) Tyler Sumner, Jr., Georgia Southern

WR        Brian Quick, Sr., Appalachian State

WR        Brenton Bersin, Sr., Wofford

Second Team Defense

DL         Josh Lynn, Jr., Furman

DL         Roderick Tinsley, Sr., Georgia Southern
DL         Nick Davison, Sr., Chattanooga

DL         Eric Eberhardt, Sr., Wofford
LB          Brandon Grier, Jr., Appalachian State

LB          Tolu Akindele, Sr., The Citadel
LB          Joshua Jones, Sr., Elon
DB         Corey White, Sr., Samford

DB         Chris Lewis-Harris, Sr., Chattanooga

DB         Kadeem Wise, So., Chattanooga

DB         Blake Wylie, Jr., Wofford

Second Team Specialists

PK         Adrian Mora, Sr., Georgia Southern

P           Sam Martin, Jr., Appalachian State

RS         Travaris Cadet, Sr., Appalachian State

NOTE: Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.