Big South recognizes Bucs; CSU slotted middle of the pack

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Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 5:42 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charleston Southern football learned of its preseason league predictions Tuesday during the annual Big South Football Media Days presented by at the Charlotte Marriott SouthPark hotel. Three Buccaneers (Cayden Jordan, Hombre Kennedy, Garrett Sayegh) were selected to the preseason all-league squad with Anton Williams joining them as a member of the honorable mention picks. The Bucs earned votes to garner a third-place tie among their conference peers, including two-first place nods, in the six-team race. All voting was conducted by the league’s head coaches.


Jordan is back in the fold as a redshirt junior wide receiver for head coach Autry Denson’s troops in 2022. He’s one of just four offensive returning starters and the top-returning ball catcher with 53 grabs for a team-high 752 yards last fall. His yardage ranks as the ninth-best single-season total in program history, while he was one reception shy of entering the single-season Top-10 list.

In his 2021 All-Big South Second Team campaign, he posted a pair of 100-yard receiving games with 152 yards on six catches against Hampton before tacking on 134 yards on a single-game career-best nine grabs, including his lone touchdown, against Campbell. He had at least three receptions in every conference contest and approached 100 yards two other times, with 94 at Robert Morris and 92 at Gardner-Webb.


On the other side of the ball, the Bucs conversely welcome back seven starters. Kennedy will lead a secondary unit from his safety spot after he secured a career high and team-best three interceptions last season on his way to earning All-Big South Second Team honors. He grabbed the picks against three league opponents: at Robert Morris, against Hampton and at Gardner-Webb, while also adding 43 tackles, eight pass breakups and two forced fumbles to his resume. Off the field, he was voted to the All-Big South Academic Team and as a Bob McCloskey Insurance Graduate Fellowship recipient by the league office.

Sayegh also is a top returner for the CSU defense, having put together a career-high and team-best 96 tackles in 2021, 27 more than his next-closest teammate on his way to All-Big South First Team accolades. He entered the program’s all-time single-season Top-10 chart with the 96 stops, which included nine for loss and two sacks from his middle linebacker position. He finished with four double-digit tackle games, including 16 against Hampton and against Campbell. Against the Camels, he tallied a career-high 11 solo stops with two of his three forced fumbles taking place in the home conference win as he was the Nov. 1 Big South Defensive Player of the Week.


Williams, another 2021 All-Big South Second Team honoree, was the defensive lineman honorable mention choice. The conference recognized one player per position on the squad after the initial team was revealed.

He’s coming off a campaign in which he finished with 27 tackles, including six for loss and five sacks, second among his teammates and tops for those returning. He had six tackles in the home opener against Monmouth, one game after all five of his stops in the season opener at The Citadel were solo. He had a pair of sacks against North Carolina A&T and forced his lone fumble at Robert Morris. He also had two quarterback hurries against Hampton and at Gardner-Webb.


After finishing in a tie for third place in the Big South standings last year, Charleston Southern finds itself in the same spot in the preseason poll. The Buccaneers earned 44 total votes, including two first-place nods, to share the third-place standing with Gardner-Webb. North Carolina A&T, in its last season as a Big South member, was picked to finish first with Campbell taking runner-up honors. New football affiliate member Bryant was slotted fifth with Robert Morris picked in sixth.



QB: Hajj-Malik Williams, Campbell

RB: Narii Gaither, Gardner-Webb

RB: Alijah Jackson, Robert Morris

WR: Cayden Jordan, Charleston Southern

WR: Justin Franklin, Gardner-Webb

WR: Jamison Warren, North Carolina A&T

TE: Julian Hill, Campbell

OL: Tyler McLellan, Campbell

OL: Clayton Frady, Gardner-Webb

OL: Gabe Thompson, Gardner-Webb

OL: Ricky Lee III, North Carolina A&T

OL: Haydon Baron, Robert Morris


DL: Brevin Allen, Campbell

DL: Ty French, Gardner-Webb

DL: Ricardo Warren, Robert Morris

DL: Jermaine McDaniel, North Carolina A&T

LB: Garrett Sayegh, Charleston Southern

LB: William McRainey, Gardner-Webb

LB: Jacob Roberts, North Carolina A&T

LB: Joe Andreessen, Bryant

DB: Hombre Kennedy, Charleston Southern

DB: Jamari Brown, Gardner-Webb

DB: Karon Prunty, North Carolina A&T

DB: Sydney Audiger, Robert Morris

Special Teams

PK: Andrew Brown, North Carolina A&T

P: Corey Petersen, Campbell

KR: Josh McNeely, Campbell

PR: Josh McNeely, Campbell

LS: Jackson Hayes, Campbell

Honorable Mention

QB: Bailey Fisher, Gardner-Webb

RB: Bhayshul Tuten, North Carolina A&T

WR: David Zorilla, Bryant

TE: Nicholas Dobson, North Carolina A&T

OL: Mike Edwards, Campbell

DL: Anton Williams, Charleston Southern

LB: Jamar Shegog, Robert Morris

DB: Dorian Jones, Campbell

P: Bailey Fisher, Gardner-Webb

KR: TJ Luther, Gardner-Webb

LS: David McCain, Bryant

Offensive Player of the Year: Narii Gaither, Gardner-Webb

Defensive Player of the Year: Brevin Allen, Campbell


1. North Carolina A&T, 60 (6)

2. Campbell, 50 (2)

T3. Charleston Southern, 44 (2)

T3. Gardner-Webb, 44 (1)

5. Bryant, 33 (1)

6. Robert Morris, 21

( ) – first-place votes