Five Bulldogs earn preseason All-SoCon honors

Five Bulldogs earn preseason All-SoCon honors

SPARTANBURG, SC - Five members of the Citadel football team have been selected to the 2018 Preseason All-Southern Conference teams that were announced Wednesday. The teams were selected by the league's head coaches.

Offensive lineman Tyler Davis and defensive back Aron Spann, III were named to the first team, while offensive lineman Drew McEntyre, defensive lineman Ja'Lon Williams and linebacker Noah Dawkins garnered second team accolades.

Additionally, the Bulldogs were picked to finish seventh in both the coaches and media predicted order of finish.

Davis is the anchor of the Bulldogs' offensive line and has helped the team finish in the top two in the FCS in each of the past three seasons, including leading the nation in 2016. Last season, the Bulldogs averaged 294.6 yards rushing per game and bolstered three of the highest rushing totals recorded in the FCS.

Davis was selected to the All-SoCon First Team by the league's head coaches and media following the 2017 season. He was also selected as a Second-Team All-American by College Sports Madness.

Earlier this summer, Davis was named a Preseason Second-Team All-American by HERO Sports.

Spann, who was a Preseason Third-Team All-America selection by HERO Sports, has appeared in 36 games in his career, making 12 starts. He is coming off a season in which he recorded 57 tackles, 3.0 tackles-for-loss, and three interceptions. Last season, he was selected as the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Month for October.

His efforts earned him first-team all-conference honors from the media and second-team laurels from the coaches.

McEntyre is recognized after starting all 11 games at right tackle for a team that rushed for 294.6 yards per game. He was an immediate contributor as he earned the start at right guard in his first collegiate game on his way to being named to the all-freshman team.

Williams was named a second-team all-conference selection by the media following the 2017 season. He finished the year with 36 tackles, 8.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in nine games.

Dawkins is coming off a season in which he ranked second on the team in tackles (61) and tackles-for-loss (11.0). He posted a career-best three tackles-for-loss in a nine-tackle effort in the victory over VMI.

The Bulldogs open the 2018 season Sept. 1 when they travel to face Wofford. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

-per The Citadel Athletics