HAMMOND -- A quartet of Southeastern Louisiana players were selected to the 2018 Preseason All-Southland Conference Football Teams, which were announced by the league office on Thursday.

Representing the Lions are junior kick returner Juwan Petit-Frere, sophomore running back Marcus Cooper, junior offensive lineman Alfred Beverly and senior linebacker Tamarcus Russell.

Petit-Frere was a first-team selection, while the other three were named to the second team.

“We’re glad to see these four young men representing us on the All-Southland Conference teams,” SLU coach Frank Scelfo said. “We expect all of them to continue to grow during camp and help us win football games this fall. Hopefully all four, plus some of their teammates, will be on the all-conference teams at the end of the season. It’s not where you start, but where you finish that’s important.”

Petit-Frere has already been named preseason All-America by Athlon Sports and HERO Sports. He’s coming off a sophomore campaign that saw him lead FCS with a kickoff return average of 34.6 – the second-highest in conference and school history.

Cooper led SLU with 646 rushing yards in his freshman campaign out of Rice Consolidated High School. The Altair, Texas, native set a single-season school record with 10.1 yards per carry on the way to being named All-Southland Conference.

Beverly played all 11 games in his sophomore season and was part of an offensive line corps that helped Southeastern rank third nationally with 283.1 rushing yards per game.

Russell posted 24 tackles, five tackles for loss and a forced fumble in his first season with the Lions. The Fresno City College product is expected to take on a bigger role in 2018.

Scelfo, Beverly and junior defensive back Dejion Lynch will represent SLU at the Southland Conference Football Media Days on July 19 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria. The Lion representatives will be on stage at 1:15 p.m. and the entire event will be streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

The Lions  report to campus on July 31 with the first practice of fall camp set for August 1. Southeastern opens the 2018 season on Aug. 30 with a 7 p.m. contest at ULM.

 2018 Preseason All-Southland Conference Football Teams

First Team Offense

Pos. – Name – University – Ht. – Wt. – Cl. – Hometown

QB – Chase Fourcade – Nicholls – 6-0 – 190 – Jr. – Metairie

RB – David Hamm – McNeese – 6-0 – 222 – Sr. – Klein, Texas

RB – Carlos Blackman – Central Arkansas – 6-1 – 228 – Jr. – Gosnell, Ark.

TE/HB – Lawayne Ross – McNeese – 6-0 – 264 – Jr. – Richwood, Texas

WR – Davion Davis – Sam Houston State – 5-11 – 180 – Sr. – Hutto, Texas

WR – Nathan Stewart – Sam Houston State – 5-11 – 175 – Jr. – Dallas, Texas

WR – Damion Jeanpiere Jr. – Nicholls – 6-1 – 185 – Sr. – Kenner

OL – Mitchell Watanabe – Sam Houston State – 6-4 – 330 – Sr. – San Antonio

OL – Chandler Arceneaux – Nicholls – 6-5 – 295 – Sr. – Bourg

OL – Ryan Hanley – Nicholls – 6-2 – 290 – Sr. – Metairie

OL – Eric David – Sam Houston State – 6-4 – 282 – Jr. – Richmond, Texas

OL – Tristan Wendt – Sam Houston State – 6-0 – 285 – Sr. – Schulenberg, Texas

AP – Davion Davis – Sam Houston State – 5-11 – 180 – Sr. – Hutto, Texas

PK – Gunnar Raborn – McNeese – 5-9 – 174 – Sr. – Lafayette

P – Alex Kjellsten – McNeese – 5-8 – 164 – Sr. – Lake Charles

First Team Defense

DL – Chris Terrell – Central Arkansas – 6-3 – 270 – Jr. – Pensacola, Fla.

DL – Eric Jackson – Central Arkansas – 6-1 – 275 – Sr. – Apopka, Fla.

DL – Sully Laiche – Nicholls – 6-2 – 270 – Jr. – Gramercy

DL – Kenny Dotson – Nicholls – 6-3 – 250 – Sr. – Plaquemine

LB – Allen Pittman – Nicholls – 5-11 – 215 – Jr. – St. Rose

LB – Hezekiah White – Nicholls – 6-0 – 220 – Sr. – Boutte

LB – BJ Blunt – McNeese – 6-1 – 210 – Sr. – New Orleans

DB – Raphael Lewis – Houston Baptist – 6-0 – 182 – Sr. – Elk Grove, Calif.

DB – Alize Ward – Stephen F. Austin – 5-10 – 190 – Jr. – San Diego

DB – Corey Abraham – Nicholls – 6-0 – 220 – Sr. – Breaux Bridge

DB – Juan Jackson – Central Arkansas – 5-11 – 190 – Jr. – Gardendale, Ala.

DB – Ahmani Martin – Nicholls – 5-10 – 185 – Sr. – Reserve

KR – Juwan Petit-Frere – Southeastern Louisiana – 5-7 – 170 – Jr. – Orlando, Fla.

PR – Davion Davis – Sam Houston State – 5-11 – 180 – Sr. – Hutto, Texas

 Second Team Offense

QB – James Tabary – McNeese – 6-2 – 215 – Sr. – New Orleans

RB – Marcus Cooper – Southeastern Louisiana – 5-8 – 160 – So. – Altair, Texas

RB – Kyran Irvin – Nicholls – 6-1 – 220 – Jr. – Darrow

TE/HB – Josh Nix – Central Arkansas – 6-5 – 255 – So. – Tuscumbia, Ala.

WR – Tamrick Pace – Stephen F. Austin – 6-3 – 195 – Jr. – Brownsboro, Texas

WR – Kody Edwards – UIW – 6-0 – 165 – Sr. – Mesquite, Texas

WR – Dai’jean Dixon – Nicholls – 6-4 – 200 – So. – New Orleans

OL – Alfred Beverly – Southeastern Louisiana – 6-4 – 345 – Jr. – Beaumont, Texas

OL – Adrian Harris – Central Arkansas – 6-4 – 315 – So. – Tyler, Texas

OL – Hunter Watts – Central Arkansas – 6-8 – 320 – Jr. – San Antonio, Texas

OL – Grant Burguillos – McNeese – 6-4 – 281 – Jr. – Mandeville

OL – Eddie Houston – Nicholls – 6-2 – 280 – Sr. – Newton, Miss.

AP – Alize Ward – Stephen F. Austin – 5-10 – 190 – Jr. – San Diego

PK – Lorran Fonseca – Nicholls – 5-11 – 185 – Sr. – Hercules, Calif.

P – Caleb Lewallen – Stephen F. Austin – 5-10 – 200 – Sr. – Kingwood, Texas

Second Team Defense

DL – Chris Stewart – Sam Houston State – 6-2 – 270 – Sr. – Petal, Miss.

DL – Chris Livings – McNeese – 6-2 – 210 – Jr. – Lake Charles

DL – Cardell Best – Central Arkansas – 6-3 – 255 – Sr. – Little Elm, Texas

DL – Nathan Grant – Central Arkansas – 6-4 – 245 – So. – Carrollton, Texas

LB – Tamarcus Russell – Southeastern Louisiana – 5-10 – 210 – Sr. – Dadeville, Ala.

LB – Raphael Garner – Central Arkansas – 6-2 – 235 – Sr. – Thomasville, Ala.

LB – Ryan Woods – Stephen F. Austin – 6-0 – 232 – Sr. – Pearland, Texas

DB – Trenton Gordon – Stephen F. Austin – 5-11 – 195 – So. – Rowlett, Texas

DB – Bolu Onifade – Abilene Christian – 6-0 – 185 – So. – Oklahoma City, Okla.

DB – Darion Dunn – McNeese – 6-1 – 180 – So. – Oakdale

DB – Zyon McCollum – Sam Houston State – 6-3 – 180 – So. – Galveston, Texas

DB – Colby Burton – McNeese – 5-10 – 180 – Jr. – League City, Texas

KR – Cedric Battle – Central Arkansas – 5-10 – 180 – Sr. – Wichita Falls, Texas

PR – Zae Giles – Lamar – 5-9 – 177 – Jr. – Austin, Texas

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