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Nicholls, SHSU's Davis highlight Southland

(STATS) - FCS power Sam Houston State is expected to be the favorite in the Southland Conference race, but it doesn't have the most players on the conference's preseason team.

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Or the second-most or the third-most.

The depth of this year's title race was evident Thursday with the announcement of the two-team preseason squad. Nicholls led the way with 10 first-team selections and 14 overall, while defending champ Central Arkansas had 11 overall selections, McNeese 10 and Sam Houston nine.

Nicholls' first-team selections included junior quarterback Chase Fourcade. The Colonels are coming off an 8-4 season in which they earned their first FCS playoff bid since 2005.

Sam Houston senior Davion Davis, the 2017 Southland offensive player of the year, earned three first-team nods on the preseason team - at wide receiver, punt returner and all-purpose. Last season, his Bearkats advanced to the national semifinals for the fifth time in seven seasons.

The Southland preseason poll will be announced next Thursday at media day in Houston.

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FIRST TEAM=

Offense

QB - Chase Fourcade, Nicholls, Jr.

RB - David Hamm, McNeese, Sr.

RB - Carlos Blackman, Central Arkansas, Jr.

TE/HB - Lawayne Ross, McNeese, Jr.

WR - Davion Davis, Sam Houston State, Sr.

WR - Nathan Stewart, Sam Houston State, Jr.

WR - Damion Jeanpiere Jr., Nicholls, Sr.

OL - Mitchell Watanabe, Sam Houston State, Sr.

OL - Ryan Hanley, Nicholls, Sr.

OL - Chandler Arceneaux, Nicholls, Sr.

OL - Eric David, Sam Houston State, Jr.

OL - Tristan Wendt, Sam Houston State, Sr.

AP - Davion Davis, Sam Houston State, Sr.

PK - Gunnar Raborn, McNeese, Sr.

P - Alex Kjellsten, McNeese, Sr.

Defense

DL - Chris Terrell, Central Arkansas, Jr.

DL - Eric Jackson, Central Arkansas, Sr.

DL - Sully Laiche, Nicholls, Jr.

DL - Kenny Dotson, Nicholls, Sr.

LB - Allen Pittman, Nicholls, Jr.

LB - Hezekiah White, Nicholls, Sr.

LB - B.J. Blunt, McNeese, Sr.

DB - Raphael Lewis, Houston Baptist, Sr.

DB - Alize Ward, Stephen F. Austin, Jr.

DB - Corey Abraham, Nicholls, Sr.

DB - Juan Jackson, Central Arkansas, Jr.

DB - Ahmani Martin, Nicholls, Sr.

KR - Juwan Petit-Frere, Southeastern Louisiana, Jr.

PR - Davion Davis, Sam Houston State, Sr.

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SECOND TEAM=

Offense

QB - James Tabary, McNeese, Sr.

RB - Kyran Irvin, Nicholls, Jr.

RB - Marcus Cooper, Southeastern Louisiana, So.

TE/HB - Josh Nix, Central Arkansas, So.

WR - Tamrick Pace, Stephen F. Austin, Jr.

WR - Kody Edwards, Incarnate Word, Sr.

WR - Dai'jean Dixon, Nicholls, So.

OL - Adrian Harris, Central Arkansas, So.

OL - Hunter Watts, Central Arkansas, Jr.

OL - Alfred Beverly III, Southeastern Louisiana, Jr.

OL - Grant Burguillos, McNeese, Jr.

OL - Eddie Houston, Nicholls, Sr.

AP - Alize Ward, Stephen F. Austin, Jr.

PK - Lorran Fonseca, Nicholls, Sr.

P - Caleb Lewallen, Stephen F. Austin, Sr.

Defense

DL - Chris Stewart, Sam Houston State, Sr.

DL - Chris Livings, McNeese, Jr.

DL - Cardell Best, Central Arkansas, Sr.

DL - Nathan Grant, Central Arkansas, So.

LB - Raphael Garner, Central Arkansas, Sr.

LB - Tamarcus Russell, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr.

LB - Ryan Woods, Stephen F. Austin, Sr.

DB - Trenton Gordon, Stephen F. Austin, So.

DB - Bolu Onifade, Abilene Christian, So.

DB - Darion Dunn, McNeese, So.

DB - Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State, So.

DB - Colby Burton, McNeese, Jr.

KR - Cedric Battle, Central Arkansas, Sr.

PR - Zae Giles, Lamar, Jr.

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