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Eight Demons Named Preseason All Conference

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 NATCHITOCHES – Defensive lineman Deon Simon, cornerback Imoan Claiborne and cornerback Fred Thomas headlined eight picks for the Demons when the Southland Conference unveiled its preseason all-conference football team Wednesday.

Simon, Claiborne and Thomas were all named first team selections to the league’s defensive team, and defensive end JeMarcus Marshall, defensive back Adam Jones and punt returner Ed Eagan were voted second team. Offensive lineman Austin Douglas and all-purpose back Daniel Taylor were picked on the offense’s second team.

Simon (6-4, 315) is a senior native of Baton Rouge (Glen Oaks HS), and has 67 career tackles and 6.5 career sacks as a Demon. The three-year letterman started all 12 games in 2013, and recorded 42 tackles with seven for loss.

Claiborne is a 5-11, 187 senior from Alexandria (Alexandria Senior HS). He was added to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List as one of the top 38 defensive backs at the Division I FCS level in June.

He was not thrown at often last season, but made 37 tackles, snagged two interceptions and broke up four passes. He ran back one pickoff 48 yards for a touchdown to get the Demons on the scoreboard early in a season-ending 40-27 win over rival Stephen F. Austin.

Thomas (5-10, 160), a senior from Covent (Lutcher HS), has 70 career tackles in two seasons as a Demon.  Last season, he led the team with three interceptions and seven pass breakups.  

He had a pivotal interception against Central Arkansas that helped lock up a 31-28 win over the Bears.

The College Sports Journal named Marshall, a 6-3, 245 sophomore from Monroe, as a first-team Freshman All-American after the 2013 season.   He had 25 tackles and 8.5 sacks, the team’s leader.

He broke through with a season high five tackles, 3.5 for loss, against Langston.

Jones (6-2, 196) is a sophomore from Katy, Texas, and finished second on the team in total tackles (73) and assisted tackles (34).  He led the Demon in tackles for loss with 14 for a loss of 38 yards.

Eagan, a 5-10, 181 junior out of New Orleans (Holy Cross HS), was the Demon’s second-leading receiver and top return specialist from 2013. He returned 13 punts for 124 yards, and 34 kickoffs for 798 yards.  Both his kickoff returns and return yardage were Northwestern State records.

Douglas, who was named as the 2014 Joe Delaney Bowl Most Valuable Player, is a 6-1, 304 Batesville, Miss., native. He appeared in every game in 2013, and started 10.

He finished with 80 percent grades against Nicholls (58 snaps) and Lamar (71 snaps).

Daniel Taylor (5-7, 160) is a native of Covent (Lutcher HS), and has 144 career rushes and receptions, ad has found the end zone every 13 times he’s touched the ball. Last season he was second on the team in rushing with 395 yards, and fourth on the team in all-purpose yards 523.

Returning student-athletes who earned all-conference honors at the conclusion of the 2013 season (Claiborne) were automatically named to the preseason teams. Head coaches from the 11 schools that play football in the Southland Conference voted for the remaining 38 positions, which included five on the first-team offense, four on the first-team defense, 14 positions on the second-team offense and 15 on the second-team defense. Coaches could not vote for their own players.

The conference’s two preseason polls – coaches and sports information directors – will be announced July 23 at media day.

Preseason camp begins Aug. 2 for the Demons, who will stage their first practice on Aug. 5.  Fall Sports Media Days is Aug. 6.

The regular season begins Thursday, Aug. 28 against Missouri State in Turpin Stadium.

2014 Preseason All-Southland Conference Football Teams

First-Team Offense

Pos.

Name

University

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

Hometown

QB

Bryan Bennett

Southeastern La.

6-3

205

Sr.

Granada Hills, Calif.

RB

Gus Johnson

Stephen F. Austin

5-10

224

Sr.

Gilmer, Texas

RB

Rasheed Harrell

Southeastern La.

5-10

195

Jr.

Miami, Fla.

TE/HB

Zach Hetrick

McNeese State

6-3

246

So.

Baton Rouge, La.

WR

Reggie Begelton

Lamar

6-2

200

Jr.

Beaumont, Texas

WR

Dezmin Lewis

Central Arkansas

6-4

212

Sr.

Mesquite, Texas

WR

Tyler Boyd

Stephen F. Austin

5-10

185

Sr.

Daingerfield, Texas

OL

Antoine Everett

McNeese State

6-3

325

Sr.

Richmond, Texas

OL

Donald Jackson

Sam Houston State

6-2

270

Jr.

Kilgore, Texas

OL

Cole Caruthers

Central Arkansas

6-4

292

Sr.

Sugar Land, Texas

OL

Jonathan Braddock

Southeastern La.

6-4

285

Sr.

Ripley, Miss.

OL

Quentin Marsh

McNeese State

6-3

310

Jr.

Dickinson, Texas

AP

Xavier Roberson

Southeastern La.

5-9

170

Jr.

Atlanta, Ga.

PK

Luc Swimberghe

Sam Houston State

6-0

185

So.

Tyler, Texas

First-Team Defense

Pos.

Name

University

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

Hometown

DL

Jonathan Woodard

Central Arkansas

6-6

271

Jr.

Brentwood, Tenn.

DL

Everett Ellefsen

McNeese State

6-3

233

Sr.

Madisonville, La.

DL

Jacob Newman

Southeastern La.

6-2

275

Sr.

Visalia, Calif.

DL

Deon Simon

Northwestern State

6-4

315

Sr.

Baton Rouge, La.

LB

Isiah Corbett

Southeastern La.

6-3

250

Sr.

Belle Glade, Fla.

LB

Bo Brown

McNeese State

6-1

232

Jr.

Katy, Texas

LB

Drew Misita

Southeastern La.

6-1

245

Sr.

Amite, La.

DB

Harlan Miller

Southeastern La.

6-0

180

Jr.

Kentwood, La.

DB

Imoan Claiborne

Northwestern State

5-11

187

Sr.

Alexandria, La.

DB

Mike Wade

Sam Houston State

5-11

195

Sr.

Arp, Texas

DB

Aaron Sam

McNeese State

5-9

182

Sr.

Lake Charles, La.

DB

Fred Thomas

Northwestern State

5-10

168

Sr.

Lutcher, La.

P

Jean Breaux

McNeese State

5-10

170

Jr.

Scott, La.

KR

Xavier Roberson

Southeastern La.

5-9

180

Jr.

Atlanta, Ga.

PR

Kevin Johnson

Lamar

6-0

210

Sr.

Houston, Texas

Second-Team Offense

Pos.

Name

University

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

Hometown

QB

Caleb Berry

Lamar

6-2

195

Sr.

Needville, Texas

RB

Kelvin Bennett

McNeese State

5-11

170

Jr.

Bleakwood, Texas

RB

Keshawn Hill

Sam Houston State

5-10

205

Sr.

Klein, Texas

TE/HB

Shane Young

Sam Houston State

6-4

253

Sr.

Lago Vista, Texas

WR

Jeff Smiley

Southeastern La.

5-9

175

Jr.

Flower Mound, Texas

WR

Damien Watts

Central Arkansas

5-10

197

Sr.

Texarkana, Texas

WR

Ernest Celestie

McNeese State

5-11

190

Sr.

Lake Charles, La.

OL

C.J. Simon

Central Arkansas

6-3

296

Sr.

Kingwood, Texas

OL

Byron Williams

Stephen F. Austin

6-4

302

Jr.

Dickinson, Texas

OL

Austin Douglas

Northwestern State

6-1

320

Sr.

Batesville, Miss.

OL

Justin Brock

Lamar

6-5

300

Jr.

Beaumont, Texas

OL

Joe Graves

Southeastern La.

6-3

320

Jr.

Covington, La.

AP

Daniel Taylor

Northwestern State

5-10

160

Jr.

Convent, La.

PK

Eddie Camara

Central Arkansas

5-9

168

Sr.

Cedar Hill, Texas

Second-Team Defense

Pos.

Name

University

Ht.

Wt.

Cl.

Hometown

DL

T.J. Randall

Central Arkansas

6-3

291

Sr.

Lee’s Summit, Mo.

DL

A.J. Bowen

Southeastern La.

6-2

320

Jr.

Olive Branch, Miss.

DL

JeMarcus Marshall

Northwestern State

6-3

241

So.

Monroe, La.

DL

Gary Lorance

Sam Houston State

6-0

290

Sr.

New Boston, Texas

LB

Justin Church

Southeastern La.

6-4

235

Sr.

Mandeville, La.

LB

Davin Bovie

Nicholls

5-11

180

Sr.

Waggaman, La.

LB

Kaleb Muse

Southeastern La.

6-0

255

Sr.

Ponchatoula, La.

DB

Gabe Hamner

McNeese State

6-0

190

Jr.

Sealy, Texas

DB

Dillon Winfrey

Central Arkansas

5-8

174

Jr.

Bryant, Ark.

DB

Tyler Stoddard

Southeastern La.

6-2

210

Sr.

Westlake, La.

DB

Adam Jones

Northwestern State

6-2

197

So.

Katy, Texas

DB

Byron Cobb

Nicholls

5-10

175

Sr.

St. Francisville, La.

P

Nick Bruno

Stephen F. Austin

5-11

197

Jr.

Rowlett, Texas

KR

Jatavious Wilson

Central Arkansas

5-9

171

So.

Bastrop, La.

PR

Ed Eagan

Northwestern State

5-10

181

Jr.

New Orleans, La.

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