LB BJ Blunt McNeese Sr. New Orleans, La. Highlighted by junior quarterback Chase Fourcade, the Colonels earned four selections to the first team offense, six to the first team defense and four second team offense picks. Fourcade passed for 2,316 yards with 14 touchdowns in 2017, helping lead Nicholls to its first FCS playoffs appearance since 2005. DB Trenton Gordon Stephen F. Austin So. Rowlett, Texas WR Nathan Stewart* Sam Houston State Jr. Dallas, Texas P Alex Kjellsten McNeese Sr. Lake Charles, La. TE/HB Lawayne Ross* McNeese Jr. Richwood, Texas OL Eric David* Sam Houston State Jr. Richmond, Texas PK Lorran Fonseca* Nicholls Sr. Hercules, Calif. The 2018 preseason poll will be revealed next Thursday, July 19, to kick off Southland Football Media Day at the Hilton Houston Post Oak in Houston. Pos. Name School Class Hometown Pos. Name School Class Hometown DL Chris Stewart* Sam Houston State Sr. Petal, Miss. WR Kody Edwards UIW Sr. Mesquite, Texas AP Davion Davis* Sam Houston State Sr. Hutto, Texas OL Hunter Watts Central Arkansas Jr. San Antonio, Texas OL Grant Burguillos McNeese Jr. Mandeville, La. DB Alize Ward* Stephen F. Austin Jr. San Diego, Calif. LB Raphael Garner Central Arkansas Sr. Thomasville, Ala. DB Ahmani Martin* Nicholls Sr. Reserve, La. PR Zae Giles Lamar Jr. Austin, Texas OL Chandler Arceneaux* Nicholls Sr. Bourg, La. OL Eddie Houston Nicholls Sr. Newton, Miss. LB Ryan Woods Stephen F. Austin Sr. Pearland, Texas PR Davion Davis* Sam Houston State Sr. Hutto, Texas PK Gunnar Raborn* McNeese Sr. Lafayette, La. LB Hezekiah White Nicholls Sr. Boutte, La. WR Davion Davis* Sam Houston State Sr. Hutto, Texas OL Mitchell Watanabe* Sam Houston State Sr. San Antonio, Texas * Automatic selection; returning all-conference player DL Cardell Best Central Arkansas Sr. Little Elm, Texas DL Sully Laiche* Nicholls Jr. Gramercy, La. QB James Tabary McNeese Sr. New Orleans, La. WR Damion Jeanpiere* Nicholls Sr. Kenner, La. DB Darion Dunn McNeese So. Oakdale, La. DL Eric Jackson* Central Arkansas Sr. Apopka, Fla. Second Team All-Conference Defense KR Cedric Battle Central Arkansas Sr. Wichita Falls, Texas TE/HB Josh Nix Central Arkansas So. Tuscumbia, Ala. DB Raphael Lewis* Houston Baptist Sr. Elk Grove, Calif. LB Allen Pittman* Nicholls Jr. St. Rose, La. P Caleb Lewallen Stephen F. Austin Sr. Kingwood, Texas Central Arkansas and McNeese are the other two conference teams with double-digits selections, garnering 11 and 10 spots, respectively. RB Kyran Irvin* Nicholls Jr. Darrow, La. McNeese returns with standout senior quarterback James Tabary who was named to the second team. The Cowboys earned four total spots on the first team offense. Tabary racked up 2,511 passing yards with 21 touchdowns last season. DL Kenny Dotson* Nicholls Sr. Plaquemine, La. OL Tristan Wendt Sam Houston State Sr. Schulenberg, Texas DB Colby Burton McNeese Jr. League City, Texas DB Corey Abraham* Nicholls Sr. Breaux Bridge, La. RB Marcus Cooper Southeastern Louisiana So. Altair, Texas DL Nathan Grant Central Arkansas So. Carrollton, Texas WR Dai’jean Dixon Nicholls So. New Orleans, La. Second Team All-Conference Offense RB Carlos Blackman* Central Arkansas Jr. Gosnell, Ark. OL Alfred Beverly Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Beaumont, Texas DL Chris Livings McNeese Jr. Lake Charles, La. WR Tamrick Pace* Stephen F. Austin Jr. Brownsboro, Texas AP Alize Ward Stephen F. Austin Jr. San Diego, Calif. RB David Hamm* McNeese Sr. Klein, Texas KR Juwan Petit-Frere* Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Orlando, Fla. DB Juan Jackson* Central Arkansas Jr. Gardendale, Ala. LB Tamarcus Russell Southeastern Louisiana Sr. Dadeville, Ala. First Team All-Conference Offense FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference announced the 2018 Football Preseason All-Conference Teams on Thursday, with Nicholls leading the league with 14 total selections. Pos. Name School Class Hometown QB Chase Fourcade Nicholls Jr. Metairie, La. Pos. Name School Class Hometown Though the Bears must replace 2017 Player of the Year Hayden Hildebrand at quarterback, the team returns a strong group on the other side of the ball with three first team and four second team defensive picks. First Team All-Conference Defense DB Zyon McCollum Sam Houston State So. Galveston, Texas DL Chris Terrell* Central Arkansas Jr. Pensacola, Fla. OL Adrian Harris Central Arkansas So. Tyler, Texas Returning all-conference selections from the previous season are automatically named to the preseason all-conference teams and may advance to higher team slots if they are vacated by non-returning players. Open positions are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches. DB Bolu Onifade Abilene Christian So. Oklahoma City, Okla. Sam Houston State tallied nine total preseason all-conference honorees, led by the returning core of a high-scoring Bearkat offense. Although two-time Walter Payton Award winner Jeremiah Briscoe has graduated, wide receivers Davion Davis and Nathan Stewart headline six first team offense picks. The pair combined for 2,854 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns last season. OL Ryan Hanley* Nicholls Sr. Metaire, La. Stephen F. Austin garnered six preseason all-conference selections while Southeastern Louisiana earned four. Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist, UIW and Lamar all collected one spot each.