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JSU's Russell Headlines Preseason All-SWAC Teams
Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media  
Release: 02/08/2013
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Elias Todman of Grambling State, Angel Rosa of Alcorn State and Desmond Russell of Jackson State headlined the preseason All-SWAC honors.

Todman was voted preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Rosa repeated as preseason Defensive Player of the Year and Russell garnered preseason Pitcher of the Year accolades.

In 2012, Todman was second in the conference in batting with a .344 average. The 6-3, senior from Bronx, NY had two home runs, three triples, nine doubles and 43 RBI. His RBI total ranked his tied for third in the SWAC. Todman was also tied for fourth in the league in hits with 62 and ranked seventh in total bases with 83.

Rosa, a 6-1, junior shortstop from Guaynabo, P.R, was a second team All-SWAC performer in 2012. He started in 47 of the 48 games he played. He finished the season with a fielding percentage of .906. In 203 chances, Rosa committed only 19 errors, with 74 putouts and a team-leading 110 assists. At the plate, Rosa batted .292, in 171 at bats. He had two triples, 10 doubles, 30 RBI and scored 23 runs. Rosa also swiped five bases.

Russell was also a member of the All-SWAC second team in 2012. On the mound, the 5-8 junior from Freeport, Bahamas led the SWAC with an ERA of 2.34. His record of 10-2 was second best in the conference. Russell was also ranked second in complete games (8) and innings pitched (107.2). and tied for third in strikeouts with 86. Russell is a 2013 Preseason Lousville Slugger All-American.

Two other Tigers also received preseason recognition. Aneko Knowles and Malcolm Tate were both second-team selections. Knowles was selected as an outfielder and Tate as the designated hitter. 

# - 2012 First Team All-SWAC
% - 2012 Second Team All-SWAC

Preseason All-SWAC First Team

Starting Pitcher -
%Desmond Russell, Jackson State, Jr., Freeport, Bahamas
#Jose Deleon, Southern, Jr., Isabela, Puerto Rico


Relief Pitcher - 
Stephen Lunsford, Prairie View, Sr., Houston, Texas


Catcher - 
%Richard Gonzalez, Alabama State, So., Caguas, Puerto Rico


First Base - 
# (at DH) Derrick Hopkins, Southern, Sr., Woolwine, Virginia


Second Base - 
#Elias Todman, Grambling State, Sr., Bronx, New York


Shortstop - 
%Angel Rosa, Alcorn State, Jr., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico


Third Base - 
Brad Benes, Prairie View, Sr., Omaha, Nebraska


Outfield - 
%Darren Farmer, Grambling State, Sr., Bailey, Mississsippi
#D.J. Wallace, Southern, Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas
Richard Amion, Alabama State, So., Cutler Bay, Florida


Designated Hitter - 
Jordan Boston, Alcorn State, Jr., Brampton, Ontario

Preseason All-SWAC Second Team

Starting Pitcher - 
%Matt Mitchell, Grambling State, Sr., Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Stef Hernandez, Prairie View, Sr., Galveston, Texas


Relief Pitcher - 
Ryan Fuentes, Alcorn State, Jr., Euless, Texas


Catcher - 

Jose Longoria, Grambling State, Sr. Odessa, Texas


First Base - 

Tyler Flanagan, Texas Southern, Sr., Marshalltown, Iowa


Second Base - 
Edmund Cheatham, Mississippi Valley State, Sr., Jackson, Mississippi


Shortstop - 

Luke Brumfield, Mississippi Valley State, Natchez, Mississippi


Third Base - 
Hector Mejias, Grambling State, Sr., Santo Domingo, Dominican Republican


Outfield - 
Kris Minter, Grambling State, Jr., Birmingham, Alabama
Aneko Knowles, Jackson State, Jr., Freeport, Bahamas
#Brian Rowry, Southern, Jr., Birmingham, Alabama


Designated Hitter - 

Malcolm Tate, Jackson State, Sr., Madison, Mississippi


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