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Phil Steele releases 2013 Preseason FCS All-America
Courtesy: Jackson State Athletics Media  
Release: 07/19/2013
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Three All-Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason selections, Qua Cox (Jackson State), Robert Simpson (Mississippi Valley State) and Bobby Wenzig (Alabama State), were selected to Phil Steele's Coolege Football 2013 Preseason FCS All-America Team. 

The announcement was made by the sports media outlet on Tuesday (July 16).

The student-athletes join 113 players on the All-America Team including a total of 11 players from the HBCU ranks.

Cox and Wenzig receive were named to the second team and Simpson landed on the fourth team roster. The three players continue to garner preseason recognition after joining the All-SWAC Preseason Team, College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) 2013 FCS Watch List, and The Sports Network FCS All-American Team.

Cox (6-0 • 185 • R-Sr. • Tuskegee, Ala.) was named the SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and was placed on the Buck Buchanan watch list for the 2013 preseason.

Last year, Cox led the SWAC with five interceptions while leading JSU (7-5, 7-2 SWAC) in the category for a consecutive season. He played in all 12 games to help carry the Tigers to the SWAC Football Championship game and an East Division title. Cox headlined the JSU defensive backs with eight pass break-ups, 13 passes defended and two sacks.

He closed the year with 50 tackles (36 solo) including five for a loss on a defensive unit that led the league in sacks with 43. He was named to the All-SWAC First Team at the end of 2012 after receiving defensive player of the week honors in October.

Last season, Simpson (6-4 • 255 • Sr. • Gulfport, Miss.) finished atop the SWAC in tackles for loss with 22.5, finishing second in FCS. His play on the field placed him on this year's Buck Buchanan watch and a member of the All-SWAC Preseason Team.

In 2012, He finished fourth in the SWAC in sacks with seven while recording two fumbles and 59 tackles (29 solo). At the end of the year, he was named to the All-SWAC First Team defense at the defensive tackle position.

He helped lead MVSU (5-6, 5-4 SWAC) to its best record since 2006. The Delta Devils defense ranked fourth in the nation and second in tackles for loss (98). The unit led the SWAC in total defense, rushing defense, interceptions, opponent third down conversions and first downs.

Wenzig (6-2 • 180 • Sr. • San Diego, Calif.) was named to the All-SWAC Preseason First Team as a punter and kicker. He averaged a league best with 45.6 yards per punt.

He was also named to the All-SWAC First Team as a punter after winning the SWAC Specialist of the Week award on six occasions. His postseason accolades include BoxtoRow, Academic, SBN Sports Black College and FCS All-America honors.

Last year, Wenzig finished second on the team in scoring with 62 points. He connected 38-of-42 PATs and finished 8-for-14 on field goal attempts. He made a season-long 46-yard attempt against Alabama A&M in the State Farm Magic City Classic.

He averaged more than 61 yards per kickoff, resulting in 14 touchbacks, helping the Hornets limit opponents to only 19 yards per kick return. He was tagged by the CFPA last month as a place kicker and punter on its FCS preseason watch list.

Phil Steele is an American sportswriter and analyst who focuses exclusively on college and professional football. He currently writes a column for the Orlando Sentinel and is considered a "highly respected prognosticator" within the sports media. His company, Phil Steele Publications, produces the annual preseason magazine Phil Steele's College Football Preview, which he personally writes in almost its entirety.

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