BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference released its 2014 Preseason Teams and nine Jackson State football players were selected. Jonathan Smith and Javancy Jones were the only two Tigers named to the first team. Rakeem Sims, Tobias Singleton, Tedderick Terrell, Ariane McCree, Antonio Sutton, Ryan Deising and Darcy Williamson were placed on the second team.
Smith, a senior offensive lineman, was named an All-SWAC first team member during his junior season. Became a leader of the offensive line and helped lead that unit that allowed the JSU offense to score 313 points and record 4,571 total yards (2140 rushing yards and 2431 passing yards. JSU had 20 rushing touchdowns and 16 passing TDs.
Jones, a sophomore line backer who has been named to the CFPA Watch List, was named the SWAC Freshman of the year, All-SWAC first team, Box to Row All-American and to the College Sports Journal All Freshman Team. He finished his freshman campaign as the fourth leading tackler on the team. In 11 games he recorded 54 tackles (26 solo), 14 tackles for loss (second on team), five sacks (tied for second on team), two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries a forced fumble and a blocked kick.
Sims, a senior running back, played in 10 games and finished as the third leading rusher on the team as he recorded 479 yards on 100 carries. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry and had a long rush of 24 yards. His five rushing touchdowns were tied for second on the team.
Singleton, a senior wide receiver, played in all 11 games and finished second on the team in receptions with 30 for 476 yards and two touchdowns. His longest reception of the season was 54 yards and he averaged 43.3 yards per game and 15.9 yards per receptions (2nd on team). He also returned nine kickoffs for 158 yards and had a long return of 43 yards. He averaged 17.6 yards per return.
Terrell, a junior linebacker, was named an All-SWAC second team member during his sophomore year. He played in all 11 games and finished as the eighth leading tackler on the team with 46 (25 solo). He led the team in sacks with seven and tied for first on the team in forced fumbles with two. He also finished second on the team in tackles for loss with 13.5 for 65 yards.
McCree, a senior linebacker, played in all 11 games and led the team in tackles with 94 (48 solo). He also recorded a team high 14.5 tackles for loss for 55 yards and had 2.5 sacks for 26 yards. He had two pass breakups and blocked a kick.
Sutton, a senior defensive back, played in 11 games and recorded 32 total tackles (18 solo). He led the team with eight pass breakups and had two tackles for loss as well as a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Deising, a junior who was recently placed on the CFPA Watch List for kickers, emerged as one of the most consistent place kickers in the SWAC. He connected on 80 percent of his field goal attempts (12-15) with a season long of 39 yards. He was a perfect 5-5 from 30 to 39 yards.
Williamson, a sophomore, played in all 11 games as the full time punter. He finished third in the SWAC in punting with 2094 yards and a 41.9 average. He booted 13 punts of 50 yards or more and landed 21 punts inside the 20-yard line. He forced six fair catches and had four touchbacks. He recorded a JSU record 81-yard punt against Alabama State.
JSU opens the 2014 season on Saturday, August 30 when the Tigers take on Florida A&M.
JSU 2014 Preseason All-SWAC Teams
OL Jonathan Smith
DL/LB Javancy Jones
RB Rakeem Sims
WR Tobias Singleton
DL/LB Tedderick Terrell
LB Ariane McCree
DB Antonio Sutton
K Ryan Deising
P Darcy Williamson