SPARTANBURG, S.C. (July 27, 2016) – The Southern Conference released its preseason football awards as the league office held its annual Media Day event on Wednesday afternoon at the Spartanburg Marriott in Spartanburg, S.C.
The league’s head coaches selected the preseason all-conference first and second teams, and ETSU sophomore linebacker Dylan Weigel (Pickerington, Ohio) earned All-SoCon honors. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes as part of the balloting.
Weigel, who was a finalist for the STATS FCS Freshman of the Year award, totaled a team-leading 127 tackles in 11 games for the Buccaneers in 2015. The Buccaneer standout led all FCS players in solo tackles per game (7.2) and ranked ninth in total tackles per game (11.5), while his 20-tackle effort against Emory & Henry was tied for the sixth highest total in FCS play a year ago. The 20 tackles were the most by a freshman at the FCS level and were tied for the second-most in ETSU single-game history.
Weigel registered double-digit tackles in nine of the 11 games, while he also totaled 10.5 tackles for loss, and two fumble recoveries on the season. The Pickerington, Ohio native was also was named one of the top five freshmen players in the FCS by Brian McLaughlin of HERO Sports in 2015.
Western Carolina running back Detrez Newsome was tabbed SoCon Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Chattanooga defensive lineman Keionta Davis earned Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Chattanooga, who won the 2015 regular season championship, was tabbed as the preseason favorite by both the league coaches and media. The Citadel and Samford rounded out the top-three in the coaches poll, while the media had Chattanooga, The Citadel and Western Carolina finish in the top-three, respectively. The Bucs were picked to finish ninth.
The Bucs open the 2016 campaign at Kennesaw State on Sept. 3, while ETSU hosts Western Carolina in its SoCon opener on Sept. 17 at Bristol Motor Speedway – for ticket information, please call (423) 439-3878.
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