UCA earns 12 All-Southland selections
The University of Central Arkansas earned a conference-high 12 selections to the 2017 Southland Conference preseason All-Conference team, the league announced Thursday.
Defensive backs Tremon Smith, George Odom and Jaylon Lofton were named to the first-team defense along with defensive lineman Cardell Best and punter Patrick Ponder. Offensive linemen Stockton Mallett and John Cook were UCA’s first-team offensive selections.
Quarterback Hayden Hildrebrand and running back Carlos Blackman were selected to the second-team offense and were joined by offensive lineman Gilberto Garcia.
Defensive lineman Chris Terrell and punt returner Tremon Smith earned spots on the second-team defense.
Sam Houston State had 11 selections and were followed by McNeese State and Stephen F. Austin, which had eight each.
The Southland preseason coaches and sports information directors polls will be released July 20 at the conference’s media day in Houston.