NORFOLK, Va.- Savannah State had two players placed on the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football team while SSU was predicted to finish 10th. The announcement was made at the annual MEAC preseason press luncheon which was held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel.
Stefen Banks and Mulik Simmons were both picked to the MEAC Preseason All-Conference Defensive Third Team.
Banks, a junior lineman from Columbus, Ohio was third on the team with 68 tackles a year ago. He led the team with seven quarterback hurries and was second on the squad in tackles for loss (17.5), sacks (7.5) and forced fumbles (3). Banks (6-3, 265) also had one interception. He had ten tackles against Georgia Southern and Bethune-Cookman last season.
Simmons, a senior linebacker from Savannah, Georgia was second on the team in tackles (73). He also contributed 5.5 tackles for losses, 1.5 sacks, one interception, five pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. Simmons (6-0, 235) had a career-high 15 tackles against Georgia Southern a year ago.
Anthony Philyaw of Howard was selected as the MEAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year while Darius Leonard of South Carolina State was named the MEAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Savannah State was picked to finish 10th in the11-team conference.
North Carolina Central was picked to win the league followed by North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, Bethune-Cookman, Hampton, Florida A&M, Norfolk State, Morgan State, Howard, SSU and Delaware State.
(From Savannah State Athletics)