RELEASE FROM SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY:
NORFOLK, Va. – Prior to the 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) football press luncheon on Friday, held in Norfolk, Virginia, five Savannah State Tigers were named to the 2014 MEAC All-Conference Preseason Team.
Kris Drummond, Marquis Smith, Afolabi Ayangbayi, Justin Dixon, and Greg Brown were named to the preseason honors list.
Drummond, a junior wide receiver, was named to the 2014 All-Conference First Team. Drummond finished his sophomore season with 296 yards on 23 receptions and two touchdowns.
The Washington, D.C. native played in 12 games for the Tigers, averaging 12.9 yards a game. His longest reception of the season, 30 yards, came against North Carolina A&T State on November 16, 2012.
Emerging in his freshman debut as a leader of the Tiger defense, Smith made the MEAC All-Conference Second Team prior to his sophomore season. He concluded his first season with 124 total tackles, one sack, one interception and three fumbles recovered.
Smith’s 124 tackles places him as 2nd in the all-time single season record book at Savannah State. He led the Tigers defense in total tackles, unassisted tackles, tackles for a loss and fumbles recovered. Nationally, Smith was ranked 9th in solo tackles per game (6), 11th in total tackles per game (10.3), and 45th in fumbles recovered per game (2).
SSU boasted three players on the MEAC All-Conference Third Team this year. Representing the offense, lineman Ayangbayi was named to the team after starting as a true freshman last year, playing both left and right tackle.
Representing the Tiger defense on the MEAC All-Conference Third Team were, Dixon, a junior linebacker, and Brown, a sophomore defensive back.
Dixon recorded 122 tackles last season, 9.5 tackles for loss, one interception, and one fumble recovery. He sits right behind Smith in the SSU record books for total tackles in a single season. Nationally, Dixon was 17th in total tackles per game (10.2).
Brown finished the 2013 season with 67 total tackles. He recorded a career-high 11 tackles against North Carolina Central on October 26.
Howard quarterback Greg McGee was selected as the MEAC preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Norfolk State linebacker Lynden Trail was named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
In the 2014 Predicted Order of Finish, Bethune-Cookman was slated to win the conference with South Carolina State finishing second.
North Carolina A&T State was voted to finish third, with Howard, Delaware State, Norfolk State, Hampton, North Carolina Central, and Morgan State rounding out the top nine, respectively.
Savannah State and Florida A&M are ineligible for post-season play and therefore are not listed in the order of finish.
The preseason All-Conference awards are voted on by head coaches and sports information directors from the football institutions of the MEAC.