CLINTON, S.C. – Presbyterian College football had six players represented on Phil Steele’s 2019 Preseason All-Big South Team, announced on Wednesday.
Linebacker Colby Campbell was selected to the second team, while wide receiver Keith Pearson, offensive lineman Eli Teeselink, linebacker Jarrett Nagy as well as defensive backs Dirk Cureton and Rod Haygood earned third team honors.
Campbell, Nagy, Pearson and Teeselink all earned 2019 Big South All-Conference honors as voted on by the league coaches during the Preseason annual awards announcement.
The Phil Steele Preseason FCS Magazine is an online-only publication and is available for purchase through philsteele.com
PC opens the 2019 campaign on August 31st when it travels to Stetson for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with the Hatters.
Colby Campbell, Linebacker, Second Team
Campbell led the team and the conference in tackles this season as he recorded 90 total tackles, which is tied for seventh-most in a single-season in PC’s Division I era. The sophomore had four games with double-digit tackles this season, with a career-high 14 coming on two separate occasions against Austin Peay and Campbell. He also recorded 7.0 tackles for loss which rank 10th in the Big South and is fifth amongst conference linebackers.
Keith Pearson, Wide Receiver, Third Team
Pearson recorded a team-high 565 receiving yards during the 2018 season with a pair of touchdowns on 52 catches. He tied for second in the league with his 52 receptions. Pearson had three games with at least 100 all-purpose yards highlighted by 134 yards against Bluefield. The Blue Hose wideout had a pair of 100 yard receiving games with a season-high 103 yards against Gardner-Webb. Pearson’s 5.20 catches per game ranks second in the PC D1 record book for receptions per game as he ranked third in the league with 56.5 yards per game.
Eli Teeselink, Offensive Lineman, Third Team
Teeselink played and started in all 10 games. He has made 28 straight starts including each of the last two years. The Blue Hose center recorded 38 knockdowns and had 32 1st Down/Touchdown Blocks during the 2018 season as he didn’t allow a sack. He was part of an offensive line that allowed just five sacks which was second fewest in the Big South. Teeselink helped block for a running game that averaged 117 yards per game during the season.
Jarrett Nagy, Linebacker, Third Team
Nagy led all freshman in the Big South with 89 total tackles, which is second on the team, just one behind fellow linebacker Colby Campbell. The freshman had five games with at least ten tackles including three contests with a career-high 12 tackles. He finished third in the league amongst linebackers and fourth overall with 47 solo tackles on the year. He had a season-high 2.0 tackles for loss against Monmouth.
Dirk Cureton, Defensive Back, Third Team
Cureton led all Blue Hose defensive backs with 53 tackles, which is tied for fourth on the team. The Charlotte native recorded four pass breakups and recovered a pair of fumbles during the 2018 season. Cureton was also second on the team with eight kickoff returns for 143 yards. He recorded a season-high 11 tackles against Austin Peay, while having four games with at least seven tackles during the 2018 campaign.
Rod Haygood, Defensive Back, Third Team
Haygood started in nine games during the 2018 season as he totaled 40 tackles with a career-high six tackles on three separate occasions. The junior recorded four pass breakups in a game against Gardner-Webb and had three against Monmouth as he had a team-high eight for the year. Haygood’s four pass breakups against Gardner-Webb set a single-game D1 record for the Blue Hose. He recorded an interception against Hampton.