CLINTON, S.C. – Presbyterian College football players Max Travis (Irmo, S.C.) and Justin Bethel (Blythewood, S.C.) were named to the Big South Football Preseason All-Conference Defensive and Offensive teams as voted on by the league coaches. The Blue Hose were picked to finish seventh in the league’s preseason poll.
Presbyterian College finished the 2010 season 2-9 overall and picked up its first Big South win with the 26-24 victory over Gardner Webb. Four Blue Hose were selected to the Big South All-Conference team with Jared Tavernier being named to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District team. PC finished the year in the top four in several league categories, including rushing offense, pass defense, field goals and red zone offense.
Liberty was picked to finish first in the Big South with Stony Brook and Coastal Carolina following in second and third. Charleston Southern and Gardner Webb were voted to finish tied for fourth while VMI rounded out the top six.
Travis, a senior, started in all 11 games in 2010 and played multiple positions on the offensive line. He helped the PC offense rack up 3,353 yards of total offense, including an average of 131.5 rushing yards per game. Travis blocked for two 1,000-yard rushers in Trandon Dendon and Lance Byrd.
Bethel, a senior, was a 2010 Big South Defensive All-Conference selection after recording a team-best 47 unassisted tackles. He was in the top 15 in the league in tackles per game with 5.9, his 6.6 in Big South play ranking third. Bethel played and started in 10 games as a junior, after sitting out one with an injury.
Liberty’s Mike Brown was selected as the Big South Offensive Preseason Player of the Year while Coastal Carolina’s Andrae Jacobs was named Defensive Preseason Player of the Year.
PC opens the season Sept. 3 at home against Wofford. Kick-off at Bailey Memorial Stadium is at 1:30 p.m. For ticket information call the PC ticket office at 864-833-8240 or visit www.goBlueHose.com.
2011 Preseason Poll (first-place votes)
1. Liberty (15)
2. Stony Brook (2)
3. Coastal Carolina (1)
T4. Charleston Southern
7. Presbyterian College
2011 Big South Football Preseason All-Conference Team
OFFENSE SCHOOL YR HOMETOWN
QB, Mike Brown Liberty R-Sr. Charlottesville, Va.
RB, Brock Jackolski Stony Brook Sr. Shirley, N.Y.
RB, Miguel Maysonet Stony Brook Jr. Riverhead, N.Y.
WR, Chris Summers Liberty R-Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
WR, James Perry III Gardner-Webb R-Sr. Greensboro, N.C.
WR, Matt Brevi Stony Brook Sr. Tampa, Fla.
TE, David Duran Coastal Carolina R-Sr. Marietta, Ga.
OL, Jamey Cheatwood Coastal Carolina R-Soph. Boiling Springs, S.C.
OL, Jamie Dunaway Gardner-Webb Jr. Duncan, S.C.
OL, Malcolm Boyd Liberty Jr. Spartanburg, S.C.
OL, Levi McFatter Charleston Southern R-Sr. Lake City, Fla.
OL, Max Travis Presbyterian College Sr. Irmo, S.C.
DEFENSE SCHOOL YR HOMETOWN
DL, Asa Chapman Liberty Sr. Orange, Va.
DL, Preston Pemasa Gardner-Webb Soph. Garden Grove, Calif.
DL, Matt Goods Gardner-Webb R-Soph. East Orange, N.J.
DL, Jordan Woods Gardner-Webb Sr. Charlotte, N.C.
LB, Andrae Jacobs Coastal Carolina Jr. Tabor City, N.C.
LB, Marty Patterson Gardner-Webb R-Sr. Mt. Airy, Ga.
LB, A.J. Gross VMI R-Sr. Waldorf, Md.
LB, Craig Richardson Stony Brook Jr. Revere, Mass.
DB, Josh Norman Coastal Carolina Sr. Greenwood, S.C.
DB, Charles James Charleston Southern R-Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.
DB, Justin Bethel Presbyterian College Sr. Blythewood, S.C.
DB, Byron Allen VMI R-Sr. Massaponax, Va.
SPECIAL TEAMS SCHOOL YR HOMETOWN
PK, Matt Bevins Liberty Sr. Newport News, Va.
P, Mike Larsson Liberty Sr. Monroe, N.C.
LS, Hudson Smith Gardner-Webb Soph. Aiken, S.C.
KR, Brock Jackolski Stony Brook Sr. Shirley, N.Y.
PR, B.J. Hayes Liberty R-Sr. Valentines, Va.
PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mike Brown, QB, R-Sr., Liberty
PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Andrae Jacobs, LB, Jr., Coastal Carolina