CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Presbyterian College football players Darrell Bridges, Obinna Ntiasagwe and Joseph Purter have been named to the Big South Preseason All-Conference team, the league announced on Tuesday at its annual media day event in Charlotte.
Bridges was a first team All-Big South selection last season after rushing for over 1,000 yards last season, the first running back to do so in PC’s Division I history. The native of Chattanooga, Tenn. enters 2016 as the top returning rusher in the conference and will look to repeat his impressive work against a tough schedule this season. Bridges also led the team in scoring last season, finding his way to the endzone eight times for a team-high 48 points.
Ntiasagwe returns to lead the Blue Hose on defense this season, after totaling 41 tackles last year, including 7.0 tackles for loss and a team-high 5.5 sacks. The redshirt junior defensive lineman finished fourth in the league in sacks last season and is one of just four returning players to have at least 5.0 sacks a year ago. Ntiasagwe, a native of Columbia, S.C., ranked ninth among the league’s defensive lineman in tackles last season.
Purter proved to be a reliable target in the passing game for PC last season, catching eight passes for 103 yards for an average of 12.9 yards per reception. The senior tight end recorded the longest pass play of the 2015 season for PC, hauling in a 49-yard reception at Western Carolina that led to a PC touchdown. The native of Columbus, Ga. will likely be counted to help the lead the offense this season.
The Blue Hose were also chosen to finish sixth in the league’s preseason poll. Charleston Southern earned the top spot, receiving 16 first-place votes, while Liberty and Kennesaw State each received a first-place vote as well.
PC opens the 2016 season in less than 40 days when it travels to Central Michigan on Thursday, September 1 for a 7:00 p.m. meeting with the Chippewas.
2016 Big South Football Preseason All-Conference Team
OFFENSE SCHOOL YR
QB Trey White Kennesaw State RSr.
RB Darius Hammond Charleston Southern Sr.
RB Darrell Bridges Presbyterian RJr.
WR Zac Parker Liberty Sr.
WR Darren Ambush Monmouth Sr.
WR Justin Sumpter Kennesaw State RSo.
TE Joseph Purter Presbyterian Sr.
OL Erik Austell Charleston Southern RSr.
OL Malik Letatau Kennesaw State Sr.
OL Jackson Williamson Charleston Southern Sr.
OL Alex Thompson Monmouth Jr.
OL Caleb Smith Gardner-Webb RSr.
DEFENSE SCHOOL YR
DL Anthony Ellis Charleston Southern Jr.
DL Darnell Leslie Monmouth Sr.
DL Ja’Ron Greene Liberty Sr.
DL Obinna Ntisagwe Presbyterian RJr.
LB Chad Geter Gardner-Webb RSr.
LB Solomon Brown Charleston Southern RSo.
LB Aaron Cook Gardner-Webb Sr.
LB Payton Minnich Monmouth Sr.
DB Mike Basile Monmouth Jr.
DB Troy McGowens Charleston Southern Sr.
DB Taylor Hinkle Kennesaw State RSo.
DB Chris Turner Liberty RJr.
SPECIAL TEAMS SCHOOL YR
PK Matt White Monmouth Jr.
P Trey Turner Liberty RJr.
LS Joseph Smith Charleston Southern RSr.
KR Darius Hammond Charleston Southern Sr.
PR Darius Hammond Charleston Southern Sr.
PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Darius Hammond, Sr., RB (Johnston, S.C.)
PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Anthony Ellis, Jr., DL (Apopka, Fla.)