Rock Hill, S.C. - Eric Watts and Garrett Johnson lead six Brevard College football players who earned seven spots on the 2012 South Atlantic Conference Preseason All-Conference team, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday morning.
Watts, the Brevard all-time record holder in receiving yards and touchdowns, as well as the South Atlantic Conference leader in punting average last year, averaging 41.6 yards per punting attempt in being selected as a First Team Wide Receiver and Punter. Johnson, a rising junior on the Brevard offensive line helped pave the way for the Tornados to finish eighth among all schools in the NCAA Division II in rushing yards, averaging 257.91 yards per game on the ground in earning First Team honors.
Kelvin Jeter, the 2009 South Atlantic Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year, was selected as a Second Team running back, while Andrew Velazquez joins him on the offensive line.
Defensively, Rufus Jenkins returns after a season which saw the then-sophomore outside linebacker finish second in the conference with 14.0 tackles for loss. The rising junior was selected to the Second Team defense, while Marvin Lawson joins his teammate on the defensive line.
Tusculum had three players named to the preseason All-SAC First Team and a league-high six earn spots on the Second Team as the Pioneers led the conference with nine members selected to the Preseason All-Conference team.
Headlining Tusculum's All-SAC selections was first-team quarterback Bo Cordell, who returns this season after missing most of 2011 with a foot injury. Cordell, the 2010 SAC Offensive Player of the Year, enters 2012 seventh on both the SAC's all-time passing yards and total offensive yards list.
After earning a share of the SAC title last season, Mars Hill heads into 2012 with eight preseason All-SAC selections, including five on the First Team. The Lions were picked second in the SAC preseason coaches' poll.
Defensive lineman Troy Harris, who was a 2011 All-American after recording nine sacks, leads MHC's first-team selections.
Carson-Newman also had eight players selected to the preseason All-SAC team, including first-teamers Tyron Douglas (running back), Alex Taylor (offensive lineman) and Kevin Day (offensive lineman).
Douglas averaged 6.6 yards-per-carry last season for the Eagles and scored 12 touchdowns.
Catawba, Newberry and Wingate all had seven players named to the preseason All-SAC Team.
Of Newberry's selections, four were named to the First Team, including 2011 All-America linebacker Apollo Stretch, who led the SAC by averaging 10.5 tackles per game last season.
Catawba and Wingate, meanwhile, both had three preseason All-SAC First Team picks. Leading Wingate's selections is preseason All-America wide receiver Chris Bowden, who is coming off a 2011 season in which he hauled in 76 receptions for 1,064 yards and nine touchdowns.
All three of Catawba's first-team players are on the defensive side, led by the SAC's fourth-leading tackler from last season, linebacker Rudy Cabral.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which was voted No. 1 in the SAC preseason coaches' poll after splitting last year's conference title with Mars Hill, placed six on the All-SAC Team, including five first-teamers.
Three of L-R's first-team picks – linebacker Demetrius Green, defensive back Michael Green and defensive lineman Brandon Martin – have also been named preseason All-Americans.
The preseason All-SAC Team is voted on by the league's media relations directors.