(STATS) - Behind the return of quarterback Chase Fourcade, defending co-champion Nicholls led the way with 11 selections on the Southland Conference preseason team Thursday.
Fourcade, the 2018 Southland player of the year, was one of eight Colonels on the first team.
Central Arkansas earned the second-most selections with seven, followed by Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana with six each.
The Southland preseason poll will be announced next Thursday at the conference's media day in Houston.
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SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM
First Team
Offense
QB - Chase Fourcade, Nicholls, Sr.
RB - Carlos Blackman, Central Arkansas, Sr.
RB - Billy McCrary, Abilene Christian, Sr.
TE/HB - Bransen Schwebel, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr.
WR - Nathan Stewart, Sam Houston State, Sr.
WR - Dai'Jean Dixon, Nicholls, Jr.
WR - Juwan Petit-Frere, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr.
OL - Hunter Watts, Central Arkansas, Sr.
OL - Brandon Floores, Incarnate Word, Sr.
OL - Terence Hickman II, Incarnate Word, Sr.
OL - Grant Burguillos, McNeese, Sr.
OL - P.J. Burkhalter, Nicholls, R-Jr.
PK - Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin, Sr.
P - Winston Jones, Nicholls, Sr.
Defense
DL - Sully Laiche, Nicholls, Sr.
DL - Chris Terrell, Central Arkansas, Sr.
DL - Chris Livings, McNeese, Sr.
DL - Daniel Crosley, Lamar, Sr.
LB - Jeremiah Chambers, Abilene Christian, Sr.
LB - Evan Veron, Nicholls, Sr.
LB - Allen Pittman, Nicholls, Sr.
DB - Hayden Bourgeois, Northwestern State, Jr.
DB - Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston State, Jr.
DB - Colby Burton, McNeese, Sr.
DB - Juan Jackson, Central Arkansas, Sr.
DB - Darren Evans, Nicholls, Sr.
KR - Juwan Petit-Frere, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr.
PR - Devonte Williams, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr.
Second Team
Offense
QB - Jon Copeland, Incarnate Word, So.
RB - Dontrell Taylor, Nicholls, Sr.
RB - Myles Wanza, Lamar, Jr.
TE/HB - Woody Brandom, Sam Houston State, R-Sr.
WR - Tamrick Pace, Stephen F. Austin, Sr.
WR - Jerreth Sterns, Houston Baptist, So.
WR - Josh Fink, Abilene Christian, Sr.
OL - Jair Joseph, Nicholls, Jr.
OL - Chris Zirkle, Northwestern State, Sr.
OL - Toby Sanderson, Central Arkansas, Jr.
OL - Kade Parmelly, Abilene Christian, Jr.
OL - Uzoma Okere, Incarnate Word, Jr.
PK - Elvan Martinez, Lamar, Jr.
P - David Balcomb, Incarnate Word, Sr.
Defense
DL - Erick Fowler, Sam Houston State, Sr.
DL - Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr.
DL - O'Shea Jackson, Northwestern State, Sr.
DL - Andre Walker, Houston Baptist, Sr.
LB - Caleb Johnson, Houston Baptist, Jr.
LB - Hunter Brown, Sam Houston State, R-Sr.
LB - Royce See, Sam Houston State, Sr.
DB - Khristian Mims, Nicholls, Sr.
DB - Bolu Onifade, Abilene Christian, Sr.
DB - Alize Ward, Stephen F. Austin, Sr.
DB - Jackie Harvell, Central Arkansas, Jr.
DB - Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas, Jr.
KR - Myles Ward, Northwestern State, So.
PR - Austin Mitchell, Southeastern Louisiana, Jr.
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