Troy Lands Four Players on Preseason All-Sun Belt Football Team

By: Taylor Tannebaum Email
By: Taylor Tannebaum Email

*Courtesy Troy Media Relations*

TROY, Ala. – Offensive lineman Terrence Jones and defensive end Tyler Roberts were named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt First Team while wide receiver Bryan Holmes and cornerback Ethan Davis were named to the second team, the league office announced Monday.

Jones and Roberts were both named to the Lombardi Award Watch List last week after All-Sun Belt seasons a year ago. Holmes was an honorable mention pick for the All-Sun Belt team following his sophomore year in 2013 while Davis is a newcomer to the ranks.

“Preseason all-conference is a great honor because it means you’ve played well in the past,” head coach Larry Blakeney said. “I’m going to challenge all of our preseason All-Sun Belt players to make sure they improve their performance and that their names are on the list at the end of the year.”

The release of the All-Sun Belt teams, which was voted on by the league’s 11 head coaches and 11 media members, comes on the heels of the Sun Belt Preseason Coaches Poll that tabbed the Trojans to finish fourth in the league.

Jones, who will represent Troy at Tuesday’s Sun Belt Media Day, graded out at over 87 percent last season and finished with 17 knockdown blocks. Troy led the Sun Belt Conference in total offense (463.3), passing offense (322.3) and scoring offense (34.1). A first team All-Sun Belt selection last year, the Huntsville, Ala., native, led an offensive line that finished second in the Sun Belt and 35th nationally with only 19 sacks allowed; Troy led the league by allowing a sack once every 25.4 pass attempts.

Roberts, who was a second team All-Sun Belt selection last year, finished sixth in the Sun Belt and led the Trojans with 5.5 sacks and was 13th in the league with 8.5 tackles for loss. The Hoover, Ala., native was named the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week after recording three tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and seven tackles at Louisiana-Lafayette. Roberts finished the season tied for second in the Sun Belt with three forced fumbles.

Holmes caught 40 passes for 676 yards and seven touchdowns in a breakout sophomore campaign. The Lake Butler, Fla., native averaged 16.9 yards-per-catch and finished third nationally with five catches of 50 yards or greater and 19th nationally with six catches of 40 yards or more – both numbers led the Sun Belt.

Davis, a native of Lynn Haven, Fla., finished fifth in the Sun Belt a year ago with nine pass break ups after drawing the opponents toughest receiver for most of his assignments. Davis started all 12 games during his junior campaign and totaled 31 tackles.

The Trojans open fall practice on July 31. Troy's first scrimmage coincides with on-campus Media Day on Aug. 9 while Fan Day and Football Appreciation Night is set for Aug. 16.

Fans can either purchase season tickets online at, by calling 1-877-878-WINS (9467) or in person in the Tine Davis Fieldhouse.

Troy opens the 2014 season at in-state rival UAB on Aug. 30 at Legion Field. Kickoff between the Trojans and Blazers is set for 11 a.m. and the game will be televised live on Fox College Sports.

Offensive Player of the Year

Terrance Broadway (UL Lafayette, Sr., QB)

Defensive Player of the Year

Qushaun Lee (Arkansas State, Sr., LB)

First Team Offense

Terrance Broadway (UL Lafayette, Sr., QB)
Alonzo Harris (UL Lafayette, Sr., RB)
Elijah McGuire (UL Lafayette, So., RB)
J.D. McKissic (Arkansas State, Jr., WR)
Jamal Robinson (UL Lafayette, Sr., WR)
Rashon Ceaser (UL Monroe, Jr., WR)
Wes Saxton (South Alabama, Sr., TE)
Daniel Quave (UL Lafayette, Sr., OL)
Mike Marboe, (Idaho, Sr., OL)
Chris May (South Alabama, Jr., OL)
Ucambre Williams (South Alabama, Sr., OL)
Terrence Jones (Troy, Sr., OL)

First Team Defense

Chris Stone (Arkansas State, Jr., DL)
Justin Hamilton (UL Lafayette, Sr., DL)
Gerrand Johnson (UL Monroe, Jr., DL)
Tyler Roberts (Troy, Jr., DL)
Qushaun Lee (Arkansas State, Sr., LB)
Dominique Tovell (UL Lafayette, Jr., LB)
David Mayo (Texas State, Sr., LB)
Michael Orakpo (Texas State, Sr., LB)
Rocky Hayes (Arkansas State, Jr., DB)
Sterling Young (Arkansas State, Sr., DB)
Trevence Patt (UL Lafayette, Sr., DB)
Craig Mager (Texas State, Sr., DB)

First Team Special Teams

Jason Dann (Texas State, Sr., PK)
Austin Rehkow (Idaho, So., P)
J.D. McKissic (Arkansas State, Jr., Returner)

Second Team Preseason Offense

Tyler JOnes (Texas State, So., QB)
Michael Gordon (Arkansas State, Jr., RB)
Robert Lowe (Texas State, Jr., RB)
Jerem Jones (South Alabama, Sr., WR)
Shavarez Smith (South Alabama, Sr., WR)
Bryan Holmes (Troy, Jr., WR)
Darion Griswold (Arkansas State, Jr., TE)
Colton Jackson (Arkansas State, So., OL)
Garrett Frye (Georgia Southern, Sr., OL)
Mykhael Quave (UL Lafayette, Jr., OL)
Joseph Treadwell (UL Monroe, Sr., OL)
Adrian Bellard (Texas State, Jr., OL)

Second Team Preseason Defense

Dexter Blackmon (Arkansas State, Sr., DL)
Maxx Forde (Idaho, Sr., DL)
Christian Ringo (UL Lafayette, Sr., DL)
Joey Gautney (UL Monroe, Sr., DL)
Jesse kelley (South Alabama, Sr., DL)
Edwin Jackson (Georgia Southern, Jr., LB)
Joseph Peterson (Georgia State, So., LB)
Maleki Harris (South Alabama, Sr., LB)
Artez Brown (Arkansas State, Sr., DB)
Mitch Lane (UL Monroe, Jr., DB)
Qudarius Ford (South Alabama, Sr., DB)
Ethan Davis (Troy, Sr., DB)

Second Team Special Teams

Aleem Sunanon (South Alabama, So., PK)
Justin Manton (UL Monroe, Sr., P)
Brandon Smith (Texas State, Jr., Returner)

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