JONESBORO, Ark. (7/18/2011) — Five members of the Arkansas State football team were named to the league's All-Sun Belt Conference preseason team that was announced Monday by the conference as part of its annual Media Days.
Senior offensive lineman Tom Castilaw andsenior wide receiver Dwayne Frampton were named to the All-SBC Offensive Team, while senior defensive lineman Dorvus Woods, senior linebacker DeMario Davis and senior defensive back Kelcie McCray earned the honors on the defensive side.
The Red Wolves finished fifth in the preseason poll that was voted on by the league's nine head coaches. Arkansas State received 49 points in the poll with one first-place vote, with FIU receiving the nod as the preseason favorite with 75 points and five first-place votes. The Golden Panthers were followed by Troy with 66 points and two first-place votes, with Middle Tennessee and Louisiana-Monroe tying for third at 54 points each.
North Texas running back Lance Dunbar and FIU wide receiver T.Y. Hilton were selected as Co-Offensive Players of the Year, while Troy defensive lineman Jonathan Massaquoi was tabbed as the DefensivePlayer of the Year.
Castilaw (Flower Mound, Texas) is currently on the watch list for the 2011 Rimington Award and was named second-team All-Sun Belt Conference a year ago after starting the final 11 games of the 2010 season. He helped lead the Red Wolves' offense to a school-record 4,841 yards on the season. Castilaw also helped pave the way for 23 rushing touchdowns a year ago and was part of an ASU offense that also broke school records for first downs and passing yards and was ranked No. 40 nationally in total offense.
A member of the ASU Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List each of the last two years, Castilaw earned his bachelor's degree following the fall 2010 semester.
Heading into his senior season, he has been named preseason first-team All-SBC by Lindy's, Athlon Sports, Phil Steele's, and Blue Ribbon college football publications.
Frampton (Wilmington, Calif.) has been named to the watch list for the 2011 Biletnikoff Award and was an honorablemention All-SBC performer a year ago. He posted a team-high 69 receptions in 2010, which was the second-most in school history and second in the Sun Belt Conference. He logged 738 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Frampton ranked 30th nationally in receptions and 80th in receiving yards, and set the ASU record for receptions in a game with 12 against Indiana. He recorded 138 receiving yards in ASU's nationally-televised 51-24 victory over Middle Tennessee and returned seven kickoffs on the season for 99 yards.
Frampton has earned 2011 All-SBC honors from Athlon's Sports, Lindy's and Phil Steel's preseason publications and is a member of the ASU Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
Davis (Brandon, Miss.) has been named to the watch list for the 2011 Lombardi Award and was a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection following his junior season. In 2010 he recorded 63 tackles, 3.5 tackles-for-loss, one sack, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He was named preseason All-SBC heading into his junior season as well.
A member of the ASU Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll each of the last two years, Davis earned SBC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in the Red Wolves' victory over Middle Tennessee last year. He logged seven tackles and intercepted two passes in the contest, which tied the mark for the most interceptions by any SBC player in a game last season.
Heading into his senior season, he has been named preseason first-team All-SBC by Lindy's, Athlon Sports, Phil Steele's, The Sporting News and Blue Ribbon college football publications.
McCray (Colombus, Ga.) started every game at his safety position in 2010 and notched 79 tackles to rank third on the team and 12th in the Sun Belt Conference. He snagged two interceptions on the season, broke up two passes, recorded double-digit tackles in four games and multiple stops in all of ASU's contests.
McCray notched a career-high 12 tackles against Troy and has earned preseason All-SBC honors from Lindy's, Phil Steele's and Athlon Sports.
Woods (St. Louis, Mo.) earned second-teamAll-SBC honors a year ago after finishing the season with 45 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He recorded a career-high nine stops against MTSU, which was the most for an ASU defensive lineman in a single game on the season. He had at least one tackle behind the line of scrimmage in seven games during the 2010 campaign.
Woods is a member of the ASU Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll, and has been named preseason first-team All-SBC by Lindy's, Athlon Sports, Sporting News and Blue Ribbon, and to the Phil Steele's second-team All-SBC list.
Media days will get underway at 9:55 a.m. Monday and Tuesday with a welcome and announcements from members of the Sun Belt Conference staff, then transition to interviews at 10:00 a.m. Members of the media can watchonline and participate in the interviews over the phone. Castilaw and ASU head coach Hugh Freeze will represent the RedWolves. Freeze and Castilaw will be available to the media Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.
Preseason All-Sun Belt Team As voted on by the Sun Belt Head Coaches and Media Representatives
Offense Corey Robinson (Troy, So., QB) Lance Dunbar (NT, Sr., RB) Bobby Rainey (WKU, Sr., RB) Dwayne Frampton (ASU, Sr., WR) T.Y. Hilton (FIU, Sr., WR) Luther Ambrose (ULM, Sr., WR) LadariusGreen (ULL, Sr., TE) Tom Castilaw (ASU, Sr. OL) Caylin Hauptmann (FIU, Jr., OL) Ryan McCaul (ULM, Sr., OL) Matt Tomlinson (NT, Sr., OL) James Brown (Troy, Sr., OL) Wes Jeffries (WKU, Sr., OL)
Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Defense Dorvus Woods (ASU, Sr., DL) Tourek Williams (FIU, Jr., DL) Ken Dorsey (ULM, Sr., DL) Jonathan Massaquoi (Troy, Jr., DL) Demario Davis (ASU, Sr., LB) Winston Fraser (FIU, Jr., LB) Xavier Lamb (Troy, Sr., LB) Kelcie McCray (ASU, Sr., DB) Jonathan Cyprien (FIU, Jr., DB) Marcus Bartels, FAU, Sr., DB) Darius Prelow (ULM, Sr., DB)
Preseason All-Sun Belt Special Teams Alan Gendreau (MT, Sr., Kicker) Mickey Groody (FAU, Sr., Punter) T.Y. Hilton (FIU, Sr., Return Specialist)
Co-Preseason Offensive Players of the Year T.Y. Hilton (FIU, Sr., WR) Lance Dunbar (NT, Sr., RB)
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Jonathan Massaquoi (Troy, Jr., DL)
Preseason All-Sun Belt Poll As voted on by the Sun Belt Head Coaches Team Points 1. FIU 75 (5) 2. Troy 66 (2) T-3. MTSU 54 T-3. ULM 54 5. Arkansas State 49 (1) 6. North Texas 33 7. WKU 28 (1) 8. ULL 26 9. Florida Atlantic 20