Coastal Carolina's Silas Kelly Voted Preseason All-Sun Belt

WPDE/CCU linebacker Silas Kelly tabbed Preseason All-Sun Belt.

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Sophomore Silas Kelly was named preseason All-Sun Belt second team Friday, as voted upon by the league’s head coaches.

A 6-4 linebacker from Mount Airy, Md., Kelly was an honorable mention All-Sun Belt selection in 2017. He finished third for Coastal in tackles with 75, and ranked 16th in the Sun Belt averaging 6.8 tackles per game. Kelly was a four-time game captain last season, as well as a member of the Team Leadership Council. His 12 tackles against Georgia Southern were a season high, and he led the team in tackles against UAB (eight) and ULM (11). Kelly was also credited with nine tackles in his collegiate debut versus UMASS.

Kelly is one of four defensive starters returning from 2017 alongside Anthony Chesley (CB), Ja’ree Tolbert (DT) and Fitz Wattley (S).

Arkansas State senior quarterback Justice Hansen was voted the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Hansen claimed the conference’s top offensive award at the conclusion of the 2017 season. Appalachian State junior defensive back Clifton Duck was voted the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Arkansas State was the most represented team on the preseason all-conference list with a total of nine student-athletes. The Red Wolves were voted to win the Sun Belt in the conference’s preseason poll that was released on Thursday. Appalachian State’s seven student-athletes named preseason All-Sun Belt were the second most. The Mountaineers finished second behind Arkansas State in the preseason poll.

2018 Sun Belt Conference Preseason Football Teams

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Justice Hansen (Arkansas State, QB, Senior)

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Clifton Duck (Appalachian State, DB, Junior)

* - named to 2017 Preseason Teams

^ - named to 2017 All-Sun Belt First Team

# - named to 2017 All-Sun Belt Second Team

$ - named to 2017 All-Sun Belt Third Team

! - named 2017 All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention

First Team Offense

QB - Justice Hansen (Arkansas State, Senior) ^

RB - Jalin Moore (Appalachian State, Senior) *^

RB - Warren Wand (Arkansas State, Senior)

WR - Justin McInnis (Arkansas State, Senior) $

WR - Penny Hart (Georgia State, Junior) *^

WR - Marcus Green (ULM, Senior)

TE - Collin Reed (Appalachian State, Junior) !

OL - Victor Johnson (Appalachian State, Junior) *^

OL - Lanard Bonner (Arkansas State, Senior)

OL - Kevin Dotson (Louisiana, Junior) #

OL - Tristan Crowder (Troy, Junior) #

OL - Deontae Crumitie (Troy, Junior) *#

First Team Defense

DL - Ronheen Bingham (Arkansas State, Senior) #

DL - Logan Hunt (Georgia Southern, Senior) #

DL - Hunter Reese (Troy, Senior) ^

DL - Trevon Sanders (Troy, Senior) #

LB - Anthony Flory (Appalachian State, Senior) !

LB - Michael Shaw (Georgia State, Senior) $

LB - Tron Folsom (Troy, Junior) #

DB - Clifton Duck (Appalachian State, Junior) *^

DB - Justin Clifton (Arkansas State, Senior) *#

DB - Monquavion Brinson (Georgia Southern, Junior) #

DB - Blace Brown (Troy, Senior) ^

First Team Special Teams

K - Gavin Patterson (South Alabama, Senior) ^

P - Corliss Waitman (South Alabama, Senior) ^

RS - Marcus Green (ULM, Senior) ^

Second Team Offense

QB - Caleb Evans (ULM, Junior) !

RB - Wesley Fields (Georgia Southern, Senior) !

RB - Trey Ragas (Louisiana, RS-Sophomore) $

WR - RJ Turner (ULM, Junior) $

WR - Jamarius Way (South Alabama, Senior) #

WR - Deondre Douglas (Troy, Senior) *#

TE - Ellis Richardson (Georgia Southern, Senior)

OL - Jacob Still (Arkansas State, Sophomore) !

OL - Curtis Rainey (Georgia Southern, Senior) !

OL - Hunter Atkinson (Georgia State, Junior)

OL - Shamarious Gilmore (Georgia State, Sophomore) !

OL - Aaron Brewer (Texas State, Junior) *$

Second Team Defense

DL - Myquon Stout (Appalachian State, Senior) *!

DL - Marterious Allen (Georgia State, Senior)

DL - Tyree Turner (South Alabama, Junior)

DL - Marcus Webb (Troy, Junior) !

LB - Silas Kelly (Coastal Carolina, Sophomore) !

LB - Bull Barge (South Alabama, Senior) !

LB - Bryan London II (Texas State, Junior) *!

DB - Tae Hayes (Appalachian State, Senior) #

DB - BJ Edmonds (Arkansas State, Junior) !

DB - Marcus Jones (Troy, Sophomore)

DB - Cedarius Rookard (Troy, Senior)

Second Team Special Teams

K - Tyler Bass (Georgia Southern, Junior) #

P - Cody Grace (Arkansas State, Junior) $

RS - Marcus Jones (Troy, Sophomore) #

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