Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Sun Belt season with the CFN All-Sun Belt Team & Top 30 players.
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Sun Belt Team Previews, 5 Things To Know
East Appalachian State | Coastal Carolina
Georgia Southern | Georgia State | Troy
West Arkansas State | Louisiana
South Alabama | Texas State | ULM
2019 Preseason CFN Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year
QB Zac Thomas, Jr. Appalachian State
There are going to be more explosive Sun Belt quarterbacks – ULM’s Caleb Evans, Georgia Southern’s Shai Werts – and Georgia State’s Dan Ellington and Troy’s Kaleb Barker should have massive years, but it’s Thomas who’ll be the ultra-efficient leader of the league’s best team.
The numbers started to fizzle at the end of last year, but he hit the touchdown passes needed, didn’t make a slew of mistakes, and was exactly what ASU needed on the way to the Sun Belt title and bowl win. He completed 63% of his throws with 21 touchdown and six picks – four before the bowl game – and ran for 504 yards and ten scores.
– 2019 CFN All-Sun Belt Top 30 Players
2018 Preseason CFN Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year
CB Kindle Vildor, Sr. Georgia Southern
A fantastic recruit for the program, he was a factor right away as a freshman and grew into a force by his junior year. An all-star in the classroom and on the field, the Sun Belt star is the conference’s best pro prospect with 5-11, 190-pound size, tremendous quickness, and great ball-hawking ability making 42 tackles with four picks and 11 broken up passes.
2019 Preseason CFN All-Sun Belt Offense
QB – Zac Thomas, Jr. Appalachian State
RB – BJ Smith, Sr. Troy
RB – (WR) Darryton Evans, Jr. Appalachian State
WR – Kirk Merritt, Sr. Arkansas State
WR – Corey Sutton, Jr. Appalachian State
TE – Javonis Isaac, Jr. Arkansas State
OT – Robert Hunt, Sr. Louisiana
OG – Kevin Dotson, Sr. Louisiana
C – Noah Hannon, Jr.
OG – Kirk Kelley, Sr. Troy
OT – Victor Johnson, Sr. Appalachian State
2019 Preseason CFN All-Sun Belt Defense
DE – Raymond Johnson, Jr. Georgia Southern
DT – Zi’Yon Hill, Soph. Louisiana
DT – Forrest Merrill, Jr.
DE – Tyree Turner, Sr. South Alabama
LB – Jordan Fehr, Sr. Appalachian State
LB – Bryan London, Sr. Texas State
LB – Carlton Martial, Soph. Troy
CB – Jerry Jacobs, Sr. Arkansas State
S – Desmond Franklin, Sr. Appalachian State
S – Darreon Jackson, Sr.
CB – Kindle Vildor, Sr. Georgia Southern
2019 Preseason CFN All-Sun Belt Special Teams
PK – Tyler Bass, Sr. Georgia Southern
P – Brandon Wright, Jr.
KR – Darryton Evans, Jr. Appalachian State
PR – Hutch White, Sr.
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