UAPB Golden Lions, UCA Bears Make Preseason FCS Poll


UAPB Golden Lions

The UAPB Golden Lions, defending Southwestern Athletic Conference football champions, and the UCA Bears, the defending Southland Conference champions, both open the 2013 football season ranked in The Sporting News Preseason FCS Top 25 poll.

The publication made the announcement in its annual college football preview magazine on newsstands now. The UCA Bears start ranked No. 11 and the UAPB Golden Lions begin the season No. 16.

Black College Sports Page writer, Lut Williams, contributed to the SWAC preview inside The Sporting News saying this about the UAPB Golden Lions: “In quarterback Benjamin Anderson, running back Justin Billings, wide receiver Ladarius Eckwood and tight end Dezmond Beverly, Golden Lions coach Monte Coleman returns All-SWAC players at every skill position. Add all-conference selections in defensive back Ryan Shaw, linebacker Jer-ryan Harris and kicker Tyler Strickland, and it’s easy to see why the Golden Lions are the division favorites.”

Last year, the Golden Lions claimed a West Division title on their way to a 10-2 record, the most wins in the program’s history.

The UAPB Golden Lions also captured the HSRN Conway Cup and the network’s National Championship title. The Golden Lions were also named Black College National Champions by the American Sports Wire and were voted by the coaches poll as the BoxtoRow National Champions.

For the 2013 preseason, Anderson was named SWAC Offensive Player of the Year landing first team preseason honors with teammates Billings, Eckwood, Beverly, Harris, Shaw, Kenny Eagle (OL), Damien Lee (OL), and DeMarcus Berry (DL).

With 11 players making preseason selections, nine were named to the first team with Keathric Brown (OL) and Xavier Lofton (LB).

The Sporting News Preseason FCS Top 25 Poll

1. North Dakota State

2. Georgia Southern

3. Montana State

4. Eastern Washington

5. Appalachian State

6. Sam Houston State

7. Villanova

8. South Dakota State

9. Illinois State

10. Old Dominion

11. Central Arkansas

12. Northern Iowa

13. Towson

14. Montana

15. Richmond

16. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

17. Northern Arizona

18. Stony Brook

19. Eastern Illinois

20. Chattanooga

21. Cal Poly

22. New Hampshire

23. Colgate

24. Sacramento State

25. Bethune-Cookman

The Sporting News FCS Preseason All-America Team


  • QB Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
  • RB Zach Zenner, South Dakota State
  • RB Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State
  • OL Garrett, Frye, Georgia Southern
  • OL Terrence Hackney, Bethune-Cookman
  • OL Billy Turner, North Dakota State
  • OL Chris Elkins, Youngstown State
  • OL Dakota Dozier, Furman
  • TE A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State
  • WR Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois
  • WR Sean Price, Appalachian State


  • DL Davis Tull, Chattanooga
  • DL Colton Underwood, Illinois State
  • DL Jonathan Woodard, Central Arkansas
  • LB Jordan Tripp, Montana
  • LB Grant Olson, North Dakota State
  • LB Stephon Robertson, James Madison
  • DB Marcus Williams, North Dakota State
  • DB Jaquiski Tartt, Samford
  • DB Steve Goldbolt III, Tennessee State
  • DB T.J. Lee, Eastern Washington

Special Teams

  • K Colton Cook, Southern Utah
  • P Bobby Wenzig, Alabama St
  • RS Walter Powell, Murray St

The Sporting News – SWAC Predicted Order of Finish


1. Jackson

2. Alabama State

3. Mississippi Valley State

4. Alabama A&M

5. Alcorn State


1. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

2. Southern

3. Prairie View A&M

4. Grambling State

5. Texas Southern

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