Big South Football Collects Early Preseason Recognition for 2011

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The Big South Conference is featured prominently among several preseason football awards and honors that have been announced recently.  Below is an early tabulation of the preseason recognition received by the Conference's student-athletes.

Consensus Draft Services Preseason All-American Teams (10)
1st Team
Chris Summers, WR, Liberty
David Duran, TE, Coastal Carolina
Matt Bevins, K, Liberty
Asa Chapman, DT, Liberty
Charles James, DB, Charleston Southern

Honorable Mention
James Perry III, WR, Gardner-Webb
Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stony Brook
Jamie Dunaway, OL, Gardner-Webb
A.J. Gross, LB, VMI
Mike Brown, ATH, Liberty

Sporting News Preseason All-America Team (2)
Chris Summers, WR, Liberty
Charles James, DB, Charleston Southern

College Football Performance Awards Preseason Watch Lists (10)
Mike Brown, Liberty - QB
Brock Jackolski, Stony Brook - RB
Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook - RB
Edwin Gowins, Stony Brook - RB
Preston Pemasa, Gardner-Webb - DL
Brian Davis, Presbyterian College - DL
Chris Summers, Liberty - WR
Matt Brevi, Stony Brook - WR
Andrae Jacobs, Coastal Carolina - LB
A.J. Gross, VMI - LB

still to be announced - defensive back, placekicker, punter, kickoff returner and punt returner

Sports Network National Top 10 Positional Rankings (6)
Matt Bevins, K, Liberty - Special Teams
Chris Summers, WR, Liberty - Wide Receivers
Josh Norman, DB, Coastal Carolina - Defensive Backs
Asa Chapman, DT, Liberty - Defensive Linemen
Marty Patterson, LB, Gardner-Webb - Linebackers
Mike Brown, QB, Liberty - Quarterbacks

Meanwhile, Liberty is ranked No. 20 in the Sporting News' Preseason Top 25 poll.  The Sports Network has pegged the Nov. 19 Liberty at Stony Brook contest one of its "10 Games That Will Shape the FCS season."

The Sports Network will announce its Preseason All-America Teams, as well as the initial preseason candidates for the Walter Payton Award and Buck Buchanan Award, in July.

More honors will be posted in the coming weeks as they become available.  The Big South Conference's preseason poll and preseason All-Conference team will be announced as part of the League's annual Football Media Day event on Thursday, July 28.