Four Eagles selected to Preseason All-American team

Shakeem Holloway

On Tuesday, Phil Steele Publications Group selected four Georgia Southern University football players for the 2013 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Preseason All-America teams.

Junior running back Dominique Swope is the only Eagle selected for the All-American first team offense. Senior quarterback Jerick McKinnon and senior offensive tackle Dorian Byrd were selected for the third team offense. Junior offensive tackle Garrett Frye was selected for the fourth team offense.

Swope, also selected to the first team of the Sports Network Preseason All-America team, rushed for 1,246 yards during the 2012 season. McKinnon, who rushed for 1,817 yards, combined with Swope to set an NCAA FCS record for most yards by teammates in the season with 3,063 yards.

McKinnon, who was also selected to the Walter Payton award watch list, led GSU in rushing yards, placing him third on the single-season list behind Adrian Peterson with 1,932 yards and Jayson Foster with 1,844.

Frye, like his teammate Swope, was selected for the Sports Network Preseason All-America second team. Frye posted 72 knockdowns, the second most of the 2012 season.

Byrd has 29 starts in 39 career games helping to solidify an offensive line that helped GSU lead the nation in rushing yards per game with 399.4.

Junior specialist Tray Butler was also selected for the College Football Performance Awards punt returner watch list.  Butler played in 13 games last season.

Preseason camp begins July 31, exactly one month before the season kicks off at Allen E. Paulson Stadium against Savannah State University.