SIAC, CIAA Well Represented On D2 Top 100

The start of the 2013 college football season is just a week away, but preseason awards are still rolling in. Over the past week, revealed it’s Top 100 list. The SIAC and CIAA were well-represented with a total of eight players combined on the list. Check out the players who made the list below.

Carlos Fields returns to lead a veteran defense for Winston-Salem State (Winston-Salem Journal photo)

13. Carlos Fields, Winston-Salem State 

What they said: “Fields is the best defender in the CIAA. Not only was he named an All-American and CIAA Defensive Player of the Year with 117 tackles and nine tackles for loss, but he impressed me with his speed and ability to make plays in and out of the box. He was a second-team All-CIAA pick in 2011 with 81 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks.”

Dexter Moody is a pick-pocket at free safety. 

22. Dexter Moody, Albany State

What they said: “You won’t find better tools and ball skills at free safety in D2 as Moody returned two interceptions for touchdowns last year and had 7 total picks with 48 tackles to earn first-team All-SIAC honors after transferring from Georgia State.”

32. LeRon Furr, Fort Valley State 

What they said: “There were rumors that he would come out early with a big year after he put up 32 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and 110 tackles while earning SIAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors and first-team All-America accolades in 2012 in his first year in D2.”

After missing nearly all of 2012, Robert Holland is back for Chowan. (Roanoak-Chowan News Herald)

38. Robert Holland, Chowan 

What they said: “There is no doubt Holland would be higher if not coming off an injury as a three-time All-CIAA selection that had 914 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2011. Before his injury last year, he had a monster game in week one with 213 yards and three touchdowns (16.4ypc).”

47. Christopher Tolbert, Tuskegee 

“Tolbert is supposed to be at Arkansas State now but is dominating at Tuskegee where he uses his size well. He earned first-team All-SIAC honors at left tackle last year.”

Wallace hopes to help Virginia Union improve on 2012’s 5-5 record. (Fayetteville Observer)

62. Devin Wallace, Virginia Union

What they said:  “He had just one interception and eight pass breakups last year, but the former Virginia transfer should have a big year in 2012 as he got better as the year progressed.”

Batchelor helped Chowan finish second in the CIAA North last year. 

88. T.J. Batchelor, Chowan

What They said: “Batchelor had one of the best seasons of any defensive linemen in the CIAA or nation last year with 77 tackles 20.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks to earn first-team All-CIAA honors.”

Donnie Owens will be counted on heavily to help WSSU maintain it’s status as a D2 power. (Winston-Salem Journal photo)

90. Donnie Owens, Winston-Salem State

What they said: “Somehow, Owens was snubbed from the first-team All-CIAA list, earning second team honors with 62 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and seven sacks when the season was finished.”

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