UCA places nine football players on Southland Conference preseason first team

FRISCO, Texas – The University of Central Arkansas had a league-high nine first-team selections and 12 players overall named to the All Southland Conference preseason football teams.

Four of the conference’s individual award winners from last year are back, including Sam Houston State senior Timothy Flanders, the league’s two-time player of the year, along with Central Arkansas senior Wynrick Smothers, the reigning offensive player of the year, and sophomore teammate Jonathan Woodard, last season’s top freshman, and Lamar junior Kevin Johnson, the conference’s newcomer of the year a season ago.

UCA had the following first-team selections: Smothers, defensive lineman Jonathan Woodard, defensive back Jestin Love and kicker Eddie Camara, all of whom earned first-team all-conference honors at the conclusion of last season.

Also earning preseason first-team honors for the Bears are wide receiver Dezmin Lewis, offensive lineman Cole Caruthers, defensive lineman Matt Hornbuckle, linebacker Justin Heard and defensive back Radarius Winston.

Earning spots on the second-team for UCA are offensive linemen Dominique Allen and Kyle Stouffer and defensive back Marcus Peters.

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