July 26, 2006
Atlanta - The Albany State Rams have been sitting on top of the football mountain in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the last three years.
And the coaches in the conference believe the Rams should stay there until someone knocks them off.
Albany State is an overwhelming preseason pick by the conference coaches to win the SIAC title.
The SIAC holding their annual preseason media days in Atlanta where the preseason poll was released.
Albany State head coach Mike White's team received eight of the ten first place votes.
Tuskegee, picked to finish second, received one first place vote and the other went to Kentucky State which came in fourth in the preseason voting.
Albany State placed seven players on the SIAC coaches preseason squad.
Senior defensive end Alton Pettway and offensive linemen Michael Livingston and Michael Mylers were first team selections.
Lineman Chris Chatham, linebacker Rod Cummings and defensive backs Marcus Jefferson and Roderick Whipple were second team selections.
The Rams will open fall camp next Thursday and their season opener is Augusta 26th at North Carolina Central in Durham, North Carolina.
SIAC Coaches Preseason Poll
1. Albany State University
2. Tuskegee University
3. Fort Valley State University
4. Kentucky State University
5. Miles College
6. Benedict College
7. Stillman College
8. Clark Atlanta University
9. Morehouse College
10. Lane College
2006 PRESEASON SIAC ALL CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAM
Quarterback: Kevin Huff SR Tuskegee University
Running Back: Jeffrey Nobles SR Benedict College
Terrin Usher SR Clark Atlanta University
Wide Receivers: Edward Williams SR Lane College
Jacoby Jones SR Lane College
Tight End: Marcus Moore SR Lane College
Offensive Lineman: Claiborne Green SR Morehouse College
Michael Livingston SR Albany State University
Bryant Ervin SR Morehouse College
Michael Myles SR Albany State University
Joe Kegler SR Fort Valley State University
Defensive Lineman: Alton Pettway SR Albany State University
Jeff Nweke SR Fort Valley State University
Atron Jackson SR Tuskegee University
Reggie Hughes SO Fort Valley State University
Linebackers: Titus Curry SR Benedict College
Michael Porter JR Clark Atlanta University
Jasman Necence SR Miles College
Defensive Backs: Johnny Eubanks JR Morehouse College
Lee Smith SR Tuskegee University
Junior Taliaui SR Fort Valley St.
CarlSpellman JR Benedict College
Kick Returner: Jacoby Jones SR Lane College
Punt Returner: Jacoby Jones SR Lane College
*Place Kicker: Roosevelt Echeverry SR Tuskegee University
*Punter: Brandon Larkin SR Clark Atlanta University
Quarterbacks Charles McCullum JR Stillman College
Running Backs: Brian Knighton SR Fort Valley State University
Richard Fitzhugh JR Tuskegee University
Wide Receivers: Marcus Bentley SR Fort Valley State University
Virgil Union JR Lane College
Tight End: Phillip Bryant SR Stillman College
Offensive Lineman: Chris Chatham SR Albany State University
Larry Heyward SR Benedict College
James Jenkins SO Kentucky State University
Kareem Gulley SR Miles College
Larry Peoples JR Tuskegee University
Defensive Lineman: Dennis Taylor SR Benedict College
Abraham Jackson JR Kentucky State
Jermaine Henderson JR Miles College
Charles Pearscott SR Morehouse College
Linebackers: Rod Cummings JR Albany State University
Deon Lanier SR Benedict College
Albert Booker SR Tuskegee University
Defensive Backs: Marcus Jefferson SR Albany State University
Roderick Whipple SR Albany State University
Eddie Young SO Fort Valley State University
Denatay Heard JR Stillman College
Kick Returner: Richard Siders SO Benedict College
Punt Returner: Ravenell Dupree SR Morehouse College
Place Kicker: Martin Degazon JR Benedict College
Punter: Sean Reck JR Stillman College
Voted by the SIAC Football Coaches Assocation