Five Stony Brook football student-athletes have been named preseason All-Big South, the conference announced at its 10th annual Media Day/Luncheon. Junior running back Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.), senior running back Brock Jackolski (Shirley, N.Y.) and senior wide receiver Matt Brevi (Tampa, Fla.) represent the Seawolves on offense, while senior defensive end Ryan Haber (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) and junior middle linebacker Craig Richardson (Malden, Mass.) are the defensive honorees.
Stony Brook, which won a share of the Big South championship for a second year in a row in 2010, has been picked to finish second, earning two first-place votes behind Liberty.
Maysonet rushed for 1,128 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first season for the Seawolves. A first-team All-Big South selection, he was part of a rushing attack that ranked eighth in FCS with 218 yards per game. The 1,128 yards are the fifth most in a season in school history, and the 12 touchdowns were the most by a Stony Brook running back in eight seasons.
Jackolski, who also was named preseason all-conference at kick returner, returns with Maysonet to form one of the best one-two punches in all of FCS. He ran for 1,029 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season at Stony Brook, earning first-team all-conference honors. As a kick returner, Jackolski totaled 788 yards and a touchdown. He accounted for nearly 2,000 yards of total offense when his 149 receiving yards are included.
Jackolski and Maysonet are the second pair of running backs to earn preseason recognition by the Big South, joining Edwin Gowins and Conte Cuttino '10 in 2009.
Brevi, who earned second-team All-Big South honors last season, led all Seawolves receivers with 668 yards and five touchdowns. He caught TD passes of 67 and 61 yards, and had a season-high 157 receiving yards against Brown.
A two-year starter, Haber has been an integral part of the defensive line during Stony Brook's rise in the Big South. He was second on the team in tackles for loss with seven and recorded a forced fumble and an interception.
Richardson made 85 tackles last season en route to second-team honors. He recorded two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, the only Stony Brook player to do so, despite nursing a severe arm injury.
Stony Brook kicks off its 2011 season when it travels to face the University of Texas at El Paso on Saturday, September 3.
2011 Big South Football Preseason All-Conference Team
OFFENSE SCHOOL YR HOMETOWN QB Mike Brown Liberty R-Sr. Charlottesville, Va. RB Miguel Maysonet Stony Brook Jr. Riverhead, N.Y. RB Brock Jackolski Stony Brook Sr. Shirley, N.Y. WR Chris Summers Liberty R-Sr. Jacksonville, Fla. WR James Perry III Gardner-Webb R-Sr. Greensboro, N.C. WR Matt Brevi Stony Brook Sr. Tampa, Fla. TE David Duran Coastal Carolina R-Sr. Marietta, Ga. OL Jamey Cheatwood Coastal Carolina R-So. Boiling Springs, S.C. OL Jamie Dunaway Gardner-Webb Jr. Duncan, S.C. OL Malcolm Boyd Liberty Jr. Spartanburg, S.C. OL Levi McFatter Charleston So. R-Sr. Lake City, Fla. OL Max Travis Presbyterian Sr. Irmo, S.C.
DEFENSE SCHOOL YR HOMETOWN DL Asa Chapman Liberty Sr. Orange, Va. DL Preston Pemasa Gardner-Webb So. Garden Grove, Calif. DL Matt Goods Gardner-Webb R-So. East Orange, N.J. DL Ryan Haber Stony Brook Sr. Lafayette Hill, Pa. LB Andrae Jacobs Coastal Carolina Jr. Tabor City, N.C. LB Marty Patterson Gardner-Webb R-Sr. Mt. Airy, Ga. LB A.J. Gross VMI R-Sr. Waldorf, Md. LB Craig Richardson Stony Brook Jr. Malden, Mass. DB Josh Norman Coastal Carolina Sr. Greenwood, S.C. DB Charles James Charleston So. R-Jr. Jacksonville, Fla. DB Justin Bethel Presbyterian Sr. Blythewood, S.C. DB Byron Allen VMI R-Sr. Massaponax, Va.
SPECIAL TEAMS SCHOOL YR HOMETOWN PK Matt Bevins Liberty Sr. Newport News, Va. P Mike Larsson Liberty Sr. Monroe, N.C. LS Hudson Smith Gardner-Webb So. Aiken, S.C. KR Brock Jackolski Stony Brook Sr. Shirley, N.Y. PR B.J. Hayes Liberty R-Sr. Valentines, Va.
PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Mike Brown, QB, R-Sr., Liberty