Football Tue, Aug. 30, 2022 at 1:35 PM
WICHITA, Kan. — The KCAC is pleased to announce the 2022 KCAC Football Preseason Team, as voted on by the KCAC head football coaches. The group consists of 23 seniors, five juniors, and three sophomores.
Southwestern led the way with 12 honorees. Avila followed up with six players being named to the preseason team, with Bethel not far behind at 5. Kansas Wesleyan had three honorees, Tabor had two, and Bethany, Sterling, and Ottawa each had one player named to the preseason team.
Trey Palmer of Bethel (defensive back and returner) and Keyshawn Jones of Southwestern (wide receiver and utility) were recognized at multiple positions.
Highlighting the offense on the preseason team are Keegan Martin of Bethel and Malik Nesbitt of Avila.
Martin, a senior offensive lineman out of Yale, Okla, piled up the accolades in 2021 following a season in which he helped the Threshers secure a share of the KCAC football regular-season title. Martin was a unanimous All-KCAC first-team honoree, a first-team honoree on the AFCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America team, and a second-team honoree on the AP NAIA All-America team.
Nesbitt returns for his senior season, looking for his third consecutive season tallying 1,000+ yards rushing. In the 2021 season, Nesbitt ranked first in the conference and fifth in the NAIA in rushing touchdowns (17), and ranked second in the conference and 13th in the NAIA in rushing yards (1,034). For Nesbitt’s efforts, he was a unanimous All-KCAC first team selection and a selection on the AFCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America honorable mention team.
Standouts on the defense on the preseason team include Josh Seabolt and Trey Palmer, both of Bethel.
In 2021, Seabolt was named the KCAC Football Defensive Player of the Year for the second season in a row, was a unanimous selection on the All-KCAC first team defense, an honoree on the AFCA NAIA Coaches’ All America honorable mention team, and a second team honoree on the AP NAIA Football All-America team. Seabolt ranked fourth in the conference in total tackles (99), first in sacks, (10), and first in tackles for loss (26). His tackles for loss figure ranked second in the NAIA, and his sack total in 2021 tied for fifth in the NAIA rankings.
For his play in 2021 at the defensive back position, Palmer was a unanimous All-KCAC first-team selection, along with being named to the AFCA NAIA Coaches’ All America honorable mention team, and the AP NAIA Football All-America second team. Palmer ranked second in the conference in interceptions (7).
Gabe Medrano, the 2021 KCAC Special Teams Player of the Year, highlights the special teams portion of the preseason team.
POSITIONNAMEINSTITUTIONCLASSHOMETOWNQBLuke Barnes^Southwestern CollegeSr.
Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
WRKeyshawn Jones*Southwestern CollegeSr.Dayton, OhioWRAndrew Williams*Avila UniversitySr.Fort Worth, TexasWRAndre Jones^Southwestern CollegeSr.Austin, TexasRBMalik Nesbitt*Avila UniversitySr.Savannah, Ga.RBJaqulis Coleman^Southwestern CollegeSr.Mansfield, TexasRBJ.J. Allen#Bethany CollegeJr.Salina, Kan.FBChantz Scurry*Bethel CollegeSr.Ardmore, Okla.TELayke Hoffman*Southwestern CollegeSr.Winfield, Kan.OLKeegan Martin*Bethel CollegeSr.Yale, Okla.OLJarren Hightower*Kansas Wesleyan UniversitySr.Oklahoma CIty, Okla.OLEaron Garcia*Southwestern CollegeSr.Wichita, Kan.OLRyan Junkermeier*Bethel CollegeSr.Plainville, Kan.OLGrayson Snider^Southwestern CollegeSr.Coweta, Okla.OLCor’Darius Wright#Avila UniversitySo.Jackson, La.UTLKeyshawn Jones^Southwestern CollegeSr.Dayton, Ohio
POSITIONNAMEINSTITUTIONCLASSHOMETOWNDLShane Rodriguez*Southwestern CollegeSr.McCloud, Okla.DLScott Sanchez^Kansas Wesleyan UniversitySr.Kelseyville, Calif.DLMarkeese Jones#Southwestern CollegeSr.Corcoran, Calif.DLLloydarius Garner#Avila UniversitySo.Houston, TexasLBJosh Seabolt*Bethel CollegeSr.Cimarron, Kan.LBJosh Carter*Southwestern CollegeSr.Wichita, Kan.LBDeVante Gabriel*Kansas Wesleyan UniversityJr.Spring, TexasLBDeven Lopez^Sterling CollegeJr.Needville, TexasDBTrey Palmer*Bethel CollegeSr.Pearland, TexasDBDevin Johnston*Ottawa UniversitySr.Leavenworth, Kan.DBTaveon Williamson*Southwestern CollegeJr.Fayetteville, Ark.DBTerrell Valentine^Avila UniversityJr.Goldsboro, N.C.DBGunnar Reiss^Tabor CollegeSr.McPherson, Kan.
POSITIONNAMEINSTITUTIONCLASSHOMETOWNKKaivon Mortazavi*Avila UniversitySo.Sapulpa, Okla.PGabe Medrano^Southwestern CollegeSr.El Paso, TexasRETTrey Palmer*Bethel CollegeSr.Pearland, TexasRETFranklin MIller^Tabor CollegeSr.Palm Springs, Calif.
* = 1st team All-KCAC in 2021 at that position
^ = 2nd team All-KCAC in 2021 at that position
# = HM team All-KCAC in 2021 at that position