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JCSU picked fourth in CIAA South
Wallace, Arellano and Scott earn all-conference
Published Thursday, July 25, 2013 11:10 pm
by Herbert L. White


Johnson C. Smith is expected to finish near the bottom of the CIAA South in a preseason poll of the league's football coaches.

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Johnson C. Smith quarterback Keahn Wallace, who set a school single-season passing record in 2012, was named to the 2013 CIAA preseason all-conference team.

The Golden Bulls, who went 6-4 last season and 5-2 in CIAA play, were picked behind two-time champ and national runner-up Winston-Salem State, St. Augustine's and Shaw. JCSU finished second in the South in 2012 by winning its final four games.

“It’s about building a foundation, and we’ve done that, now we have to turn the corner and succeed despite any adversity,” JCSU coach Steve Aycock said. “We’re doing some good things at JCSU, but we will continue to show humility and strive to reach the mountain top.”

Elizabeth City State, which went 8-4 and won the North Division last year, was picked to repeat in 2013.

Three Golden Bulls were named to the preseason all-conference team: senior right tackle Rico Arellano (Butler High), junior quarterback Keahn Wallace and sophomore receiver Fred Scott.

Arellano, a second-team all-CIAA pick in 2011, started all 10 games last year as JCSU produced 3,865 yards on offense, including 2,443 passing. The offense also produced its first 1,000-yard rusher (Dedrick Anderson) since 1991.

Scott who was named to the all-rookie team last year, caught 47 passes for 610 yards and six touchdowns. He also returned 22 kickoffs for 491 yards.

Wallace set the school single-season passing yards (2,280) record last year in addition to tossing 22 touchdowns, three off the school mark.

JCSU opens the year on Sept. 7 against Livingstone in the Commemorative Classic at Memorial Stadium.



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