Tiger Football Standouts Earn Ohio Preseason Accolades
Wittenberg University football placekicker Sean Williams, class of 2013 from Plainfield, Ind., cornerback Jamaal Everett, class of 2013 from Kettering, Ohio, and safety Mark Swope, class of 2014 from Fairborn, Ohio, have earned preseason recognition from OhioCollegeFootball.com.
Williams earned a spot on the first team, while Everett and Swope were both chosen for the second team.
Williams led the Tigers in scoring with 75 points after successfully converting 12-of-14 field goals and 39-of-41 point-after attempts (PATs) in 2011. Over the course of two seasons, Williams broke the school records for consecutive field goals (19) and PATs (50). He enters the 2012 season with the best PAT percentage in program history for placekickers with at least 40 attempts, and he ranks sixth in school history with 154 career points by kicking. A second-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) honoree in 2010 and a first-team selection in 2011 and a second-team All-North Region selection by d3football.com a year ago, Williams has tied the school record for field goals in a season (12) each of the last two seasons.
Everett earned second-team All-NCAC honors after making 48 tackles, including five for loss, in 10 starting assignments in 2011. Everett also was a starter in 2010 and was credited with 35 tackles in 11 starting assignments, and he has five interceptions to his credit in his collegiate career.
Swope was an honorable mention All-NCAC selection a year ago, after a fine inaugural season as a starter in the defensive backfield. He ranked second on the team in tackles with 76, including seven for loss and three sacks. He also intercepted one pass and recovered a fumble.
Wittenberg, which is ranked 20th in the nation by Lindy's and is among "Others Receiving Votes" in the preseason d3football.com national poll, is coming off an 8-2 season in 2011, including a mark of 5-1 and a second-place finish in the NCAC. The Tigers are scheduled to kick off the 2012 season at Capital University at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.