Seniors Jermaine Hough and Devaunte Siglerare on STATS LLC's Preseason FCS All-America Team, which was released on Thursday in conjunction with the announcement of their expanded FCS coverage.
Hough was a first team selection at defensive back, while Sigler earned second team recognition on the defensive line. Both were honored as All-Americans last season.
STATS LLC, the world's leading sports technology, data and content company, announced its preseason Football Championship Subdivision All-America teams today to kick off a broad plan that will see it significantly expand its coverage of FCS.
Hough, a 5-10, 180-pound cornerback from Lovejoy, Ga., was a first team All-Ohio Valley Conference performer and a third team All-American by The Sports Network in 2014. Sigler, a 6-foot-5, 292-pound defensive lineman from Mobile, Ala., was the OVC's Defensive Player of the Year on top of a first team All-OVC nod, while earning second team AP All-America honors and a third-team mention by The Sports Network.
Despite missing the final three games of his junior season to injury, Hough still led the OVC with 1.2 passes defended per game and 0.4 interceptions per game. He finished the season with 36 tackles, including 24 solo stops, and four tackles for a loss.
Sigler played on a formidable defensive line (that saw all four starters earn All-OVC honors), the junior tallied 36 tackles (19 solo), 9.0 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks, an interception, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and blocked a kick. He led a defensive unit that ranks fourth nationally in third down conversion defense (28.1%), 17th in total defense (317.4 yards/game) and 26th in scoring defense (21.7 points/game).
The Gamecocks have received a lot of recognition by several preseason polls, with Athlon having them ranked fourth in its FCS predictions. Sporting News ranked JSU No. 7 in its preseason poll.
JSU ran through the OVC in 2014 with a perfect 8-0 record and posted a 10-2 overall mark. The Gamecocks finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in the nation and earned a bye to the second round of the FCS Playoffs. The No. 2 ranking tied the 2010 team for the highest in the school's Division I history.
The Gamecocks open the season Sept. 5 at Chattanooga, also a Top 10 team in the preseason polls, before facing Auburn onSept. 12 in Auburn. JSU's home opener will be Sept. 19 against Tennessee State in a game televised on ESPN3.
Season tickets to JSU's five-game home schedule can be purchased online at www.jsugamecocksports.com or by calling the JSU ticket office at (256) 782-8499. Tickets for the Chattanooga and Auburn games can be purchased by calling the JSU ticket office and offer fans a guaranteed seat in the JSU sections.
(Courtesy: JSU Sports Information)