MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Athlon Sports activities has named 10 WVU soccer gamers on its preseason All-Huge 12 groups with the discharge of its annual first, second, third and fourth all-conference groups for the 2021 season.
The journal’s choices are based mostly on the way it believes the gamers will carry out in 2021. Profession statistics and awards matter within the analysis, however selecting gamers for the 2021 all-conference staff was based mostly on projecting the most effective for the upcoming yr. Crew power doesn’t play a job in choices, and these are the most effective particular person gamers at every place within the league for 2021.
Working again Leddie Brown was named to the second staff offense, and defensive linemen Akheem Mesidor and Dante Stills and security Alonzo Addae have been named to the second staff protection.
Brown, a Huge 12 first-team choice by the coaches in 2020, led the Mountaineer floor sport with 1,010 yards and 9 touchdowns. He additionally added 31 catches for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Mesidor, a Freshman All-American, led the staff in quarterback sacks (5) and was fourth in tackles for loss (6.5). Stills led the Mountaineers with 10.5 tackles for loss and had two sacks and two move breakups. Addae, a Huge 12 second-team choice in 2020, was second on the staff in tackles (66) and tied for the staff lead in interceptions (2).
Offensively on the third staff is receiver Winston Wright Jr. and offensive linemen Zach Frazier (C) and Doug Nester (OL). Linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo is the defensive consultant.
Wright Jr., an All-Huge 12 second-team performer in 2020, led WVU with 47 catches for 553 yards and had two touchdowns. Frazier, a freshman All-American, performed in 10 video games and began 9 as a real freshman, and Nestor began the previous two years at Virginia Tech earlier than transferring in January. Chandler-Semedo, the Liberty Bowl defensive MVP, was WVU’s third-leading tackler with 64 stops, 4 tackles for loss and an interception to seal the bowl win over Military.
Security Sean Mahone and kickoff returner Wright Jr. have been fourth-team choices.
Mahone, a PFF Faculty Second-Crew All-Huge honoree, was fifth on the staff with 54 tackles, had a fumble restoration and an interception and had 4 move breakups. Wright Jr. led the Mountaineers with 20 kickoff returns for 425 yards with an extended of 37 yards.
Oklahoma led with 18 choices on the groups, Iowa State had 17, Oklahoma State and TCU had 14 every and WVU and Baylor have been subsequent every with 10 gamers on the checklist.