Five from UWA named preseason All-GSC

Published 3:55 pm Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Five players from the University of West Alabama have been selected to the 2014 Beyond Sports Network Preseason All-Gulf South Conference Football Team, according to an announcement by the publication today.

Quarterback and returning GSC Offensive Player of the Year Kyle Caldwell is one of four offensive players named to the squad. Joining Caldwell are running back Javae Swindle, wide receiver Chad Toocheck and tight end Ty Morgan. Swindle, Toocheck and Morgan were selected by conference coaches as all-league selections in 2013.

Rounding out UWA’s presence on the preseason squad is returning all-conference place kicker Mark Grant, who led the GSC in scoring and kick scoring with 93 total points. He converted 72-of-73 extra point attempts and 7-of-8 field goal tries.

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A regional finalist for Harlon Hill Trophy, Caldwell led West Alabama’s 2013 offense, which led the GSC in scoring (49.5) and total offense (539.1). The senior from Dadeville, Ala., led the GSC in passing (206.5), passing touchdowns (28), total offense (245.7) and passing efficiency (184.2).

Swindle was named to the 2013 First Team Don Hansen All-Super Region Two Team after leading the GSC in rushing with 1,296 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also led the GSC with 13 total touchdowns and was second in GSC in scoring (TDs) at 7.1 points per game. The junior from Thorsby, Ala., set the UWA record for yards rushing in a game with 280 against North Alabama.

A senior from Medina, Ohio, Toocheck led UWA with 43 receptions for 729 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 16.95 yards per reception. Morgan had six receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns while averaging team-high 21.8 yards per reception.

West Alabama opens the 2014 season Sept. 6 at Stillman in Tiger Bowl 2014. Kickoff is currently set for 3 p.m. at Stillman Stadium in Tuscaloosa.