Texas A&M University-Commerce football team; picked preseason No. 1 in LSC North Divsion

Danny Kambel, Sports Information Director

Commerce – Coming off a share of the Lone Star Conference North Division title in 2007, the coaches and Sports Information Directors of the LSC, as well as interested media representatives, the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team is picked to win the Lone Star Conference North Division in a pre-season poll announced on Thursday.

The Lions return all-region performers - Nabil El-Amin, Elliot Jones and Darron Sheppard as well as first team all-conference selections - Alex Contreras, El-Amin, A.J. Johnson, Jones and Sheppard.

A&M-Commerce received eight first-place votes of the 16 ballots and totaled 82 points in the poll to finish ahead of Southeastern Oklahoma. SOSU, which has won or shared the division title for the
last four years, earned four first-place votes and 71 points. Southwestern Oklahoma (58) and Central Oklahoma (47) each received two first-place votes to finish third and fourth, respectively.
Northeastern State (43) and East Central (35) rounded out the poll.

Lions quarterback Terry Mayo was edged out by a vote the poll for the North Division Pre-Season Offensive Player of the Year. East Central quarterback Marcus Johnson earned the honor with six first-place votes to the five for Mayo. Northeastern State safety Broderick Mondy was voted the Pre-Season Defensive Player of the Year in the North.

In the South Division of the conference, Abilene Christian was picked to win its share of the conference. The Wildcats, who the Lions will play on Sept. 13 in Abilene, finished with 10 first-place votes and 113 total points. Three-time defending LSC champion West Texas A&M
received the most first-place votes (10) and 111 total points. Behind ACU and WT was Tarleton State, who finished third with 91, Midwestern State was fourth (75), Texas A&M-Kingsville was fifth (49), Angelo State sixth (43) and Eastern New Mexico seventh (22).

Abilene Christian running back and 2007 Harlon Hill runner up Bernard Scott was the LSC South Division Offensive Player of the Year and Jared Brock of West Texas A&M was selected as the LSC Defensive Player
of the Year.

The Lions will begin pre-season workouts on Wednesday at Memorial Stadium.

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