ASU picked to take 2nd in SoCon
The Wofford senior fullback was chosen to be the Southern Conference's Offensive Player of the Year. The announcement was made at the Southern Conference Football Media Day at the Spartanburg Marriot.
Breitenstein led the SoCon in rushing last season with 1,474 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was 10th nationally with a 122.8 yards-per-game average.
Breitenstein is also on the Payton Award watch, and was named first-team All-American by The Sports Network.
“I'm blessed and really honored to get these awards and these nominations,” Breitenstein said. “It really speaks to our whole team. The offensive line, the past few years, has really been incredible. You couldn't ask for anything better.”
Breitenstein, a fifth-year senior, opens the season at Gardner-Webb on Sept. 1. The Terriers play at Appalachian State on Oct. 20. It will be the third time Breitenstein will play in Kidd Brewer.
Georgia Southern defensive tackle Brent Russell was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
EAGLES PICKED TO WIN IT
The Southern Conference coaches and the media that covers the league feel Georgia Southern will win the 2012 football league championship. The second-place finisher was up for debate.
The coaches selected Appalachian State to finish in second behind Georgia Southern. Appalachian State finished with two first-place votes and 57 points, while the Eagles grabbed seven first-place votes and 63 points.
The coaches voted Wofford to finish third with no first-place votes and 48 points.
The media disagreed by picking Wofford to finish second and Appalachian State to take third.
It was the first time since 2005 that somebody other than Appalachian State was picked to win the league by the coaches. Furman was predicted to win the league in 2005.
The media picked Georgia Southern last season after picking ASU every season since 2005, when they also picked Furman.
The coaches and media agreed on the 2012s finish of the rest of the league. They picked Chattanooga to finish fourth, followed by Furman, Samford, Elon, The Citadel and Western Carolina.
Appalachian State landed three players on the first-team all-league squad. Quarterback Jamal Jackson, linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough and defensive back Demetrius McCray were selected by the league's coaches to be on the team.
Offensive tackle Kendall Lamm, and junior wide receivers Andrew Peacock and Tony Washington were named to the league's second team offense. Defensive end Ronald Blair, linebacker Brandon Greer, cornerback Troy Sanders and punter Sam Martin were named to the second-team defense.
Breitenstein is on the cover of the Wofford media guide with linebacker Mike Naim.
Kimbrough and McCray, who are also on The Sports Network's All-American team, are on the front cover of the ASU guide.
Head coach Jerry Moore is surrounded by Martin, Jackson, Sanders and Greer on the back color. All three of the photos are in color.