The Grambling State University football team placed a Southwestern Athletic Conference  high 15 players on the preseason team, including 10 on the first team, as the conference announced the honors during Media Day on Friday morning at the Birmingham Marriott.

All conference honors were selected by the 10-member institution head coaches and the sports information directors.

The Tigers landed 15 on the All-SWAC Preseason teams as De’Arius Christmas was selected the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Grambling State, which went 11-2 last season and fell just short in the Celebration Bowl, was voted to win the West Division.

The Tigers received 96 points to earn the top spot in the SWAC West Division. Southern (78), Prairie View A&M (65), Texas Southern (31) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (30) rounded out the division. In the East, Alcorn State was chosen to repeat with 95 points. Alabama State (72), Jackson State (55), Alabama A&M (51) and Mississippi Valley State (27) rounded out the East Division.