Mercer’s Chandler Curtis and Alex Lakes were named preseason All-Southern Conference first team, leading six Bears who were named to the teams Wednesday.
The Bears were picked to finish sixth in the conference by the head coach and the media members, while Chattanooga was the pick to win the conference by both groups.
Mercer defensive back Alex Avant, defensive tackle Austin Barrett, linebacker Tyler Ward and punter Matt Shiel, a transfer from Auburn, all were named to the second team.
Lakes led the conference last year with 1,107 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns, while Curtis led the conference with 119.2 all-purpose yards per game.
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