Coker named preseason All-American by Phil Steele

Senior Davonte Anderson

July 18, 2013

Cleveland, Ohio - Senior Marcus Coker (Beltsville, Md.) was named a preseason All-American by Phil Steele's College Football Preview on Thursday. Coker, 6-0, 230-pound running back, was named to the magazine's fourth-team offense.

Coker rushed for 1,018 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season at Stony Brook after transferring from Iowa. The Seawolves' Offensive Rookie of the Year posted three games with 100 or more rushing yards, and eight of his nine touchdowns came from four yards or closer.

Coker will lead a talented group of running backs that have rushed for more than 3,300 yards in each of the last two seasons.

Joining Coker as a first team All-CAA selection is senior Jawara Dudley (Roosevelt, N.Y.). Dudley, a co-captain, led the team's linebackers with 81 tackles last season. A three-year starter, Dudley ranks sixth all-time in the program's Division I history with 201 tackles.

A pair of seniors co-captains, Matt Faiella (Freehold, N.J.) and Davonte Anderson (Corona, Calif.) garnered second team honors. Faiella has played a key role in Stony Brook's powerful rushing attack, blocking for two 1,000-yard rushers in each of the last three seasons.

Since stepping on campus, Anderson has appeared in all 37 games, starting 31. He enters 2013 with 12 career interceptions, just four shy of breaking Chad King's program record of 15. Anderson led Stony Brook with six interceptions and nine pass break-ups in 2012.

Seniors Leston Simpson (Springfield Gardens, N.Y.) and Reginald Francklin (Valley Stream, N.Y.) were named to the third team.



Simpson led all defensive linemen last season with 10 tackles for loss. In addition to recording four sacks, he forced a key fumble in a 28-21 win over Coastal Carolina.

Despite missing time with an injury, Francklin recorded 33 tackles, including a career-high 12 at Army, and made his first career interception against Charleston Southern.