Kelly is lone Chanticleer on All-Sun Belt preseason list

Coastal Carolina sophomore Silas Kelly was named preseason All-Sun Belt second team Friday, as voted upon by the league’s head coaches. He is the lone Chanticleer to make this year’s list.

A 6-4 linebacker from Mount Airy, Md., Kelly was an honorable mention All-Sun Belt selection in 2017. He finished third for Coastal in tackles with 75, and ranked 16th in the Sun Belt averaging 6.8 tackles per game. Kelly was a four-time game captain last season, as well as a member of the Team Leadership Council.

Kelly’s 12 tackles against Georgia Southern were a season high, and he led the team in tackles against UAB (eight) and ULM (11). Kelly was also credited with nine tackles in his collegiate debut versus UMASS.

Kelly is one of four defensive starters returning from 2017 alongside Anthony Chesley (CB), Ja’ree Tolbert (DT) and Fitz Wattley (S).

Arkansas State senior quarterback Justice Hansen was voted the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Hansen claimed the conference’s top offensive award at the conclusion of the 2017 season. Appalachian State junior defensive back Clifton Duck was voted the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Arkansas State was the most represented team on the preseason all-conference list with a total of nine student-athletes. The Red Wolves were voted to win the Sun Belt in the conference’s preseason poll that was released on Thursday. Appalachian State’s seven student-athletes named preseason All-Sun Belt were the second most. The Mountaineers finished second behind Arkansas State in the preseason poll.

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