Three Bulldog seniors were named to the SoCon Best of the Best Top 20 Players list composed by the Southern Pigskin.com FCS columnists Josh Buchanan.Senior All-American wide receiver André Roberts was named the No. 2 player in the SoCon as a wide receiver and return specialist behind Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards who claimed the top spot. The honor is Roberts’ second preseason accolade for the 2009 season.
Coming in at No. 15 is senior defensive tackle Terrence Reese, followed by offensive lineman Dan DeHaven at No. 17.
DeHaven, a 6-5, 290-pound redshirt senior from James Island, S.C., was a 2008 All-Conference First Team
selection after having started in all 12 games on the O-line and played an instrumental role in the Bulldogs’
offensive success. DeHaven was also named to first team All-State and is one of the 2009 team captains.
Reese, a 6-0, 286-pound senior from North, S.C., was also a 2008 All-Conference First Team selection. He
played in all 12 games, starting 11, and recorded his best performance of the season against Georgia Southern,
totaling nine tackles including two for a loss of seven yards, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry. He
finished the season as the sixth leading Bulldog tackler with 49 total, 25 solo and 8.5 for a loss of 20 yards.
Roberts, a 5-11, 185-ponder senior from Columbia, S.C., started all 12 games in 2008, three of which he made 10
or more catches. He claimed the school record for catches in a single-game with 14 against No. 10 Wofford for
190 yards and three touchdowns, his best outing of the season. He broke the school record for catches in a
season with 95, catches in a career with 208, most receiving yards in a season with 1,334, most receiving yards in a career with 2,951, punt return yards in a season with 461, punt return yards in a career with 943.
Roberts finished the season with 95 catches for 1,334 yards and 14 touchdowns, 24 carries for 94 yards and one
touchdown and 24 punt returns for 461 yards and four touchdowns, for an all-purpose season total of 1,908 yards
and 108 points. Roberts led the Southern Conference in punt returns, receiving yards, receiving yards per game,
receptions, receptions per game and all-purpose yards, and was second in scoring and scoring touchdowns.
Nationally, he finished the season ranked first in punt returns, second in receptions per game and total receiving
yards, fourth in receiving yards per game, 11th in scoring and 14th in all-purpose running.
As a result of his successful season, he was named media and coaches first team All-Conference for wide
receiver and punt return specialist, earned first team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches
Association and The Sports Network and second team All-America honors from the Associated Press. He was
also a finalist for the Walter Payton Award. Roberts was recently named a preseason All-America selection by
Consensus Draft Services.