Sun Belt releases preseason All-Conference team, five Trojans make the cut. Martial named Defensive Player of the Year


TROY, Ala (WDHN) — Tuesday, the Sun Belt conference released their preseason all conference teams and five Trojan football players made either the first or second team.

On offense, Senior receivers Kaylon Geiger and Reggie Todd made the teams. Geiger was placed to the first team and Todd to the second.

Then on defense, three Trojan players made the first team. Sophomore Dell Pettus made the list at safety and Will Choloh made it at defensive tackle.

Carlton Martial was also named to the first team at linebacker but he was also named as the Sun Belt preseason defensive player of the year.

Martial, who has been named to four preseason All-America teams, is coming off a season in which he became just the 12th player and first underclassman in the last 20 years at the FBS level to finish a season with at least 100 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and three interceptions. He closed the year with 126 tackles, the most by a Troy player since 2000, 18.5 tackles for loss, the fifth most in a season in Troy history, and three picks.

Choloh, a native of Lawrenceville, Ga., ranked in the top 25 in the league last year in both sacks and tackles for loss despite playing from an inside position on the defensive line. The rising junior finished fourth on the team with 54 tackles to go along with four quarterback hurries; he added 28 pressures and 18 overall hurries, both second best on the team.

Geiger was named the Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2019 after he finished second in the league in receptions, yards (regular season) and yards per game. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Geiger’s 77 receptions ranked as the third most in a season in Troy history while his 873 yards finished just shy of the top 10. 

Pettus, who was a Freshman All-America selection by Pro Football Focus last season, led all freshmen in the Sun Belt Conference with 63 tackles after taking over the starting duties at free safety in the third week of the season – he averaged 5.9 tackles in his 10 starts. A native of Harvest, Ala., Pettus ended the regular season ranked eighth nationally among all freshmen with his tackle total and was named to the All-Sun Belt Team as an honorable mention selection.

Todd, a Mobile, Ala. native, finished third in the league averaging 27.35 yards per kickoff return. He took one to the house against Southern Miss and returned another 79 yards at Georgia State. Todd also was a force on offense with five touchdown receptions and 666 receiving yards.

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