July 25, 2012 – Four Fort Valley State University Wildcats have been named to the 2012 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference Pre-season football teams. Selected by the league’s football coaches, the teams were announced during the SIAC’s annual Football Media Luncheon on July 17. The coaches also selected FVSU to finish third in the East Division of SIAC in 2012.
Christopher Slaughter earned first-team honors, while Travis Richmond, David Garboand Ryan Hill were selected for the second-team preseason all conference.
Slaughter, a senior wide receiver, finished the 2011 season with a total of 49 receptions for 957 yards. He finished second in the conference in total receptions. The Fort Valley, Ga. native had 10 touchdown catches, averaged 19.5 yards per reception and 95.7 yards per game. His longest catch of the season was 73 yards.
Travis Richmond, also a Fort Valley native, finished last season with 574 yards in rushing. Although the sophomore running back competed in just eight games last year, he finished third in the conference in rushing. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry, finished with five touchdowns and averaged 71.8 yards per game. Richmond was also named to the SIAC Preseason All-Conference Second-Team as a return specialist. On 10 kick returns, Richmond ran for 154 yards.
Senior David Garbo and junior Ryan Hill were selected to the second team for their work on the FVSU offensive line. Their combined efforts, along with the rest of the line, led to the Wildcats finishing fourth in the conference last year with 304 yards per game.
The Wildcats will open the 2012 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 in Cleveland, Miss. against the Statesmen of Delta State University. Wildcats season tickets are still available through the FVSU Cashier’s Office and the FVSU Department of Athletics.
Below are the 2012 SIAC Predicted Order of Finish and the entire First and Second Team Preseason All-Conference selections:2012 SIAC Football
Predicted Order of Finish
1 – Morehouse College 
2 – Albany State University 
3 – Fort Valley State University
4 – Clark Atlanta University 
5 – Benedict College
1 – Miles College 
2 – Tuskegee University 
3 – Stillman College 
4 – Kentucky State University
5 – Lane College 
First-place votes in brackets