Charleston's Fred Hervey receives preseason national accolades


SCOOBA — Fred Hervey, sophomore linebacker for the East Mississippi Community College Lions, has been named to the 2019 College Football America Yearbook’s Junior College Preseason Starting Lineup, the publication’s version of a preseason Juco All-America team.

A product of Charleston High School, Hervey recorded a team-high 93 total tackles, including 16 stops behind the line of scrimmage, as a freshman for EMCC’s undefeated national championship squad. He also had four pass breakups, an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery a year ago for the Lions.

Meanwhile, Hervey’s present team, the two-time reigning national champion and three-time defending state champion EMCC Lions, have been tabbed with a No. 1 preseason ranking in the College Football America Yearbook’s 2019 Yearbook Preseason Juco Top 30.

Coach Buddy Stephens’ EMCC Lions have previously earned No. 2 preseason rankings by Street & Smith’s 2019 College Football preview magazine and in this year’s Dirty 30 Preseason Rankings behind Iowa Western Community College.

Along with Street & Smith’s and, the College Football America Yearbook considered all 135 of the nation’s two-year schools that feature football programs. All three preseason team rankings took into account the 67 community colleges affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) that compete in football as well as the 68 member schools of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA).

Also representing the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) in the College Football America Yearbook’s Preseason Top 10 were 2018 MACJC state runner-up Jones College and Northwest Mississippi at seventh and eighth, respectively. Mississippi Gulf Coast also made the publication’s preseason team rankings at No. 25.

IN THE PHOTO: Charleston's Fred Hervey  (Photo courtesy of EMCC)