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Wooten and Cuddington named Preseason All-Big South

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Two Campebll University redshirt senior football players hailing from the Johnstonian News readership area were named to the Preseason All-Big South football team announced Tuesday at the conference’s football media day.

Tight end Michael Wooten, who played quarterback at Princeton High for three seasons, and guard Jacob Cuddington, a former North Johnston High standout on the line, were two of nine Camels named to the preseason team.

Cuddington, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive lineman, played offensive and defensive line for the Panthers through the 2014 season and was named an 2-A Eastern Plains All-Conference performer as a senior.

After redshirting his freshman year in Buies Creek and playing in one game his sophomore year, Cuddington has played in every game the last two seasons, including 15 starts.

After being named third team Big South All-Conference last season, he is expected to anchor an offensive line returning to follow up a 2018 campaign when it blocked for the second-ranked passing offense in the Big South Conference, while allowing the ninth-fewest sacks in the country.

Wooten returns to the Camels for his final season after starting at tight end over the last 21 games. After throwing for 2,246 yards as a senior in high school, the former Bulldog quarterback transitioned from signal caller to tight end when he arrived to the Camels. Last season, he caught 13 passes for 73 yards on the way to second team All-Conference and Big South All-Academic Team honors.

Wooten had his best season so far in 2017, hauling in 20 catches for 266 yards and three touchdowns.