Despite bringing back 19 starters from teams that have finished 10-4 in the Southland Conference during the last two years, league personnel picked the Texas State football team to finish no better than third this year in voting announced Wednesday at the conference preseason media day in Lake Charles, La.
The Bobcats also had five players chosen the the league’s preseason teams.
Mostly on the strength of returning senior quarterback Jeremy Moses, Stephen F. Austin (SFA) won the nod from the league’s coaches and sports information directors (SID) to defend its league championship from 2009. McNeese State, which split the league title last year with SFA, was picked second in both polls.
Texas State tied for third with Southeastern Louisiana in the coaches poll, while Southeastern Louisiana took third by itself in the SID poll, with Texas State sliding to fourth.
Central Arkansas finished fifth in both polls. The bottom three spots were jumbled between Sam Houston State, Northwestern State and Nicholls State. Sam Houston finished sixth among the SIDs and seventh among the coaches, Northwestern State was picked sixth by the coaches and eighth by the SIDs, and Nicholls was eighth by the coaches and seventh by the SIDs.
Among individual players, Texas State offensive guard D.J. Hall and wide receiver Da’Marcus Griggs continued raking in the honors, each being named to the Southland Conference preseason first team.
Texas State wide receiver Daren Dillard, defensive tackle Ashley Eshraghipour and linebacker Marcus Clark all were named to the league’s preseason second team.
McNeese State led the league with 14 selections, including seven on the first team. Stephen F. Austin had 12 selections, including five on the first team.Email | Print