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North Dakota St Heads Preseason FCS Coaches Poll

Preseason FCS Coaches Poll - Top 25 Teams

With 17 starters returning from last season’s squad that posted three wins against top-20 teams and narrowly missed earning a NCAA Playoff berth, the William and Mary football team garnered a No. 22 national ranking in the preseason Coaches Poll.

Photo – WR Tre McBride – William & Mary

The recognition adds to W&M’s list of preseason national rankings, as it is tabbed No. 12 by Lindy’s, No. 15 by Athlon and No. 23 by Sporting News.

Among the College’s returning starters are six players who earned preseason all-conference honors earlier this summer. Senior All-American defensive tackle Mike Reilly highlighted those standouts and was chosen as the league’s preseason defensive player of the year. Joining him on the preseason All-CAA team were senior Tre McBride, who garnered distinction as both a wide receiver and a return specialist, senior linebacker Airek Green, junior linebacker Luke Rhodes, junior cornerback DeAndre Houston-Carson and junior center Andrew Jones.
The Tribe will open the 2014 campaign when it kicks off its 12-game slate at Virginia Tech on Aug. 30. For season ticket information, please click here or call the Tribe Ticket Office at 757-221-3340.

Preseason FCS Coaches Poll (August, 2014)

Team (First-Place Votes) 2013 Record Points 2013 Final
1. North Dakota State (18) 15-0 636 1
2. Eastern Washington (6) 12-3 615 3
3. Southeastern Louisiana (1) 11-3 542 6
4. New Hampshire 10-5 510 5
5. Montana 10-3 505 8
6. Coastal Carolina 12-3 447 7
7. Towson (1) 13-3 438 2
8. Jacksonville State 12-2 425 12
9. McNeese State 10-3 424 9
10. South Dakota State 9-5 332 14
11. Eastern Illinois 12-2 314 4
12. Fordham 12-2 305 10
13. Villanova 6-5 287 NR
14. Sam Houston State 9-5 277 13
15. Northern Iowa 7-5 263 NR
16. Chattanooga 8-4 238 25
17. Tennessee State 10-4 237 17
18. Furman 8-6 188 21
19. Montana State 7-5 170 20
20. Maine 10-3 169 11
21. Youngstown State 8-4 162 19
22. William & Mary 7-5 159 NR
23. Bethune-Cookman 10-3 136 16
24. Richmond 6-6 118 NR
25. Northern Arizona 9-3 116 15

Others receiving votes: Samford 95, Southern Illinois 59, Harvard 42, Charleston Southern 39, James Madison 30, Princeton 24, Southern Utah 20, Alcorn State 16, Liberty 16, Delaware 15, South Carolina State 15, Cal Poly 14, Missouri State 12, Sacred Heart 10, Wofford 8, Central Arkansas 7, Alabama State 6, Lehigh 6, Eastern Kentucky 4, Holy Cross 1, Illinois State 1, Jacksonville 1

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