Chants carry top-5 ranking into 2015 football season

ccufoot-olAfter finishing the 2014 season ranked fifth in both of the coaches and media polls, the Coastal Carolina football program will start the 2015 season in the same position as the FCS Coaches released its annual preseason poll today.

North Dakota State, winner of each of the last four NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision titles, was the unanimous pick as the preseason’s #1 team. Illinois State, the 2014 national runner-up, was picked second followed by Villanova, Sam Houston State and Coastal Carolina.

Liberty was ranked 14th in the FCS Coaches preseason poll while CCU opponents South Carolina State, Charleston Southern, Furman and Bryant were listed among those receiving votes.

Coastal Carolina is coming off back-to-back, 12-win seasons and CCU’s 24 wins over the last two years rank second nationally behind North Dakota State’s 30. The Chanticleers have won three straight Big South titles and advanced to the NCAA Division I Championship in each of the last three seasons, falling to North Dakota State in the quarterfinals in 2013 and 2014.

Under the direction of fourth-year head coach Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina was picked to win the Big South championship this season. The team features national player of the year candidate Alex Ross, preseason All-Americans De’Angelo Henderson and Devin Brown as well as preseason All-Big South picks Bruce Mapp, John Israel, Voghens Larrieux, Roderick Holder and Calvin Hollenhorst.

Photo courtesy of Big South Conference

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