Coastal ranked in top 10 of three preseason FCS polls

ccufoot-31monmouthThe fourth year of Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia’s tenure will start much as it did last season, being ranked as high as sixth (The Sporting News) and as low as seventh (Athlon Sports and Lindy’s Sports Annuals) among NCAA FCS team in the preseason polls.

Coastal Carolina opponents’ to be among the publications’ top 25 include Liberty (#12 in Athlon, #13 in Lindy’s and #16 in The Sporting News), Charleston Southern (#24 in The Sporting News) and South Carolina State (#19 in Lindy’s and #23 in The Sporting News).

Lindy’s said of the Chanticleers, “(The) backfield of QB Alex Ross and RB De’Angleo Henderson is one of the nation’s toughest.”

The Chanticleers have won three straight Big South Championships, ranked among the nation’s top 25 in each of the last three years and reached the NCAA FCS quarterfinals twice, losing to eventual national champion North Dakota State on each occasion. Also over the last two seasons, Coastal has the second-most wins (24) among FCS programs, trailing only North Dakota State (30).

Last year, Coastal finished the season ranked #5 by both The Sports Network (national media) and the coaches poll. The Chants attained the #1 ranking for two weeks late in the season, winning each of their first 11 games, and were ranked among the nation’s top 6 throughout the regular season and playoffs.

The Sporting News and Lindy’s both have Coastal Carolina as the preseason favorite to win the Big South this season, followed by Liberty and Charleston Southern. In its projected FCS playoff qualifiers, Athlon has Coastal making the field as the Big South champion and Liberty earning an at large berth.

Lindy’s picked Coastal Carolina quarterback Alex Ross to repeat as the Big South Offensive Player of the Year while Liberty’s Chima Uzowihe was picked as the preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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