Complete FCS Updates
Today we look at the FCS preseason polls, introduce a great website that follows FCS and other small schools, and much more in our blog! Written by Josh Buchanan.
FCS Coaches Preseason Top 25
The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top-25 College Football Poll
Team (No. 1 Votes)
1. Villanova (22)
2. Montana (2)
3. Appalachian State (4)
4. William & Mary
5. Southern Illinois
8. Stephen F. Austin
9. New Hampshire
10. South Dakota State
11. McNeese State
12. South Carolina State
13. Northern Iowa
14. Eastern Washington
15. James Madison
16. Eastern Illinois
17. Jacksonville State
18. Weber State
21. Prairie View A&M
23. Northern Arizona
24. Montana State
T25. Holy Cross
Team (First-place votes)
1. Villanova Wildcats (104)
2. Montana Grizzlies (9)
3. Appalachian State Mountaineers (8)
4. William & Mary Tribe (3)
5. Southern Illinois Salukis (1)
6. Richmond Spiders (1)
7. Elon Phoenix
8. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
9. South Dakota State Jackrabbits
10. New Hampshire Wildcats
11. South Carolina State Bulldogs
12. McNeese State Cowboys
13. Eastern Washington Eagles
14. Northern Iowa Panthers
15. James Madison Dukes
16. Delaware Blue Hens
17. Jacksonville State Gamecocks
18. Eastern Illinois Panthers
19. Weber State Wildcats
20. Prairie View A&M Panthers
21. Liberty Flames
22. Colgate Raiders
23. Penn Quakers
24. Montana State Bobcats
25. Holy Cross Crusaders
PRESEASON TOP 25 POLL COMPARISON
UNDERRATED (BY COACHES AND MEDIA)
WOFFORD- Steele has them 11th but the coaches and media did not rank them. I firmly agree with Phil and believe that this team is a top 10-15 caliber team. They had a lot of injuries last year and return everyone back from injury and should be in line for the playoffs.
NORTHERN ARIZONA- The coaches have them 23rd while they are unranked by the media. Steele has them 9th and I tend to agree that they are a top 10-15 team with QB Michael Herrick back.
RICHMOND- They are 6th in both polls but Steele has them 17th and I tend to agree with so many losses on offense. They should be solid on defense but alot rests on transfer QB Aaron Corp and while they should be a top 20 team I don’t see them in the top 6 like the coaches and media do.
HOLY CROSS- They are 25th in both the coaches and media polls while Steele did not rank them in his top 40. I tend to agree with the uncertainty at QB with the loss of Dominic Randolph.
Since the release of our FCS Preview Magazine there have been a lot of developments around FCS. Here are the major updates over the last few weeks.
Grambling State Head Coach Rod Broadway recently stated that DE Christian Anthony is likely out for the 2010 season after suffering a heart attack earlier this month. Anthony is home and expected to return to the GSU campus soon.
Lehigh QB JB Clark fell to third string on the depth chart and has left the program. Clark had struggled with his decision making and consistency but could be a solid Division II passer.
Former Five Star QB Aaron Corp transferred from USC to Richmond in the spring and was named the starter this week after a heated battle for the starting job.
Eastern Illinois RB Mon Williams, a former Florida transfer and 2009 second team All-OVC selection, will miss 1-2 games with a slightly torn PCL he suffered in fall camp.
EIU also added former Toledo RB Jake Walker who has enrolled into school and will be a redshirt sophomore this year. He was third on the Toledo depth chart prior to making the transfer and will provide much needed help with the injury to Williams and the loss of Chevon Walker who was dismissed from the team earlier this summer.
Southeastern Louisiana adds three transfers in OL R.J. Brown, WR Ron Walker, and DB Jerome Wright. Brown did not play in 2009 after redshirting at Southern Miss. Walker played his freshman season at Northern Illinois before the transfer after playing one game for NIU in 2009. Wright is a Miss. Gulf Coast CC transfer.
FINAL PRESEASON AWARDS
I have released my final updated preseason awards.
TOP 25 FCS PRO PROSPECTS
|Rank||Pos||First Name||Last Name||School||Ht||Wt||40 Time||Rd Proj|
|8||WR||Cecil||Shorts III||Mount Union||5117||188||4.50/4.55||6th-7th|
|15||WR||Stephen||Burton||West Texas A&M||6013||212||4.48/4.54||7th-PFA|
|22||OLB||Julius||Wilkerson||South Carolina State||6023||222||4.65/4.70||PFA|
|24||OLB||Alex||Cook||Fort Valley State||6023||221||4.55/4.58||PFA|
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PLEA TO FCS FANS!
Last year we devoted 136 pages of FCS coverage in our ACC/Big East regional. We went to a half-page on each FCS school and this year we have expanded our coverage again. I am pleased to announce that we now have devoted a full page each on all of the 124 teams in the FCS and expanded our coverage to 175 pages strictly on the FCS! Every team has a full page with the last 6 years results, 2009 statistical leaders that are bold and un-bold showing which players are coming back, the last 6 years statistics, this year’s schedule and a complete position-by-position breakdown which we expanded this year (roughly 1000 to 1500 words on each team)!
The FCS coverage can be found in this year’s SEC/ACC/Big East regional magazine, which also has 4 pages on every SEC/ACC/Big East team and 328 pages overall (same as national FBS mag)! This regional is available on newsstands in the Southeast/Coastal/ Northeastern regions for just $8.95. Let’s face it you regularly pay more for a tip at a fancy restaurant but for just $8.95, you can become an expert on all the FCS teams! You can also purchase it through our offices for $13.70 (includes priority shipping) and we will ship them out to you within 24 hours unless ordered on the weekend. Call 1-866-918-7711 to get your copy today or visit the PhilSteele.com store!
Remember most FBS teams (85) are scheduling one FCS team a year now as there are 89 games this year involving FCS vs FBS teams! Arizona State, Virginia, Syracuse, Ball State & San Jose State each play two FCS teams in 2010 and there will be 15 FCS schools playing two games vs. FBS competition this year. Some are of the marquee matchups involve Florida taking on Appalachian St, North Carolina plays William & Mary and Temple takes on cross-town rival and defending FCS champ Villanova. If you want to become an expert and get a detailed breakdown on the FCS team your favorite school maybe playing this year there is no better way than purchasing our FCS regional mag!