FCS 2019: Southern Conference Preview

(STATS) - Anything less than the Southern Conference looking like last season would be surprising … and a letdown.

The conference enjoyed one of the premier title races in the FCS. Wofford, ETSU and Furman combined on a three-way share of the title and the top seven teams finished within two games of each other in the standings.

Most of the teams are challenging themselves out of conference this season. Good thinking with what's ahead.

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Walter Payton Award
  • Team: Samford
  • Height: 73
  • Weight: 210
  • Position: QB
The 2018 STATS FCS Walter Payton Award winner led the FCS in completions (388), attempts (550) and passing yards (4,283) while accounting for 40 touchdowns (32 passing, eight rushing) in 11 games. A three-time Southern Conference offensive player of the year, Hodges became the all-time FCS passing yards leader (14,584).
Buck Buchanan Award
The 2018 STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award winner posted an FCS-high 168 tackles in helping Southeast Missouri (9-4) post its first winning season since 2010 and first-ever playoff win. The Ohio Valley Conference defensive player of the year had six takeaways - four interceptions and two fumble recoveries - and forced four fumbles.
Doris Robinson Award
The 2018 STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete was a starting tackle for the top rushing offense in CAA Football. Infantino is studying to become a doctor, seeking to change lives by treating disorders of the brain and spinal cord. He is pursuing a master's degree in biomedical sciences with a concentration in neuroscience.
Jerry Rice Award
The 2018 STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award winner led all freshmen in the subdivision in rushing yards (1,362) and all-purpose yards (1,779) and scored 10 touchdowns as Big Sky tri-champ Weber State reached the national quarterfinals for the second straight year. He went over 100 rushing yards eight times, including two games over 200 yards.
FCS Bracketology
STATS FCS Poll
Rankings as of 8/5/2019
Rank School Votes Prev
1 North Dakota State (0-0) 3971 (142) NR
2 James Madison (0-0) 3635 (14) NR
3 South Dakota State (0-0) 3631 (1) NR
4 Eastern Washington (0-0) 3594 (3) NR
5 UC Davis (0-0) 3210 NR
6 Jacksonville State (0-0) 3004 NR
7 Maine (0-0) 2891 NR
8 Weber State (0-0) 2827 NR
9 Wofford (0-0) 2522 NR
10 Kennesaw State (0-0) 2361 NR
11 Towson (0-0) 2330 NR
12 Nicholls (0-0) 2156 NR
13 Colgate (0-0) 1892 NR
14 Montana State (0-0) 1866 NR
15 Illinois State (0-0) 1432 NR
16 Indiana State (0-0) 1192 NR
17 Southeast Missouri State (0-0) 1166 NR
18 UNI (0-0) 1136 NR
19 Furman (0-0) 1074 NR
20 North Carolina A&T (0-0) 885 NR
21 Elon (0-0) 870 NR
22 Delaware (0-0) 798 NR
23 Sam Houston State (0-0) 564 NR
24 Princeton (0-0) 432 NR
25 Montana (0-0) 413 NR
Others: ETSU (323) , Stony Brook (257) , Duquesne (235) , San Diego (209) , Eastern Kentucky (175) , Dartmouth (149) , Central Arkansas (125) , McNeese (110) , Monmouth (110) , UIW (108) , Alcorn State (85) , Yale (52) , New Hampshire (42) , Chattanooga (38) , South Dakota (27) , Northern Arizona (16) , Villanova (14) , Lamar (14) , Richmond (8) , Citadel (7) , Rhode Island (7) , Mercer (7) , Abilene Christian (6) , Southeastern Louisiana (6) , Idaho State (5) , Youngstown State (4) , Southern University (3) , Samford (2) , Western Illinois (1) , Wagner (1) , Sacred Heart (1) , North Dakota (1)
FCS Conference Previews
  • Aug. 7: Big Sky Conference
  • Aug. 8: Southwestern Athletic Conference
  • Aug. 9: Southland Conference
  • Aug. 12: Ohio Valley Conference
  • Aug. 13: Big South Conference
  • Aug. 14: CAA Football
  • Aug. 15: Northeast Conference
  • Aug. 16: Southern Conference
  • Aug. 19: Patriot League
  • Aug. 20: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
  • Aug. 21: Pioneer Football League
  • Aug. 22: Missouri Valley Football Conference
  • Aug. 23: Ivy League

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