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MEAC Announces 2007 Preseason Football Honors
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — League coaches and sports information directors, in a close vote, have picked South Carolina State to unseat three-time defending champion Hampton for the 2007 MEAC football title.
The result of the polling was unveiled at the league’s annual football roundup last wek in Virginia Beach, Va.
S.C. State, which celebrates its Centennial in football and plays two Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Div. I-A) opponents for the first time this season, received eight first-place votes and 266 total points compared to the Pirates’ seven first-place votes and 260 points.
The vote was the closest in several years and marked the first time in four seasons (2004) that a team other than Hampton had been picked to snare the coveted crown, which carries with it an automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Div. I-AA) playoffs.
Bulldog head coach Oliver “Buddy” Pough said, “The vote was awfully close, so maybe the voters were not quite sure between the two teams. But, one thing is for sure, you don’t get a trophy or playoff berth for being number one in the preseason. They only give the trophy for winning the regular-season and that’s where we want to be — at the top at the end of November.”
Following the Bulldogs and Pirates in the preseason poll were Delaware State with 219 points, Bethune-Cookman with two first-place votes and 165 points, Florida A&M with 159 points, Morgan State with 139 points, Norfolk State with 81 points, Howard with one first-place vote and 76 points and North Carolina A&T with 29 points.
Hampton defensive tackle Kendall Langford (55 tackles, 8 sacks ) and Delaware State wide receiver Shaheer McBride (55 rec., 11 TDs) were picked as the top defensive and offensive performers respectively.
NOTE: For a complete listing of the 2007 Preseason All Conference team please visit www.meacsports.com .