Among the top players in the Southern Conference are, from left, Davis Tull (Chattanooga), Hank McCloud (Furman) and Jaquiski Tartt (Samford).
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
George Orwell might have paid close attention to Southern Conference football last season.
With Appalachian State and Georgia Southern getting set to take their oppressive rule out the door, Chattanooga earned its first share of the conference title since 1984.
This year, with both powers up to the FBS level, the same Mocs team hopes to land an FCS playoff bid for the first team since 1984. The Mocs enter the season as the SoCon's preseason favorite.
"I like our team a lot," Chattanooga coach Russ Huesman said. "I think we have some talented players. I'd say depth is a little bit of an issue in certain spots, but not everywhere. I am sure everyone at our level has depth issues in certain areas. I'd say our team goals are the same as they always are. We want to be in the playoffs, we want to win a conference championship and we want to compete for a national championship. Hopefully, our team has made those strides to get there. I think we are progressing the way we should be."
2014 CAA Football Preview
By Craig Haley, FCS Exec. Director
Bethlehem, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Towson players Tye Smith and Spencer Wilkins were ready to crumble up the CAA Football preseason poll when they first saw it.
Maine coach Jack Cosgrove could laugh about it because he was used to such results.
And then William & Mary defensive end Mike Reilly seemed to have the poll in perspective.
"It seems like the favorite never wins it," the Buck Buchanan Award candidate said at CAA Football media day.