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Warhawks tabbed preseason Sun Belt favorite

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (KNOE 8 News) – Much of the chatter this offseason around the Sun Belt Conference has been focused on the lack of a clear-cut favorite headed in to the 2013 football season.  The 2013 Preseason Coaches Poll released Monday at the league's annual media day might only further the talk.

Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe both earned 57 total points in the combined voting of the eight league head coaches.  That makes the two instate rivals co-preseason favorites – a fact that will surely spark debate amongst league fans between now and the start of the season.  The Cajuns did secure four first place votes, while the Warhawks had two.  However, ULM's star quarterback Kolton Browning leads the Preseason All-Sun Belt team in being named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

While the two Louisiana foes topped the preseason poll, two time defending champion Arkansas State was picked third with 45 total points and the Red Wolves had two first place votes of their own.  Despite the third place nod, ASU had the most players selected to the Preseason All-Conference team with seven total selections.

While ASU earned 45 points, the Bobby Petrino led WKU Hilltoppers trail by only one point for fourth place with 44 points.  The Hilltoppers had the second highest amount of selections on the preseason all-conference team with five.  Among the WKU selections for individual preseason honors was linebacker Andrew Jackson who was also named the league's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Troy was chosen as the fifth team in the poll with league newcomer Texas State in sixth, South Alabama in seventh and Football Bowl Subdivision first year participant Georgia State in eighth.  Both Troy and USA had three selections on the preseason team.             

2013 Preseason Sun Belt Poll

As voted on by the league's eight head coaches. 

First place votes in parentheses.

 

School

Points (First Place Votes)

T-1. Louisiana-Lafayette

57 (4)

T-1. Louisiana-Monroe

57 (2)

3. Arkansas State

45 (2)

4. WKU

44

5. Troy

35

6. Texas State

23

7. South Alabama

19

8. Georgia State

8

 

2013 Preseason All-Sun Belt Team

As voted on by the league's eight head coaches and eight selected media members.

 

Offense

Kolton Browning (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., QB)

David Oku (Arkansas State, Sr., RB) 

Antonio Andrews (WKU, Sr., RB)

J.D. McKissic (Arkansas State, So., WR)

Je'Ron Hamm (ULM, Sr., WR)

Eric Thomas (Troy, Sr. WR)

Wes Saxton (South Alabama, Jr., TE)

Bryce Giddens (Arkansas State, So., OL)

Andre Huval (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., OL)

Josh Allen (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., OL)

Terrence Jones (Troy, Jr., OL)

Sean Conway (WKU, Sr., OL)

 

Defense

Ryan Carrethers (Arkansas State, Sr., DL)

Christian Ringo (Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., DL)

Kentarius Caldwell (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., DL)

Alex Page (South Alabama, Sr., DL)

Qushaun Lee (Arkansas State, Jr., LB)

Justin Anderson (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., LB)

Andrew Jackson (WKU, Jr., LB)

Sterling Young (Arkansas State, Jr., DB)

Isaiah Newsome (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., DB)

Tyrell Pearson (South Alabama, Sr., DB)

Jonathan Dowling (WKU, Sr., DB)

 

Special Teams

Brian Davis (Arkansas State, Sr., K) 

Will Scott (Troy, Sr., P)

Antonio Andrews (WKU, Sr., Return Specialist)

 

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Kolton Browning (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., QB)

 

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Andrew Jackson (WKU, Jr., LB)

 

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