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Alex James VMI

Week 1 SoCon Preview: VMI at Bucknell

***Once again, please pardon any differences from the original article as it had to be recreated due to a data loss which was ultimately unrecoverable.***

The VMI Keydets and Bucknell Bison find themselves beginning 2014 with the same opponent against which they ended their 2013 season. The two faced off on November 23, 2013 with the Bison coming out on top 35-23. The teams are 1-1 all-time with both match-ups occurring in Lexington, the trip to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania is the Keydets’ first (VMI Gamenotes).

Offenses

From an offensive personnel standpoint, the squads are similar with first year starters at quarterback (R-Fr. Al Cobb for VMI and So. RJ Nitti for Bucknell) and giant offensive lines. Read more

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Will Gay Wofford

Week 1 SoCon Preview: Wofford at Georgia Tech

In a battle of two of the more well-known option coaches in college football, Wofford will travel to Georgia Tech on Saturday. GT has made a habit of hammering SoCon opponents in recent years including a 70-0 shellacking of Elon in 2013. The Jackets are able to jump out to huge leads because of superior team speed coupled with the fact that their system is so difficult for which to prepare then their traditionally strong defenses allow them to coast to a blowout. Read more

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Billy Hinton Wofford

LB Billy Hinton Commits to Wofford

Bishop Fenwick HS linebacker Billy Hinton has committed to Wofford. Hinton is a 6-1, 220 lb outside linebacker with 4.7 speed although he will move inside for the Terriers. He amassed 87 tackles, 27 for loss, 4 sacks, and an interception on his way to being named 1st team all-League, team defensive MVP, and all-SW Ohio. Billy was also considering several MAC schools, but chose Wofford because he… Read more

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Alex James VMI

Week 1 SoCon Preview: VMI at Bucknell

***Once again, please pardon any differences from the original article as it had to be recreated due to a data loss which was ultimately unrecoverable.***

The VMI Keydets and Bucknell Bison find themselves beginning 2014 with the same opponent against which they ended their 2013 season. The two faced off on November 23, 2013 with the Bison coming out on top 35-23. The teams are 1-1 all-time with both match-ups occurring in Lexington, the trip to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania is the Keydets’ first (VMI Gamenotes).

Offenses

From an offensive personnel standpoint, the squads are similar with first year starters at quarterback (R-Fr. Al Cobb for VMI and So. RJ Nitti for Bucknell) and giant offensive lines. Read more

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Will Gay Wofford

Week 1 SoCon Preview: Wofford at Georgia Tech

In a battle of two of the more well-known option coaches in college football, Wofford will travel to Georgia Tech on Saturday. GT has made a habit of hammering SoCon opponents in recent years including a 70-0 shellacking of Elon in 2013. The Jackets are able to jump out to huge leads because of superior team speed coupled with the fact that their system is so difficult for which to prepare then their traditionally strong defenses allow them to coast to a blowout. Read more

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Billy Hinton Wofford

LB Billy Hinton Commits to Wofford

Bishop Fenwick HS linebacker Billy Hinton has committed to Wofford. Hinton is a 6-1, 220 lb outside linebacker with 4.7 speed although he will move inside for the Terriers. He amassed 87 tackles, 27 for loss, 4 sacks, and an interception on his way to being named 1st team all-League, team defensive MVP, and all-SW Ohio. Billy was also considering several MAC schools, but chose Wofford because he… Read more

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John Russ Mercer

2014 Week 1 SoCon Preview – Reinhardt at Mercer

Mercer fans’ wait is finally over, the Bears join the Southern Conference in all sports in 2014, none more anticipated than the 2nd year football program behind Coach Bobby Lamb. This match-up is a rematch of last season’s opener for the Bears in which they squeaked by Reinhardt with a late FG. Keep in mind that was the first game for new program and is a poor barometer considering Coach Lamb essentially had 22 new starters who had never played together. It is also important to note that while Reinhardt is a relative unknown, even to those of us in the southeast, they are NAIA Division I which means they do give athletic scholarships which many of the Bears’ 2013 opponents do not. That being said, they should not have the size or speed that the Bears now possess particularly on the lines. Read more

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Jacob Huesman UTC

2014 SoCon Football Week 1 Preview – UTC at Central Michigan

Chattanooga (0-0) at Central Michigan (0-0), Thursday 7 pm

The Chattanooga Mocs open the season with the first of their two FBS opponents for 2014 visiting the Central Michigan Chippewas. (GoMocs.com Pregame Notes) The depth chart for the game doesn’t hold too many surprises although a few true freshman have made the two deep namely Will Young at W-WR, Tavon Lawson at DIME-S, Trevor Wright at FC-CB, and Tae Davis at FS along with Richardre Bagley who will return kicks and provide depth at RB. Other personnel notes include the recent injury to all-SoCon offensive lineman Synjen Herren who is out for the season.

Offensively, the Mocs return Payton Award candidate, QB Jacob Huesman, who racked up 2500 total yards and 25 touchdowns last season. His favorite target is all-SoCon TE Faysal Shafaat who led the team with 35 catches, but a wildcard for the Mocs this season could be SO Z-WR Xavier Borishade who gives Huesman a big play threat, he led the team in 2013 averaging 17 yards per catch as a freshman and will move into a starting role in 2014. With the loss of Herren, the Mocs are starting two freshmen and a converted defensive lineman on the OL. Despite the youth, this is an impressive bunch weighing 285 or better across the line hopefully giving Huesman and RB Keon Williams some running lanes.

2013 UTC Highlights vs. Georgia State

Central Michigan returns their leading tackler and sack man in senior LB Justin Cherocci along with BIG DT Leterrius Walton at 6-5 300 along with their entire secondary. The Chippewas allowed 28 points per game in 2013 with suspect run defense so I expect the Mocs to move the ball at times if they can avoid turnovers.

Central Michigan had some issues on offense last season averaging just 23 points per game behind freshman QB Cooper Rush who passed for just over 200 yards per game last season, but is not a major threat to run. He has a very experienced trio of receivers in seniors Titus Davis and Courtney Williams along with junior Andrew Flory. Davis is a star and a Biletnikoff candidate so keeping him in check will be among the Mocs’ keys for success. The running game was mediocre, at best, last season but leading rusher Saylor Lavallii returns along with all 5 offensive linemen. With so much continuity on offense, you have to expect Central Michigan to be much improved this season.

The Mocs defense was exceptional last season and return a very experienced defensive front but there are some 1st year starters at a few linebacker and secondary positions. Nobody questions the defensive front with two-time SoCon Defensive Player of the Year, Davis Tull, along with Daniel Ring, Derrick Lott, Josh Freeman, Zach Rayl, and Keionta Davis all of who can dominate on any given Saturday. At LB, I expect Muhasibi Wakeel will be outstanding as will DB’s Sema’je Kendall and Dee Virgin, but the Mocs top 4 returning tacklers are gone. That being said, the cupboard is not bare and this will be a great defense again this season, but the first game with so many new starters, especially on the road, is a concern. I expect the Chippewas to move the ball particularly through the air.

SoCon Recruiting Prediction: Central Michigan 38, Chattanooga 27
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Reese Hannon Furman

2014 Southern Conference Preview

Rhapsody Music ServiceAppalachian State, Georgia Southern, and Elon are gone; enter Mercer and VMI with East Tennessee State following in 2016. A lot of debate over the relative strength of the conference with the changes. Let’s be honest, right now VMI and Mercer are not as good as App St and Ga Southern so there is no question the conference is a little weaker top to bottom. That being said, from an FCS playoffs perspective, I believe the top 3 are very much still nationally relevant. So the change is really a weakened middle of the conference with a big drop from Chattanooga, Furman, and Samford to the rest of the conference. Based on my assessment of the teams with an emphasis on the schedule, here is how I see 2014 shaking out: Read more

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Davis Tull

2014 Preseason All-SoCon Selections

2014 Preseason First Team All-Southern Conference

Offense

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Alfred Brown Samford

Samford Nabs a Commitment from Alfred Brown

Rhapsody Music ServiceThe Moultrie Observer has reported that Colquitt County lineman Alfred Brown has committed to Samford. Brown plays on both lines for the Packers, but was recruited to play defensive tackle by the Bulldogs. He had just 18 tackles a season ago, but Samford’s coaches believe… Read more

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Bryce Wilson WCU

CB Bryce Wilson Commits to the Catamounts

Rhapsody TrialAtlanta DB Bryce Wilson (5-10 170, 4.5 40-speed) has committed to Western Carolina. Bryce is a 3-year starter with 8 career interceptions leading the team, city, and region last season on his way to being named to the all-region team. He was also considering Old Dominion and Troy so what makes him want to play for the Catamounts? Read more

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chris washington furman

Furman Adds LB/DE Chris Washington

Rhapsody Music ServiceNeptune Beach, Florida defender Chris Washington has committed to Furman. At 6-0 235 with 4.6 40-speed, Chris can play defensive end or linebacker for the Paladins. He registered over 100 tackles and 9 sacks on his way to being named to the All-7A-5 District Team, all-First Coast team, and all-Northeast Florida team. Washington was also considering Idaho, Florida International, and SoCon rival Mercer, but chose Furman because… Read more

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