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Owls Picked Last in SBC Coaches/Media Poll; Bartels & Groody Pre-season All SBC

Ouch!

Ninth?! Behind WKU??

Wowsers…we are quickly digressing in the eyes of just about everyone…….

What's more alarming is that FIU is picked to win it!? Over TROY.

Here's the official release:

NEW ORLEANS FIU is the preseason pick to win the Sun Belt Conference as the league released its preseason coaches poll and all-conference team Monday morning to begin its Football Media Days.

FIU, led by preseason Sun Belt co-offensive player of the year T.Y. Hilton, received five of nine first place votes. Troy, which has claimed at least a share of five consecutive Sun Belt Championships, was picked second and received two first place votes.

The Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Team is selected by the head coach of each institution and a media representative from each institution.

Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Offense

Corey Robinson (Troy, So., QB)
Lance Dunbar (NT, Sr., RB)
Bobby Rainey (WKU, Sr., RB)
Dwayne Frampton (ASU, Sr., WR)
T.Y. Hilton (FIU, Sr., WR)
Luther Ambrose (ULM, Sr., WR)
Ladarius Green (ULL, Sr., TE)
Tom Castilaw (ASU, Sr. OL)
Caylin Hauptmann (FIU, Jr., OL)
Ryan McCaul (ULM, Sr., OL)
Matt Tomlinson (NT, Sr., OL)
James Brown (Troy, Sr., OL)
Wes Jeffries (WKU, Sr., OL)

Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Defense

Dorvus Woods (ASU, Sr., DL)
Tourek Williams (FIU, Jr., DL)
Ken Dorsey (ULM, Sr., DL)
Jonathan Massaquoi (Troy, Jr., DL)
Demario Davis (ASU, Sr., LB)
Winston Fraser (FIU, Jr., LB)
Xavier Lamb (Troy, Sr., LB)
Kelcie McCray (ASU, Sr., DB)
Jonathan Cyprien (FIU, Jr., DB)
Marcus Bartels, FAU, Sr., DB)
Darius Prelow (ULM, Sr., DB)


Preseason All-Sun Belt Special Teams

Alan Gendreau (MT, Sr., Kicker)
Mickey Groody (FAU, Sr., Punter)
T.Y. Hilton (FIU, Sr., Return Specialist)

Co-Preseason Offensive Players of the Year

T.Y. Hilton (FIU, Sr., WR)
Lance Dunbar (NT, Sr., RB)


Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Jonathan Massaquoi (Troy, Jr., DL)

The Preseason Sun Belt Conference Coaches Poll is selected by the head coach of each institution. First place votes in parenthesis.


Team/Points

1. FIU 75 (5)

2. Troy 66 (2)

T-3. Middle Tennessee 54

T-3. Louisiana-Monroe 54

5. Arkansas State 49 (1)

6. North Texas 33

7. WKU 28 (1)

8. Louisiana-Lafayette 26

9. Florida Atlantic 20


Parting note:

We will NOT finish last - PERIOD.
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Re: Owls Picked Last in SBC Coaches/Media Poll; Bartels & Groody Pre-season All SBC

so where does everyone think we will finish???
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NCowl said

so where does everyone think we will finish???
I think we will finish 3rd or 4th. No way will we be dead last.
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Captain said

NCowl said

so where does everyone think we will finish???
I think we will finish 3rd or 4th. No way will we be dead last.

Exactly what I was thinking. I like this, especially from the Sun Belt coaches…we have the opportunity to surprise these clowns and smack them in the mouth. :o

-Go Owls!
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Re: Owls Picked Last in SBC Coaches/Media Poll; Bartels & Groody Pre-season All SBC

I think 6 or 7th would be more realistic, and that way my expectations will be lower so maybe I can be surprised by a better result!
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Re: Owls Picked Last in SBC Coaches/Media Poll; Bartels & Groody Pre-season All SBC

With so many unknowns, there is no reason for anyone to pick us any higher. We will have a QB that no one has seen play before. We have an inexperienced Offensive Line returning that no one knows if they have improved. We have a brand new defensive scheme that no one has seen us use before.

I think we are picked about right for a preseason poll that is based on what people know at the time. Doesn't mean we will be terrible or good. It means we have many unknowns to deal with right now. It could be good or it could be bad. Until we play a Sunbelt game, I don't think we will know for sure.
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Re: Owls Picked Last in SBC Coaches/Media Poll; Bartels & Groody Pre-season All SBC

I don't think we'll come in last. I think middle.

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owlcountry said

I don't think we'll come in last. I think middle.

I'm thinking that the team comes in 3rd. I'm a little bit worried about some of the new guy's coming in and filling some of our seniors shoes; however it's great not having a target on your back and that smells like some conference victories/upsets ;D

* Sun Belt Champions & New Orleans Bowl Champions-2007
* Motor City Bowl/Little Ceasers Pizza Bowl Champions-2008
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Re: Owls Picked Last in SBC Coaches/Media Poll; Bartels & Groody Pre-season All SBC

Congrats to Mickey on the award, but yeah, I can see 9th place definitely happening. It probably won't, but anything over 6th is silly at this point in time.
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Re: Owls Picked Last in SBC Coaches/Media Poll; Bartels & Groody Pre-season All SBC

Our schedule sets up pretty well in the end...I like our chances to finish in the middle
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