Points were awarded based on each team’s position on each ballot, and the overall totals (nine for first, and so on) were led by Appalachian with 268 points, followed by Elon (215), Georgia Southern (191), Wofford (185), Furman (158), The Citadel (148), Chattanooga (83), Western Carolina (53) and league newcomer Samford (49).
The Mountaineers also placed nine players on the coaches’ preseason all-conference team, including quarterback Armanti Edwards. And one ASU player—CoCo Hillary—made it at two positions, wide receiver and return specialist. No other team had more than four on the squad, the number of spots collected by
Edwards was the preseason offensive player of the year, while Mountaineers linebacker Pierre Banks took defensive honors.
-- Stan Olson