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Mocs ranked 6th in Major FCS Preseason Poll

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(GoMocs.com) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team enters the 2016 campaign with the highest preseason national ranking in school history.  UTC checks in at No. 6 in the STATS FCS Poll and No. 7 in the FCS Coaches Poll.  These are the two rankings officially recognized by the NCAA. 

The Mocs return 46 lettermen from last year's team that went 9-4 and won its third-straight SoCon title.  That is the most returning from one season to the next in Russ Huesman's tenure. 

Chattanooga has five individuals who earned at least one preseason All-American honor, including seniors Derrick Craine (RB), Keionta Davis (DL), Corey Levin (OL), Nakevion Leslie (LB) and juniorLucas Webb (DB).

Davis is the preseason SoCon Player of the Year and on the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year Watch List.  Craine is on the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List.

Five-time defending national champion North Dakota State holds down the top spot in the STATS Top 25.  The Bison are followed in the top five by Sam Houston State, which earned two first-place votes; Jacksonville State, which earned the other four; Richmond and Northern Iowa.

The rest of the Top 10 is No. 6 Chattanooga (9-4), which is picked to win the SoCon title again; Charleston Southern (10-3), the defending Big South champ; South Dakota State (8-4) from the Missouri Valley; William & Mary (9-4), a defending CAA co-champ; and Illinois State (10-2), a defending Missouri Valley co-champ.

In the Coaches Poll, Charleston Southern is one spot ahead of UTC.  SoCon foe The Citadel is No. 15 in both rankings.  Wofford, Western Carolina and Mercer also received votes. 

A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the STATS FCS Top 25. In the voting, a first-place vote is worth 25 points, a second-place vote 24 points, all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.

The Top 25 is released every Monday afternoon during the regular season, except for Sunday morning, Nov. 20, prior to the selection of the 24-team FCS playoff field. A final Top 25 will follow the FCS championship game, which will be held Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas.

The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.
 

STATS FCS Poll
1. North Dakota State (0-0) 3941 (152)
2. Sam Houston State (0-0) 3636 (2)
3. Jacksonville State (0-0) 3569 (4)
4. Richmond (0-0) 3418
5. UNI (0-0) 3413
6. Chattanooga (0-0) 2758
7. Charleston Southern (0-0) 2734
8. South Dakota State (0-0) 2554
9. William & Mary (0-0) 2517
10. Illinois State (0-0) 2303
11. McNeese State (0-0) 2151
12. James Madison (0-0) 2037
13. Montana (0-0) 1921
14. Eastern Washington (0-0) 1879
15. Citadel (0-0) 1535
16. Coastal Carolina (0-0) 1397
17. Portland State (0-0) 1262
18. Northern Arizona (0-0) 1189
19. North Dakota (0-0) 977
20. Western Illinois (0-0) 876
21. Colgate (0-0) 767
22. New Hampshire (0-0) 657
23. Villanova (0-0) 652
24. Towson (0-0) 428
25. North Carolina A&T (0-0) 395


Others: Youngstown State (393) , Fordham (385) , Harvard (294) , Eastern Kentucky (189) , Southern Utah (162) , Eastern Illinois(151) , Central Arkansas (136) , Duquesne (75) , Alcorn State(62) , Grambling State (59) , Weber State (49) , Penn (46) ,Bethune-Cookman (43) , Wofford (43) , Dartmouth (37) ,Western Carolina (36) , Liberty (36) , Lamar (28) , Montana State (26) , Delaware (25) , South Dakota (17) , Maine (14) ,Dayton (10) , North Carolina Central (10) , Mercer (10) , Prairie View A&M (9) , UT Martin (7) , Samford (7) , South Carolina State (5) , Bryant (4) , Indiana State (3) , Kennesaw State (3) ,Southeast Missouri State (2) , Tennessee State (2) , Stony Brook(2) , Southern Illinois (1) , San Diego (1) , Northwestern State (1) , Saint Francis U (1)
 

Preseason FCS Coaches Poll (August 8, 2016)

1 North Dakota State (25) 
2 Sam Houston State
3 Jacksonville State
4 Richmond
5 Northern Iowa
6 Charleston Southern
7 Chattanooga
8 Illinois State
9 McNeese State
10 William & Mary
11 James Madison
12 Portland State
13 Montana
14 South Dakota State
15 The Citadel
16 Colgate
17 Eastern Washington
18 Northern Arizona
19 Harvard
20 Fordham
21 North Dakota
22 Villanova
23 Southern Utah
24 Western Illinois
25 North Carolina A&T

 
Others receiving votes: Eastern Illinois 70, Eastern Kentucky 70, New Hampshire 60, Towson 56, Bethune-Cookman 51, South Carolina State 49, Youngstown State 40, Dartmouth 37, Montana State 31, Liberty 25, Jackson State, 24, Southeastern Louisiana 17, Southeast Missouri State 17, Monmouth 16, Samford 16, Penn 10, North Carolina Central 8, Alcorn State 8, Stephen F. Austin 5, Duquesne 5, Weber State 5, Dayton 4, San Diego 3, Prairie View A&M 3, South Dakota 3, Grambling State 2, Wofford 2, Bryant 1

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