SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference football coaches picked Georgia Southern second in their 2011 preseason poll with 59 points, just one point behind favorite Appalachian State with 60. Balloting was conducted by the league’s head coaches with the Mountaineers getting five of the nine first-place votes. Three first-place votes went to the Eagles with Chattanooga receiving the final vote.

After finishing with a 10-5 mark in 2010 and advancing to the NCAA playoff semifinals, Georgia Southern’s second-place pick in the preseason poll is its highest since 2005 when the Eagles were also tabbed second.  The Eagles return all 11 offensive and nine defensive starters from 2010. 

Wofford was selected third in the preseason poll with 49 points in the balloting. The Chattanooga Mocs (45) earned the final first-place vote from the coaches. 

Elon (33) narrowly edged Furman (30) for fifth place in the preseason poll and both programs will have new coaches on the sidelines in 2011. Samford, returning 12 starters, was tabbed seventh with 25 points. The Citadel was picked eighth, while Western Carolina was slotted ninth in the preseason poll.

2011 SoCon Football Preseason Coaches Poll

Place  School (First-place votes) Points
1. Appalachian State (5) 60
2. Georgia Southern (3) 59
3. Wofford 49
4. Chattanooga (1) 45
5. Elon 33
6. Furman 30
7. Samford 25
8. The Citadel 13
9. Western Carolina 10

NOTE: Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team