|ASU Favored to Win SoCon Again|
|Written by Mike Flynn|
|Monday, 26 July 2010 18:30|
Appalachian State University is a near unanimous choice of the Southern Conference’s coaches to win the 2010 SoCon football championship, the conference announced on Monday.
Appalachian received first-place votes from 7-of-9 SoCon coaches in the conference’s preseason poll. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own teams, meaning that only one of eight possible votes was cast for a team other than ASU.
The Mountaineers are in search of their sixth-straight SoCon title, which would match the conference record for consecutive championships set by Georgia Southern from 1997-2002. The Apps return 20 starters (nine on offense, seven on defense and four specialists) from last year’s squad that went 11-3 overall, including a second-straight perfect 8-0 SoCon record, and finished ranked No. 3 in the major national polls.
Appalachian also had a league-high 13 representatives on the SoCon’s preseason all-conference squads, nearly twice as many as Samford, which landed the second-most players on the squad with seven.
Ten of ASU’s 13 preseason all-conference honorees are first-team selections, led by Walter Payton Award candidate Devon Moore at running back and its trio of Buck Buchanan Award candidates on defense: end Jabari Fletcher, linebacker D.J. Smith and defensive back Mark LeGree.
Joining Moore, Fletcher, LeGree and Smith on the first team are offensive linemen Brett Irvin and Pat Mills, tight end Ben Jorden, wide receiver Brian Quick, defensive end Lanston Tanyi and place kicker Jason Vitaris. ASU’s second-team selections include offensive linemen Daniel Kilgore and Matt Ruff and defensive back Ed Gainey.
Appalachian officially begins preparations for the 2010 campaign on Friday, Aug. 6 when it opens fall practices. The season opener is Sept. 4 at SoCon-rival Chattanooga. The opener will be televised regionally on SportSouth and kicks off at 3 p.m.
2010 SoCon Football Preseason Coaches Poll
Place School (First-place votes) Points
NOTE: Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team
First Team Defense
First Team Specialists
Second Team Offense
OL Daniel Kilgore, Sr., Appalachian State
Second Team Defense
Second Team Specialists
NOTE: Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.
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