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Liberty University picked second, VMI fifth in preseason Big South Conference poll

By Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 25 2013 04:32:28 PM EDT
Big South Conference
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

If the prognosticators are correct, it will be a good season for Liberty University’s football team.

The Flames were picked to finish second in the Big South preseason poll, and 10 players were named to the league’s preseason all-conference team.

Coastal Carolina was picked to win the league.

Virginia Military Institute was picked to finish in a tie for fifth. This is VMI’s final season in the Big South Conference. The Keydets will move to the Southern Conference following this season.

Coastal Carolina swept the preseason player of the year awards. Wide receiver Matt Hazel earned offensive honors, and linebacker Quinn Backus was voted as the league’s preseason defensive player of the year.

2013 Big South Football Preseason All-Conference Team
Offense

QB - Josh Woodrum, Liberty, R-So.
RB - Teddy Allen, Charleston Southern, Sr.
RB - Lorenzo Taliaferro, Coastal Carolina, Sr.
WR - Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina, Sr.
WR - Kenny Cook, Gardner-Webb, R-Jr.
WR - Niccolo Mastromatteo, Coastal Carolina, Sr.
TE - Seth Cranfill, Gardner-Webb, R-Jr.
OL - Chad Hamilton, Coastal Carolina, R-Jr.
OL - Jamey Cheatwood, Coastal Carolina, R-Sr.
OL - Hunter Steward, Liberty, Sr.
OL - Will Lucas, VMI, Sr.
OL - Drew Herring, Coastal Carolina, R-Sr.

Defense
DL - Preston Pemasa, Gardner-Webb, Sr.
DL - Matt Goods, Gardner-Webb, R-Sr.
DL - Cory Freeman, Liberty, Sr.
DL - Francis Bah, Liberty, Sr.
LB - Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina, Jr.
LB - Tanner Burch, Gardner-Webb, Jr.
LB - Nick Sigmon, Liberty, Jr.
LB - Mike McClure, Coastal Carolina, Sr.
DB - Walt Aikens, Liberty, Sr.
DB - Elijah Lee, Charleston Southern, Sr.
DB - Kevin Fogg, Liberty, R-Sr.
DB - Johnnie Houston, Coastal Carolina, R-Sr.

Special Team
PK - John Lunsford, Liberty, So.
P - Grant Bowden, Liberty, Sr.
LS - Hudson Smith, Gardner-Webb, R-Sr.
LS - Richard Wright, Liberty, Sr.
KR - J.J. Hubbard, Gardner-Webb, Jr.
PR - Niccolo Mastromatteo, Coastal Carolina, Sr.

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Matt Hazel, Sr., WR, Coastal Carolina

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Quinn Backus, Jr., LB, Coastal Carolina


2013 Big South Football Preseason Poll
Ranking, Team, First-Place Votes, Total Votes
1. Coastal Carolina (9) – 84
2. Liberty (6) – 80
3. Gardner-Webb – 58
4. Charleston Southern – 39
T5. VMI – 27
T5. Presbyterian College – 27