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Maryville College picked to repeat as USA South champions

Maryville College was picked to repeat as USA South champions, according to the 2014 USA South Coaches’ Preseason Poll.

The poll results were released last week during the conference’s Media Day in Maryville, Tenn.

The Scots finished the 2013 season with an 8-3 record, including a 6-1 mark in conference play, tying Methodist University. Maryville, however, received USA South’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Football Championship tournament, thanks to their 35-26 win over the Monarchs on Sept. 28.

Maryville’s title in 2013 was the Scots’ second in as many years. The Scots lost to Hampden-Sydney by a 42-34 margin in the first round of the NCAA Division III Football Championship on Nov. 23.

“The last two years I’ve been sitting up here we’ve been preseason fourth. This year we’re first. That doesn’t mean anything to me, honestly,” The Daily Times newspaper of Blount County, Tenn., quoted Maryville Coach Mike Rader as saying. “Preseason rankings, that’s great, but we want postseason rankings.”

Christopher Newport University, which is playing in its final season in USA South, was picked to finish second while Methodist was selected to round out the top three. The complete poll:

  1. Maryville (60 poll points; 8-3 overall, 6-1 in conference in 2013)
  2. Christopher Newport (55; 8-2, 5-2)
  3. Methodist (54; 8-2, 6-1)
  4. Huntingdon (45; 7-3, 5-2)
  5. LaGrange (34; 5-5, 5-3)
  6. Ferrum (29; 2-8, 2-5)
  7. N.C. Wesleyan (22; 2-8, 2-5)
  8. Greensboro (16; 2-8, 1-6)
  9. Averett (9; 1-9, 0-7)

USA South football returns on Sept. 6.