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Bobcats picked to finish 5th in the West Division as expected and 9th overall in front of Coastal Carolina (the one team we don't play in 2018).

Arkansas State picked to win the West and the conference championship. App State narrowly picked to win the East over Troy.

2018 Sun Belt Football Coaches Predicted Order of Finish (first place votes)
East Division
1. Appalachian St. (6) – 46 pts
2. Troy (4) – 44 pts
3. Georgia State – 26 pts
4. Georgia Southern – 22 pts
5. Coastal Carolina – 12 pts

West Division
1. Arkansas State (9) – 49 pts
2. ULM – 37 pts
3. South Alabama (1) – 26 pts
4. Louisiana – 25 pts
5. Texas State – 13 pts

2018 Sun Belt Football Coaches Predicted Championship Game Winner
Arkansas State

http://sunbeltsports.org/news/2018/7/18/mountaineers-red-wolves-selected-as-division-favorites-in-2018-sun-belt-football-coaches-preseason-poll.aspx?path=football

OL Aaron Brewer and LB Bryan London named 2nd team Pre-Season All-Sun Belt.

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Justice Hansen (Arkansas State, QB, RS-Senior)
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Clifton Duck (Appalachian State, DB, Junior)

* - named to 2017 Preseason Teams
^ - named to 2017 All-Sun Belt First Team
# - named to 2017 All-Sun Belt Second Team
$ - named to 2017 All-Sun Belt Third Team
! - named 2017 All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention

First Team Offense
QB - Justice Hansen (Arkansas State, RS-Senior) ^
RB - Jalin Moore (Appalachian State, Senior) *^
RB - Warren Wand (Arkansas State, Senior)
WR - Justin McInnis (Arkansas State, Senior) $
WR - Penny Hart (Georgia State, RS-Junior) *^
WR - Marcus Green (ULM, Senior)
TE - Collin Reed (Appalachian State, Junior) !
OL - Victor Johnson (Appalachian State, Junior) *^
OL - Lanard Bonner (Arkansas State, RS-Senior) ^
OL - Kevin Dotson (Louisiana, Junior) #
OL - Tristan Crowder (Troy, Junior) #
OL - Deontae Crumitie (Troy, Senior) *#

First Team Defense
DL - Ronheen Bingham (Arkansas State, Senior) #
DL - Logan Hunt (Georgia Southern, Senior) #
DL - Hunter Reese (Troy, Senior) ^
DL - Trevon Sanders (Troy, Senior) #
LB - Anthony Flory (Appalachian State, Senior) !
LB - Michael Shaw (Georgia State, RS-Senior) $
LB - Tron Folsom (Troy, Junior) #
DB - Clifton Duck (Appalachian State, Junior) *^
DB - Justin Clifton (Arkansas State, Senior) *#
DB - Monquavion Brinson (Georgia Southern, Junior) #
DB - Blace Brown (Troy, Senior) ^

First Team Special Teams
K - Gavin Patterson (South Alabama, Senior) ^
P - Corliss Waitman (South Alabama, Senior) ^
RS - Marcus Green (ULM, Senior) ^

Second Team Offense
QB - Caleb Evans (ULM, Junior) !
RB - Wesley Fields (Georgia Southern, Senior) !
RB - Trey Ragas (Louisiana, RS-Sophomore) $
WR - RJ Turner (ULM, Junior) $
WR - Jamarius Way (South Alabama, Senior) #
WR - Deondre Douglas (Troy, Senior) *#
TE - Ellis Richardson (Georgia Southern, RS-Senior)
OL - Jacob Still (Arkansas State, RS-Sophomore) !
OL - Curtis Rainey (Georgia Southern, Senior) !
OL - Hunter Atkinson (Georgia State, RS-Junior)
OL - Shamarious Gilmore (Georgia State, Sophomore) !
OL - Aaron Brewer (Texas State, Junior) *$

Second Team Defense
DL - Myquon Stout (Appalachian State, Senior) *!
DL - Marterious Allen (Georgia State, Senior) $
DL - Tyree Turner (South Alabama, Junior)
DL - Marcus Webb (Troy, Junior) !
LB - Silas Kelly (Coastal Carolina, Sophomore) !
LB - Bull Barge (South Alabama, Senior) !
LB - Bryan London II (Texas State, Junior) *!
DB - Tae Hayes (Appalachian State, Senior) #
DB - BJ Edmonds (Arkansas State, Junior) !
DB - Marcus Jones (Troy, Sophomore)
DB - Cedarius Rookard (Troy, Senior) $

Second Team Special Teams
K - Tyler Bass (Georgia Southern, RS-Junior) #
P - Cody Grace (Arkansas State, RS-Junior) $
RS - Marcus Jones (Troy, Sophomore) #

http://sunbeltsports.org/news/2018/7/20/sun-belt-announces-2018-preseason-all-conference-football-teams.aspx?path=football


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Is it typical for the entirety of first team selections to come from only h.alf(ish) of a conference? Is the SBC really that top-loaded, or is this lazy research or both?

Edit: i'm not arguing against the number of our selections. I would have thought London would have landed on the first team however.

Edit, Edit: Meh, seems legit. Looking at general defensive stats, outside of total tackles London's stats don't really pop I guess.

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There's expected to be a huge gap between the top 3 (Arkansas State, App State, Troy) and the rest of the league this year. By all accounts it's expected to be a 3-horse race for the championship.

So yeah I think most people in the know think the conference really is that top-loaded this year. You could certainly make an argument for London to first team though. I agree.


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It's surprising and encouraging to get Brewer on second team. Not because of his individual play, but the overall performance of the line last year.

Hoping it bodes well for this season's line play.

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I'm not surprised at all with Brewer named to 2nd team. I expected both London and Brewer to be named. I thought we might see Frankie Griffin too, so a bit disappointed he didn't make it.


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agree w/ much already posted.

thought london might (should) have been 1st team
expected brewer 2nd team
thought griffin might be included somewhere

not sure what to think about the voting for the south. to me that says arkst + 4 w/ ulm slightly favored to be 2nd best. but also that pretty much every coach thinks they're going to/would beat us, and worse than they'd beat everyone else.

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Using data from 247 and not including any special teamers/return specialists:

First Team Offense
-7 Seniors, 5 Juniors
-Average 247 Composite: .7997
-Average 247 Star Rating: 2.45
-Average Total Other FBS Offers: 3
-Six 2-star, five 3-star, 1 walk-on

First Team Defense
-8 Seniors, 3 Juniors
-Average 247 Composite: .7803
-Average 247 Star Rating: 2.22
-Average Total Other FBS Offers: 2
-Seven 2-stars, Two 3-stars, 2 walk-ons

Second Team Offense
-5 Seniors, 4 Juniors, 3 Sophomores
-Average 247 Composite: .7856
-Average 247 Star Rating: 2.36
-Average Total Other Offers: 3
-Seven 2-stars, Four 3-stars, 1 walk-on

Second Team Defense
-5 Seniors, 4 Juniors, 2 Sophomores
-Average 247 Composite: .7826
-Average 247 Star Rating: 2.09
-Average Total Other Offers: 2
-Ten 2-stars, 1-three stars


Filtering out JUCO signees:
Avg 247 Composite | Avg Star Rating | Avg Total Other FBS Offers
First Team Offense: .7863 | 2.25 | 2
First Team Defense: .7809 | 2.25 | 2
Second Team Offense: .7875 | 2.40 | 3
Second Team Defense: .7826 | 2.09 | 2


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