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Football Ranked #6 Nationally by Coaches; Backus and Hamilton Add Honors

The lofty position is the highest preseason rank in program history

       

Coastal Carolina graduate and senior defensive back Pernell Williams.

Coastal Carolina graduate and senior defensive back Pernell Williams.

Aug. 5, 2014

2014 FCS Preseason Coaches Poll

CONWAY - After a record-setting 2013 season, the Coastal Carolina football program is ranked sixth nationally in the 2014 preseason coaches poll. The Sports Network's national media poll is set to be released this Friday.

The lofty position is the highest preseason rank in program history. Coastal was ranked seventh in both polls at the conclusion of last season. The Chants did ascend to as high as #3 last season - the highest ranking in program history - in the coaches poll after winning their first nine games of 2013.

This is the second consecutive season - and fourth overall - Coastal Carolina will open play among the nation's top 25. The Chanticleers were ranked 21st in last season's preseason coaches poll, while being ranked 20th in 2007 and 18th in 2006.

Three-time defending national champion North Dakota State is ranked #1 in the coaches preseason poll, followed by Eastern Washington, Southeastern Louisiana, New Hampshire and Montana.

Coastal Carolina's Oct. 4 opponent - Furman - is ranked 18th in the coaches preseason poll while Chanticleer opponents Charleston Southern (29th), Liberty (34th) and South Carolina State (36th) were among those receiving votes.

It was also announced that Coastal Carolina seniors Quinn Backus (linebacker) and Chad Hamilton(offensive line) have been named to the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL) 2014 Preseason first team All-Americans.

The Collegiate Development Football league (CDFL), is a football organization devoted to providing skill development and game playing opportunities for post high school and post college players between the ages of 18-25. The All-American team is based upon player nominations and evaluations made by college coaches, college sports information directors, regional scouts and media personnel. The CDFL is honored to showcase the 2014 preseason All-American players and to sponsor the annual "D1-FCS Senior Scout Bowl" to be held in Myrtle Beach on Saturday, December 20, 2014, the selected players are on the watch list for invitation to this game.

Coastal Carolina Preseason Honors:

Quinn Backus
• Buck Buchanan Award Watch List
• 1st team All-American by The Sports Network
• 1st team All-American by CollegeSportingNews.com
• 1st team All-American by Athlon Sports
• 1st team All-American by Lindy's Sports
• 1st team All-American by College Sports Madness
• 1st team All-American by BeyondSportsNetwork.com
• 1st team All-American by CDFL
• College Football Performance Awards Linebacker of the Year Watch List
• Big South Defensive Player of the Year

Chad Hamilton
• 2nd team All-American by The Sports Network
• 1st team All-American by CDFL
• 1st team All-American by BeyondSportsNetwork.com

Alex Ross
• Walter Payton Award Watch List
• College Football Performance Awards Quarterback of the Year Watch List
• 3rd team All-American by BeyondSportsNetwork.com
• Big South Offensive Player of the Year

Alex Catron
• College Football Performance Awards Kicker of the Year Watch List
• 1st team All-American by BeyondSportsNetwork.com

Devin Brown
• College Football Performance Awards Kick Returner of the Year Watch List