TIGERS PICKED SEVENTH IN OVC PRESEASON POLL
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State football team will look to prove the pollsters wrong for their predictions for the 2003 Ohio Valley Conference football race. The Tigers have been picked seventh as announced Monday at the Annual OVC Media Day, held this year at the Coliseum. The poll was a vote of the league's head coaches and sports information directors. ?Our players will hopefully take this as a challenge and respond this season in a positive way,? said TSU head coach James Reese. ?We are looking forward to getting to work and bouncing back from last season." The Tigers were one of the nation's younger Division I-AA team and welcome 20 starters among 46 lettermen back to the field this season. The league has expanded to nine football-playing members with the addition Alabama schools, Jacksonville State and Samford. Southeast Missouri was picked to wins its first OVC title with 60 total points and five first-place votes. Murray State was a close second with 58 total points followed by Eastern Illinois (48), Eastern Kentucky (45), Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State (33), TSU (23), Samford (16), and Tennessee-Martin (8). Coaches and SID's were not allowed to vote for their own teams. Eight points were awarded for a first place vote. ******** 2003 OVC FOOTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH (Selected by Head Football Coaches and Sports Information Directors) 1. Southeast Missouri (5 first-place votes) 60 2. Murray State (4 first-place votes) 58 3. Eastern Illinois 48 4. Eastern Kentucky 45 5. Jacksonville State 33 Tennessee Tech 33 7. Tennessee State 23 8. Samford 16 9. Tennessee-Martin 8 (8 points awarded for a first-place vote, 7 for second, etc. - Coaches and SID's couldn't vote for their own team) Note: Click on photo for larger image or go to the football scrapbook to read a description.