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• Street & Smith Website
Street & Smith has ranked Jacksonville State and Tennessee State in its Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Preseason Top 25 for 2017 while also tabbing Jacksonville State senior defensive lineman Darius Jackson and sophomore defensive back Marlon Bridges as preseason All-Americans in its annual yearbook which was published recently.
The publication predicted three-time defending OVC champion Jacksonville State No. 5 nationally while picking Tennessee State No. 21.
Jackson and Bridges were among the 25 players on the Preseason All-American Team. Both earned multiple All-American honors at the end of the 2016 season.
The yearbook also picked Tennessee State senior defensive lineman Ebenezer Ogundeko as the OVC's Top NFL Prospect.
In a breakdown of the OVC, Street & Smith picked Jacksonville State as the champions followed by Tennessee State, UT Martin, Eastern Illinois, Tennessee Tech, Murray State, Eastern Kentucky, Southeast Missouri and Austin Peay.
The OVC will announce its official predicted order of finish preseason poll and preseason All-OVC teams on Monday, July 24 as part of its annual Media Day festivities.