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Tigers Selected Third in Boxtorow Coaches Poll
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Tigers Selected Third in Boxtorow Coaches Poll

Nashville, Tenn. – On Wednesday, Boxtorow released its annual HBCU FCS Coaches Poll and Tennessee State was selected third.

TSU was pegged behind Bethune-Cookman and Arkansas-Pine Bluff even though the Tigers defeated both team last year by a combined 34 points.

The Wildcats and Tigers open their seasons on Sunday, September 1 in the John Merritt Classic at LP Field in Nashville. The team that has finished the season No. 1 in the poll has never lost its opening game. 

The good news for TSU, is that no preseason No.1 team has ever finished in the top spot at the end of the year.

The Boxtorow HBCU FCS coaches’ poll is administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW and is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches.

Boxtorow also selected five Tigers to its All-American Team, the most of any other team.

Those chosen to the squad were guard Kadeem Edwards, tight end A.C. Leonard, defensive end Antonio Harper, linebacker Nick Thrasher and cornerback Stephen Godbolt III.

2013 Boxtorow FCS HBCU Preseason Football Coaches Poll
Rank            School                              W-L     Pts.    Previous Rank
1.              Bethune-Cookman (10)      9-3      160         2
2.              Arkansas-Pine Bluff (5)      10-2     141        1
3.              Tennessee State (2)            8-3      140        3
4.              Alabama State                     7-4        97         6
T-5            Jackson State                      7-5        89         4
T-5            North Carolina A&T             7-4        89         5
7.              North Carolina Central         6-5        42         10
8.              Howard                                  7-4        41         7
9.              Alabama A&M                      7-4        33         8
10.            South Carolina State            5-6        32         NR

Others receiving votes: Delaware State (6-5) 31, Southern (4-7) 11, Florida A&M (4-7) 9, Savannah State (1-10) 7, Alcorn State (4-7) 5, Mississippi Valley State (5-6) 2,  Prairie View A&M (3-8) 2, Hampto