Friday, June 14, 2002Johnson City, Tenn. (June 14, 2002) - East Tennessee State's football team has been ranked eighth nationally by Street & Smith magazine in the publications preseason NCAA I-AA football poll. The Buccaneers, coming off their third straight 6-5 season and an upset of top-ranked Georgia Southern in 2001, are making their first appearance in a national poll since the 1999 season. ETSU returns 13 starters from last season's squad, including all 11 on defense, and 42 letterwinners overall. East Tennessee State will open 2002's 12-game schedule with a visit to ACC foe North Carolina State on August 31. The Bucs will open their six-game home schedule on September 7 when they host Mars Hill. For ticket information contact the ETSU athletic ticket office at (423) 439-5371.
Street & Smith's Top 1-AA Top 25 1. Montana 2. Eastern Kentucky 3. Lehigh 4. Northern Iowa 5. Eastern Illinois 6. Portland State 7. Appalachian State 8. East Tennessee State 9. Youngstown State 10. Murray State 11. William & Mary 12. Delaware 13. Tennessee Tech 14. Montana State 15. Western Kentucky 16. Florida A&M 17. Tennessee State 18. Grambling 19. Colgate 20. Villanova 21. Northern Arizona 22. Western Carolina 23. Hofstra 24. Sam Houston State 25. Georgia Southern
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