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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 8, 2022) – Coming off a historic 2021 season, the ETSU football team was ranked No. 11 in the Stats Perform Preseason Top 25 Poll as the media publication announced its preseason rankings on Monday.
The Buccaneers, who celebrated a Southern Conference championship season that saw the Blue and Gold finish with an overall record of 11-2 and a 7-1 mark in league play, totaled 750 points in the first poll of the 2022 campaign.
ETSU returns 37 lettermen from a year ago, including seven starters on both sides of the ball. Senior running back Jacob Saylors (Jasper, Tenn.) was tabbed SoCon Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while the Bucs had 10 players earn preseason all-conference honors two weeks ago at Media Day.
The Bucs were one of three SoCon schools ranked in the preseason poll with Chattanooga – the league’s preseason favorite – coming in right behind at No. 12 and Mercer – who ETSU defeated in the winner-take-all de facto conference title game last November – was ranked No. 23.
North Dakota State, the reigning FCS National champion, was pegged No. 1, with South Dakota State, Montana, Montana State and Missouri State rounding out the top five.
ETSU finished the season ranked No. 9 in the final Stats Perform Top 25 Poll last season.
The Bucs, who are in their second week of camp, open the 2022 season on Thursday, Sept. 1 against Mars Hill. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. inside Greene Stadium. To purchase season tickets, please call the ETSU ticket office at 423-439-3878 or visit ETSUTickets.com.
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