Florida Tech Picked Fourth In GSC Preseason Poll, Four Panthers Named To Preseason All-GSC Team

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Gulf South Conference Coaches Poll

With the start of the 2017 football season less than a month away, the Gulf South Conference has announced its 2017 Preseason Coaches Poll. Panthers senior quarterback Mark Cato, above, was selected to the All-Conference team. (FIT image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – With the start of the 2017 football season less than a month away, the Gulf South Conference has announced its 2017 Preseason Coaches Poll.

The GSC’s head coaches selected Florida Tech fourth in the preseason poll with the Panthers claiming 47 points.

North Alabama, the four-time reigning conference champions and last year’s national runner-up, were picked as the GSC preseason favorites with 62 points and seven first place votes.

Valdosta State is slated second with 54 points and one first place vote. West Georgia sits in third with 49 points and the last remaining first place vote, while West Alabama rounds out the top five spots, claiming fifth with 32 points.

In sixth and seventh are Delta State and West Florida with 31 and 25 points, respectively. Mississippi College is eighth in the poll with 16 points, while Shorter sits in ninth with eight points.

Additionally, the GSC announced its preseason all-conference team, with FIT boasting four selections.

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Two Panthers on the offensive side of the ball were recognized in running back Antwuan Haynes and quarterback Mark Cato.

Haynes was named to the All-GSC First Team in 2016 after leading the league in rushing yards (1,076) and all-purpose yards (1,783) to go along with 12 total touchdowns. Cato led the GSC in passing efficiency in 2016 (152.2), while racking up 2,263 passing yards, 455 rushing yards and 28 total touchdowns.

On the defensive side, FIT is represented by defensive lineman Adonis Davis and defensive back Jo Jackson.

Davis was a First Team All-GSC selection in 2016, following a season in which he notched 35 total tackles and ranked in the Top-5 in the conference in forced fumbles (3), sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (15.0). Jackson was a formidable force in the Panthers’ defensive backfield last year, recording 35 tackles, three interceptions, 16 passes defended and 13 pass breakups.

The GSC Preseason Coaches’ Poll and Preseason All-GSC Team were voted on by the league’s head coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their team or their own players.

2017 FOOTBALL PRESEASON POLL

School Total Points
1. North Alabama (7) 62
2. Valdosta State (1) 54
3. West Georgia (1) 49
4. Florida Tech 47
5. West Alabama 32
6. Delta State 31
7. West Florida 25
8. Mississippi College 16
9. Shorter 8

NOTES:  The head coaches voted in this poll. Teams received 8 points for a first place vote, 7 for a second place vote, etc. The head coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. Number of first place votes in parenthesis.

2017 FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE: OFFENSE

Pos. Name School Year Hometown
QB Mark Cato Florida Tech Sr. Gainesville, Fla.
QB Adam Robles Valdosta State Jr. Ocala, Fla.
RB Antwuan Haynes* Florida Tech Jr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
RB Chris Robinson* Delta State Sr. Bude, Miss.
WR Donta Armstrong* West Alabama Sr. Pittsboro, Miss.
WR Dre Hall** North Alabama Sr. Columbia, Tenn.
TE Arik Washington Mississippi College Jr. York, Ala.
AP Devontae Jackson^* West Georgia Jr. Marietta, Ga.
T Josh Adams Valdosta State Sr. Kennesaw, Ga.
T Derrick McClelland Delta State Sr. Meridian, Miss.
G Brandon Kemp* Valdosta State So. Stone Mountain, Ga.
G Quentin Stanford* West Georgia Jr. Warner Robins, Ga.
C Harley Vaughan*^ West Georgia Sr. Dawsonville, Ga.

2017 FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE: DEFENSE

Pos. Name School Year Hometown
DL Adonis Davis* Florida Tech Jr. Columbus, Ohio
DL Darius Ellis* West Alabama Jr. Northport, Ala.
DL Eddquerion Harris^ North Alabama Jr. Courtland, Ala.
DL Freddie Reed^^ North Alabama Sr. West Point, Miss.
LB Reggie Barnes West Florida Sr. Odessa, Fla.
LB Andre Duncombe^ West Florida So. Miami, Fla.
LB Chandler Ector Delta State Jr. Decatur, Ga.
LB Terry Samuel West Alabama Jr. Brewton, Ala.
LB Malik Slater Valdosta State So. Tallahassee, Fla.
DB Jo Jackson Florida Tech Sr. Aldie, Va.
DB Chris Manning Mississippi College Sr. Section, Ala.
DB Dorsey Norris North Alabama Sr. Honolulu, Hawaii
DB Brandon Roe Valdosta State Sr. Douglas, Ga.
DB Jakyron Young^ West Georgia Jr. Ocilla, Ga.

2017 FOOTBALL PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE: SPECIAL TEAMS

Pos. Name School Year Hometown
PK Jordan Bennett^ West Alabama Jr. Tallahassee, Fla.
P Matthew Turcotte^ Mississippi College Sr. Philadelphia, Miss.
RS Antoine Griffin West Florida Jr. Tampa, Fla.
RS LaDarion Peterson Delta State Sr. Woodville, Miss.
BT Wil Lovelace*^ North Alabama Sr. Florence, Ala.

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