Wofford picked by SoCon coaches, media to win league

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Wofford is the preseason pick by league coaches and media to win the Southern Conference.

The two polls were announced Tuesday at the league's annual media day.

Two-time defending league champion Citadel was picked second, Samford third, Chattanooga fourth and Mercer fifth by both groups.

The coaches picked Western Carolina sixth, then Furman, East Tennessee State and VMI. Media selected Furman sixth, followed by Western Carolina, East Tennessee and VMI.

The coaches selected Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges as preseason offensive player of the year. Citadel defensive back Kailik Williams was chosen as the preseason defensive player of the year.

Wofford went 10-4 and reached the Football Conference Subdivision playoffs last year while leading the conference in defense.