It’s a transitional year in Gulf South football. One of the toughest conferences in D2 football is set to expand over the next couple of years.
The 2016 season marks the official addition of Mississippi College, who is now a full D2 member after completing their transition from D3 this summer, along with the inaugural football season at West Florida. The league will expand to 10 football members next season with the addition of North Greenville (currently an independent) jumping on board.
As for the here and now, the big question is whether or not anyone can catch two-time defending Super Regional 2 champions West Georgia. Is Florida Tech ready to make their first NCAA D2 football playoff appearance in their fourth year of existence? And how will West Florida stack up against traditional GSC powers like Valdosta State, Delta State and North Alabama?
Here are the preseason BennettRanks for each team, the preseason all-conference team, and a quick preview of each team in the Gulf South.
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* – First year of NCAA football
** – Provisional D2 member last season
2016 All-GSC Preseason Team
QB: Tyler Sullivan, Sr., Delta State
RB: Trevor Sand, Sr., Florida Tech
RB: BJ McCoy, Sr., Shorter
WR: Dre Hall, Jr., North Alabama
WR: Qa Walker, Jr., West Georgia
TE: Kenny Johnston, Sr., Florida Tech
AP: Ryan Harper, Sr., North Alabama
OG: Kevini Delgado, Sr., Florida Tech
OG: Stephen Evans, Sr., North Alabama
OT: Matt Nelson, Sr., Florida Tech
OT: Austin Kasti, Sr., West Georgia
C: Blake Stone, Sr., Florida Tech
DL: Erin Brown, Sr., Delta State
DL: Freddie Reed, Jr., North Alabama
DL: Alex Armah, Sr., West Georgia
DL: Dylan Donahue, Sr., West Georgia
LB: Jamel Dennis, Sr., Delta State
LB: Chris Stapleton, Sr., Florida Tech
LB: Felix Woods, Sr., West Alabama
LB: Gabe Freeman, Sr., West Georgia
DB: Manny Adad, Sr., Florida Tech
DB: Trai Cadore, Sr., Florida Tech
DB: Philbert Martial, Sr., North Alabama
DB: Kenny Moore, Sr., Valdosta State
PK: Kevin Henke, Jr., North Alabama
P: Cody Mills, Jr., Delta State
RS: Telvin Brown, Sr., West Georgia
SP: Marcus Sayles, Sr., West Georgia
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