South Carolina State, led by reigning offensive MVP Will Ford, is the preseason pick to win the MEAC championship.
The Bulldogs, who finished 8-0 in the conference and 10-3 overall last season, received 10 first-place votes and 290 total points. Florida A&M was picked to finish second with Hampton, Bethune-Cookman and Norfolk State rounding out the top five.
Ford, a second-team All-American last season, was named the preseason offensive player of the year with Norfolk State DB Terrell Whitehead earning defensive honors. In addition to Ford, South Carolina State had four first-team selections while the Rattlers, led by QB Curtis Pulley, had nine first-team selections.
For the entire preseason squad, visit the MEAC website.