SFA Picked Sixth in Preseason SLC Polls

Senior Trey Vallier and SFA is picked to finish sixth in the preseason SLC poll

July 23, 2014

LAKE CHARLES, La. - Stephen F. Austin has been picked sixth by both the coaches and media in the preseason Southland Conference football poll, announced today by league officials. The announcement was made in conjunction with 2014 Southland Conference Media Day at the L'auberge Resort.

SFA is coming off a 3-9 season in which the Lumberjacks went 1-6 in SLC play, tying for seventh overall. The `Jacks had one of the nation's most prolific offenses but struggled on the defensive end, allowing nearly 50 points per game. Under first year head coach Clint Conque, SFA looks to make major strides in fielding a much more balanced team this coming fall.

Defending champion Southeastern Louisiana was the near unanimous number one pick by both the coaches and media, followed by McNeese State, Sam Houston State, Central Arkansas and Northwestern State to round out the top-five. The `Jacks tied for sixth with Lamar in the coaches poll while finishing 10 points ahead of the Cardinals in the media poll.

The two polls mirrored each other for the duration of the list as SLC newcomer Abilene Christian was picked eighth with Nicholls and newcomers Incarnate Word and Houston Baptist rounding out the list.

SFA opens up the 2014 campaign in 38 days on Saturday, August 30th, when SFA travels to Manhattan, Kan., to battle Big 12 foe Kansas State. The `Jacks open up the 2014 home schedule the following Saturday, hosting SLC newcomer Incarnate Word at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

Season tickets for 2014 SFA Football are now on sale through the SFA ticket office. Available season ticket packages will include Reserved Chair back and Reserved Bench seats. Stephen F. Austin football season tickets start at only $77.00 for the general public and $38.50 for Faculty/Staff. For more information you can call the Stephen F. Austin Ticket Office at 936-468-5225.

2014 Southland Conference Preseason Football Polls

1. Southeastern Louisiana (9) - 99 pts.
2. McNeese State (2) - 92 pts.
3. Sam Houston State - 79 pts.
4. Central Arkansas - 70 pts.
5. Northwestern State - 59 pts.
6. Stephen F. Austin - 52 pts.
     Lamar - 52 pts.
8. Abilene Christian - 36 pts.
9. Nicholls - 35 pts.
10. Incarnate Word - 21 pts.
11. Houston Baptist - 10 pts.

Media/Sports Information Directors
1. Southeastern Louisiana (10) - 100 pts.
2. McNeese State (1) - 89 pts.
3. Sam Houston State - 78 pts.
4. Central Arkansas - 72 pts.
5. Northwestern State - 61 pts.
6. Stephen F. Austin - 55 pts.
7. Lamar - 45 pts.
8. Abilene Christian - 39 pts.
9. Nicholls - 36 pts.
10. Incarnate Word - 20 pts.
11. Houston Baptist - 10 pts. 



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