NCAA Division 2 Flo25
Satterwhite-Led West Alabama Begins On Top
A pair of Gulf South Conference teams top our Preseason D2 Flo25—but Texas A&M-Commerce and Minnesota State will likely have other ideas.
1. West Alabama
West Alabama was selected by six of nine Gulf South Conference coaches to repeat as GSC champs. Harry Satterwhite is a bonafide star behind center.
2. West Florida
A record six Argonauts were named to the preseason Gulf South Conference team. Mike Beaudry to Ishmel Morrow and Antoine Griffin is a nightmare for opposing secondaries.
3. Texas A&M-Commerce
Fresh off of its first title in school history, it’ll be championship or bust for Colby Carthel and the Lions.
4. Minnesota State
In Nate Gunn and Justin Taormina—who combined 2,690 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns—the Mavericks have the best backfield duo in the country.
5. Midwestern State
Midwestern State—not Texas A&M-Commerce—is the defending Lone Star Conference champion. And you won’t find a better D2 quarterback than Layton Rabb.
Cole Chancey exploded onto the scene as a freshman, rushing for 1,347 yards and 15 scores. He’s back for plenty more in 2018.
7. Northwest Missouri State
The Bearcats have plenty of production to replace, but senior wide receiver Shawn Bane Jr. is due for a breakout season.
8. Fort Hays State
After notching its first MIAA Championship in program history, optimism at Fort Hays State is at an all-time high entering 2018—and rightfully so.
9. Indiana (PA)
Quarterback Lenny Williams Jr. is 30-4 as the starter at IUP and enters his final season in Indiana with 16 school records to his name.
10. Central Missouri
Central Missouri returns a wealth of offensive firepower, including its top three rushers—one of which is quarterback Brook Bolles, who’s fresh off of a 4,322-total yard season.
11. Ferris State
There’s some uncertainty at the quarterback spot, but a pair of electric wide receivers, Malik Taylor and Keyondre Craig, are waiting to make someone look good.
Fourteen starters return from a team that finished the 2017 season 11-1 and enjoyed unprecedented success under head coach Bob Bartolomeo.
13. Central Washington
After an undefeated regular season in 2017, Central Washington welcomes back 13 starters, including its entire offensive line and a completely intact backfield.
14. Grand Valley State
Quarterback Bart Williams is back for his fourth season with 9,854 yards and 105 touchdowns to his credit. GVSU is 32-7 with Williams behind center.
15. Colorado State-Pueblo
The ThunderWolves had 10 players selected to the Preseason All-Rocky Mountain team—including seven players from the defensive side of the ball.
16. West Georgia
Running back Devontae Jackson will look to offset significant subtractions from a team that may lack for experience in some key spots, but does not lack for talent.
Defensive end James Prater Jr. is an absolute problem for opposing tackles. He will look to the Eagles past 500 all-time wins and back into the playoffs.
18. Winona State
Running backs Javian Roebuck Jr. and Eric Birth Sr. are among the top backfield duos in the country. Winona State is going to run the rock—a lot.
Defensive end James Prater Jr. took 104 yards of offense away from opponents last season with a program record 23.5 tackles for a loss.
20. Ouachita Baptist
The most potent offense in the Great American Conference in 2017 returns 10 of 11 starters, including leading rusher Kris Oliver and first team All-GAC wide receiver Allie Freeman.
21. California (PA)
Head coach Gary Dunn is back for his third year at the helm of his alma mater. The Vulcan offense was the highest scoring in the country last season at 49.6 points per game.
22. Albany State
Senior running back McKinley Habersham is back, leading the way for a running game that averaged nearly 200 yards per game last season.
23. Assumption (MA)
The Greyhounds averaged a school record 43.4 points per game, gave up just 15.5, and led the nation with a turnover margin of 1.77 last season—and good number of contributors return.
It has been 26 weeks since Carson-Newman found itself ranked in the AFCA Top 25. The Eagles are in there again this year—and they’re here, as well.
Tuskegee enters 2018 as something of a dark horse, but we’re not sleeping on the Golden Tigers. Jamarcus Ezell-to-Javarrius Cheatham is a connection that’ll keep opposing coordinators up at night.