ROCK HILL - The Newberry College football team has been predicted to finished in third place in the South Atlantic Conference, as selected by the conference's head coaches in the annual preseason poll released Monday.
Newberry is coming off of a 5-6 season with a 3-4 conference record, which placed the Wolves in a four-way tie for fourth in the SAC standings. The Wolves' defense ranked No. 1 in the nation in passing yardage defense and a strong crop of returners up front on the offensive and defensive lines will be a strength for the scarlet and gray.
The Wolves picked up 39 points in the preseason poll and are behind defending conference champions Lenoir-Rhyne (55 points) and Carson-Newman (51) in eyes of the coaches. Catawba comes in fourth in the rankings with 37 points, followed by Tusculum (30) in fifth, Mars Hill and Wingate (27) in a tie for sixth and Brevard (14) rounding out the poll in eighth.
Newberry starts the season on the road at Florida Tech on September 5 before kicking off a three-game homestand on September 12 against Division I-FCS foe Jacksonville. SAC play begins on September 26 against Tusculum.
2015 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Football Coaches' Poll