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S.C. State picked to finish second in MEAC; 10 Bulldogs earn All-MEAC honors

(Source: SCSUAthletics.com) (Source: SCSUAthletics.com)

One season removed from the best turnaround during head coach Oliver "Buddy" Pough's tenure with a 9-4 overall record and a 7-1 conference mark, South Carolina State looks to claim another Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship.

If they're going to do so, they'll have to prove the voters wrong. The Bulldogs were picked to finish second at this year's MEAC Annual Football Press Luncheon behind MEAC co-champion Bethune-Cookman.

"I don't really get involved into any preseason predictions or order of finish," Pough said in a press release. "It's not where you start the season. It's how you finish and that's what's important to us."

S.C. State's rival North Carolina A&T was picked to finish third while Howard and Delaware State were selected to finish fourth and fifth respectively.

Should the Bulldogs make another run at the MEAC title and the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, they will lean heavily on 10 All-MEAC selections.

Senior offensive linemen Domanic Wilson and Devin Flowers as well as defensive ends Andrew Carter (R-Sr.) and Alex Glover (Sr.) were named to the All-MEAC First Team.

Redshirt sophomore running back Justin Taylor, redshirt junior tight end Temarrick Hemingway, and redshirt junior Javon Hargrave each earned All-MEAC second team honors.

Senior wide receiver Dennis Rowe, redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Eric Dickerson and senior linebacker Justin Hughes round out S.C. State's conference MEAC notables as they were selected to the All-MEAC Third Team.

"I am very pleased that our guys got some early preseason recognition," Pough said, "but we still have a lot of work to do if we want to stay in the mix of things in the conference. There is a lot of talent in this league and I am sure this will be an exciting year in the MEAC."

Pough and the Bulldogs will open regular season play in Columbia at Charles W. Johnson Stadium when they take on Benedict College in the Palmetto Capital City Classic.

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