Friday, July 15, 2016

Alcorn, MVSU at opposite ends of the SWAC spectrum

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Jay Hopson may have left Alcorn State this past oflafseason, but expectations still remain high for the Braves.

Preseason polls and all-conference teams were released at SWAC Media Day, which was held at the Birmingham Marriott, on Friday and it's apparent Alcorn State is still thought highly of.

The Braves, who have won back-to-back conference titles, were picked to win the SWAC East Division and landed 11 players on the All-SWAC first or second team.

"I like the modesty of the people that pick us to be first," Alcorn State coach Fred McNair said. "Like I tell the guys, still you have to come out every week and play football. We have to come out and play hard every week."

McNair will get a good indication of how good his team is right away when it faces Bethune-Cookman, which went 9-2 and won a share of the MEAC for the fourth consecutive season in 2015, in the season opener on Sept. 4.


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