The Tennessee State Tigers were voted the No. 1 team in the 2014 BOXTOROW preseason poll.

TSU, who is ranked in the top 25 in several FCS preseason polls, received nine of 20 first-place votes.

“I think it’s always great for your team to receive accolades,” said TSU head coach Rod Reed. “I vote each week and our players are in tune with this prestigious poll.”

Bethune-Cookman, favorites to win the MEAC, are ranked No. 2. South Carolina State, Southern and Alcorn State complete the top five.

Overall, the MEAC and SWAC are tied for the most teams represented in the poll with four each.

“We are happy to be ranked high with the Bethune-Cookman’s and South Carolina State’s of the world,” said Reed. “We take it as an honor, but we understand that its preseason and that it celebrates accomplishments from last year. We have to focus on the season.”

The Tigers finished 10-4 in 2013 with a win over nationally ranked Jacksonville State Butler in the FCS playoffs.



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