Birmingham – The Gulf South Conference released its pre-season outlook on Thursday afternoon with North Greenville clocking in at number seven in the annual pre-season rankings.
The Crusaders rank just ahead of Mississippi College and Shorter who chime in at eight and nine in the rankings which are voted on by each of the nine head coaches in the league. North Greenville and Mississippi College are yet to meet on the field after the 2018 match-up was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. NGU dealt Shorter a lopsided 41-7 four weeks later.
Among the top of the conference rests defending Gulf South and National Champion Valdosta State who received eight first-place votes. West Georgia (2) and West Alabama (3) were next in line with West Florida (4), Florida Tech (5), and Delta State (6) rounding out the top six.
North Greenville upended two of the top six teams in 2018, downing West Alabama in a thriller which came down to the final minute while easing past Delta State 33-20 on the road in Cleveland, Mississippi.
North Greenville finished its inaugural season as Gulf South Member with a 3-4 record in conference. The Crusaders will open up fall camp in just over a week with the 2019 opener set for September 5th against Newberry. The first conference game of the season will pit NGU versus the Choctaws in week three down in Clinton, Mississippi.
- Valdosta State
- West Georgia
- West Alabama
- West Florida
- Florida Tech
- Delta State
- North Greenville
- Mississippi College
EXTRA: The league also released its annual "Top Newcomers (LINK)" list on Thursday with four NGU players making the cut. Among the names are a pair of freshman in Dre Williams and Micah Bryant while transfers Logan Byrd and Tyler Bell also landed on the list. Williams, a local talent from Greer High School will help bolster the NGU runningbacks spot while Bryant, a Hemmingway Native, will add quality depth to the linebacker spot.
Two transfers also made the list including another running back in Tyler Bell who made his way to Tigerville from Wake Forest and Logan Byrd, former University of North Carolina signal-caller will battle for the number one spot at quarterback.
LINK: Aaron Watson named Pre-Season All-Conference
LINK: 2019 Gulf South Football Media Guide