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Chants projected to win Big South

ATLANTA, GA (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina football has been tabbed to win the Big South Conference yet again in the 2015 football season. The picks were revealed at the Big South's 2015 Media Days, and CCU garnered 139 points along with 15 first-place votes. Liberty was second with 129 and six. The Chants have won a share of the conference each of the last three years, and last season went 12-2, making it to the national quarterfinals for a second straight season, and closed the year ranked fifth in the country.

Alex Ross was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year. He is coming off of surgery on his hand, but has returned to full health. Last season he threw for 3,389 yards and 20 touchdowns against only seven interceptions. He also ran for 691 yards and nine scores.

Ross was one of several Chanticleers honored in those preseason accolades. He was also named preseason all-Big South first team offense, along with De'Angelo Henderson (RB), Bruce Mapp (WR), John Israel (WR) and Voghens Larrieux (OL). Two Chants were named to the first team defensive squad: defensive linemen Calvin Hollenhorst and Roderick Holder. Devin Brown was also named an all-Big South first team specialist as a kick returner.

The Chants kick off the season Saturday, September 5th at Furman. Kickoff is at 7:00. Below is the projected order of finish for the conference:

1. COASTAL CAROLINA (15 first-place votes), 139 points
2. Liberty (6), 129
3. Charleston Southern, 106
4. Presbyterian, 72
5. Gardner-Webb, 57
6. Monmouth, 53
7. Kennesaw State, 32

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