Stony Brook Tabbed Preseason No. 22 in the AFCA FCS Coaches' Poll
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Monday brought more preseason recognition for the Stony Brook football program as the 2018 AFCA (America Football Coaches Association) Preseason FCS Coaches' Poll was release. The Seawolves, coming off their best season in years with 10 wins overall and seven CAA Football victories in 2017, will enter the season ranked 22nd. Stony Brook closed out the 2017 season ranked 11th in the final coaches' poll after an opening round win over Lehigh in the NCAA Division I Championship and a loss at then-No. 1 James Madison in the second round. The AFCA FCS Coaches' poll is voted on by a panel of head coaches from around the nation. This is the first year the AFCA will administer the poll, which has previously been run by the Southern Conference. Stony Brook's 120 overall points placed them 22nd, eight points behind Furman and one point ahead of Austin Peay. The Seawolves are one of six CAA Football schools ranked in the poll that also includes second-ranked JMU, No. 9 New Hampshire, 13th-ranked Elon, 16th-ranked Delaware and Villanova at 19th. The Seawolves open the season at FBS opponent Air Force in Colorado Springs on Sept. 1 before hosting Bryant in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium for a 6 p.m. kickoff on Sept. 8.