Jacksonville Picked Third In Preseason PFL Poll

Jacksonville Picked Third In Preseason PFL Poll

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Pioneer Football League announced the 2014 Preseason Coaches' Poll with Jacksonville University being picked third in a preseason vote of the league's coaches.

The Dolphins received the second most first place votes with a total of three building to their total of 80 points. San Diego received five of a possible 10 first-place votes and 90 of a maximum 100 points as coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team in the poll. Dayton was ranked second with 82 points despite not receiving a first-place vote. Butler rounds out the league's top four with two first-place votes and 77 points.

The upcoming 2014 season marks the 22nd year for the Pioneer Football League – the nation's only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league will feature 11 teams each playing an eight-game schedule to determine the league champion and recipient of the automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA FCS Championship.

Jacksonville battled through another injury-filled campaign and finished with a 4-4 league mark last season. Head coach Kerwin Bell enters his eighth season with an all-new Milne Field. The preseason focus has been on wide receiver Andrew Robustelli (51 receptions, 1,063 yards and 11 TDs), who has been named to both The Sports Network's Preseason All-America squad and the College Football Performance Awards Preseason Watch List. The Dolphins defense will be anchored by lineman Maroa White (55 tackles, 9 sacks), who will be backed up by linebacker Mike Klein (76 tackles).

Jacksonville will begin the 2014 campaign on Saturday, August 30, at Southeastern Louisiana. The 22nd season of PFL regular-season action gets underway in Jacksonville, Florida for a second consecutive year, when San Diego meets Jacksonville in a Saturday, Sept. 13 contest. The match-up also marks the debut of the newly renovated D.B. Milne Field Stadium Complex.

For ticket information contact the Jacksonville Athletics Ticket Office at 904-256-7400.

Pioneer Football League 2014 Preseason Coaches' Poll
Team                    Points
1. San Diego (5)    90
2. Dayton              82
3. Jacksonville (3)  80
4. Butler (2)          77
5. Drake (1)          73
6. Marist                61
7. Campbell           38
8. Morehead State  35
9. Stetson              30
10. Davidson          20
11. Valparaiso        19
• First-place votes in parentheses.
• 10 points awarded for a first-place vote, with one point less for each succeeding place. (Maximum score = 100)
• Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.