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Eagles picked 7th in preseason polls

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Both the Southern Conference football coaches and the SoCon Sports Media Association have selected Georgia Southern for a seventh-place finish in their respective 2010 preseason polls. Both polls tabbed Appalachian State as the preseason favorite to win the league crown in 2010 with seven top votes from the coaches and 22 from media members.
    The next two picks were identical in both polls with Elon selected second, earning two first-place votes and receiving 58 total points from the coaches and six first-place votes from the media, and Furman in the number-three spot.
    In the coaches’ poll, Furman led a pack of four teams separated by just five points.  The Paladins were slotted third (41 points) with Samford (39) fourth, just two points behind Furman and two ahead of Chattanooga, which was tabbed fifth. Wofford was chosen to finish sixth in preseason balloting with Georgia Southern, under the direction of new Eagles’ head coach Jeff Monken, in seventh place with 25 points.
    Chattanooga, fourth in the media poll with 157 points, was just ahead of Wofford among the media members’ selections with 152 points. Samford earned one first-place vote and its 141 points were good for sixth place in the preseason list. The Eagles 116-point total placed them seventh place in the media poll.
    The Citadel (14) was picked eighth while Western Carolina (11) rounded out the coaches’ picks. In the media poll, Western Carolina was eighth (52) with The Citadel in the final spot (45).

Russell, Scott named All-SoCon
    Georgia Southern sophomore defensive tackle Brent Russell and junior defensive back Laron Scott earned preseason All-Conference honors as announced by the Southern Conference  Monday. Voting was completed by the league’s head football coaches. Russell was selected for defensive first-team honors while Scott was placed on the second team defense.
    Russell, who was named College Sporting News FCS Freshman of the Year for 2009, was selected to the All-SoCon first team by the media and second team by the league’s coaches at the end of the 2009 season. Both Russell and Scott landed on Phil Steele’s preseason honors list for 2010. Russell was named to the preseason FCS All-America second team and All-Southern Conference first team while Scott earned a place on the media organization’s All-Southern Conference preseason second team.
    The Sports Network tabbed Russell as a member of its 2010 preseason All-America third team.