ODESSA - Texas A&M University-Kingsville was picked to finish third in the 2017 Lone Star Conference Football Media Day poll Thursday at MCM Elegante Hotel in Odessa. The Javelinas, who ended 2016 on a seven-game win streak and nine overall wins, finished third last season. The 2016 LSC Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year Brandon Jones received conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. The junior returns after tallying 9.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss and was named to the College Football America Yearbook Division II Starting Lineup yesterday.
The Javelinas received one first-place vote and 177 total. Nationally-ranked Texas A&M University-Commerce is the favorite after three consecutive regular season championships, earning 21 first-place votes and 229 total. Midwestern State University is next with two first-place votes and 192 points. The Hogs sit at No. 3, followed by Eastern New Mexico University (136 points), Tarleton State University (one first-place, 135 total), Angelo State University (114 points) and West Texas A&M University (97). Western New Mexico University and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (one first place vote) tied for eighth with 45 points apiece.
ENMU's Kamal Cass and A&M-Commerce's Luis Perez tied for LSC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
The season begins at home under the historic lights of Javelina Stadium Sept. 2 when the Hogs look for their eighth consecutive win, hosting Central Washington University at 7 p.m.
Courtesy: Texas A&M Kingsville Athletics
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