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@BCUGridIron Ranked No. 17 in Lindy’s Preseason Top 25

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Bethune-Cookman University was ranked No. 17 in the Lindy’s Sports Annuals Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Preseason Top 25 rankings released in the publication’s college preview magazine.

A season ago, the Wildcats claimed the outright Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) crown, finishing the league season with an undefeated record of 8-0. It was the school’s first 8-0 season and the fifth MEAC crown since joining the league in 1980. It was also the second league title in three years under current head coach Brian Jenkins, as the Maroon and Gold finished the campaign 9-3 overall and advanced to the FCS Playoffs for the fourth time in school history.

Meanwhile, Terrance Hackney has been named to the Lindy’s All-FCS First Team on offense. A 6-6, 310-pound junior offensive tackle from Chapel Hill, N.C., Hackney was tabbed to numerous All-America teams following the 2012 season. That included The Sports Network (Third Team), BSN (First Team) and SBN (First Team), in addition to being paraded as MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Hackney helped anchor a Bethune-Cookman offensive line unit that paved the way for a MEAC-leading 4,665 yards of total offense. That total includes a league-leading 2,928 yards on the ground. Hackney's blocking exploits were instrumental in placing Bethune-Cookman atop the conference in scoring offense (29.4 points per game).

Bethune-Cookman was also Lindy's preseason choice in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, followed by South Carolina State and Florida A&M.

The Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman begin the season Sunday, Sept. 1, traveling to Tennessee State in Nashville, Tenn. A time for kickoff will be announced at a later date.

To purchase tickets for the 2013 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats football season, call the B-CU Ticket Office at 386-481-2465 or visit

For the latest information on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, follow us on Twitter, @BCUGridIron, and make sure to ‘Like Us’ on Facebook at /BCUathletics.

Lindy's 2013 FCS Preseason Top 25
1. North Dakota State
2. Georgia Southern
3. Montana State
4. South Dakota State
5. Wofford
6. Eastern Washington
7. Central Arkansas
8. Towson
9. Villanova
10. Sam Houston State
11. New Hampshire
12. Appalachian State
13. Northern Iowa
14. Stony Brook
15. Coastal Carolina
16. Northern Arizona
17. Bethune-Cookman
18. Eastern Illinois
19. Youngstown State
20. Chattanooga
21. Richmond
22. Illinois State
23. Montana
24. Wagner
25. Tennessee State

Lindy's 2013 All-FCS Team
First Team Offense
QB Gavin McCarney, Sr., Colgate
RB Shakir Bell, Sr., Indiana State
RB Zach Zenner, Jr., South Dakota State
WR Jordan Harris, Sr., Bryant
WR Erik Lora, Sr., Eastern Illinois
TE A.C. Leonard, Jr., Tennessee State
OL Michael Bamiro, Sr., Stony Brook
OL Terrance Hackney, Jr., Bethune-Cookman
OL Billy Turner, Sr., North Dakota State
OL Bryan Witzmann, Sr., South Dakota State
AP Walter Powell, Sr., Murray State
K Eddie Camara, Jr., Central Arkansas

First Team Defense
DL Robert Simpson, Sr., Mississippi Valley State
DL Davis Tull, Jr., Chattanooga
DL Colton Underwood, Sr., Illinois State
DL Zack Wagenmann, Jr., Montana
LB Wes Dothard, Sr., Chattanooga
LB Stephon Robertson, Sr., James Madison
LB Jordan Tripp, Sr., Montana
DB Steven Godbolt III, Jr., Tennessee State
DB T.J. Lee III, Sr., Eastern Washington
DB Jaquiski Tartt, Jr., Samford
DB Marcus Williams, Sr., North Dakota State
RET Fabian Truss, Sr., Samford
P Andy Wilder, Sr., Northern Arizona

Second Team Offense
QB DeNarius McGhee, Sr., Montana State
RB Timothy Flanders, Sr., Sam Houston State
RB Terrance West, Jr., Towson
WR R.J. Harris, Jr., New Hampshire
WR Sean Price, So., Appalachian State
TE MyCole Pruitt, Jr., Southern Illinois
OL Arinze Agada, Sr., McNeese State
OL Garrett Frye, Jr., Georgia Southern
OL Eric Pike, Sr., Towson
OL William Ray Robinson, Jr., North Carolina A&T
OL Kadeem Williams, Sr., Albany
AP Tyler Varga, Jr., Yale
K Adam Keller, Jr., North Dakota State

Second Team Defense
DL Antoine Lewis, Sr., Villanova
DL Juan Pimienta, Sr., Jacksonville
DL Caraun Reid, Sr., Princeton
DL Lynden Trail, Jr., Norfolk State
LB Quinn Backus, Jr., Coastal Carolina
LB Dorian Bell, Sr., Duquesne
LB Ben Johnson, Sr., UT Martin
DB Anders Battle, Sr., Northern Arizona
DB Jestin Love, Sr., Central Arkansas
DB Caleb Schaffitzel, Jr., Missouri State
DB Matthew Steinbeck, Jr., Bucknell
RET Anthony Gaffney, So., Princeton
P Bobby Wenzig, Sr., Alabama State

Most Valuable Player: Zach Zenner, RB, South Dakota State
Offensive Player of the Year: Erik Lora, WR, Eastern Illinois
Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Williams, CB, North Dakota State
Newcomer of the Year: Bryan Bennett, QB SE Louisiana

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