Rude welcome for Tigers in SIAC preseason poll

SSU is picked to finish last in the SIAC East

Tigers picked dead last in SIAC East preseason poll

ATLANTA, Ga. (WTOC) - Savannah State’s return season to the SIAC is not expected to be very successful, according to the league’s coaches and sports information directors.

The Tigers are picked to finish last in the East division in the preseason poll, which was released at Tuesday’s Media Day in Atlanta.

Not only was Savannah State predicted to place 6th, the Tigers also have no players selected to the Preseason All-SIAC First or Second Teams.

“We’re not picked very well or any of that stuff. Great!” laughs head coach Shawn Quinn. "I’m just glad they’re going to let us line up and hopefully they’ll let us have 11 and maybe even wear helmets.”

All kidding aside, Quinn says his Tigers know they’ll have to prove themselves as the conference newcomers in 2019.

“We have to earn our stripes, no pun intended,” he says. "We’re a two win football team. I wouldn’t rank us very high. We’re going to have to do our talking on the field.”

WTOC is in Atlanta to get the Tigers’ comments on the 2019 season and remarks from the rest of the conference on SSU’s return to the SIAC.

SIAC PRESEASON POLL

Eastern Division

1. Albany State (3)

2. Benedict (2)

3. Morehouse (1)

4. Fort Valley State

5. Clark Atlanta

6. Savannah State

Western Division

1. Miles (2)

2. Tuskegee (2)

3. Central State (3)

4. Lane

5. Kentucky State

*first-place votes in parenthesis

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