Ferrum will finish third according to the poll of the USA South coaches taken at the 2011 Media Day at Christopher Newport University. The CNU Captains are picked to win the conference. The coaches mirrored my predictions posted one day earlier, with the exception of our disagreeing on the Panthers and NC Wesleyan placement. The coaches poll, has NCW 2nd with Ferrum 3rd, and I have those two picks inverted.
Coach David Harper, making his first appearance as head coach at Media Day, gave a good synopsis of what the Panthers experience levels at the different positions this season. He indicated some changes that may be made to address their lack of speed in the linebacker position, and noted the lack of returnees along the defensive line. While Special Teams are a concern of coach Harper, he also lauded the ability of Marcus Mayo who is returning for his Senior season. When asked if Ferrum will again be operating out of the Wishbone, coach Harper quickly replied, "we will be an option team.".
Stay tuned, it should be a fun year. Look for Shenandoah to play a key roll int the conference title outcome.