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BRIDGEPORT - The Mountain East Conference held its annual media day for football on Friday in Bridgeport. Coaches and representatives from all 11 teams were on hand.

Commissioner Reid Amos unveiled the conference's preseason poll where the Shepherd Rams were picked to win the MEC again.

"If you look at it from top to bottom, and almost all of our coaches talked about it already, every week is going to be a challenge and I guarantee it is," said the Rams' head coach Monte Cater. "It's exciting to work everyday, but you're going to be challenged and if you're not ready on Saturdays you may put one in the wrong column."

Cater added that he was surprised to be picked to win. Here is the full poll:

1. Shepherd

2. Concord

3. Charleston

4. Glenville State

5. West Virginia Wesleyan

6. Urbana

T7. Notre Dame College

T7. West Liberty

9. Fairmont State

10. UVa-Wise

11. West Virginia State

FAIRMONT STATE (3-7, 2-7)

The Falcons will enter it's second year under head coach Jason Woodman.

Last year Fairmont featured one of the youngest teams in the conference and it resulted in a 3-7 record. The team also finished in the bottom half in the conference in both points scored and points allowed.

Woodman believes his team really improved in recruiting. That incoming class is headlined by Kennedy Award winner and former Morgantown High School star Chazzy Thomas, and a slue of instate recruits.

"That's something that has been lacking in the program here at Fairmont State in the past was the local pride and what it means to be a Falcon and what it means to represent Fairmont State," he said. "We kind of accomplished two things and luckily we are right down the interstate from a lot of really great talent."

WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN (5-5, 5-4)

In Buckhannon, the Bobcats look to surprise everyone again in 2014. 

Wesleyan is picked to finish fifth in the conference, right where it finished the 2013 season.

Coach George Shehl is back and that should be music to the players' ears. Wesleyan had been a revolving door of coaches in the past few season.

Last year the Bobcats improved dramatically from week one to eleven.

Shehl also returns all but one assistant coach.

"On a day to day basis they get coached by their position coach. Those are the guys that manage them, and manage them every single day and their personal development," he said. "On a roster of 120 kids, the head coach can only coach each individual so much and having our entire coaching staff back is really, really important."


GLENVILLE STATE (6-5, 5-4)

The coaches voted Glenville State to finish 4th in the conference.

The Pioneers finished very strong in 2013 winning four of its last five games. Glenville also featured one of the most exciting running backs in Rahmann Lee who led the conference in yards, yards per game and yards per carry.

This year the Pioneers add Division I transfer Tevin Drake from Central Michigan University, giving the backfield a bit of thunder and lightening.

"We have two different styles," said Lee. "I'm more of a quick guy who can also dip his shoulder, he's a guy that dips his should first but can also show his speed in the open field. It's a great balance and I can come out and get a drink of water and he can keep the pressure up on the defense as far as rushing the ball."

"Tevin wears number one and Rahmann wears number two and you'll see them both. We'd be crazy as coaches if we don't give them the ball a lot," said head coach Dave Hutchinson. "They're both very talented, they're good people and good students in the classroom. They're leaders of our team and that's a pretty good nickname, I hope Rahmann didn't hear that he may want to use that."


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