Bulldogs picked second in MSC West
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Bulldogs picked second in MSC West

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University’s football team was picked second in the West Division in a vote of Mid-South Conference coaches released this week. The Bulldogs trailed the Univ. of the Cumberlands by one point in the final tally.

Cumberland received three first-place votes and 33 total points, while the Univ. of the Cumberlands picked up the other four first-place votes and 34 total points. CU and UC met in a de facto conference championship game on the final week of the 2010 season, with the Patriots claiming a 52-27 victory and earning a spot in the NAIA playoffs.

Shorter University was selected third and Bethel University was picked fourth, while Union College, Faulkner University and Belhaven University rounded out the poll.

Cumberland returns 13 starters and 37 letterwinners from last year’s 8-3 club, just the third eight-win season since the program was revived in 1990. Six starters and seven other players who saw significant action return for a defense that led the Mid-South Conference and ranked in the Top 10 nationally in almost every statistical category, including All-Conference players Stephon Ransom and Ben Miller at linebacker and cornerbacks Allanté McLemore and Chris Simpson.

The offensive line returns almost completely intact for sixth-year head coach Dewayne Alexander along with running back Lemeco Miller, who amassed 1,291 all-purpose yards last season. Redshirt freshman Reed Gurchiek, who was injured in the 2010 season opener at Austin Peay, will begin fall camp as the starting quarterback.

Cumberland was ranked 18th in the Victory Sports Network Preseason Poll while Ransom was recognized as a Preseason All-American by Consensus Draft Services. Ransom, punt returner Daniel Dayton and punter Tyler Emmetts were all named top players at their positions by the Victory Sports Network heading into the 2011 campaign.

The Bulldogs report to campus August 5 and begin practice August 10 in preparation for the season opener September 3 at Lindsey Wilson. Cumberland’s first home game is September 17 against Kentucky Christian at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

WEST DIVISION
Team

Points (1st place votes)

2010 MSC West record

2010 record

1. Univ. of the Cumberlands

34 (4)

5-1

7-4

2. Cumberland Univ.

33 (3)

4-2

8-3

3. Shorter Univ.

25

2-4

5-6

4. Bethel Univ.

18

3-3

5-5

5. Union College

16

4-2

7-4

6. Faulkner Univ.

11

2-4

3-7

7. Belhaven Univ.

10

1-5

4-7

EAST DIVISION
Team

Points (1st place votes)

2010 MSC East record

2010 record

1. Georgetown College

24 (4)

6-0

8-3

2. Campbellsville Univ.

22 (2)

5-1

7-5

3. Lindsey Wilson

15

4-2

5-6

t4. Univ. of Pikeville

12

2-4

2-8

t4. UVA-Wise

12

3-3

3-8

6. Kentucky Christian

5

0-6

0-11

West Virginia Tech*

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1-5

2-9


* - WVU Tech is ineligible for MSC regular season championship