WISE - - With five returning seniors, the UVa-Wise defensive line will look to continue their success stopping the run, a year ago opponents gained just 100.1 yards per game against the Cavaliers' front seven. The 100.1 rushing yards per game allowed set a new program record.
WISE - - Optimism abounds around the football program at UVa-Wise. A year after posting a 6-5 record and the program's first winning record since 2008, second-year head coach Dane Damron's crew returns 14 starters for the 2017 season. The five-win improvement in 2016 caught the attention of coaches throughout the Mountain East Conference as the Cavaliers were picked fourth in this year's preseason coaches' poll.
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - - UVa-Wise was picked to finish fourth in the 2017 Mountain East Conference Preseason Football Poll that was announced at the league's annual football media day Tuesday. The Cavaliers are coming off a 6-5 campaign and return 14 starters from last season. Shepherd University was picked to win its third consecutive league crown after garnering eight first place votes and 98 voting points.
WISE - - The 2017 Mountain East Conference Football Media Day will take place Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. at the league office in Brideport, W.Va. Fans can watch the festivities live by logging on to mountaineast.org as the preseason poll will be announced. Additionally, coaches from each of the league's 11 football playing institutions will be on hand to give their remarks heading into preseason camp.