Today during the Big South Football Media Day, Gardner-Webb was picked to finish 3rd in the conference behind #2 Liberty and #1 Coastal Carolina.
The Runnin' Bulldogs will be under new head coach Carroll McCray and will have 10 starters back on defense and 9 back on offense including quarterback and former Olympic High star Lucas Beatty.
Gardner-Webb also put 7 players on the preseason all-conference team. On offense, WR Kenny Cook and TE Seth Cranfill made the team. On defense, defensive linemen Preston Pemasa and Matt Goods made the team as well as LB Tanner Burch. Special teams wise, long snapper Husdon Smith garnered all conference status as well as kick returner J.J. Hubbard.
GW opens the season August 31st when they host Furman at Spangler Stadium in Boiling Springs.