DURANT–Southeastern football will enter 2018 picked to finish fourth according to the the Great American Conference Preseason Poll released on Thursday by the league office.
The Savage Storm earned 86 points in the voting as well as garnering one of the 12 first-place votes and was tied with Arkansas Tech in the poll which had the same point total minus the first-place vote.
Harding was named the preseason favorite with 118 points and eight first-place votes, while Ouachita Baptist was next in line with 111 points and two first-place nods.
Southern Arkansas checked in third with 91 points and the remaining first-place vote, while Henderson State was sixth with 81 points.
Arkansas-Monticello was picked seventh, followed by Northwestern Oklahoma State and Southern Nazarene.
Southwestern Oklahoma State was next in at 10th, with East Central and Oklahoma Baptist rounding out the poll.
SE finished the 2017 season with a 7-4 record overall which included a six-game winning streak and a season-ending win over rival ECU.
The Storm return its top four rushers from a season ago, highlighted by Rashod Polk who finished with 727 yards and seven touchdowns, as well as two of its top three receivers in Jaylen Sims and Skye Lowe who combined for 60 catches, nearly 800 yards and four touchdowns.
Southeastern opens the 2018 season Aug. 30 in at home when it hosts Southern Nazarene at 6 p.m. at Paul Laird Field.
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