Carrollton, GA – The West Georgia Wolves were rated among the nation’s Monday when the American Football Coaches Association released their first AFCA Coaches’ Poll of the 2019 football season. The Wolves placed 15th in the season’s initial balloting, conducted by 31 Division II head coaches from around the country.
West Georgia was no stranger to the national rankings a year ago. Coach David Dean and the Wolves rose to as high as the number three spot nationally after winning their first 10 games of the 2019 season. However, loss to Valdosta State in the regular season finale, followed by a playoff setback at the hands of Wingate dropped UWG down the 16th spot in the AFCA’s post season ratings.
The Wolves are one-of-three Gulf South Conference teams rated in Monday’s preseason poll. Valdosta State, the D-II champ a year ago, claimed the top spot while receiving 28-of-31 first place votes. West Alabama, also a playoff team a year ago, was ranked in the 24th spot. Also, three other opponents on this year’s UWG schedule receive votes in the AFCA Poll: GSC members West Florida and Florida Tech, plus non-conference foe Albany State.
West Georgia begins its new season September 7 with a visit to Salisbury, N.C., and a date with the Catawba Indians. The Wolves are back on the road a week later to face Limestone in Gaffney, S.C. The 2019 home opener is September 21 when Albany State visits Ra-Lin Field for a 7 p.m. kickoff.