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Furman 11th in poll; Wofford 20th

GREENVILLE -- Coming off an impressive 46-13 season opening win on Saturday, Furman has climbed six slots to 11th in the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Poll, which was released Monday.

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The Paladins (1-0), ranked 17th in the preseason poll and the top-ranked Southern Conference team in this week’s poll, tallied 295 points, just five shy of 10th-ranked Nicholls

Reigning national champion North Dakota State remained No. 1 in the poll followed by James Madison, South Dakota State, UC Davis, and Eastern Washington, who round out the top five.

Wofford, which lost Saturday at South Carolina State, fell from eight to No. 20.

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Furman's Atkins honored

GREENVILLE -- Furman All-America kicker Grayson Atkins was named Southern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for this performance in the Paladins’ 46-13 season-opening victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday.

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Atkins, a 2018 Associated Press Second Team All-America selection and the SoCon’s top multi-faceted specialist, contributed significantly in the win over CSU, tallying eight points, averaging 45.0 yards on four punts, and depositing six of eight kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

PC schedules Mercer

CLINTON – The Presbyterian College football team has added a game with Southern Conference foe Mercer to be played on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. inside Bailey Memorial Stadium.

“After the disappointment of last week’s cancellation, we are excited to be able to get back on the field against a good Mercer team at home this weekend,” said head coach Tommy Spangler. “I am excited to be able to get back in front of our home fans and get the season underway.”

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The matchup with the Bears will serve as the regular season and home opener for the Blue Hose and extends the home stand to three straight contests to open the 2019 season. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since 1941 and first time the two have met in Clinton since 1937.

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