PITMAN, N.J. – The Salisbury University football team were slated to finish second in the annual New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released by the conference on Monday.
Salisbury collected a first-place vote and finished behind the preseason favorite Wesley, who received three first-place votes. Three of the final four first-place votes went to Montclair St., who were picked third in the poll while Christopher Newport nabbed the final first-place vote and was selected to finish fourth as the "dark horse" in the NJAC. Rowan, Kean, TCNJ and William Paterson rounded the preseason poll.
In each of the five years of affiliate membership in the NJAC, Salisbury has been picked in the top-three in the polls.
The 2018 team finished the season with an 8-3 overall record and a 7-2 mark in the NJAC. The Sea Gulls concluded the season with an appearance in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Asa S. Bushnell Bowl, their 15th consecutive season with a postseason bid. The conference runners-up last season, Salisbury returns five All-NJAC honorees, including senior linebacker Patrick Bernardo, senior defensive lineman Matthew McFarland, senior linebacker Harold Kwigova, senior offensive lineman Tyler Norwood, and junior defensive back Sean Carroll.
Salisbury opens the 2019 season on the road on Friday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. against the Albright Lions.
To view the poll in its entirety, click here.