Furman was back in familiar territory last season, atop the Southern Conference standings. The Paladins tied UT-Chattanooga and Samford for the league title last season and made it to the second round of the FCS playoffs before losing to eventual national champion North Dakota State.
Bruce Fowler goes into his fourth season with 15 returning starters including quarterback Reese Hannon. The junior from Greer passed for 1748 yards and 7 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions. Also returning is thousand yard rusher Hank McCloud.
Defensively the Paladins will be led by defensive end Gary Wilkins and and linebacker Marcus McMorris. Wilkins had 79 tackles with 5.5 sacks last season and McMorris totaled 113 tackles.
The Paladins open the season at home August 30th against Gardner-Webb then play three straight on the road including their SOCON opener in week two at Mercer where they will face former Furman coach and quarterback Bobby Lamb.