CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern is ranked in both major national polls once again. CSU finished No. 14 in the FCS Coaches Poll and No. 15 in the STATS FCS Top 25, marking the second straight year and third time in four years it has concluded the season among the nation's elite.
CSU captured its second consecutive Big South Conference championship and FCS playoff berth in 2016. The Bucs beat three ranked teams in the process, including convincing victories over Liberty and Kennesaw State to clinch the league crown. CSU landed a league-high 11 players on the All-Big South teams, headlined by the Defensive (Anthony Ellis) and Special Teams (Darius Hammond) Players of the Year.
CSU was ranked in the top-ten of at least one of the two polls for nine weeks this year. The program has now been ranked in the top 25 for 22 weeks in a row dating back to 2015.