2019 College Football America Yearbook excerpt: Division II preview

The 2019 College Football America Yearbook is out now at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com and provides a preview for more than 900 college football teams and more than 90 college football conferences.

For the next several days we’re providing excerpts from our overall division preview for FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA, junior college and U Sports (Canada).

Today you’ll find an excerpt from our Division II preview below, written by Chuck Cox:

Valdosta StateGo ahead, admit it. You kind of forgot about Valdosta State, didn’t you? It’s okay. Since winning their third Division II title in the span of eight years in 2012, the Blazers have been pretty much AWOL from the national scene.

Heck, Valdosta only won five games two seasons ago, finishing in the middle of the Gulf South Conference pack. Not even a blip on the Division II postseason radar. The fire appeared to have died out. Not so much.

The Blazers came roaring to life last season, rolling to a perfect 14-0 record and holding off Ferris State, 49-47, for the national championship in McKinney, Texas, under head coach Kerwin Bell. By the way, that makes four national championships under three different head coaches for the Blazers. If Valdosta State repeats, it will be five titles under four different head coaches.

Gary Goff, a former Blazer standout, takes over for Bell, who is now the offensive coordinator at the University of South Florida. Goff might owe Bell a steak dinner for the full cupboard he left him.

Ferris State Jayru Campbell is in the 2019 College Football America Yearbook. (RoadTripSports.com photo by Matthew Postins)

Cox then outlines the Blazers’ top returning players, their main competition in the form of the Ferris State Bulldogs and the other Division II programs that could play a role in deciding this year’s champion. Plus, we preview every conference and have capsules for all 167 Division III teams, including 2018 results and 2019 schedules. Plus, there are photos of players like Ferris State QB Jayru Campbell, who happens to be on our Division II section cover.

The 2019 College Football America Yearbook features more than 930 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFAY staff.

The print edition is available online via Amazon.com and other major retailers such as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million.

2019 Book links:

Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/2Gcb20X

BarnesandNoble.com: http://bit.ly/2jQUN1F

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