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Tigers Named D2 HBCU National Champions By Box-To-Row

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. — The Benedict Tigers finished the inaugural HBCU Division II Coaches Poll powered by BOXTOROW as the No. 1 team in the final poll. Benedict received all but one first-place vote.

“To God be the Glory! I’m extremely grateful that our peers voted us as the No. 1 team in all of D2 HBCU football,” said Benedict head football coach Chennis Berry. “Thank you to all of my coaches, support staff, and of course my amazing student-athletes for their hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. I’m grateful that they are able to see the fruits of their labor! What a blessed year we had… Praise God!”

CIAA champion Fayetteville State was No. 2 followed by Virginia Union at No. 3. Benedict, Fayetteville State, and Virginia Union all made NCAA playoff appearances. Fort Valley State was No. 4 and Tuskegee was No. 5.

The HBCU Division II Coaches Poll powered by BOXTOROW is administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW, and is voted on by the HBCU NCAA Division II coaches.

2022 HBCU Division II Coaches Poll powered by BOXTOROW
(Records through November 26, 2022)

No.TeamW-LPtsLast Week
1Benedict (19)11-11991
2Fayetteville State9-31742
3Virginia Union (1)9-21653
4Fort Valley State8-21354
7Albany State7-3857
8Bowie State6-4578
9Virginia State6-4389
10West Virginia State7-42910

Others receiving votes: Savannah State (5-5) 3, Lane (5-5) 1, Edward Waters (5-6) 1.
(1st place votes in parentheses)

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