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Pair of Wofford football players transfer to FBS programs

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Wofford continues to be pumping out players ready to take a shot playing at the FBS level. On Wednesday, two Wofford players officially announced their intent to transfer to FBS programs with defensive lineman Thad Mangum heading to USF and offensive lineman Josh Burger officially heading to Texas Tech. Both players announced their graduate transfer decisions on their respective Twitter accounts on Wednesday.

Mangum will be using a sixth year of eligibility to play at USF. The NCAA granted Mangum the sixth year of eligibility because he suffered a knee injury during his redshirt senior year at Wofford last fall. At Wofford, Mangum played in 37 games and recorded 86 tackles and seven sacks. Mangum will arrive at USF with a chance to compete for a starting role with his new program with USF looking to pug some holes on the defensive line this season.

Like Mangum, Burger will have one final year of eligibility he will be suing at Texas Tech. Burger is an experienced starter after starting 25 games for Wofford and earning All-Southern Conference accolades twice. South Florida was also reportedly a program interested din Burger as a transfer option, which is not surprising given the recent buzz about USF and the transfer portal. Also like Mangum, Burger will be given a chance to compete right away for a starting job on Texas Tech’s offensive line.

Burger is the second offensive lineman this offseason to leave Wofford for a P5 program at the FBS level. Blake Jeresaty recently moved to Illinois.

Defending national champion James Madison takes No. 1 seed in FCS playoffs

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Last week the playoff field for Division 2 and Division 3 was set, and we are still two weeks away from learning what four teams will compete in the fourth College Football Playoff. Today it was the FCS playoff field that was unveiled for the first time. Not surprisingly, defending national champion James Madison, the top-ranked team in FCS, took the top spot in the 24-team field.

At 11-0, it was expected the Dukes would be the number one overall seed. The Colonial Athletic Association champions are in the FCS playoffs for a fourth-straight season. The number two seed is a familiar name to those following FCS football. North Dakota State (10-1) took the second overall seed in the playoff field. The five-time national champs remains a force to reckon with once again and will hope to get a shot at playoff revenge against James Madison in this year’s championship game. It was James Madison that eliminated the Bison from the postseason last year with a 27-17 upset in the semifinals.

JMU went on to top Bo Pelini and Youngstown State in the championship game after the unseeded Penguins went on a miraculous run to the championship game. Youngstown State had taken out the No. 3 seed Jacksonville State (40-24) and No. 2 seed Eastern Washington (40-38) before falling against the No. 4 seeded Dukes. Youngstown State did not reach the postseason this year.

Jacksonville State takes the three-seed, followed by Central Arkansas, South Dakota State, Sam Houston State, Wofford and Southern Utah. Other automatic entrants through conference championship automatic qualifiers include Kennesaw State, Central Connecticut State, Lehigh, and San Diego. At-large teams making the field include Northern Arizona, Weber State, Monmouth, Elon, New Hampshire, Stony Brook, South Dakota, Northern Iowa, Western Illinois, Furman, Samford, and Nicholls State.

You can view the full bracket HERE.