The Lions played in the spring of 2021 and went 4-3, with a 4-2 in the Southland Conference. The Lions could be the favorite in the new-look SLC in the fall, as the league returns just six teams. Five programs left the conference after the spring football season, four of which went to the Western Athletic Conference and one of which went to the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The Lions will be led by quarterback Cole Kelley, who the FCS Walter Payton Award as the nation’s top offensive player and earned All-America honors from multiple outlets. The Southland Conference Player of the Year threw for 2,662 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for team-high seven touchdowns.
The Lions open the season on Sept. 4 at home against North Alabama.
The FCS section of the College Football America 2021 Yearbook features 28 pages of content including:
- National FCS preview;
- FCS preseason Starting Lineup;
- Preview of each FCS conference;
- Capsules for every FCS team, including 2020 results and 2021 schedules;
- Twenty color action, coach and stadium photos.
The College Football America 2021 Yearbook features more than 900 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 CFA staff.
The print edition is available online via Amazon.com and other major retailers such as Barnes & Noble.