Valdosta State football earned the No. 11 ranking in the first NCAA Division II Coach's poll of 2017.
VSU finished 18th in the nation at the end of last year.
North Alabama (5) is the only Gulf South Conference team with a higher ranking.
Valdosta State is going into year two of the Kerwin Bell Experience.
The Blazers received the news on the heels of Sunday night's intersquad scrimmage.
They have just three more weeks to prepare for the season opener September 2nd at Albany State.
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