Conference USA's coaches share a respect for junior catcher Aramis Garcia, who led FIU in hits (72) and home runs (11) last year while batting .321 with 51 RBI. Garcia also nabbed more attempted stealers than ADT.
For this, coaches voted Garcia Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year, along with East Carolina utility player Drew Reynolds. Sophomore infielder Edwin Rios also made the preseason all-conference team.
FIU was picked sixth in the conference. Rice, either the regular season or conference tournament champion eight consecutive seasons, was unsurprisingly voted the favorite.