After winning the CAA and making a run to the national semifinals last year, Maine has been picked to finish third in this years conference preseason poll.
James Madison and Towson were picked ahead of the blue and white, despite coming in third Maine will have a target on its back being defending champions.
The Black Bears return a slew of talent on offense and defense including quarterback Chris Ferguson and top corner Manny Patterson.
While plenty of old faces return some are stepping into new roles as it will be Nick Charlton's first year as head coach.
The former offensive coordinator is excited for his new role and to see the 2019 Black Bears create their own legacy.
"It's been exciting, it's been a long offseason especially after a long year. But it's a lot of positivity our guys are really excited I think it's all moving in the right direction we just got to keep it going here in training camp," Charlton said.
Maine's "Black Hole" defense will be back and strong, if it wants to have repeat success in 2019 it's offense is going to need to continue to grow.
"You know our big emphasis is going from being a solid offense to being an elite dynamic offense. I feel like we serviced both sides really really well had some explosive plays and things like that but it's time to really take that next step," Charlton said.
Six Black Bears also earned preseason all-conference honors. Kayon Whitaker, Manny Patterson, Taji Lowe, Deshawn Stevens, Liam Dobson and Earnest Edwards were all named preseason all-conference, while Chris Ferguson and Charles Mitchell were honorable mentions.