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Statesmen ranked in 2 preseason polls

 

The four-time defending Liberty League Champion Hobart College football team will begin the 2015 season ranked in the top 25 in the nation according to a pair of preseason polls.     The Statesmen landed at No. 16 in both the D3football.com poll (click on link in righthand column) and the Sporting News’ ranking.

 

       Sporting News Top 25

#          School 2014                   W-L

1.         Mount Union                   14-1

2.         Linfield                           11-2

3.         UW-Whitewater               15-0

4.         Washington & Jefferson    10-2

5.         Mary Hardin-Baylor          11-1

6.         Wesley                            12-2

7.         Saint John’s                     10-2

8.         Wheaton (Ill.)                  11-1

9.         Wartburg                         12-1

10.       Wittenberg                       9-2

11.       Johns Hopkins                  11-1

12.       UW-Oshkosh                    9-2

13.       Texas Lutheran                9-2

14.       John Carroll                     11-2

15.       Thomas More                   8-2

16.       HOBART                          12-1

17.       North Central                   9-2

18.       St. Thomas                      8-3

19.       St. John Fisher                 9-2

20.       Rowan                             7-4

21.       Widener                          12-1

22.       Muhlenberg                      9-2

23.       Franklin                           8-3

24.       Hardin-Simmons              6-3

25.       MIT                                10-1

Hobart has completed each of its past three regular seasons undefeated. The 2014 team began its NCAA playoff push with an unblemished 10-0 record, ranked seventh in the America Football Coaches Association poll and ninth in the D3football.com poll. The Statesmen defeated Ithaca 22-15 in the first round and topped No. 6 Johns Hopkins 24-21 in the second round to reach the quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons. Hobart’s playoff run came to an end with a 41-13 loss at No. 4 Wesley. The Statesmen landed at No. 8 in the final AFCA poll and at No. 9 according to D3football.com.

Hobart has won 30 consecutive regular season games, a streak that began with a 24-10 win at Rochester to end the 2011 regular season. During their first three seasons on campus, the program’s 18 seniors have not lost in September (12-0) or October (9-0) and are an impressive 13-1 in November.

Hobart will have big shoes to fill at several positions, most notably at offensive left tackle and defensive end. A three-year starter at left tackle, Ali Marpet was named to three All-America teams, shared the Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year Award and became the earliest draft pick in Division III history when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him in the second round, 61st overall. On the other side of the ball, the Statesmen will have to find a replacement for Tyre Coleman. The three-time Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year holds the Hobart records for career tackles for loss (94.5) and sacks (51). Only one player in the history of Division III football has more career sacks and just two have more career tackles for loss. Coleman was named the 2014 D3football.com National Defensive Player of the Year.

When the Statesmen return to campus on August 15, Head Coach Mike Cragg will welcome back 43 lettermen, including 11 starters (4 offense, 7 defense). He will also welcome a new offensive and defensive coordinator. In February, Cragg promoted quarterbacks coach Jon Drach to offensive coordinator to replace Kevin DeWall ’00 who left to become the head coach at Endicott. In June, Cragg introduced Kory David as the program’s new defensive coordinator, replacing Nick Grange, who resigned to accept a position with MassMutual Financial Group.

Hobart’s 10-game schedule kicks off on Sept. 5 in Carlisle, Pa., when the Statesmen take on Dickinson College. A week later, the Statesmen will welcome DeWall and his Gulls to Boswell Field. Hobart will play its final non-conference game on Sept. 19 when it makes the short trip to Ithaca to face the Bombers. The Statesmen will begin their conference title defense at Merchant Marine on Sept. 26.

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