Football Picked to Finish 7/8 in Preseason Polls at OAC Media Day

The Pro Football Hall of Fame served as host to the annual OAC Football Media Day on Thursday.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame served as host to the annual OAC Football Media Day on Thursday.

CANTON, Ohio – The annual Ohio Athletic Conference Football Media Day held on Thursday, July 27 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio marked the official start of football season. Capital University Football was in attendance to preview its season to a full house. The OAC also announced its preseason coaches and media polls, which placed Capital eighth and seventh, respectively.

 

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OAC Football Coaches' Poll

 
 

Rank

School

Points

 

1.

Mount Union

80 (8)

 

2.

John Carroll

74 (2)

 

3.

Heidelberg

60

 

4.

Ohio Northern

54

 

5.

Otterbein

52

 

6.

Baldwin Wallace

38

 

7.

Marietta

32

 

8.

Capital

31

 

9.

Muskingum

18

 

10.

Wilmington

11

Each head coach had an opportunity to talk about their respective team going into preseason camp. Head Coach Chad Rogosheske spoke on how the Crusaders have used the spring and summer months to increase their numbers and the team's grade point average, moving the needle nearly 0.5 points in a single year and quickly approaching the team's goal of a 3.0 team GPA.

Rogosheske also pointed out strengths that the Crusaders will possess heading into the fall camp. A mix of returning veterans, players returning from injury and growing the depth at offensive line and linebacker were key points of emphasis during Rogosheske's time at the podium.

"Our linebacker group, headed up by Derek [Eibon] is an experienced group, and I think it's a deep group," said Rogosheske. "We are excited to get the season started and get into that season opener."

In positions where experience may lack, competition resides. Defensive line is a position in which thinned with the graduation of both of its starting ends and may result in a rotation of players as well as competition from those looking to morph into linemen.

Capital looks to better last year's 4-6 record, which marked the first time Cap had won more than three games since 2011. The preseason polls that were tallied and announced at Media Day did not share the same optimism.

As expected, the University of Mount Union earned the top spot in both the coaches' and media polls. Conference champion John Carroll University took the second spot in both lists. Capital, however, found itself in the lower half of the 10-team rankings. The media poll projected Capital to finish seventh, while the coaches tabbed Cap for eighth.

"The polls are a reflection of where things stand today," said Rogosheske. "There are a lot of great teams and so many factors that can alter these numbers over the course of the season. That's why we play the games."

OAC Football Media Poll

 
 

Rank

School

Points

 

1.

Mount Union

345 (26)

 

2.

John Carroll

327 (9)

 

3.

Ohio Northern

265

 

4.

Heidelberg

244 (1)

 

5.

Otterbein

212

 

6.

Baldwin Wallace

180

 

7.

Capital

143

 

8.

Muskingum

123

 

9.

Marietta

101

 

10.

Wilmington

40

Senior linebacker Derek Eibon (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) said of the announcement, "its motivation. We'll take this and use it to show the strides we've made as a team and the progress we're making toward a bright future."

Eibon and fellow senior Nick Waters represented Capital from a player perspective. OAC Commissioner Tim Gleason brought Eibon to the podium for a question-and-answer session while Waters provided insight to the team's offseason and expectations for the 2017 campaign which will be aired at a date in the near future. For interviews with both athletes plus Coach Rogosheske, click on the links at the top of the story.

Complete polls are listed below.

Capital comes off of a season in which they increased their season win total for the first time in three years under Head Coach Chad Rogosheske, which also served as the most single-season wins since the 2011 season. They return 53 letterwinners and welcome a class of 43 incoming freshmen, with a host of newcomers that have decided to join the Crusaders for the 2017 campaign.

Cap will begin the season at home on Sept. 2 when they host Mount St. Joseph University on Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium with kickoff set for 1:30 p.m.