Cap Football Embraces OAC Media Day, Preseason Polls Released

David Barnett (left), Head Coach Chad Rogosheske (center) and Kole Carter (right) represented Capital Football at the 2019 OAC Media Day. (photo credit: Capital Athletics)
David Barnett (left), Head Coach Chad Rogosheske (center) and Kole Carter (right) represented Capital Football at the 2019 OAC Media Day. (photo credit: Capital Athletics)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Football season is around the corner. It's not the leaves on the trees or the outdoor temperatures giving it away. Instead, the giveaway is the annual Ohio Athletic Conference Media Day, which was held on Tuesday, August 6 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.


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Each year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomes the OAC and its member schools into its hallowed grounds to host the conference's annual media day, the first opportunity for fans and media members to learn more about the upcoming football season. This year, Capital University Football selected seniors David Barnett (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee) and Kole Carter (Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy) to represent the Crusaders at this year's event.

The day began with a special visit from Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO, David Baker, who delivered a powerful speech to the room addressing how meaningful, powerful, and binding the game of football can be. Each team had an opportunity to address a full house regarding their team and the upcoming season. Fourth-year head coach Chad Rogosheske took to the podium and highlighted the senior class, addressed a road-heavy schedule, closeness of games last season that speak to how close the Crusaders are, and certain positions of strength in 2019.

"The strength for us is definitely our seniors," said Rogosheske. "The challenge is that there is only nine of them … what I feel good about with these nine seniors that have been with us for four years is that they are very (much) on the same page with what our seniors last year provided for us, and I know it's important to them in extending that culture of trust. When working with a large group of incoming players with what our expectations are and how we need to approach things to have a chance to be successful."

Each team also sent a feature student-athlete to be interviewed by OAC Commissioner Tim Gleason. Senior linebacker Kole Carter took to the podium for Capital where he shared his love for Jordan sneakers, who he believed the toughest wide receiver in the OAC is (the answer may surprise you), and what he'll remember most about his time at Capital (this answer will most likely not surprise you).

Senior wide receiver David Barnett and Coach Rogosheske then joined Adam Mendoza of S&S Productions for a quick preview interview, which will be made available later this week.

After a break for a catered lunch, the Bill Nichols award recipient was announced. Mark Znidar, former long-time sports reporter for the Columbus Dispatch and current correspondent for Press Pros Magazine, was named the 10th honoree of the annual award. The Bill Nichols Award was created to recognize a member of the media who has demonstrated an understanding and passion for amateur athletics while covering the students and programs of NCAA Division III and the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Click here for the full OAC release on the Bill Nichols award

The OAC preseason media and coaches' polls then were announced to the group at large. Capital was selected 10th in the coaches' poll with 12 points and ninth in the media poll with 74 points. The University of Mount Union was picked as the preseason favorite in both polls. The full poll results are available below.

Preseason Media Poll

 

Preseason Coaches' Poll

Rank

School

Points
(1st place votes)

 

Rank

School

Points
(1st place votes)

1.

Mount Union

259 (26)

 

1.

Mount Union

81 (9)

2.

John Carroll

233 (1)

 

2.

John Carroll

71 (1)

3.

Baldwin Wallace

214

 

3.

Baldwin Wallace

70

4.

Marietta

184

 

4.

Ohio Northern

52

5.

Ohio Northern

171

 

5.

Marietta

47

6.

Heidelberg

136

 

6.

Heidelberg

43

7.

Muskingum

89

 

7.

Otterbein

29

8.

Otterbein

85

 

8.

Muskingum

27

9.

Capital

74

 

9.

Wilmington

18

10.

Wilmington

40

 

10.

Capital

12

 

All in attendance were then invited to enjoy the Hall of Fame in its entirety before the day came to a close.

The Crusaders enter the 2019 season on a three-game winning streak that wrapped up the previous campaign. They return 14 total starters, five on offense and six on defense, and will welcome 105 student-athletes into preseason camp this month. CU will suit up for its first game on Thursday, September 5 when they hit the road to play Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff. 

Play-by-play broadcaster Charlie Danis talks with Head Coach Chad Rogosheske on the upcoming season.

Charlie Danis does a two-for ... Kole Carter and David Barnett talk about the 2019 football campaign.

Who is your favorite Hall of Famer, with David Barnett.

Who is your favorite Hall of Famer, with Kole Carter.

Charlie Danis and Sports Information Director Ryan Gasser wrap up Media Day with some banter about the Crusaders and then go off the rails on ties and rivalries.