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Bears Ranked No.23 In AFCA National Preseason Poll PDF Print
Written by Mike Kelly   
Monday, 19 August 2013 18:14

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team is ranked No. 23 in the 2013 AFCA NCAA Division II Coaches National Top 25 Preseason Poll. AFCA is the American Football Coaches Association. Lenoir-Rhyne returns 16 starters from a squad which finished with a 9-3 record last year including a 6-1 mark in South Atlantic Conference play en route to its second consecutive league title.
L-R, ranked 20th in the nation at the end of last year, also earned its first playoff berth since 1962 last season and won its first postseason contest in 50 years with a 21-6 triumph over Fort Valley State in the First Round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Conference-rival Carson-Newman (9-3), which beat Lenoir-Rhyne twice last season, begins the year ranked No. 17. The Eagles defeated the Bears by a 38-35 score in the second round of the playoffs in 2012. Last week, Carson-Newman was picked to win the conference title while L-R was voted second in the league coaches preseason poll. Both squads did receive four first-place votes.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens the 2013 season on Saturday, September 7, at home against Concord. Kickoff at Moretz Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m. The Bears have won 12 straight games at home dating back to 2010.


AFCA NCAA Division II
National Preseason Coaches Poll
August 19, 2013

1. Valdosta St. (Ga.) (26) 12-2
2. Minnesota St.-Mankato (3) 13-1
3. West Texas A&M (1) 12-3
4. Northwest Missouri State (1) 10-3
5. Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 14-1
6. Missouri Western State 12-2
7. Shippensburg (Pa.) 11-2
8. Colorado State-Pueblo 12-1
9. Ashland (Ohio) 11-1
10. Indiana (Pa.) (1) 12-2
11. Minnesota-Duluth 10-2
12. New Haven (Conn.) 10-1
13. Henderson State (Ark.) 10-1
14. Grand Valley State (Mich.) 8-3
15. Midwestern State (Texas) 9-2
16. West Alabama 9-4
17. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 9-3
18. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 10-2
19. Indianapolis (Ind.) 10-3
20. Chadron St. (Neb.) 9-3
21. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 7-3
22. Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 8-3
23. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 9-3
24. Tuskegee (Ala.) 10-2
25. Shepherd (W.Va.) 8-3


() indicates first-place votes


Others Receiving Votes: Harding (Ark.), 106; Winona State (Minn.), 77; Albany State (Ga.), 51; North Alabama, 39; Michigan Tech, 38; Central Washington, 34; Central Missouri, 31; St. Cloud State (Minn.), 30; Delta State (Miss.), 26; American International (Mass.), 21; Charleston (W.Va.), 21; Ferris State (Mich.), 21; Emporia State (Kan.), 20; West Chester (Pa.), 20; Hillsdale (Mich.), 14; Miles (Ala.), 14; Colorado School of Mines, 11; Elizabeth City State (N.C.), 11; Mercyhurst (Pa.), 11; Washburn (Kan.), 8; Ohio Dominican, 6; Fort Valley State (Ga.), 4; Tarleton State (Texas), 3; California (Pa.), 2; Missouri S&T, 2; New Mexico Highlands, 2; North Carolina-Pembroke, 2; Southern Arkansas, 2; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2; Wayne State (Mich.), 1.

  
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