Emporia State Football Ranked #24 This Week In AFCA National Poll

By: ESU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: ESU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

September 23, 2013 - On the strength of a 3-0 start and an offense that is ranked in the top ten in the nation in seven categories, the Emporia State football team has made their 2013 debut in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches Poll. The Hornets are ranked #24 this week.

Emporia State leads the MIAA and is ranked third in the nation in total offense at 596.3 yards per game this season and they are averaging 43.7 points per game to rank 11th nationally. Last weekend sophomore quarterback Brent Wilson set MIAA single game records in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense as he went 38 of 47 for 522 yards and seven touchdowns. He connected with Ray Ray Davis for five of the touchdowns to set another MIAA record for TD receptions.

On the season Wilson is leading the nation in points responsible for with 96 points on 14 touchdown passes and two rushing scores. He is ranked second in the nation in passing yards, touchdown passes and passing efficiency. Austin Willis is leading the nation in receiving yards with 182.7 yards per game while Davis is leading the MIAA and ranked sixth in the nation in receptions at 9.7 catches per game. Davis and Willis are tied for the MIAA lead and are ranked second in the nation with six touchdown receptions each.

Emporia State has won 17 of their last 21 games dating back to the 2011 season and is averaging 36.9 points and 476.3 yards per game in that time.

The Hornets are back in action on Saturday, September 28 when they play host to Northeastern State. Kick-off from Jones Field at Welch Stadium in Emporia is set for 1 p.m.

2013 AFCA Division II Coaches Poll
September 23, 2013
School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. LW
1. Valdosta St. (Ga.) (29) 2-0 793 1
2. Minnesota St.-Mankato (2) 3-0 766 2
3. Northwest Missouri St. 3-0 723 3
4. West Texas A&M 3-0 692 4
5. Colorado St.-Pueblo (1) 3-0 676 5
6. Missouri Western St. 3-0 647 6
7. Indiana (Pa.) 3-0 581 8
8. Henderson St. (Ark.) 3-0 553 9
9. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 3-0 544 10
10. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 3-0 493 11
11. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 3-0 450 13
12. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 3-0 449 14
13. Minnesota-Duluth 2-1 400 7
14. Shepherd (W.Va.) 3-0 370 15
15. West Alabama 2-1 321 16
16. North Carolina-Pembroke 3-0 315 18
17. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 2-1 256 19
18. Washburn (Kan.) 3-0 232 22
19. West Chester (Pa.) 3-0 227 20
20. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 3-0 172 23
21. Chadron St. (Neb.) 2-1 149 21
22. Indianapolis (Ind.) 2-1 146 12
23. Midwestern St. (Texas) 1-1 88 25
24. Emporia St. (Kan.) 3-0 72 NR
25. Tarleton St. (Texas) 2-0 58 NR

Others Receiving Votes: California (Pa.), 48; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 38; Tuskegee (Ala.), 37; Colorado School of Mines, 21; New Haven (Conn.), 17; Missouri Southern St., 16; Michigan Tech, 14; North Greenville (S.C.), 14; Ohio Dominican, 5; Stonehill (Mass.), 5; Delta St. (Miss.), 4; Shaw (N.C.), 3; Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.), 2; Ferris St. (Mich.), 1; Newberry (S.C.), 1; Simon Fraser (B.C.), 1.


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