Ichabods Receive Votes In Opening Poll Of Top Teams

By: Washburn University Sports, posted by Justin Surrency
By: Washburn University Sports, posted by Justin Surrency

WACO, Texas -- The Washburn Ichabods received votes in the 2014 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Top 25 coaches poll which was released today by the AFCA. The Ichabods will open the 2014 season at home on Sept. 4 against Lindenwood.

Under head coach Craig Schurig, the Ichabods have been ranked or have received votes in the AFCA poll 52 times and have been ranked in the top 10 15 times. Washburn has received votes in or been ranked in 10-consecutive AFCA preseason polls.

2014 American Football Coaches Association Preseason Division II Coaches' Poll – August 18, 2014
Rank School (1st votes) 2013 Rec. Pts. Prev.* Season Opener Head Coach
1. Northwest Missouri St. (31) 15-0 799 1 Sept. 4 vs. Nebraska-Kearney Adam Dorrel
2. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 12-3 725 3 Sept. 4 at No. 22 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Matt Mitchell
3. Minnesota-Duluth 11-2 634 8 Sept. 6 vs. Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) Curt Wiese
4. Colorado St.-Pueblo 11-1 619 7 Sept. 4 vs. No. 11 West Texas A&M John Wristen
5. North Alabama 10-3 589 10 Sept. 13 at Mississippi College Bobby Wallace
6. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 13-2 538 2 Sept. 6 vs. Point (Ga.) Ian Shields
7. Minnesota St.-Mankato 11-1 530 6 Sept. 4 vs. No. 15 St. Cloud State (Minn.) Todd Hoffner
8. Henderson St. (Ark.) (1) 11-1 523 13 Sept. 6 at Southern Nazarene (Okla.) Scott Maxfield
9. Pittsburg St. (Kan.) 10-2 522 19 Sept. 6 vs. Northeastern St. (Okla.) Tim Beck
10. West Chester (Pa.) 13-2 477 4 Sept. 6 at New Haven (Conn.) Bill Zwaan
11. West Texas A&M 11-3 407 11 Sept. 4 at No. 4 Colorado St.-Pueblo Mike Nesbitt
12. Shepherd (W.Va.) 11-1 393 9 Sept. 6 at West Liberty (W.Va.) Monte Cater
13. Ohio Dominican 10-1 390 12 Sept. 6 vs. Malone (Ohio) Bill Conley
14. Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) 10-2 389 14 Sept. 6 vs. No. 21 North Carolina-Pembroke Kienus Boulware
15. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 12-2 350 5 Sept. 4 at No. 7 Minnesota St.-Mankato Scott Underwood
16. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 10-3 333 17 Sept. 4 vs. Edinboro (Pa.) Ken Sparks
17. Tarleton St. (Texas) 7-3 266 NR Sept. 13 at No. 11 West Texas A&M Cary Fowler
18. Indianapolis (Ind.) 10-2 229 18 Sept. 6 at Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) Bob Bartolomeo
19. Delta St. (Miss.) 7-3 206 NR Sept. 6 at Fort Valley St. (Ga.) Todd Cooley
20. Indiana (Pa.) 9-2 167 24 Sept. 6 vs. St. Augustine's (N.C.) Curt Cignetti
21. North Carolina-Pembroke 9-2 140 15 Sept. 6 at No. 14 Winston-Salem St. (N.C.) Shane Richardson
22t. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 10-2 133 NR Sept. 4 vs. No. 2 Grand Valley St. (Mich.) Victor Santa Cruz
22t. Emporia St. (Kan.) 9-2 133 20 Sept. 4 vs. Missouri Southern St. Garin Higgins
24. Bloomsburg (Pa.) 10-2 103 16 Sept. 6 at Stonehill (Mass.) Paul Darragh
25. Tuskegee (Ala.) 8-3 98 25 Sept. 6 vs. Alabama A&M Willie Slater

*– Ranking in final AFCA Division II Poll of 2013

Others Receiving Votes: Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 87; Central Missouri, 82; West Alabama, 67; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 59; American International (Mass.), 51; Ferris St. (Mich.), 41; California (Pa.), 38; Missouri Western St., 38; Albany St. (Ga.), 32; Midwestern St. (Texas), 31; Harding (Ark.), 27; Colorado School of Mines, 20; Newberry (S.C.), 20; Concord (W.Va.), 19; East Stroudsburg (Pa.), 19; Slippery Rock (Pa.), 13; Eastern New Mexico, 12; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 9; Winona St. (Minn.), 9; Fayetteville St. (N.C.), 7; Sioux Falls (S.D.), 7; Truman St. (Mo.), 5; Findlay (Ohio), 3; Miles (Ala.), 3; Chadron St. (Neb.), 2; Michigan Tech, 2; Washburn (Kan.), 2; West Georgia, 2.


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