Football Picked Seventh in Preason Poll
ST. PAUL - The UMAC released its preseason poll Monday, with MLC finishing seventh with a total of 24 points.
The Knights are hoping to rebound from a disappointing 2011 season that saw them finish 2-8 overall and 2-7 in UMAC play.
Offensively, MLC returns seven starters from a season ago, including three along the offensive line. 2011 all-conference performer Eric Duve leads the group, while Dyllan Jensen and Jacob Bode also started a season ago.
At the skill positions, the Knights return receivers Scott Henrich and Micah Plocher, while Mark Voss and Tyler Dorn were two of the team’s starters in the backfield in 2011. Newcomers Matt Olson, Luke Rothe and Josh Rathje will compete for the starting quarterback position, with Olson and Rothe also having the ability to play elsewhere on the field if they don’t line up under center.
On defense, the Knights must replace five starters from last season. They will see the return of three-time All-UMAC defensive back Benjamin Olson, who missed the last seven games last season due to injury. He will be joined in the secondary by returning starter Peter Schlicht at corner, as well as several talented newcomers in the secondary. Paul Spaude will move from safety to his more natural linebacker position this season to lead a young group at that position, while Justin Eternick and Doug Van Sice each bring experience to a defensive line that must replace two seniors at defensive tackle.
Greenville finished first in the poll with 58 total points, while St. Scholastica (57 points) and Westminster (55 points) finished just behind to round out the top three.
For the full release of the preseason poll from the conference, click on the link below.