Raiders Picked on Top at OAC Football Media Day

Raiders Picked on Top at OAC Football Media Day

CANTON, Ohio -- Mount Union's football team tops both Ohio Athletic Conference media and coaches preseason polls announced today (August 6) at OAC Football Media Day at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Mount Union garnered nine of 10 first place votes in the coaches poll and 26 of the 27 first place votes in the media poll.  The other first place votes in the coaches poll went to John Carroll -- ranked second in both polls.

The Purple Raiders went 14-1 last season, won their record 29th OAC title and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship game -- the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl for a record 21st time.

"We appreciate the respect that coaches and the media in the OAC have for our program," commented seventh-year head coach Vince Kehres. "We also know that playing in this conference is a tremendous challenge week in and week out."

The 2019 season begins Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. against Rose-Hulman (Ind.) in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The football team opens preseason camp, Thursday, August 15, photo day/media day on campus will be held on Saturday, August 24 at 8 a.m. in Mount Union Stadium.  

OAC Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Mount Union -- 81 (9)

2. John Carroll -- 71 (1)

3. Baldwin Wallace -- 70

4. Ohio Northern -- 52

5. Marietta -- 47

6. Heidelberg -- 43

7. Otterbein -- 29

8. Muskingun -- 27

9. Wilmington -- 18

10. Capital -- 12

OAC Preseason Media Poll

1. Mount Union -- 259 (26)

2. John Carroll -- 233 (1) 

3. Baldwin Wallace -- 214

4. Marietta -- 184

5. Ohio Northern -- 171

6. Heidelberg -- 136

7. Muskingum -- 89

8. Otterbein -- 85

9. Capital -- 74

10. Wilmington -- 40

** first place votes in parenthesis