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Football Ranked 15th by Sporting News Preseason Poll

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Catawba has been picked 15th in the Sporting News College Football Magazine preseason poll.  Catawba returns 15 starters from a year ago, including nine on defense, from a unit that went 9-3 and claimed the South Atlantic Conference Championship.

The Catawba Indians went 6-1 in the league and ran off wins in their final seven regular season games.  Catawba returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 before bowing out to Tuskegee in the opening round.  Catawba opens its season on September 3 at No. 3 West Georgia.

Junior linebacker Kyle Kitchens was named to the preseason Division II All-American team after earning Super Region 2 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2015.  Kitchens was named a second team All-American last season by the CCA, d2football.com and Little AP.

TOP 25 Poll
1. NW Missouri State
2. Grand Valley State
3. West Georgia
4. Indiana,PA
5. Shepherd
6. Colorado School of Mines
7. Humboldt State
8. Ashland
9. Slippery Rock
10. Indianapolis
11. Colorado State-Pueblo
12. Henderson State
13. Tuskegee
14. North Alabama
15. CATAWBA
16. Minnesota State
17. Ferris State
18. California,PA
19. Bemidji State
20. Midwestern State
21. Florida Tech
22. Colorado Mesa
23. Augustana,SD
24. Emporia State
25. Assumption

Preseason All-America Team
Offense
QB – Justin Dvorak, Colorado Mines, Sr.
RB – Ja’Quan Gardner, Humboldt, State, Jr.
RB – Austin Ekeler, Western State, Sr.
OL – Jake Daugherty, Ferris State, Jr.
OL – Joe LoSchiavo, Slippery Rock, Sr.
OL – Stephen Evans, North Alabama, Sr.
OL – Ethan Cooper, Indiana(PA), Sr.
OL – Jordan Morgan, Kutztown, Sr.
TE – Kenny Johnston, Florida Tech, Sr.
WR – Billy Brown, Shepherd, Sr.
WR – Matt Williams, Grand Valley State, Sr.

Defense
DL – Collin Bevins, NW Missouri State, Sr.
DL – Marcus Martin, Slippery Rock, Jr.
DL – Dylan Donahue, West Georgia, Sr.
DL – Richard Nase,Jr, Shippensburg, So.
LB – Connor Harris, Lindenwood, Sr.
LB – Kyle Kitchens, CATAWBA, Jr.
LB – Jordan Herdman, Simon Fraser, Sr.
DB – Carlo Thomas, JC Smith, Jr.
DB – Kevin Berg, NW Missouri State, Sr.
DB – Aaron Terry, California(PA), Sr.
DB – Jonah McCutcheon, Tuskegee, Jr.

Specialists
K – Austin Morton, Emporia State, Jr.
P – Brett Benes, Charleston, Sr.

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