CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The Mount St. Joseph University football team has been selected to finish third in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings this season, in the preseason coaches poll released Thursday.
The Mount received 68 total points, trailing only defending HCAC champion Franklin (87) and Rose-Hulman (84).
The Lions are in a good spot to compete for the top spot in the HCAC this season, as they return 9-of-11 starters on offense and 8-of-11 on defense. Quarterback Chaiten Tomlin (Mt. Orab, OH./Western Brown) returns under center for the Lions record setting offense. Tomlin was a second team all-HCAC selection a year ago, while rewriting the MSJ record book. Returning up front for the Lions on the offensive line are two All-HCAC performers from a season ago in senior center Cole Tepe (Cincinnati, OH./Elder) and guard Brad Murphy (Cincinnati, OH./Elder). They also bring back a contingent of All-HCAC pass catchers led by first team selection Grayson Roberts (Cincinnati, OH./Reading) and second team selection A.J. Glines (Harrison, OH./Harrison).
The defense will be led by senior cornerback and two-time first team All-HCAC selection Tyler Hannah (Cincinnati, OH./Summit Country Day). Also returning in the defensive backfield for the Lions is senior safety and second team All-HCAC player Tavon Robertson (Louisville, KY./Ballard). They return two All-conference selections in the linebacking core in senior Nathan Stone (Cincinnati, OH./Glen Este) and junior Sean Sullivan (Covington, KY./Holmes). Leading the defensive line this season will be senior nose tackle Cory Hardin (Louisville, KY./Ballard).
This promises to be a special season for the Mount St. Joseph University football program. Which kicks off under the lights at Schueler Field as The Mount plays host Capital on September 1st at 6:00 PM. Come out and support the Lions this season in their push for the programs first HCAC championship since 2009.
Full HCAC preseason poll
1. Franklin – 87 (6)
2. Rose-Hulman – 84 (3)
3. Mount St. Joseph – 68
4. Hanover – 65
5. Manchester - 53
6. Bluffton – 45
7. Defiance – 32
8. Anderson – 31
9. Earlham – 21