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Football Picked Fourth in Heart Preseason Poll

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Kansas City, MO – The 2015 Heart of America Athletic Conference Football Media Day took place yesterday. Graceland Head Coach Jeff Douglas was front and center talking about the comeback season that he's expecting the Yellowjackets to have. 

Following a difficult set of circumstances after last season, the Yellowjacket football program has been picked in the middle of the Heart in the preseason poll. With the past behind them, GU has an optimistic outlook with an impressive recruiting class, some new editions to the coaching staff, and a healthy group of returning group student-athletes.  There is no question that a winning season is within grasp.

"We are excited about the upcoming season," said Coach Douglas "I thought we made a major step in the right direction last year going 6-5 on the field. The athletes have had a great off season, and were all excited to get this year started."

The other big topic of discussion at media day was the new partnership with Niles Media Group. This new relationship will televise football games for the upcoming 2015 season. These games will be available on ESPN3, as well as being carried through Mediacom on channel 22 in Iowa and a few surrounding states. They will also be available in the Kansas City area on KSMO-TV.  

Graceland will have two games televised; the first on September 5th (Graceland at Missouri Valley, 11am) and the second will be at home when they take on Central Methodist on September 26th also at 11am.

"From our stand point this is a winning situation for both the football program and the University," said Coach Douglas. "This allows Graceland to get the football program out and in front of people that wouldn't have normally have even heard of us. This ultimately is helping us expand our recruiting areas which will increase our enrollment."

The GU football team kicks off its 2015 season on August 29th at 6pm against Avila University at home in Lamoni, IA.

2015 Heart Preseason Coaches' Poll
1    Grand View (4)    49
2    Benedictine (1)    45
3    William Penn (1)44
4    Graceland    36
5    Peru State    34
6    Culver-Stockton     32