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‘Dogs Ranked by the KCAC Coaches and Media Members

Contributed by admin on Aug 21, 2015 - 05:08 PM
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Wichita, Kan. – The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference held their annual Football Media Day on August 7th in Wichita, Kansas.  Following speeches by each of the 10 head coaches, there was a Coaches Poll and a Media Poll.  McPherson College was ranked eighth by the coaches and 10th by the media.  The KCAC coaches picked Ottawa as this year's front runner while the media tabbed Friends the preseason favorite.

Mac brings back just 25 players from the 2014 roster but have added nearly 60 for this season.  Among the key offensive returners are Ste'fon Walker, Calon Bibbs, Michael Ramos, Collin French, and Jaelon Barnes.  Walker and Ramos are wide receivers for the MC offense while Bibbs, French, and Barnes are part of one of the best offensive lines in the KCAC.

Will Thacker and John Lauts are two standout offensive linemen from 2014 that are not back this year due to graduation.  The 'Dogs will also be missing the services of running back Terrance Jones as he graduated this past May as well.

"I'm very excited to see how these young players fall into their roles," continued Mierkiewicz.  "We have a lot of talent and it's going to be fun to watch them grow into our system."

Defensively, McPherson will be young.  Leading the list of returners are Dalton Whitfield, Kavoderic McIntyre, Bradley Campbell, Isaiah Watkins, and Durrell Parker.  McIntyre is the lone returning defensive back, Whitfield and Campbell are a pair of linebackers for Mac while Watkins and Parker look to anchor the line.

The Bulldogs will miss USA College Football's First Team All-American Jimmy Wilson; the former defensive end/linebacker is McPherson's new defensive line coach.  Other key losses for the defense are Trent Forrester and Grant Narcisse.

"We have a few shoes to fill this year but I'm confident that our players will step up and fill those voids left by our seniors."

MC has 10 games on their schedule for 2015 and the year kicks off with Doane College of Nebraska for the KCAC-GPAC Challenge on September 5th; start time is set for 6:00 p.m. (CT) in McPherson.  Following a bye week on September 12th, the 'Dogs will take on the nine conference schools the next nine weeks.  Homecoming is slated for October 10th against Ottawa University.

"We are going to be very young," said Coach Mierkiewicz, "but we will strive to get better every day.  The entire coaching staff is excited to get the season started, it's a great time of the year."

Watch Coach Mierkiewicz speak here

 

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McPherson College is a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference member school and a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

 

Coaches Poll:

 



Institution

Total Votes

First Place Votes

Ottawa

89

8

Tabor

79

2

Friends

76

0

Sterling

66

0

Kansas Wesleyan

54

0

Saint Mary

49

0

Bethany

47

0

McPherson

30

0

Bethel

25

0

Southwestern

25

0

 

Media Poll:

 



Institution

Total Votes

First Place Votes

Friends

137

9

Tabor

137

6

Ottawa

126

0

Sterling

87

0

Saint Mary

81

0

Kansas Wesleyan

76

0

Bethany

61

0

Bethel

57

0

Southwestern

42

0

McPherson

21

0


Bulldogs Start 2015 with Doane

Contributed by admin on Sep 04, 2015 - 10:46 PM
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McPherson, Kan. – The 2015 football season begins for McPherson College on Saturday, September 5 as they host the No. 22 Doane College Tigers at 7:00 p.m. (CT) at McPherson Stadium.  The game is part of the KCAC-GPAC Challenge.

The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the Great Plains Athletic Conference entered a two-year agreement that would pair teams based on their conference finishes in 2013 & 2014 for 2015 & 2016 challenges. KCAC teams will host the first set of non-conference games on September 5, 2015 with the GPAC representatives playing host the following season.

The Bulldogs were picked No. 8 in the KCAC preseason coaches' poll after finishing the 2014 season with a 5-6 overall record, 4-5 in the conference. McPherson won three of their last five games, including Southwestern 10-7 in the season finale.

Three Bulldogs were named to the KCAC preseason football team, highlighted by senior wide receiver Ste'fon Walker. The Mendenhall, Miss., native compiled 343 total yards in 22 receptions, including two touchdowns in 10 games last season. Dalton Whitfield was chosen as a utility player by the KCAC coaches after seeing action as a running back (101 total yards, one touchdown), wide receiver (23 yards, three receptions) and linebacker (47 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, two sacks). Offensive lineman Collin French was also selected to the preseason team after being selected to the 2014 All-KCAC Second Team.

Youth will be a common trait that many of the MC starters share.  The team is starting a freshman at quarterback in RJ Garza, a freshman at running back in Zac Boyd, a freshman fullback in Ryan Lakso, a freshman tight end in Lakoda Di Mouro, and three freshman offensive linemen.

Defensively, leading the list of returners are Whitfield, Kavoderic McIntyre, and Bradley Campbell.  McIntyre is the lone returning defensive back while Whitfield and Campbell are a pair of linebackers for Mac.  Hawaiian Michael Rabara will look to make waves from his strong safety position.  Another transfer, Joseph Mooney, will be a major impact player for the defensive line.

The 'Dogs will take a week off after their contest with Doane.  The next outing for MC is slated for September 19th at Southwestern College; game time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

 

Scouting Doane

Doane is ranked 22nd in the NAIA poll, finishing the 2014 season with a 7-3 overall record and a 7-2 GPAC record.

2014 starting quarterback Brandon Stuart will most likely take the snaps for the Tigers after an impressive junior campaign. Stuart passed for 1815 total yards (181.5 yards per game) and threw for 17 touchdowns in 10 games during the 2014 season. Running back Nate Meier also returns for Doane, coming off of a 2014 season where he led the Tigers with 596 total yards and six rushing touchdowns in nine games.

Other key returners for the Tigers include wide receiver Jacob Cornelius who pulled down 17 receptions for 176 yards as a sophomore.  Defensively DC has four of the top five tackle getters from 2014.  Leading the charge is linebacker Garrett Borcher who racked up 96 stops in his junior season.  Fellow linebacker Colten Mach stands next to Borcher and was second on the team in tackles a year ago.  Aaron Hanlin and Ben Muff return at the defensive line and cornerback positions, respectively.

Doane will host Midland for their first home game of the season on September 12th.