Georgetown College

Football Tigers picked preseason No. 11 in NAIA Coaches' Poll

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Georgetown College has been in the postseason mix for the past five seasons straight – which basically equates to being ranked in the Top 20 of the final NAIA Coaches' Poll. The Tigers, which finished 8-3 a season ago, have been tabbed to be right back in the playoffs when middle of November rolls around.

The national office recently released the preseason 2015 poll, putting Georgetown at No. 11.

"We have some big shoes to fill with graduation," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "I like what we have coming in, it is just a matter of seeing how it comes together. Our mantra this season is 'Excellence in Everything'. This starts with how we approach classes, film study, preparing for practice, working in practice and so on. We have high expectations for ourselves and see no reason why we can't achieve those goals."

The Tigers will need to be road warriors most of the season with six games outside of Toyota Stadium. The last time that happened was in 2010. Georgetown went 8-3 that season with a return to postseason play for the first time in several years.

Cronin, entering his 19th season at the helm of the Tigers, returns a solid group of players mixed with some exciting transfers and freshmen that could once again take this team to a national title. Georgetown has won three championships since 1991, including back-to-back crowns in 2000 and 2001.  Michael Caba, a player during those championship years, returns to the sidelines this season as offensive coordinator after Eddie Eviston left this spring to coach Covington Catholic.

Shan Housekeeper will start his eighth season as defensive coordinator. Opposing teams are managing just 20.8 points per game against the Tiger defense in the past seven seasons. During the impressive 2011 season run to the national semifinals, teams averaged 14.2 ppg – the lowest a Housekeeper unit has held opponents.

Four seasons teams have scored less than 20 points a game, and the most ever allowed in the past seven years was 27.9 ppg in 2008.

"Practice has begun," Cronin said. "We are excited about what is ahead of us and ready to put in the work it takes to achieve that."

Georgetown kicks off the season Sept. 5 against Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn.