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Mount tops OAC polls

CANTON — Mount Union’s football team topped both Ohio Athletic Conference media and coaches preseason polls on Thursday at OAC Football Media Day at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Mount Union garnered nine of 10 first place votes in the coaches poll and all 31 first place votes in the media poll. The other first place votes in the coaches poll went to John Carroll which ranked second in both polls.

The Purple Raiders went 15-0 last season, won their record 28th OAC title and 13th NCAA Division III national championship.

“We appreciate the respect that coaches and the media in the OAC have for our program,” said fourth-year head coach Vince Kehres. “We also know that playing in this conference is a tremendous challenge week in and week out.”

The 2018 season begins at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 against Rose-Hulman (Ind.) at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

The football team opens preseason camp on Aug. 7.

OAC Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Mount Union 81 (9)

2. John Carroll 73 (1)

3. Ohio Northern 61

4. Baldwin Wallace 56

5. Heidelberg 49

6. Marietta 44

7. Otterbein 32

8. Wilmington 22

9. Capital 19

10. Muskingum 13

OAC Preseason Media Poll

1. Mount Union 310 (31)

2. John Carroll 274

3. Ohio Northern 223

4. Heidelberg 206

5. Baldwin Wallace 205

6. Marietta 149

7. Otterbein 140

8. Muskingum 75

9. Capital 74

10. Wilmington 49

** first place votes in parenthesis

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