August 1, 2012

Football Tabbed for Fifth-Place Finish in Preseason Poll

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Susquehanna football team was slated to finish fifth out of 10 teams in the 2012 Centennial Conference preseason poll, released on Wednesday.

The Crusaders received 92 votes, trailing preseason favorite Johns Hopkins (153), Ursinus (137), Muhlenberg (126) and Gettysburg (96). Franklin & Marshall (85), Dickinson (71), McDaniel (68), Moravian (53) and Juniata (19) filled out the six through 10 spots, respectively.

The Centennial preseason poll has predicted the Conference champion in 12 of the last 14 seasons, including the last four in a row.

SU, under 23rd-year head coach Steve Briggs, returns six starters on offense and nine on defense for the 2012 campaign, which opens at home on Aug. 31 against USMMA at 4 p.m.

Among those key players returning are All-League players Spencer Hotaling (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area), a kicker and defensive lineman Ken Schetroma (Elysburg, Pa./Southern Columbia).

Centennial Conference Preseason Poll:
1.     Johns Hopkins (14)       153
2.     Ursinus (4)                  137
3.     Muhlenberg (1)            126
4.     Gettysburg                  96
5.     Susquehanna               92
6.     Franklin & Marshall        85
7.     Dickinson (1)               71
8.     McDaniel                    68
9.     Moravian                    53
10.   Juniata                       19
( ) indicates number of first-place votes

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