Lakeland tabbed third in preseason NAC coaches' poll
Athletics - posted on 8/10/2009
The Lakeland College football team has been picked to finish third in the Northern Athletics Conference based on the results of the 2009 NAC Preseason Coaches' Poll, as the league released the selections late Sunday.
The Muskies, who finished tied for second in 2008 with a 5-2 league record, received a total of 45 points, nine points behind rival Concordia, Wis. Defending NAC champion Aurora was picked to repeat, grabbing all eight first-place votes for a total of 64 points.
Last season, the Muskies had a chance for a share of the league title and a berth in the NCAA Playoffs with a victory in the regular season finale at Aurora. The Spartans, however, had other plans, knocking off Lakeland 24-6 to finish with a perfect conference record.
Lakeland, which finished 5-5 overall in 2008, returns a pair of first-team all-NAC selections in junior offensive lineman Aaron Kraemer (Oshkosh) and junior defensive back Keith Woodson (Evanston, Ill.). Woodson finished tied for 19th in the nation with six interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.
The Muskies also return four honorable mention all-conference honorees as well as 15 starters, despite the loss of 25 lettermen and the NAC offensive and defensive players of the year. Lakeland, which is led by third-year head coach Kevin Doherty, opens camp this Sunday, Aug. 16.
Last year marked the inaugural season for the NAC in football as well as the conference's first-ever automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
See below for the complete 2009 NAC Football Preseason Coaches' Poll.
2009 NAC Football Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Aurora (8 first-place votes), 64 points
2. Concordia Wisconsin, 54
3. Lakeland, 45
4. Benedictine, 34
5. Wisconsin Lutheran, 33
6. Concordia Chicago, 27
7. Rockford, 23
8. Maranatha Baptist, 8
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