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GPAC Football Media Day takes place in South Sioux City

GPAC Football Media Day takes place in South Sioux City

The 19th Annual GPAC Football Media Day was held Tuesday at the Delta Hotels South Sioux City Riverfront Conference Center in South Sioux City, Nebraska.  The event included team breakdowns from each of the league’s 10 head coaches as well as the release of both the 2018 GPAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll and the GPAC Preseason Media Poll.  After going 0-11 overall and 0-8 in conference play a season ago, the Chargers of second-year head coach Dennis Wagner were picked to finish ninth in the coaches poll and 10th in the media poll.

GPAC Coaches’ Preseason Poll:

1. Morningside 81 (9 first place votes)

2. Northwestern 73 (1 first place vote)

3. Midland 61

4. Concordia 52

5. Dordt 47

6. DWU 38

6. Hastings 38

8. Doane 34

9. Briar Cliff 15

10. Jamestown 11

Media Preseason Poll:

1. Morningside 120 (12 first place votes)

2. Northwestern 108

3. Midland 80

4. Concordia 76

5. Dordt 69

6. DWU 65

7. Doane 51

8. Hastings 43

9. Jamestown 33

10. Briar Cliff 15

Wagner addressed the crowd about the upcoming season. He noted the excitement around this year’s team, despite having a number of holes to fill.

“We are excited for this upcoming season with plenty of new faces on the roster and coaching staff,” commented Briar Cliff head coach Dennis Wagner. “We feel that with the depth we have created between returners, transfers and freshman that things are looking up for us this year.”

Noah Ylagan is the headliner returning for the Chargers after becoming the first back in school history with a 1,000 yards in a season a year ago. The offensive line opened up plenty of holes for Ylagan in 2017 and can be a strength of the offense this year with three starters returning on the line. Kwame Johnson will also be a valued commodity at running back after racking up 498 yards and six TDs last year before suffering an injury. Logann Freeman is the top returning receiver for BC but there will be plenty of new targets on offense, including a pair of tight ends who had to sit out last year in Tarik Ballard (6-3, 275) and Tyler French (6-3) 260. The quarterback battle will be settled in camp with transfer Brad Cagle and true freshman Cole Hanafan set to fight for the starting job.

Defensively, BC returns five starters with play-maker Markel Roby returning for another season. Roby was able to pace the team in tackles last year despite missing multiple games due to injury. Logan Knudson will return to anchor the defensive line and the transfer trio of Caleb Wilson, Marcus Tappen and Javon Woods will be counted on to solidify the linebacker position.

While the Chargers will be getting after it on the practice field, starting Friday, their season-opener is still a few weeks away (Aug. 25).  Kick-off that day against the Warriors of Waldorf is set for 1 p.m. at Memorial Field in Sioux City, Iowa.

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