The Chadron State College football team is picked to finish second in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. The Eagles, who finished the 2013 season with an 8-3 record and a 7-2 mark in the league, received 69 votes to edge third-ranked Colorado School of Mines’ 67 votes. Colorado State University-Pueblo is picked to finish first in the 10-team conference with 81 votes.
“Being ranked second is an attribute to what our team accomplished last season,” third-year head coach Jay Long said. We’re excited to get into camp and contend for another RMAC championship.”
Three Chadron State College football players were placed on the Preseason All-RMAC Team. They are offensive lineman Mike Lorenzo, linebacker Dylan Furrier and safety Lane Haller.
Lorenzo, a senior from Oak Park, California, has started 23 consecutive games at left guard for the Eagles. A season ago, he helped pave the way for Harlon Hill finalist Glen Clinton and was a reason why the Eagles led NCAA Division II in third down conversion. Following the season, he was selected to the All-RMAC Third Team.
Furrier, a junior from Tucson, Arizona, was also an All-RMAC Third Team selection in 2013. An outside linebacker, he was second on the team with 75 tackles and added 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss.
Haller, a senior from Gordon, Nebraska, is a two-time All-RMAC performer and has started three seasons. He had 74 tackles and added two interceptions, including one he returned for a game-winning 79-yard TD against Missouri S&T.
The season opening game is Saturday, Sept. 6 against Missouri S&T in Chadron. Kickoff is set for noon.