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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 12:11

Football Stays at No. 5 in Spring Poll

Camren Torneden was a 2013 HAAC Third-Team All-Conference performer for Baker Camren Torneden was a 2013 HAAC Third-Team All-Conference performer for Baker

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University football team enters the spring season ranked No. 5 in this week's 2014 NAIA Football Coaches' Spring Top 25 Poll.

The Wildcats ended 2013 ranked No. 5 after its school-record 11-2 mark and appearance in its second-straight NAIA Football Championship Series. The Wildcats defeated Sterling College, 10-7, in the first round of the NAIA-FCS for its first playoff win since 1993.

Baker also captured its first HAAC regular season crown since 1993 and head coach Mike Grossner was named the 2013 HAAC Coach of the Year, the 'Cats also posted 24 HAAC All-Conference winners and nine Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Baker also added 33 new Wildcats to its signing class back in February and they will host its annual Alumni Game on Saturday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at Liston Stadium.

NOTES (all information dates back to 1999): The Spring Top 25 Poll has been produced since 2007 ... Only one program has been ranked No. 1 in the Spring Top 25 and eventually won the national title that same year – former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) did so in 2009 ... Five teams have received the No. 1 ranking in the spring poll: Grand View (Iowa), Marian (Ind.), Saint Xavier (Ill.), Sioux Falls and Carroll (Mont.) ... There were 45 different programs ranked in 2013 ... Thirteen teams were ranked in all 13 polls ... Three teams held the No. 1 ranking: Morningside (Iowa), Cumberlands (Ky.) and Grand View ... Cumberlands, Morningside and Saint Francis (Ind.) were ranked in the top 10 in every poll ...Carroll leads all institutions with 57 all-time first-place rankings and is followed by former member Sioux Falls (55), Georgetown (25), Saint Xavier (14) and former member Northwestern Oklahoma State (11) ... Saint Francis boasts the longest consecutive stretch of being named in the Coaches' Top 25 Poll with 181 ... Following the Cougars in consecutive appearances are Carroll with 168, Missouri Valley with 103, Morningside with 87 and Saint Xavier with 76 ... Morningside holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 35-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.

For a look at the entire Top 25 poll, please click here.

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