M Football http://www.bakeru.edu Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:42:05 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Baker Jumps to No. 3 in Coaches’ Poll http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10254-baker-jumps-to-no-3-in-coaches-poll http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10254-baker-jumps-to-no-3-in-coaches-poll Adonis Powell had a 77-yard touchdown against Sterling on Saturday

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University’s No. 3 ranking in this week’s NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 poll, marked the highest-ever ranking under 11-year head coach Mike Grossner. Baker peaked at No. 4 in 2013, which was the highest ranking under Grossner.

The Wildcats, who claimed 314 points in the poll, are 2-0 with both wins coming against then-ranked opponents from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference – then-No. 14 Ottawa (Kan.), 20-12, on Sept. 6 and then-No. 15 Sterling (Kan.), 31-30, on Sept. 13.

This is the fourth-straight year that Baker has won its first two games to open the season. The Wildcats enter the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) portion of their schedule on Saturday when they travel to Evangel (Mo.) at 6 p.m.

Notes (all information dates back to 1999): Grand View (Iowa) is making its fourth-straight appearance at No. 1 … Three teams held the No. 1 ranking in 2013 – Grand View, Cumberlands (Ky.) and Morningside (Iowa) … There were 45 different programs ranked in 2013 … Thirteen teams were ranked in all 13 polls … Carroll (Mont.) leads all institutions with 57 all-time first-place rankings and is followed by former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Saint Xavier (Ill.) (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 183 … Following the Cougars in consecutive appearances are Carroll with 170, Missouri Valley with 105, Morningside with 89 and Saint Xavier with 78 … Morningside holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 37-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.

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

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
No. 5 Baker Improves to 2-0 with 31-30 win over No. 15 Sterling http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10253-no-5-baker-improves-to-2-0-with-31-30-win-over-no-15-sterling http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10253-no-5-baker-improves-to-2-0-with-31-30-win-over-no-15-sterling Nick Marra threw touchdown passes of 27 and 26 yards on Saturday night

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – With 1:17 seconds left in the game Sterling quarterback Reggie Langford connected with Dentton Hudspetch on a five-yard touchdown to put Sterling one point away from tying it up with Baker, 31-30.

But senior defensive back Duane Sims came up with the play of the night for Baker and blocked the Eddie Juarez extra-point to seal the win for the No. 5 ranked Baker Wildcats over No. 15 ranked Sterling.

With the win, Baker improved to 2-0 and won its second-straight game over a ranked opponent from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, as they beat No. 14 Ottawa, 20-12, last Saturday. Sterling falls to 0-2.

Quarterback Nick Marra had two touchdown passes in the first half on consecutive possessions, as he connected with T.J. Holtrop from 26-yards out and Dylan Perry from 27-yards out both in the second quarter.

Adonis Powell had a monster game for Baker with his two touchdown scores of 77-yards in the second quarter before halftime and a five-yard score in the fourth quarter.

He ran the ball 15 times for 163 yards, while fellow El Paso, Texas native DeAndre Turner-Fults ran for 24 yards on six carries.

Perry and Ladai Shawn Boose were the top receivers for Baker, as Perry had five catches for 71 yards and Boose had five for 47 yards.

Defensively Mike Stevenson had his second-straight game with an interception and in his first game back since an injury cost him his season in 2013, Andre Jolly had five tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Tucker Pauley led all players with nine tackles and Gunnar McKenna had eight.

Antonio Bray had a big day for Sterling with 23 yards rushing and 105 yards receiving and had a rushing and receiving touchdown.

Baker will next travel to Springfield, Mo., to take on Evangel on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.

BOX SCORE

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
No. 5 BU, No. 15 SC Gear up for Rematch http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10249-no-5-cats-no-15-warriors-gear-up-for-2013-playoff-rematch http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10249-no-5-cats-no-15-warriors-gear-up-for-2013-playoff-rematch Jeremy Immenschuh had five catches against No. 14 Ottawa last Saturday

GAME NOTES (PDF)

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – No. 5 ranked Baker University will open up its 2014 home schedule this Saturday, as they host No. 15 ranked Sterling in a rematch of the 2013 NAIA-FCS First Round playoff match, a game in which the Wildcats narrowly won, 10-7.

The Wildcats come in 1-0 on the year, as they won their opener, 20-12, last Saturday at No. 14 Ottawa University for their fourth-straight win over the Braves.

The 2013 KCAC Champions come in 0-1 after falling to Concordia (Neb.), 21-15 at home last Saturday.

The Wildcats are 11-1 all time against Sterling and have posted a record of 55-24 the past seven seasons under 2013 HAAC Coach of the Year Mike Grossner.

The Baker offense nearly racked up 400 yards against Ottawa on Saturday, as they rushed for 183 yards and threw for 210 yards for a total of 393 yards.

Camren Torneden had a huge game for Baker with 135 yards rushing on 20 carries and scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 50-yard run.

Leading the way receiving was Jeremy Immenschuh with his five catches and Ladai Shawn Boose had three catches for 70 yards.

At quarterback, the 'Cats will again start sophomore Nick Marra. Marra threw for 200 yards on 17-of-27 and he ran the ball five times.

Defensively the Wildcats caused one turnover with an interception by Mike Stevenson and HAAC Defensive Player of the Week Adam Novak had three tackles for loss.

The Warriors will feature All-American Antonio Bray who scored their only touchdown against Baker last season in the playoffs.

Bray ran the ball 11 times for 33 yards last week against Concordia and had three catches for 14 yards.

Quarterback Reggie Langford was 16-of-29 last week for 204 yards and a score and ran the ball 19 times for 59 yards and a score.

The game will be featured with live stats and live video on Saturday with broadcasters Tom Hedrick and Jim Joyner at www.bakerwildcats.com.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Football Roster Has International Flair http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10242-2014-bu-football-roster-has-international-flair http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10242-2014-bu-football-roster-has-international-flair Daichi Kozu (No. 17) played at defensive back for the 'Cats in their win over Ottawa Saturday

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – For the first time in his 11 years leading the Wildcat football program, Coach Grossner has three international born players on his roster competing for the No. 5 ranked Wildcats.

He has had a few international players in his program, but not three in one year. What's most impressive about this group of No. 17 Daichi Kozu (Tokyo, Japan), No. 93 Loic Vaugirard (Paris, France) and No. 26 Spartak Rahachou (Minsk, Belarus) is that none of them came for an official visit to Baker before signing and their first steps on campus was their move in day.

That speaks volumes to the type of program developed by Grosnner and his staff over the years and the connections he has gained throughout the country and now internationally.

"The team loves them, they all have nicknames and all three have fit in tremendously, said Grossner. "The beauty of all three is that they never took an official visit until they came to move here. That says a lot about the program here at Baker and the pipeline we have set in recruiting."

All three have unique stories on their journey to Baker. Vaugirard who the team calls 'Frenchy' played high school football at Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, Calif., for current Baker defensive lineman Matt Maumalanga's father Chris Maumalanga.

Chris played football at the University of Kansas with Baker defensive coordinator Jason Thoren and gave Coach Thoren Vaugirard's information and helped recruit him to Baldwin City. Vaugirard was born in Paris, France and the defensive lineman always wanted to play football in the United States, so he made the move to Los Angeles and thrived for Coach Maumalanga.

"For Frenchy the sky is the limit ability wise," said Grossner. "He is a big kid and only played two years of high school in California. He will take some time to develop on the field but is a great student and a great fit and loves Baker."

Daichi played two seasons at defensive back at Palomar Community College in San Diego, Calif., prior to Baker and he really wanted to play at the next level at a four-year school so he sent his highlight tape to as many NAIA and NCAA Division II schools that he could.

Coach Grossner responded to him and gave him a really good response and was very interested in his talents. Grossner worked to get him here and gave him the best offer.

He started playing football in high school in Japan and always wanted to play college football in the United States. His coach in Japan had some connections at Palomar in San Diego and Kozu made the trek across the Pacific Ocean to California.

Daichi is a polished football player and a great student of the game," said Grossner. "He will contribute right away."

"I really like it here," said Kozu. "The coaches treat me just like any of the American players and I feel really comfortable playing here at Baker."

Rahachou played tennis at Johnson County Community College and competed against Baker in a match last year. BU head tennis coach Joe Ahmadian liked his talents and knew he had an interest in playing football as well. So he began recruiting him along with Coach Grossner to come play both sports at Baker.

Rahachou always enjoyed contact sports and began playing football in high school in Belarus. His friend was recruited to play tennis at JCCC and asked him if he would like to join him and the running back responded with, "Of course, I would love to come to the US and study and play sports."

"Spartak is one heck of a tennis player," said Grossner. "He has the potential to win a national title at Baker. On the football side he has good feet and is a tough runner."

He will join the Baker tennis team in Spring and will focus solely on football in the fall.

"It's amazing to play for Baker," said Rahachou. "I feel great right now to play on a football team and I have gotten to know most of the guys on the team."

"I am very happy to be here at Baker," said Vaugirard. "I knew coming in it was one of the best places to play football in the NAIA and I am proud to put on the uniform."

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Novak Named HAAC Defensive POTW http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10238-novak-named-haac-defensive-player-of-the-week http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10238-novak-named-haac-defensive-player-of-the-week No. 84 Adam Novak was named this week's HAAC Defensive Player of the Week

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Baker University sophomore defensive end Adam Novak was named the first Heart of America Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week of 2014 on Monday for his effort in the No. 5 ranked Wildcats, 20-12, road win over No. 14 Ottawa.

Novak led the Wildcats with three tackles for loss and two sacks and collected a total of eight tackles.

He had 10.5 tackles loss a year ago and five sacks, both were second on the team.

The 1-0 Wildcats will take on No. 15 ranked Sterling this Saturday at 6 p.m. inside Liston Stadium. Live stats and live video will be available at www.bakerwildcats.com.

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
No. 5 BU Outlasts No. 14 OU in Clash http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10236-no-5-baker-outlasts-no-14-ottawa-in-county-line-clash http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10236-no-5-baker-outlasts-no-14-ottawa-in-county-line-clash Baker captured the final 'County Line Clash' trophy on Saturday against Ottawa

OTTAWA, Kan. – In the final installment of the 'County Line Clash' the No. 5 ranked Baker Wildcats defeated No. 14 Ottawa, 20-12, on Saturday evening to open up the 2014 season.

This marks the fourth-straight win for Baker over Ottawa and it's the 'Cats fourth-straight season opening win.

The Wildcats scored first, with a 54-yard touchdown by sophomore sensation Clarence Clark with 12:07 left in the first quarter. Clark lined up in the quarterback position in the wildcat formation and blazed past the Braves for the score. He then lined up and kicked in the extra point.

Then with 2:05 to go in the first quarter, Alex Stebbins ran in a one-yard TD from the goal line to put Baker up 14-0.

Baker nearly went into the half up 14-0, but Ottawa broke through and scored on a six-yard Luke Lundy touchdown just before the break.

Jeff Stamp's extra-point was then blocked by Myron Tipton and at the break, Baker led 14-6.

With 2:26 to go in the third quarter, quarterback Micheal Behr ran in a two-yard score to make it 14-12, and attempted to run in the two-point conversion but was stopped by Ben Seybert.

Camren Torneden then broke the game open for Baker with a huge 50-yard touchdown run to put the 'Cats up 20-12. Logan Bretell lined up for the extra-point and missed.

Torneden led the way for Baker with 130 yards rushing and a touchdown on 20 carries and Nick Marra was 17-of-27 passing for 200 yards.

Lundy was a force all night long with 134 yards rushing on 28 carries and a score and Behr was 10-of-18 for 140 yards passing.

Mike Stevenson had a big interception for Baker on defense and Tipton led the defense with 10 tackles. Adam Novak had two sacks and three tackles for loss and Kharon Brown had back-to-back tackles for loss for the Baker defense.

Jeremy Immenschuh led the way with five receptions and Ladai Boose had a team high 70 yards receiving.

Baker will take on another ranked team from the KCAC next week, as they host No. 15 ranked Sterling College at 6 p.m. inside Liston Stadium.

BOX SCORE

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
No. 5 Baker, No. 14 Ottawa set for Clash http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10232-no-5-baker-no-14-ottawa-set-for-county-line-clash http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10232-no-5-baker-no-14-ottawa-set-for-county-line-clash No. 5 Baker opens up 2014 at No. 14 Ottawa on Saturday in the County Line Clash

GAME NOTES (PDF)

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Under the direction of 2013 Heart of America Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Mike Grossner, the Wildcat football program has reached heights unseen since the glory years of Hall of Famer Charlie Richard.

Baker qualified for the NAIA Football Championship Series in both 2012 and 2013 and last year captured its first HAAC regular-season championship since 1993.

The 'Cats ended 2013 with a school-record 11-2 mark and defeated Sterling (Kan.) 10-7 in the first round of the NAIA FCS for their first playoff victory in 20 years and ended the season ranked No. 5 ranked in the NAIA Top 25 poll.

So the big question is what does 2014 hold and how do the Wildcats make it three in a row? Coach Grossner is aware it will take a collective effort in all phases.

"We have a lot of experience coming back on offense," said Grossner. "The key to our overall success will be our trigger man. We have nice size, depth, and experience up front, which is very crucial in protecting our QB.

"We like the make-up of our defense this year. We have great depth in our secondary and defensive line. The key will be who steps up at two of our linebacker positions.

The strength of our defense will be team speed. Now we have to see how well they come together. We will be tested early and often with our upcoming schedule."

The Wildcats lose four-year starter Jake Morse, who ended his career with the second-most passing yards in school history and helped lead the 'Cats to playoff appearances in 2012 and 2013. Sophomore Nick Marra is the frontrunner to start at quarterback.

Marra, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound quarterback from Gilroy, Calif., appeared in one game for Baker last season. He completed 5 of 10 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown in a 37-20 victory over MidAmerica Nazarene.

"We feel like Nick is one of those guys the players really like and he distributes the ball and make plays," said Grossner. "He's also a good athlete and if our receivers run their route hard, Nick will find them."

Coach Grossner and offensive coordinator Miguel Regalado have plenty of depth to work with at the QB position with returning senior Jake Heller, sophomore Adam Lomenick and freshmen James Valentine and Logan Bretell.

A key part of the offense that returns intact from 2013 is the Wildcat offensive line. Baker returns first-team All-HAAC left guard Sheldon Jacks along with center Michael Lisher, right tackle and all-conference performer Justin McCandless, right guard Jared Fromm who will be competing for a starting spot with Tanner Clark. At left tackle there are three potential starters with Ryan Powe, Jesse Austin and Greg Snell.

Baker lost one of its highest-profile athletes and two-time All-HAAC running back Dillon Baxter. He was a second-team All-HAAC player in 2013 and led the team in rushing with 1,025 yards and six touchdowns.

But Baker will return its second-, third- and fourth-leading rushers in Camren Torneden, Scott Meyer and Adonis Powell. The trio totaled 1,355 yards a year ago and 13 touchdowns with Torneden leading that group with 725 yards and six touchdowns.

Junior power running back Alex Stebbins is also back after running for five touchdowns in 2013. Freshman DeAndre Turner-Fults, who hails from El Paso, Texas, could also make an impact.

Baker will return one of the top sophomores in the country from a year ago in wide receiver/kicker Clarence Clark.

Clark earned honors as the 2013 first-team All-HAAC kicker, first-team All-HAAC athlete and second-team All-HAAC wide receiver. He ran for 109 yards and a touchdown and led the squad with 840 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. He connected on 17 field goals, including a 59-yarder at Missouri Valley.

His fellow receivers consist of returners Dylan Perry, Jeremy Immenschuh and Connor Stremel and newcomers Justice Berry and Jaylan Addison. Berry is a transfer out of NCAA Div. I Indiana State. Addison is a highly recruited freshman from El Paso, Texas.

Baker will also feature a couple of top-flight tight ends this season in Andrew Augsberger and TJ Holtrop. Holtrop was third on the team in receptions a year ago with 29 and had 330 yards receiving and a touchdown, while Augsberger last played for Baker in 2012 and had four receptions for 44 yards and a TD.

On defense, the line is stacked with two all-conference performers and a 2012 NAIA-AFCA All-American. Andre Jolly, a 2012 first-team All-American, is back for his senior season after playing in just five games last year due to an injury. In 2012, he was a force, collecting a school-record 16 sacks and 22 tackles for loss.

Also returning are sophomore defensive ends Adam Novak and Nick Becker. Novak was a 2013 second-team all-conference performer and Becker received honorable mention. The two combined for 20 tackles for loss a year ago along with 88 total tackles and 8.5 sacks.

Returners Myron Tipton, Nick Shondell and Josh Kock will shore up the middle of the defensive line and Travis Rae supplies some depth.

The secondary is full of returners. Second-team All-HAAC performers Mike Stevenson and Gunnar McKenna are back with senior Duane Sims and Preston Schenck is back at safety as well.

A couple of new recruits could see action at defensive back — Anthony Kubis of Bonner Springs, Kan., and Daichi Kozu of Tokyo. Kozu is a transfer from Palomar CC in San Diego.

Tucker Pauley, Baker's leading tackler a year ago, looks to lead the linebackers. Coach Grossner and defensive coordinator Jason Thoren will have Pauley man the outside linebacker spot and the inside backer spots will be held by returners Josh Finau, Matt Bush and Kharon Brown. Freshman Keith Loneker Jr. could also help in the middle.

On special teams, the Wildcats are led by All-American Clarence Clark. Newcomers Abram Garcia and Logan Bretell will compete for a back-up role and help with kickoffs.

Punter Coty Martin looks to win the starting job at the moment, but all-state punter Jacob Thompkins, out of Maysville, Ky., will compete for the job and he can play wide receiver as well.

The Wildcats open Sept. 6 at rival Ottawa for the annual County Line Clash. In the second week, the Wildcats will return home to take on Sterling in the HAAC vs. KCAC Challenge, a rematch of last year's NAIA FCS game.

Homecoming will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 against Graceland and on Oct. 11 Baker will play rival Benedictine (Kan.) at the NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

"I think our schedule is as difficult a schedule we have had here in our 10 years," said Grossner. "This fall practice and preseason is very important for us to get sharp and get in great shape for the first two games against ranked opponents.

"We were undefeated at home in the regular season last season and that's what we need to sell to the guys we want to do that again."

Fans can watch and listen to Saturday's game at www.bakerwildcats.com.

#BakerStrong

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Football to Begin 2014 Ranked No. 5 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10172-football-to-begin-2014-ranked-no-5 http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10172-football-to-begin-2014-ranked-no-5 Football to Begin 2014 Ranked No. 5

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – After a 2013 season that featured a school-record 11-2 record, a HAAC regular season championship and a NAIA-FCS Playoff victory, the Baker University football team will begin the season ranked No. 5 in the latest NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Preseason Poll.

The 'Cats ended 2013 ranked No. 5 and captured its first HAAC championship since the 1993 season.

Baker also posted 24 HAAC All-Conference players, nine NAIA Scholar-Athletes, three BSN-NAIA All-Americans and the HAAC Coach of the Year in Mike Grossner.

The 2014 Baker schedule will feature five games against ranked opponents, as they take on No. 14 Ottawa in the season opening 'County Line Clash' on Sept. 6, No. 15 Sterling comes to Baldwin City, Kan., on Sept. 13 for the annual HAAC/KCAC Challenge. Then on Oct. 4, Baker travels to No. 24 ranked Peru State.

The NAIA Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead Stadium will pin Baker against No. 11 ranked Benedictine on Oct. 11 and Baker ends the year at home on Senior Day against No. 7 Missouri Valley on Saturday, Nov. 15.

The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference – No. 8 Tabor (Kan.), No. 14 Ottawa (Kan.), No. 15 Sterling (Kan.) and No. 19 Friends (Kan.) – and the Heart of America Athletic Conference – Baker, No. 7 Missouri Valley, No. 11 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 24 Peru State (Neb.) – boast the most teams amongst the Top 25 with four programs each. Four other leagues – MSFAW, Frontier Conference, GPAC and the Mid-South Conference East Division – have three ranked teams.

Notes (all information dates back to 1999): Grand View (Iowa) is making its third-straight appearance at No. 1 ... Three teams held the No. 1 ranking in 2013 – Grand View, Cumberlands (Ky.) and Morningside (Iowa) ... There were 45 different programs ranked in 2013 ... Thirteen teams were ranked in all 13 polls ... Carroll (Mont.) leads all institutions with 57 all-time first-place rankings and is followed by former member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Saint Xavier (Ill.) (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 182 ... Following the Cougars in consecutive appearances are Carroll with 169, Missouri Valley with 104, Morningside with 88 and Saint Xavier with 77 ... Morningside holds the longest streak of top 10 rankings, having been ranked among the top 10 teams for 36-straight polls dating back to Sept. 19, 2011.

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

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500
BU Picked Second in HAAC Poll http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10150-baker-football-selected-second-in-haac-preseason-coaches-poll http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10150-baker-football-selected-second-in-haac-preseason-coaches-poll Justin McCandless (left) and head coach Mike Grossner (right) represented Baker on Tuesday at the 2014 HAAC Football Media Day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Defending Heart of America Athletic Conference football champion Baker University was selected second in the 2014 HAAC Coaches' Preseason Poll on Tuesday afternoon at the annual HAAC Football Media Day at the NAIA National Office in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

The Wildcats received four out of the 10 first-place votes and a total of 76 points just one point shy of first-place Missouri Valley.
The Vikings took 77 of the possible 81 voting points as the coaches' choice to win a fourth-straight championship.

Baker returns in 2014 after a school record 11-2 record and a share of its first conference title since 1993. The two teams, who each advanced to the 2013 NAIA Football Championship Series quarterfinal round, will meet on the final day of the regular season, Nov. 15, at Liston Stadium in Baldwin City, Kan.

The final team to claim a share of last season's title was Benedictine, which was picked to finish third after garnering 65 voting points. Peru State was picked to repeat its best-ever finish in the conference after finishing in fourth place last season, while MidAmerica Nazarene was picked to finish fifth after sharing fourth with the Bobcats in 2013.

The second half of the poll was nearly identical to the finish from last season's standings. Evangel tallied 44 points to take sixth position, Central Methodist was picked to finish seventh with 29 points, while Avila (21 points), Culver-Stockton (19) and Graceland (15) finished out the poll.

The 2013 season kicks off on Saturday, August 23 when Evangel makes a nearly 1,300-mile journey to take on first-year program Arizona Christian in Phoenix, Ariz.

All 10 teams will host games on Saturday, September 13 in the 2nd Annual HAAC-KCAC Football Series with each team taking on the KCAC team that finished in the same position in the 2013 standings at the KCAC site. Head-to-head conference play begins the following Saturday, September 20.

Baker head football coach and 2013 HAAC Coach of the Year Mike Grossner addressed the media on Tuesday, as did All-HAAC returning senior offensive lineman Justin McCandless. For a look at the entire Coaches' Poll, please see below.

2014 HAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll
School (First Place Votes) - Points
1. Missouri Valley (6) - 77
2. Baker (4) - 76
3. Benedictine - 65
4. Peru State - 56
5. MidAmerica Nazarene - 48
6. Evangel - 44
7. Central Methodist - 29
8. Avila - 21
9. Culver-Stockton - 19
10. Graceland - 15

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500
2014 HAAC Media Day http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10148-grossner-mccandless-to-take-part-in-2014-haac-media-day http://www.bakeru.edu/sports/football/news-archive/item/10148-grossner-mccandless-to-take-part-in-2014-haac-media-day 2014 HAAC Media Day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – 2013 Heart of America Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Mike Grossner and Baker University senior offensive lineman Justin McCandless will address the media on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the annual HAAC Football Media Day at the NAIA National Office in Downtown Kansas City, Mo.

The press conference will feature all 10 Heart of America Athletic Conference institutions head football coaches and a player representative and will begin at 1 p.m.

Fan can watch the media day press conference, by clicking here.

The 2014 HAAC Coaches Preseason Poll will also be announced at the media day. Below is a list of the athletes from each school that will be participating.

Avila - Da'Veion Sullivan, WR
Baker - Justin McCandless, OL
Benedictine - Hayden Smith, OL
Central Methodist - Conner White, LB; Paul Stevens, WR
Culver-Stockton - Mike Davis, DE
Evangel - Chandler Eden, LB; Michael Bowman, WR
Graceland - Billy Wendt, LB; David Edmondson, DL
MidAmerica Nazarene - Trent Hedlund, QB
Missouri Valley - Michael Barnes, DB; Roy Wolfrum, OL
Peru State - Tyler Ford, OL; Shane Lloyd, LB

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no-reply@bakeru.edu (Tyler Price) M Football Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500