Coaches pick Hillsdale 5th


The 2008 pre-season GLIAC coaches’ poll is out and the Chargers are starting to garner a little bit more respect.

Hillsdale is picked to finish 5th as voted by the league head coaches. The Chargers tied Michigan Tech in the poll revealed this afternoon in Frankenmuth.

Head Coach Keith Otterbein and the other coaches addressed the media once the results were shared by GLIAC director of media relations Jeff Ligney.

“We’re very excited about our football team,” Otter said. “This is the most speed and athletic ability we have had here since I arrived.”

“Defensively, we have one of the premier defensive players in the league in Tom Korte who is heading into his senior year. He and Eric Weber are going to drive our defense. We have a big void to fill in the fact that we lose league MVP Mark Nicolet. If we can replace him with a guy who can just do his job, we feel like we are going to be a good football team and Troy Weatherhead is the leading candidate to take over that position. We have a good core in Tight End Matt Patillo, and four wide receivers: AJ Kegg, Andre Holmes, Mike Blanchard, and guy who scored 18 touchdowns last season, Aaron Waldie.”

Otterbein went on to talk about the returning offensive linemen Jared Veldheer, Phil Davignon, and Josiah Swartz as key ingredients up front. He finished saying he is very excited to have the kids return on Thursday.

I did record Otter’s comments, but I learned that I shouldn’t type while recording. Instead of hearing the Charger coach, you mainly hear me banging on the keyboard.

No shocker in that Grand Valley was once again voted #1. Ashland followed at #2 and Saginaw Valley was 3rd. Northwood gained the #4 spot.
The rest of the poll is as follows:
7. Ferris State
8. Indy
9. WSU
10. NMU
11. Findlay
12. Tiffin

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