Well, I went to GLIAC Media Day in Frankenmuth and tried my best to bring it to you live.
Due to wifi issues, I wasn’t able to pull off my first attempt at using Coveritlive.com.
Oh well, here is my set of raw notes from the day.
Tom Brown opens.
10 game schedule, no open dates, 6 games per weekend
New alignment : RMAC, NSC, GLIAC, Independents, should open more playoff opportunities for league schools.
New rule: Earned access changes to top 8 instead of top 10 in regional rankings.
League SID Jeff Ligney reveals polling results:
Tiffin: Wikoski, media probably knows more about our kids than I do. 30 seniors with a chance to be winningest group of Tiffin players ever.
Matt Rue, 5th year senior QB, Deshawn Edwards WR
Findlay: Waufford, 6-1 out of conference, but still trying to be a team that conference teams worry about. 6 seniors, very young. Depth will be key.
NMU: Bernie Anderson “After being picked 10th, all I have to do is finish 9th and my AD will be happy.” Freddie Wells is one of the best receiver in the conference. Randy Awrey will help NMU be a better defense.
WSU: Paul Winters “You can talk all you want about the league being tough, but we didn’t hold up our end of the bargain.” Joique Bell is up 225 pounds and Darrell Graham pushes him every day. Sophomore receivers have grown up and should help us a lot.
Indy: Joe Polizzi, Proud and excited to be part of the best Division II conference in the country. Anything can happen in this league. Every year there is a story about a team that people pick low in the poll but knock on the door and make it to the playoff. Leonard Bush is a guy at linebacker who can make things happen. Maxwell Frempong moves to OLB from Safety. 4 starters return on the offensive line. Injured guys return.
Ferris State: Jeff Pierce, 11 opportunities to improve over last season. Thanks the media for supporting all of the teams. 100th year of football. We have high expectations. 40 guys have stayed all summer to work out together. New faces on the staff. Eric Rozinski at QB had a great spring but with 3 guys right on his heels. Defense will be the strength. Jake Visser, 1st team All-American at Dline enters final season.
MTU: Tom Kearly, excited about 08 team, 6 seniors, 5 returners on offense. Very athletic but young on defense. A lot of red shirt freshmen playing in the secondary.
HC: Most speed and talent since returning to Hillsdale. Defense will be strong suit. Korte and Eric Weber must make the defense go. Big void with Nicolet but need to replace Mark with someone who can do their job, not be Nicolet. Weatherhead is the leading candidate. Great receiving corp. Jared Veldheer leads the offensive line.
NU: Mike Sullivan, excited to represent Northwood. 4 senior offensive line that are foundation type players. 9 defensive starters.
SVSU: Jim Collins, excited about the new challenge. Feels he inherited a good football team. Recruited coaches and kids that can are up to the challenge of playing at this level. Lots of competition at a lot of positions should help. Strong defense with 8 starters and a lot of other guys who played a lot of football. 4 out of 5 offensive linemen.
Ashland: Lee Owens, 2nd place recognizes what we did last year. We had a special year. Should be able to score a lot of points. “We lost a lot of guys on defense and that might be a good thing with the way we played on defense.” Excited to play Bloomsburg, a good out of conference PSAC team.
GVSU: Chuck Martin, lost some good players off a great football team. Excited about the nucleus we have returning. Lost both coordinators and the offensive line coach. Skuta and Richard up front should help the defense a ton. Smolen and Breziek back on offense. 3 linemen anchored by Eisenhart at center. Iciek: super smart, super savvy, great person. Get through this league you can play with anybody in the country.
New GLIAC.org will relaunch soon. Presto sports will provide live stats.