Lopers slotted ninth in preseason poll

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The MIAA has released preseason football coaches and media polls for the upcoming 2019 season.

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The polls were released Wednesday morning as a part of MIAA Media Day at Kauffman Foundation Center in Kansas City. Note head coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team in the coaches' poll.

Head coach Josh Lynn, along with players Luke Quinn and Hinwa Allieu, will speak to media at 10:15 a.m. The press conference with UNK will be available later today at www.themiaanetwork.com (go to the on-demand option). A video (live and archived) with Quinn and Allieu will be available also on Wednesday afternoon via the MIAA Facebook page.

Coming off a season in which it went 5-6 and tied for seventh in the league standings, UNK tallied 46 points to come in ninth and ahead of Missouri Southern State (34), Northeastern State (23) and Lincoln (12), who is returning to the MIAA after a five-year absence. Two-time defending champion Fort Hays State is first (114 points) with the Tigers picking up six of the 12 first place votes. Northwest Missouri State (112 points; five first place) is right behind Hays with Central Oklahoma and Central Missouri rounding out the coaches' top four.

UNK, with 46 upperclassmen on its roster, was also tabbed ninth by the media. The Lopers tallied 194 points with MSSU (120; one first place), NSU (79) and LU (52) directly behind. Northwest (471 points; 32 first place) edged Hays (433; seven) to be the favorite.

Kearney begins the season on Thursday, September 5th, at Missouri Southern. The Lopers are set to begin fall camp on Monday, August 12th. At this time, around 116 players are expected to report.

MIAA Coaches Poll (1st Place) – Points

Fort Hays State (6) – 114
Northwest Missouri State (5) – 112
Pittsburg State (1) – 97
Central Oklahoma – 90
Central Missouri – 80
Emporia State – 73
Missouri Western State – 57
Washburn – 54
UNK – 46
Missouri Southern State – 34
Northeastern State – 23
Lincoln – 12

MIAA Media Poll (1st Place) – Points

Northwest Missouri (32) – 471
Fort Hays State (7) – 433
Pittsburg State – 378
Central Missouri – 336
Central Oklahoma – 313
Emporia State – 264
Missouri Western State – 245
Washburn – 234
UNK – 194
Missouri Southern State (1) – 120
Northeastern State – 79
Lincoln - 52