Rumors of Grand Valley State’s demise in the GLIAC North were slightly exaggerated … and by ‘slightly,’ that is to say ‘greatly’ exaggerated.
The Lakers may not have captured the GLIAC football championship last year – instead it was their West Michigan rival, Ferris State – but Grand Valley captured the Super Regional 4 championship after winning three straight playoff games away from Allendale.
The 2016 season will also mark a season of change at Ferris, with the graduation of two-time Harlon Hill Trophy winner Jason Vander Laan. But, with several key defensive players returning, the Bulldogs will certainly be in the mix for the GLIAC crown. While the favorites in the league are in West Michigan, don’t count out Michigan Tech as they look to bring the title back to the Upper Peninsula.
Under this backdrop, we present the first of our two-part GLIAC football preview, including preseason BennettRanks (full D2 football rankings), returning all-GLIAC performers and team-by-team capsule previews for teams in the Northern Division (the Michigan schools).
When you're done with part one, here's the second part of our GLIAC football preview, focusing on the Southern Division (Ohio) schools.
|BR||TEAM||OVERALL RECORD||GLIAC RECORD||COACHES POLL|
|3||Grand Valley State||12-3||8-2||1st|
|111||Wayne State (Mich.)||6-5||5-5||4th|
RETURNING 2015 ALL-GLIAC PERFORMERS (Northern Division Only)
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
OL: Jake Daugherty, Jr., Ferris State
OL: Tommy Richardson, Jr., Wayne State
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DB: Jaleel Canty, Sr., Ferris State
LB: Anthony Darkangelo, Sr., Ferris State
LB: Marquez Gollman, Sr., Grand Valley St.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
RB: Romello Brown, Jr., Wayne State
RB: Joe Reverman, Soph., Hillsdale
TE: Alex Sherbinow, Jr., Michigan Tech
WR: Matt Williams, Sr., Grand Valley St.
OL: Devon Johnson, Soph., Ferris State
OL: Robert Kelly, Sr., Wayne State
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL: Dylan Roney, Jr., Ferris State
DL: De’Ondre Hogan, Sr., Grand Valley St.
DL: Evan Mayer: Sr., Michigan Tech
DB: Garrett Pougnet, Jr., Grand Valley St.
LB: Bryan Jones, Jr., Saginaw Valley
LB: Valorian Cunningham, Sr., Wayne State
LB: Michael Fisher, Sr., Northwood
SECOND TEAM SPECIALISTS
P: Robert Salani, Sr., Northern Michigan
KR: Matt Williams, Sr., Grand Valley St.[divider]
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