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Presentation College

Presentation enters their third year as a football program and their first year as an NAIA team with high hopes and momentum on campus that they hope carries over to the football team.  After making the move from Division III, Presentation has high hopes for big improvements in their first season in the brand new North Star Athletic Association, mainly due to this being the first season in which most of the inaugural recruits are finally upperclassmen.  The offense returns the majority of last season’s skill position players, including Sr. quarterback Stephen Braswell, his favorite receiver in Jr. wide receiver Matt James, and Jr. running back Eric Scheuth.  The key for the Saints Offensively will be to develop inside the trenches.  The Saints have a solid foundation with Jr. Tate Rinehart and Sr. Dustin Yorek anchoring the line, but will need to develop depth.

The defense returns eight starters officially, but last year’s injury bug could pay dividends this season as 17 players with starting experience return for the Saints.  On the line Sr. Kyle Woodward, Jr. Corrie Smith-Dennis, and So. Orlando Torres anchor a group with the athleticism to create a potentially formidable pass rush but it will be crucial that they add size and strength this past offseason to better stop the run.  Linebackers will be a huge strength for Presentation as all three starters are returning as upperclassmen and there are three others who have starting experience.  It’s tough to get a read on the Saints secondary, as they were absolutely riddled with injuries last season.  In brief stints, Jr. safeties Mike Smith and Austin Lake and So. safety Jordan Taylor have shown a lot of promise, but will need to develop lock down corners.

The special teams will be anchored by Jr. kicker/punter Gavin Voss, who is nearly automatic on extra points and has shown improved range kicking field goals.  The Saints did lose two explosive kick and punt returners and will need to find that special teams ace to get what will be a young offensive line good field position.

The Saints have shown constant improvement in their first two seasons against DIII competition but the talent level of the NAIA is a whole new animal.  The Saints will rely on speed on the perimeter and the chemistry current upperclassmen have developed the last two years while building a program from the ground up.  With a few key recruits panning out, I could see this team finishing as well as 6-4. A worst-case scenario is 3-7 finish for a third consecutive season.  For my official prediction, I’ll split the difference and say 5-5 with a 4th place conference finish.