Football

 
August 2, 2012

Eagles Tabbed to Finish Fourth in ODAC Preseason Football Poll

ODAC MEDIA TELECONFERENCE: Coach Clark and Danny Grogg Speak to the Media 

FOREST, Va. – After posting a 3-3 record a season ago, the Bridgewater Eagles football team was tabbed by the conference coaches to finish in fourth place in the league this year in a poll released on Friday morning by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) office.

Bridgewater earned 32 overall points to fall into fourth place behind the 2010 ODAC champion Generals of Washington and Lee in the poll conducted among the league's eight coaches. Hampden-Sydney took home the top spot in the annual survey with four first-place votes and 46 total points to edge out projected runner-up Randolph-Macon, which earned 44 points and three first-place votes.

The Eagles will look to newcomers and young returning players to take the next step on offense, led by a pair of returning quarterbacks with game experience in senior Carlos Gonzalez and junior Willie Logan. and a number of veterans along the offensive front. The defense will again be stout with several standouts along the defensive line. Seniors Danny Grogg and Joel Francis spearhead the defensive front while the middle of the Eagles 4-2-5 alignment features a pair of senior linebackers in Todd Harris and Salem Nganga.

Emory & Henry, a squad that fell victim to the Eagles a season ago in Emory, rounds out the top five with 23 overall points. Catholic sits in sixth place with 20 points, while the eight-team group is finalized with a tie for seventh place between the Guilford Quakers and the Shenandoah Hornets. Shenandoah is in their first full year of membership in the ODAC after being a partial member for the 2011-12 sports season.

Bridgewater officially opens the 2012 regular season on Saturday, September 1 when the Eagles travel to Latrobe, Pa. to do battle with St. Vincent. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m. at Chuck Noll Field.


2012 ODAC FOOTBALL PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes first place votes

1.

Hampden-Sydney (4)

46 pts.

2.

Randolph-Macon (3)

44 pts.

3.

Washington and Lee (1)

37 pts.

4.

Bridgewater

32 pts.

5.

Emory & Henry

23 pts.

6.

Catholic

20 pts.

7.

Guilford

11 pts.

7.

Shenandoah

11 pts.