Bluffton sixth in preseason poll
Bluffton places sixth Heartland Conference football coaches poll
By Ben Risinger, Sports Information Director
August 6, 2004
BLUFFTON, OHIO - The Bluffton University football has been selected as sixth in the preseason Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference poll released on Friday.
Bluffton calculated a 2-8 overall record, 0-6 HCAC in 2003 under first-year head coach Greg Brooks. The Beavers return 15 starters (8 offense, 7 defense) to the field as they look to improve on last season's record.
Two-time defending HCAC champion Hanover College was picked to finish first in the league. Mount St. Joseph was picked second, Anderson University third, Defiance College and Franklin College tied for fourth, Bluffton University was picked sixth with Manchester College placing seventh.
"Being in sixth place provides us with the opportunity to move up in conference action," head coach Greg Brooks said.
Bluffton University will open the 2004 season on September 4 when they host Centre College in Dwight Salzman stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Preseason HCAC Coaches Poll
1. Hanover College 46 (6)
2. Mount St. Joseph 40 (1)
3. Anderson University 36
4.-tie Defiance College 25
Franklin College 25
6. Bluffton University 15
7. Manchester College 9