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Tigers Ranked 19th in USA Today Sports Weekly Poll; Signal Caller Listed as Player to Watch

Tigers Ranked 19th in USA Today Sports Weekly Poll; Signal Caller Listed as Player to Watch

August 4, 2009

2008 Monon Bell 1 Spud Dick.jpgAugust 4, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Coming off an 8-2 season and with the return of 41 lettermen including 17 starters, DePauw is ranked 19th in the USA Today Sports Weekly Division III Football Preseason Top 25 rankings.

The Tigers won the final four games of the 2008 season including a 36-14 Monon Bell win over then second-ranked Wabash.

Matt Walker's squad returns seven starters on offense, eight on defense and both kickers from the team that narrowly missed its first NCAA Division III postseason appearance. Walker is 22-8 in three seasons which ranks second in program history for the most wins and highest winning percentage after the first three years of a coaching career.

Senior quarterback Spud Dick (pictured) was listed as one of four Division III Players to Watch by the national publication. Dick has started the last 29 games and is the Tigers' all-time leader in passing and total offense yards as well as pass completions.

He completed nearly 68 percent of his passes last year for 2,896 yards with 25 touchdowns, while ranking 15th in Division III pass efficiency and 18th in total offense.

DePauw opens the 2009 season on Saturday, September 12, with a 7 p.m. game at Anderson University and the Tigers open the home and Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference campaign on September 19 at 1 p.m. against Centre.

Among the five home games is an October 3 game with SCAC defending champion Millsaps, an October 24 showdown with 20th-ranked Trinity and the annual Monon Bell game with Wabash on November 14. That game, televised for the fourth straight year by HDNet, is the 116th in the series with the rivalry tied, 53-53-9. It also marks the 78th meeting since the Monon Bell entered the series as a trophy in 1932 with DePauw leading 37-34-6.

 

USA Today Sports Weekly
Division III Preseason Top 25

  1. Mount Union (Ohio)
  2. Wisconsin-Whitewater
  3. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas)
  4. Hardin-Simmons (Texas)
  5. North Central (Ill.)
  6. Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  7. Willamette (Ore.)
  8. Wheaton (Ill.)
  9. Wartburg (Iowa)
10. Ithaca (N.Y.)
11. Wesley (Del.)
12. Cortland State (N.Y.)
13. St. John's (Minn.)
14. Monmouth (Ill.)
15. Washington and Jefferson (Pa.)
16. Hobart (N.Y.)
17. St. Thomas (Minn.)
18. Case Western Reserve (Ohio)
19. DePauw (Ind.)
20. Trinity (Texas)
21. Christopher Newport (Va.)
22. Curry (Mass.)
23. Redlands (Calif.)
24. Salisbury (Md.)
25. Delaware Valley (Pa.)
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