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May 12, 2016

Albright - Lions Ranked 12th in Sporting News Preseason Poll

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READING, Pa. -- The Albright football team is ranked 12th in the Sporting News preseason college football Division III poll.

Albright finished the 2015 season with a 10-2 overall mark and won the Middle Atlantic Conference title with an 8-1 league record. The Lions defeated Norwich 49-0 in the opening round of the NCAA playoffs before losing to eventual national champion Mount Union in the second round.


Linfield was the preseason favorite in the Sporting News poll, while Mount Union was second. Wisconsin-Whitewater was ranked third followed by Mary Hardin-Baylor and St. Thomas. Albright was the lone team from the Middle Atlantic Conference to be ranked in the poll.

Albright returns 16 starters from last year's conference championship team. The Lions return nine starters on offense and seven starters on the defensive side of the ball.

Albright will open the 2016 season on Sept. 2 when it visits Salisbury. The Lions defeated the Sea Gulls 24-23 last season in Shirk Stadium with a thrilling comeback victory.

SPORTING NEWS DIVISION III PRESEASON TOP 25 POLL
1. Linfield 12-1
2. Mount Union 15-0
3. Wisconsin-Whitewater 12-2
4. Mary Hardin-Baylor 10-2
5. St. Thomas 14-1
6. Wesley 11-2
7. Wisconsin-Oshkosh 11-2
8. Wheaton 11-1
9. Saint John's 10-2
10. Ohio Northern 9-3
11. Hardin-Simmons 9-2
12. Albright 10-2
13. Johns Hopkins 11-1
14. Texas Lutheran 8-2
15. Whitworth 9-2
16. Thomas More 11-1
17. Washington & Lee 10-1
18. SUNY Cortland 9-3
19. St. Lawrence 8-3
20. Trinity 8-2
21. John Carroll 8-2
22. Wisconsin-Platteville 8-2
23. North Central 7-3
24. Washington & Jefferson 8-2
25. Adrian 7-3