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WICHITA, KS - The NAIA has released the 2010 Football Coaches' Top 25 Spring Poll. The University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) grabs the top spot in the poll. However, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) has one team in the Top 10 and has a total of three teams in the Top 25. Ottawa University is the highest ranked KCAC team, entering the poll ranked eighth in the NAIA. McPherson College is ranked 12th and Friends University is ranked 15th. Both Sterling College and Kansas Wesleyan University also received votes in the poll.
 

Ottawa University finished the 2009 season with an 11-1 overall record and won the KCAC Championship. On offense, Ottawa led the country in pass offense (413.8 ypg), ranked second in total offense (509.7 ypg) and sixth in scoring offense (44.0 ppg). Returning from the record-setting offense is junior wide receiver Clarence Anderson, who led the country in receiving yards (1,699 yards) - Anderson tallied 94 catches and 22 touchdowns while setting eight offensive and special team school records. Senior defensive end Seth Homolka anchors the defensive line after a 10.5-sack performance last year. The Braves lose two key offensive performers, KCAC Player of the Year Ethan Haller (broke eight offensive school records) and AFCA All-America wide receiver Corey Schultz (1,583 yards, 85 receptions and eight touchdowns.) Ottawa will return 13 starters from last year's KCAC Champion squad.

 
McPherson College went 9-2 during the 2009 season, finishing second in the KCAC. The Bulldogs advanced to their first ever Football Championship Series, losing to MidAmerica Nazarene 40-24 to finish the 2009 season. As an offense, the Bulldogs ranked fifth in the NAIA in scoring (44.2 ppg) and sixth in passing (307.7 ypg). Senior running back and All-KCAC First-Team selection Aaron Laffite is back after leading the team in rushing yards (1,030) and touchdowns (21) - he was first in the country in scoring per game (12.7 ppg). Also back is senior quarterback Shane Mascarenas, who tossed for 33 touchdowns and over 3,200 yards. The Bulldogs have to replace All-KCAC performer Jeff Paulson at linebacker - he was the team's leading tackler in each of the last two seasons. McPherson will return 21 starters for the 2010 season.
           
Friends University had an overall record of 8-2 in the 2009 season and finished third in the KCAC behind Ottawa University and McPherson College. The Falcons failed to make the Football Championship Series in 2009 after making three consecutive trips from 2006-08. Seven defensive starters return from a unit that was second in the NAIA in rushing defense (50.8 yapg) and total defense (220.5 yapg). Blake Gordon, a three-time All-KCAC selection, returns after finishing last year with 44 total tackles, 13.0 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks. On offense, the Falcons will look to all-conference picks Mike Hyde (Sr., WR) and Tim Rozzell (Jr., QB). Missing from the defense will be Jordan Highley (2008 KCAC Defensive Player of the Year) and Quinn Cunningham (led country with eight interceptions). Friends will return 19 starters from the 2009 season.
                  

2010 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Spring Poll - (April 19)

Rank

Last Week

School (1st Place Votes)

2009 Record

Total Points

1

1

University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) (14)

15-0

412

2

2

Lindenwood University (Mo.) (3)

13-1

403

3

3

Carroll College (Mont.)

13-1

389

4

4

Saint Xavier University (Ill.) (1)

12-1

372

5

5

Morningside College (Iowa)

10-2

349

T6

6

Lambuth University (Tenn.)

12-1

317

T6

8

MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kan.)

10-2

317

8

6

Ottawa University (Kan.)

11-1

303

9

9

McKendree University (Ill.)

9-2

286

10

10

Missouri Valley College

8-3

277

11

11

University of the Cumberlands (Ky.)

9-2

261

12

12

McPherson College (Kan.)

9-2

235

13

13

Hastings College (Neb.)

9-3

231

14

14

Minot State University (N.D.)

9-3

201

15

15

Friends University (Kan.)

8-2

171

16

16

Walsh University (Ohio)

7-3

160

17

17

University of Saint Francis (Ind.)

6-3

158

18

18

Dickinson State University (N.D.)

7-5

134

19

19

Langston University (Okla.)

7-4

130

20

21

Grand View University (Iowa)

8-3

121

21

22

Eastern Oregon University

7-4

83

22

20

Taylor University (Ind.)

6-3

76

23

25

Northwestern College (Iowa)

7-3

50

24

23

Baker University (Kan.)

7-3

49

25

NR

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

6-3

47

 
Others receiving votes:

Georgetown College (Ky.) 34; Montana Tech 13; Campbellsville University (Ky.) 9; Black Hills State University (S.D.) 7; Peru State College (Neb.) 5; Saint Ambrose University (Iowa) 3; Marian University (Ind.) 3; Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) 1; Sterling College (Kan.) 1; Kansas Wesleyan University 1; Shorter College (Ga.) 1; Dakota Wesleyan University (S.D.) 1; Nebraska Wesleyan University 1; Central Methodist University (Mo.) 1; Benedictine College (Kan.) 1; William Penn University (Iowa) 1; Southern Nazarene University (Okla.) 1

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