After running wild in 2010, can the Generals continue their march in 2011?
Washington and Lee University took running the ball to a new
level in the ODAC in 2010, setting multiple team single-game and
season records. The Generals' explosive ground game led them
to an undefeated league record and a trip to the NCAA Division III
Tournament. With 17-of-22 starters back in the fold, the
question is 'what's in store as an encore in 2011?'
W&L wasn't the only program to extend its schedule into the postseason in 2010. Hampden-Sydney College joined the Generals in the field of 32, giving the ODAC two representatives for the first time since 2000 (Bridgewater and Emory & Henry). The Tigers rode the league's most prolific passing game and top-rated defense to the playoffs. Will quarterback Travis Lane and the Tigers' defense be as good as they were last year?
Each of the ODAC's seven gridiron teams boasts a squad strength and standout players that could lead to more wins in 2011. But the one unique situation in the league belongs to Guilford College as the Quakers welcome a new boss to Greensboro. Chris Rusiewicz (pronounced "roo-SEV-itch") looks to make an immediate impact in his first collegiate head coaching gig, hoping to quickly erase the memory of last year's winless campaign.
For more information on each of the ODAC's gridiron squads, click on the links and photos below. The information inside will continue to evolve as the preseason progresses, bringing you a more "virtual" experience than a print or PDF media guide. Updates to come include full rosters, individual program preview articles, and other team specific information. This page will also evolve with the addition of the annual ODAC Football Preseason Poll (July 29) and audio clips from each of the coaches and a selected player from their media day conference calls. Remember to use the links on the right to gather even more information including records, all-conference teams and the 2011 composite schedule.
D3football.com Preseason Top-25 Poll
D3football.com Preseason All-Americans
2011 ODAC Football Preseason Poll
Audio Clips from 2011 ODAC Football Media Day Conference Calls (availabe July 29 after 7pm)
Bridgewater: Head coach Mike Clark
Catholic: Head coach Dave Dunn and sophomore running back Mike Pitsenberger
Emory & Henry: Head coach Don Montgomery and senior linebacker Ed Smith
Guilford: Head coach Chris Rusiewicz and senior defensive back Kenneth Hyman
Hampden-Sydney: Head coach Marty Favret and senior quarterback Travis Lane
Randolph-Macon: Head coach Pedro Arruza and senior offensive lineman Colin Moe
Washington and Lee: Head coach Frank Miriello and senior quarterback Charlie Westfal