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Storm Tabbed at Fifth in GLIAC South Division

Storm Tabbed at Fifth in GLIAC South Division
BAY CITY, Mich.—The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) unveiled its annual Preseason Football Coaches' Poll in conjunction with the launch of the conference's media day central website Tuesday (August 11).

The Storm was selected to finish fourth in the South Division.  Ohio Dominican University was slated in first in the South, earning six first-place votes.  Ashland University received the other first-place vote to finish in second.  The University of Findlay and Tiffin University round out the top four.  Following the Storm in fifth was Walsh University and Malone University, respectively.  Ferris State University was selected to win finish first in the North Division.

Offensively, the Storm returns All-American running back Anthony Bilal.  Bilal finished second in Division-II with 2,091 rushing yards, averaging 8.2 per, and was top in the country with 29 rushing touchdowns.  Along the offensive line, Ben Miller and Jeremy Durbin return to open up holes for Bilal.  On the outside, Shane Van Fleteren and Demarco Rojas return to stretch the Storm's passing game. Tight end Anthony Kukwa will also add some presence in the passing game.  Wingback Aaron Lindgren picked up two rushing and three receiving touchdowns last season.  Mitchel Hokavar and Tyler Eden, who both saw game-time last season, will compete alongside John Banyasz in training camp for the starting quarterback role.

Defensively, Tony Andrews returns to the Storm's secondary after leading Division-II with nine interceptions last season.  Andrews also provides a threat in the kick return game, returning a kick-off for a touchdown against Grand Valley State last year.  Preseason All-American safety Maurice Hale will join Andrews in the secondary.  Hale tallied 67 tackles and three interceptions last year.  Linebacker Christian Cole was second on the team last year with 72 tackles.  He will be joined by Nick Kirschner and Nick Szabados who both saw key game time last year.  Defensive tackle Aaron Rojas returns to the defensive line after missing last season.  In 2013, Rojas tallied 21 tackles.  Defensive end Davon Daniels totaled 43 tackles and three fumble recoveries.

The complete conference poll, along with video interviews from each coach and a conference-wide season preview, can be found on the GLIAC Media Day website.