August 3 – CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Hiram College football team, under second-year head coach Henry Stanford, was selected seventh in the 2017 North Coast Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced the NCAC on Thursday.
The Terriers, who finished the 2016 campaign with a 3-6 record in conference play, collected 39 points in the poll, seven ahead of Kenyon College in eighth (32 points).
Reigning NCAC champion, Wittenberg University, finished first in the poll with 95 points and six first-place votes. Wabash was selected second (91 points), while Denison University rounded out the top three (81 points).
DePauw, Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, while Hiram placed ahead of Kenyon, Allegheny and Oberlin, all of whom the Terriers bested in 2016.
Hiram comes into the season returning 14 starters and 29 letterwinners to the field. The offense, which brings back seven starters, returns the bulk of their rushing attack, as First-Team All-NCAC selection, Danny Robinson, and junior Isaiah Jones will carry the workload once again. Last season, the duo combined for 1,134 yards on just 207 attempts, averaging 5.5 yards per tote last season.
In addition to the rushing attack, sophomore Randy Tucker returns for his first full season under center. Last year, Tucker made four starts and led the Terriers to victories in two of their final three games of the season.
The defense sees six starters return to the field, including all-conference linebacker, Horace Johnson, who was named an All-NCAC Honorable Mention selection following his freshman campaign.
Hiram will open 2017 on September 9 when they host the Quakers of Earlham College. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.