USF Cougars Get NAIA Preseason Top Ranking By Publication

June 18, 2010 Updated Jul 12, 2007 at 11:50 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The University of Saint Francis football team will start the 2007 season where it finished 2006, No. 1, in at least one poll.

Street and Smith’s 2007 College Football Yearbook have the Cougars No. 1 in its publication now on newsstands. USF finished No. 1 in the final NAIA Top 25 in November.

“It’s an honor, but we’ve been there (to the NAIA title game) three years in a row and finished second,” USF coach Kevin Donley said. “We’ve got a long way to go, key positions to fill and a big target on our backs. We’ve got some very talented players back and coming in.

“This is a very difficult schedule and we will need to develop a new chemistry with this team. I think chemistry was the most important factor in our success in 2006.”

“Expect Saint Francis to be bridesmaid no more,” is the headline on the NAIA Preview on page 180 written by Jonathan Woog.

The Cougars have produced five consecutive unbeaten regular seasons and have finished 13-1 three consecutive seasons, all three in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship game.

The Cougars open their 10th season on September 8 at noon against William Penn University (IA) at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium. USF’s schedule includes Street and Smith’s No. 5 team, St. Xavier (IL) in the final regular season game and at No. 9 St. Ambrose (IA) on Sept. 22.

USF defensive end Tim Farrell was named to the Street & Smith’s All-America Team. The 6-foot-2, 239-pound junior was selected NAIA Defensive Player of the Game in the 2006 NAIA title game, a 23-19 setback to Sioux Falls (S.D.).

USF is ranked No. 2 behind Sioux Falls in the Victory Sports Network NAIA Preview Magazine. Josh Ekovich (offensive line), William Knepper (defensive line) and Zach Rainey (wide receiver) were named to the VSN Top Six at their respective positions.

The Cougars also return their top two rushers in sophomore Daniel Carter and junior Doug Wasylk.

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