Redlands football team earns preseason ranking

The University of Redlands football team is No. 22 in USA Today Sports Weekly’s Preseason Poll for NCAA Division III programs. Redlands is the only team from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) to be included on the poll. In addition, the Bulldogs join the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) as the only schools from the western part of the United States.

Last season, Redlands went 8-2 overall, which included an exciting 24-12 road-victory over Whitworth University. In addition, the Bulldogs captured a share of the conference title with a 5-1 SCIAC mark, earning the program’s 28th championship in school history. In addition, the football team advanced onto the NCAA playoffs for the fifth time.

During the 2007 campaign, Bulldog football gained 14 players on the All-SCIAC teams, including the Offensive Player of the Year in upcoming senior quarterback Dan Selway (Villa Park, CA). In addition, Redlands looks forward to the return of upcoming senior defensive linemen Gavril Gabriel (Downey, CA) and Brock Arndt (Valencia, CA), who earned d3football.com All-West Region Second Team honors. Most recently, Gavril landed on the Consensus Draft Services Division III Preseason All-American Second Team for Defense.

Overall, the Bulldogs return eight offensive and eight defensive starters for the 2008 season.