The University of Redlands football team landed at No. 22 on Sporting News magazine’s Division III Preseason Top 25. The Bulldogs are the only team from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) included on the poll.
Redlands excitedly returns the 2007 SCIAC Offensive Player of the Year in senior quarterback Dan Selway (Villa Park, CA), who sat out much of last season with an injury.
In addition, the Redlands defense strives to remain stingy against the run and repeat its nationally ranked numbers. The team ranked first among Division III in tackles for a loss (11.1 TFL/game) and rushing defense (58.33 yards/game). In addition, the Bulldogs finished first in the nation in net punting with a 37.42 average. With 28 sacks for 182 yards, the Maroon and Gray boasted the fourth-best total in this category.
The Bulldogs kick off the 2009 season at home on September 12 with a 5 p.m. contest against East Texas Baptist University in the teams’ first meeting.