July 15, 2009

Bloomsburg Football Ranked #15 by USA Today Sports Weekly

BLOOMSBURG-The Huskies football program is ranked in another preseason Division II Top 25 poll, this time earning the 15th spot from USA Today Sports Weekly. Bloomsburg is ranked seventh by Lindy's Football Annual and The Sporting News.

Coach Danny Hale returns 13 starters from the 2008 squad, a group that finished 11-2, reaching the NCAA playoffs for the third time in four years. Among those returning starters are senior captains Dan Latorre (Catawissa/Southern Columbia), Jesse Cooper (Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) and Stefan Adams (West Chester/Henderson).

Latorre, entering his fourth year as Bloomsburg's starting quarterback, was a first team All-PSAC East selection last year, recording 2,162 yards of total offense and 27 total touchdowns. He led an offense that scored 31.3 points per game and converted a conference-best 47 percent of their third downs.

Cooper, who was named a first team pre-season All-American by Lindy's as a defensive back, flashed his play-making ability last year both on defense and on special teams in 2008. This first-team All-PSAC East selection registered 13 passes defended, including four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. He was also ranked in the top 10 in all of Division II with a 30.7 kick return average, scoring once from 91 yards out.

Adams, a versatile fullback, racked up 11 rushing touchdowns last year to go along with a career-high 326 yards. A three-year letterwinner, he helped the Huskies rush for 266.2 yards per game, the highest total in the PSAC.

Bloomsburg opens the 2009 season on Thursday, August 27 at 6 p.m. as they host nationally ranked Ashland at Redman Stadium.

USA Today Sports Weekly College Football Division II Preseason Top 25

1. Grand Valley State
2. Northwest Missouri State
3. Delta State
4. Abilene Christian
5. North Alabama
6. California (PA)
7. Pittsburg State
8. West Texas A&M
9. Ashland
10. Minnesota-Duluth
11. Valdosta State
12. Minnesota State
13. Chadron State
14. Tuskegee
15. Bloomsburg (PA)
16. Central Washington
17. Texas A&M-Kingsville
18. Carson-Newman
19. Central Missouri
20. Michigan Tech
21. Wayne State (NE)
22. Edinboro
23. Catawba
24. Indiana (PA)
25. Southern Connecticut