Northern Michigan University head football coach Kyle Nystrom broke down the team’s depth chart heading into the season opener and talked about some of the biggest challenges freshmen face in adjusting to the college game.
By Blake Froling
Football season is almost upon us, which means it’s officially preseason polls season. Northern Michigan University and Michigan Tech might not like what they see from the GLIAC coaches poll released today.
2018 GLIAC 🏈 Preseason Poll
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The Wildcats were picked to finish seventh in the conference after a disappointing 1-9 campaign in 2017. They return GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year Jake Mayon, who rushed for 1,377 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Quarterback Ryan Johnson also returns after starting as a freshman, he threw for 1,581 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions..
The defense is what will ultimately decide if the Wildcats can rise above seventh in the conference. The unit finished seventh in the conference in points allowed, last in yards allowed and tied for seventh in sacks.
Michigan Tech was picked to finish eighth in the conference after going 3-6 in 2017. The offense was anemic at times as the Huskies finished ninth in scoring.
The GLIAC will have just nine football teams this season after Tiffin University moved to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
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