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Capital Crusaders out to prove they’re better than 9th in Coaches, 10th in Media Polls at Annual OAC Football Preview

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Football season is around the corner. It’s not the leaves on the trees or the outdoor temperatures giving it away. Instead, the giveaway is the annual Ohio Athletic Conference Media Day, which was held on Tuesday, August 6 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Each year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomes the OAC and its member schools into its hallowed grounds to host the conference’s annual media day, the first opportunity for fans and media members to learn more about the upcoming football season. This year, Capital University Football selected seniors David Barnett (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee) and Kole Carter (Gallipolis, Ohio/Gallia Academy) to represent the Crusaders at this year’s event.

The day began with a special visit from Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO, David Baker, who delivered a powerful speech to the room addressing how meaningful, powerful, and binding the game of football can be. Each team had an opportunity to address a full house regarding their team and the upcoming season. Fourth-year head coach Chad Rogosheske took to the podium and highlighted the senior class, addressed a road-heavy schedule, closeness of games last season that speak to how close the Crusaders are, and certain positions of strength in 2019.

“The strength for us is definitely our seniors,” said Rogosheske. “The challenge is that there is only nine of them … what I feel good about with these nine seniors that have been with us for four years is that they are very (much) on the same page with what our seniors last year provided for us, and I know it’s important to them in extending that culture of trust. When working with a large group of incoming players with what our expectations are and how we need to approach things to have a chance to be successful.”

Each team also sent a feature student-athlete to be interviewed by OAC Commissioner Tim Gleason. Senior linebacker Kole Carter took to the podium for Capital where he shared his love for Jordan sneakers, who he believed the toughest wide receiver in the OAC is (the answer may surprise you), and what he’ll remember most about his time at Capital (this answer will most likely not surprise you).

Senior wide receiver David Barnett and Coach Rogosheske then joined Adam Mendoza of S&S Productions for a quick preview interview, which will be made available later this week.

After a break for a catered lunch, the Bill Nichols award recipient was announced. Mark Znidar, former long-time sports reporter for the Columbus Dispatch and current correspondent for Press Pros Magazine, was named the 10th honoree of the annual award. The Bill Nichols Award was created to recognize a member of the media who has demonstrated an understanding and passion for amateur athletics while covering the students and programs of NCAA Division III and the Ohio Athletic Conference.

The Crusaders enter the 2019 season on a three-game winning streak that wrapped up the previous campaign. They return 14 total starters, five on offense and six on defense, and will welcome 105 student-athletes into preseason camp this month. CU will suit up for its first game on Thursday, September 5 when they hit the road to play Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

The OAC preseason media and coaches’ polls then were announced to the group at large. Capital was selected 10th in the coaches’ poll with 12 points and ninth in the media poll with 74 points. The University of Mount Union was picked as the preseason favorite in both polls. The full poll results are available below.

Preseason Media Poll   Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rank School Points
(1st place votes)
  Rank School Points
(1st place votes)
1. Mount Union 259 (26)   1. Mount Union 81 (9)
2. John Carroll 233 (1)   2. John Carroll 71 (1)
3. Baldwin Wallace 214   3. Baldwin Wallace 70
4. Marietta 184   4. Ohio Northern 52
5. Ohio Northern 171   5. Marietta 47
6. Heidelberg 136   6. Heidelberg 43
7. Muskingum 89   7. Otterbein 29
8. Otterbein 85   8. Muskingum 27
9. Capital 74   9. Wilmington 18
10. Wilmington 40   10. Capital 12