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A look at the MIAA A look at the MIAA

  • Published Saturday, August 25, 2012, at 12 a.m.

Tony Adame looks Kansas’ MIAA teams in the coaches’ predicted order of finish.

1. Pittsburg State

Coach: Tim Beck, third season, 18-7 . 20 11: 13-1, 8-1 MIAA, national champion.

Outlook: The Gorillas won the NCAA Division II title in Beck’s second season and return the heart of the defense in junior linebacker Nate Dreiling, a consensus All-American, and All-America defensive end Gus Toca. Kansas transfer Keeston Terry, who started 10 of 11 games for the Jayhawks in 2011, transferred to Pittsburg State in August.

Schedule

Thursdayat NE Oklahoma St.6
Sept. 8Central Oklahoma6:05
Sept. 15at SW Baptist1
Sept. 22Lincoln7
Oct. 6Central Missouri2
Oct. 13at NW Missouri2
Oct. 20Missouri Western2
Oct. 27at Truman1
Nov. 3Lindenwood2
Nov. 10at Missouri Southern2

4. Washburn

Coach: Craig Schurig, 11th season, 72-24. 2 011: 10-3, 7-2.

Outlook: The Ichabods are ranked No. 20 in the NCAA Division II preseason poll but will be hard-pressed to replace quarterback Dane Simoneau, who was the runnerup for the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the nation’s best Division II player. Sophomore Mitch Buhler and junior Joel Piper, a Butler Community College transfer, will compete for the right to replace Simoneau and throw to junior Dajuan Beard, the MIAA’s top receiver last season with 1,029 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Linebackers Jahmil Taylor (112 tackles) and Bryce Atagi (101 tackles) are proven playmakers.

Schedule

ThursdayNeb.-Kearney6
Sept. 8at Fort Hays St.7
Sept. 15NE Oklahoma St.6
Sept. 22at Central Oklahoma2:30
Sept. 29SW Baptist1
Oct. 6at Lincoln (Mo.)2
Oct. 13Truman 1
Oct. 20at Lindenwood1:30
Oct. 27NW Missouri 1
Nov. 3Mo. Western 1:30
Nov. 10Emporia St.1

7. Emporia State

Coach: Garin Higgins, fifth season, 14-29 . 2011 : 5-6, 4-6.

Outlook: All-America safety Derek Lohman is one of the nation’s best and led the MIAA with eight interceptions last year. Lohman, a 6-1, 209-pound senior from Alva, Okla., is tied for the Hornets’ career record with 14 interceptions. Three-year starting QB Tyler Eckenrode is the top returning passer in the MIAA with 2,580 yards and 18 touchdowns. Eckenrode’s top three receivers — Ray Ray Davis, Shjuan Richardson and RB Adam Schiltz — all return.

Schedule

ThursdayFort Hays St.7
Sept. 8at Nebraska-Kearney2
Sept. 15Central Oklahoma1
Sept. 22at Northeastern St.6
Sept. 29Lincoln of Missouri1
Oct. 6at SW Baptist1
Oct. 13Lindenwood2
Oct. 20at Truman 2
Oct. 25Missouri Western 6
Nov. 3at NW Missouri 2
Nov. 10at Washburn1

11. Fort Hays State

Coach: Chris Brown, second season, 4-7 . 2011 : 4-7, 3-6.

Outlook: The Tigers could build around their rushing game thanks to the return of running backs Andre Smith (973 rushing yards, five touchdowns) and Edward Smith (748 rushing yards, six touchdowns) behind three starters on the offensive line – second team All-MIAA center Hawk Rouse, left guard Josh Reese and right tackle Logan Jones. DE Kyle Perry started every game last season and led the team in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (13).

Schedule

Thursdayat Emporia St.7
Sept. 8Washburn7
Sept. 15at NW Missouri1
Sept. 22Missouri Western7
Sept. 29at Truman1
Oct. 6Lindenwood7
Oct. 13at SW Baptist2:30
Oct. 20Lincoln2:30
Oct. 27at S. Dakota Mines1
Nov. 3Central Missouri2
Nov. 10at Neb.-Kearney2

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