The Salina Country Club hosted KCAC Media Day on Friday, and yours truly was there for the third year in a row to survey all the goings on. My biggest surprise of the day was definitely Friends revealing that both starting quarterback Tim Rozzell and two-time all-KCAC defensive back Cole Perry were no longer with the Falcons. Rozzell left the team before spring drills for personal reasons and Perry was kicked off the team in January for a violation of team rules.
Still, Friends is the team to beat. And I understand why. They’ve got some monsters back on defense and if sophomore QB Jayme Bristow can keep his head above water, he’s got enough talent around him to win a title. Ottawa, the defending champ, has talent but no Ethan Haller. McPherson is also loaded with playmakers but an unproven coaching staff is a huge question mark.
Here’s a look at the 10 teams in the order they were picked in the coaches poll: