In coaches' predicted order of finish
Coach: Kent Kessinger, 41-32 in seven seasons
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Outlook: WR Clarence Anderson, a Southeast product, is coming off back-to-back All-America seasons of more than 2,000 yards of offense and is making a case as the greatest player in Braves history. QB Bobby Adamson returns after throwing for 2,502 yards in his first season as a starter.
Coach: Joe Bettasso, 10-1 in one season
Outlook: The Bulldogs, coming off the best season in school history and their second straight NAIA playoff berth, have perhaps the best receiver tandem in the nation in Joe Middleton (1,220 yards, 15 touchdowns) and Andy Skinner (1,192 yards, 13 touchdowns). A quarterback battle continues between Derby product Jake Snodgrass and junior-college transfer Matt Summers-Johnson to see who will throw to them.
3. KANSAS WESLEYAN
Coach: Dave Dallas, 79-61 in 14 seasons
Outlook: The Coyotes will have an incredible 135 players reporting to fall camp _ none more important than DB Ken Mitchell, an All-America candidate who returns after missing all of 2010 with a knee injury.
Coach: Monty Lewis, 58-23 in six seasons
Outlook: The Falcons nose-dived out of league title and playoff contention at the end of 2010, including an embarrassing loss at Saint Mary. Jayme Bristow had a rough first year as starting quarterback (18 interceptions), and could be replaced by freshman Derek Racette.
Coach: Andy Lambert, 45-25 in seven seasons
Outlook: Sterling returns a solid nucleus on both sides of the ball, with seven starters back on offense and nine back off the top-ranked defense in the league. All-America CB Michael Talton finished sixth in the nation with seven interceptions last season and led the KCAC with 20 pass breakups.
Coach: Mike Gardner, 4-6 in one season
Outlook: Four of five starters return for the Bluejays on the offensive line, Tim Rozzell could step in at quarterback after starting at Friends in 2009.
Coach: Jamie Cruce, 16-24 in four seasons
Outlook: The Swedes should be fine offensively as long as preseason All-America RB Junior Allen can stay healthy. Allen led the KCAC with 1,432 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns in 2010.
Coach: Ken Crandall, 10-30 in four seasons
Outlook: Make or break year for Crandall, who took a big step back last year. All-America LB and Wellington native Zak Tazkargy (119 tackles) could help him keep his job. Moundbuilders haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2003.
9. SAINT MARY
Coach: Lance Hinson, 21-38 in six seasons
Outlook: The Spires pulled a huge upset of Friends at the end of last season, and return QB Mike Keese, who Hinson thinks could be a special player, and second team All-KCAC CB Terrell Harper.
Coach: Travis Graber, 0-10 in one season
Outlook: Gone is top WR Lee Voth-Gaeddert, who decided to pursue a baseball career at Missouri S&T, and only four seniors return off last year's winless team. Could be another rough year in North Newton.