LATROBE, Pa. – The Westminster College football team, under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Scott Benzel, was picked to finish fourth in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC), according to Wednesday’s 2017 PAC Preseason Football Poll.
The Titans received 271 points with one first-place vote.
“Our expectations for that group is high,” Benzel said about his senior class. “They’ve been competitive and I know they want to win a championship. But sometimes wanting to win and learning how to win are two completely different things. I believe this group has the ability to get themselves in the position to try to do it. Whether or not we stay healthy and have some breaks go are way, that’s another thing, but I can’t say enough about those guys. They really did a nice job reestablishing what Westminster football is all about.”
The league’s preseason poll, as voted on by PAC head coaches, sports information directors, and media panel in attendance, was announced this afternoon at the PAC Football Media Day, hosted by Saint Vincent College at the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Westminster senior defensive end Bobby Noble (Murrysville, PA / Greensburg Central Catholic) was the player representative for the Titans. “I lead by example more than talk,” Noble said. “I just go out and do my thing and hopefully the younger guys watch and follow.”
Seniors wide receiver Jametrius Bentley (Lake Worth, FL / Park Vista Community), linebacker CJ Armstrong (Lake Worth, FL / Park Vista), cornerback Todd Jeter (Monroeville, PA / Gateway), running back Dominique McKinley (Greensburg, PA / Greensburg-Salem), and Noble were all named on the “PAC Players to Watch” list.
2017 PAC Football Preseason Poll (Predicted order of finish):
1.) Thomas More: 23 first-place votes (345 pts.)
2.) W&J: Six first-place votes (308 pts.)
3.) Case Western Reserve: Three first-place votes (302 pts.)
4.) Westminster: One first-place vote (271 pts.)
5.) Carnegie Mellon: (255 pts.)
6.) Saint Vincent: (189 pts.)
7.) Bethany: (139 pts.)
8.) Thiel: (115 pts.)
9.) Geneva: (101 pts.)
10.) Waynesburg: (80 pts.)
11.) Grove City: (73 pts.)
Westminster opens its 2017 season Saturday, September 2 with a home game against No. 16 Wittenberg University. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.