LATROBE, Pa. (pacathletics.org)--After winning its first-ever Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) football title last spring, Westminster College was tabbed as the favorite in the league heading into the 2021 fall season.
Westminster collected 21 first-place votes and totaled 316 points to headline the poll.
“We are honored and humbled to be picked preseason number one. I believe that distinction is more of a reward for our spring season. Moving forward and preparing for the 2021 fall season is our team's main focus. We are eager to compete," said eighth-year head coach Scott Benzel.
Joining Benzel at PAC Media Day Tuesday was senior linebacker Ian Barr (State College, Pa. | State College).
“I’m very excited (about being picked No. 1 in the preseason) and it shows that our work is being recognized. I can’t wait to go out and prove why we got that ranking."
Washington & Jefferson College finished second with six first-place votes and 299 points. Case Western Reserve University followed in third place with seven first-place votes and 281 points and was followed by Grove City College in fourth (1 first-place vote, 229 pts.).
The 2021 football season opens on Friday, September 3 when Carnegie Mellon travels to Whitworth University and Bethany travels to Hiram College.