Saxons receive votes for 4th year in a row

ALFRED — For the fourth year in a row, the Alfred University football team is on the list of the nation’s best programs as they are receiving votes from D3football.com.

The Saxons, although not in the Top-25, are still receiving a solid amount of votes to be considered. They had 48 votes from football coaches, Sports Information Directors and other members of the media across the country. That is one less than Montclair State (49) and six more than Ithaca College (42). Mary Hardin-Baylor received 24 first place votes while Mount Union received one as the two powerhouses are first and second in the preseason polls. MHB was 15-0 last season.

“It’s always nice when you get recognized by D3football.com as we are receiving votes to be in the Top-25 in the nation,” Head Coach Bob Rankl said. “That being said, we still have to focus on the task at hand and concern ourselves with having a great preseason. We have a ton of work to do to prepare for one of the toughest schedules in the country. I want our team and coaches to focus on the simpler goal of being the hardest working team in the country, from there everything else will fall into place.”

The top Empire 8 team is The College at Brockport as they are listed No. 13 on the list while the Liberty League’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is currently placed at No. 19.

Last season, the Saxons finished 7-4 with top victories over SUNY Cortland during Homecoming Weekend, 38-33 and Salisbury University, 14-7 to claim the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Asa S. Bushnell Bowl in postseason play. Salisbury earned 15 votes for national contention.

Alfred University will open the 2019 campaign with a road trip to Thiel College on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. Last year, the Saxons hosted the Tomcats for a 44-16 season-opening victory.

AU will first play on the turf at Yunevich Stadium, aka The Pit, on Saturday, Sept. 14 for a 1 p.m. start against George Fox University who will travel all the way from Oregon.