Lycoming was picked second in the 2009 Middle Atlantic Conference football coaches poll, released Thursday as teams gear up for preseason practice.
The Warriors picked up 46 points, including one first-place vote. Delaware Valley is the preseason favorite with 57 points and seven first-place votes.
Lyco went 7-4 last season and earned a MAC?co-championship with a 5-2 league record. The Warriors also earned the MAC's automtic bid for their first Division III?playoff appearance since 2003.
Second-year Lyco coach Mike Clark is replacing 13 seniors and has 81 new players. Senior defensive tackle Ted Geurds is a d3football.com preseason All-American. Guerds led Lyco's defensive line last year with 40.5 tackles and was third in the conference with seven sacks. He also anchored a line that allowed a MAC second-best 117.4 rushing yards per game.
Offensively, Lycoming returns junior running back Josh Kleinfelter, who was the first Warrior since 2002 to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. In 2008, he averaged 107.4 yards a game and 4.9 yards per carry.
Lycoming's four captains this season will be Geurds and senior defensive end Kyle Murren on defense, while Kleinfelter and senior quarterback Colin Dwyer will lead the offense.
2009 MAC Football Preseason Coaches' Poll
School-Points (First place votes)
1. Delaware Valley-57 (7)
2. Lycoming-46 (1)
4. Lebanon Valley-36
Lycoming opens the 2009 season on Saturday, Sept. 12 vs. Rowan (N.J).