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Black and Gold tabbed seventh on HCAC poll

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NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Manchester University was slotted for a seventh-place finish on the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's preseason football coaches' poll, released Wednesday, Aug. 9.

The Black and Gold received 37 points, just five behind Defiance College for sixth. Seven-time defending champion Franklin College was the favorite, compiling 88 points and seven first-place votes. Rose-Hulman (80 points – one first-place vote) and Bluffton University (70 points – one first-place vote) rounded out the top three.

Coach Nate Jensen's team had eight individuals noted in the Players To Watch section. They were senior wide receiver Dakota Nelson (Fairland, Ind.); junior defensive back Dillon Nelson (Fairland, Ind.); sophomore wide receiver Austin Roberts (Indianapolis, Ind.); senior offensive lineman Eric Beard (Findlay, Ohio); senior linebacker Jack Kay (Williamsport, Ind.); senior linebacker Mitch Oskam (St. John, Ind.); junior offensive lineman Brady Nyland (Avon, Ind.) and senior wide receiver Bailey Partington (Lapel, Ind.).

Manchester University begins its 2017 season Thursday, Aug. 31, with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at in-state non-conference rival Trine University.

Aug. 30: All times Eastern
TBA
Frostburg State at Stevenson
6:00 PM
Alma at Baldwin Wallace
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7:00 PM
University of New England at Coast Guard
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7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
7:00 PM
Hamline at Buena Vista
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7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at McMurry
7:30 PM
Manchester at Trine
8:00 PM
St. Olaf at Crown
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
8:00 PM
UW-Platteville at East Texas Baptist
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Aug. 31: All times Eastern
TBA
Utica at St. Lawrence
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
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7:00 PM
WPI at Anna Maria
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7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
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7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Millikin at Hope
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7:00 PM
TCNJ at FDU-Florham
7:00 PM
Becker at MIT
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7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
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Dec. 9: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 43, at UW-Oshkosh 40
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, Brockport 0
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Dec. 15: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 12, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 0
@ Salem, Va.
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