Football - Thu, Jun. 30, 2011
Victory Sports Network released preseason poll with Georgetown College cracking the Top 10. The defending Mid-South Conference East Divisional champions return most of its high octane offense, helping to earn the No. 6 spot in the first VSN poll of the 2011 season.
"I saw our ranking, but it hadn't really hit me to think much of it," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "Georgetown has always been one of the top teams in the country and hopefully it will continue to be that way.
"I have a great deal of respect for Jason Dannelly and Victory Sports Network. He does a lot of hard work to research teams and look into details for rankings, however, this is preseason. We don't have our players back from summer yet, so let's wait to see how everyone reports for summer camp."
The Tigers finished fifth in the nation for scoring with 46.1 points per game this past season and return one of the top quarterbacks in Kaelin Ammons. Ammons threw for 2,865 yards per game along with rushing for nearly 400 yards.
The senior from Frankfort waited his turn and spent the first two seasons as a wide receiver, which he felt helped him once he returned under center his junior year. He finished in the Top 10 individually in five categories, including No. 8 in passer efficiency of 157.9. His 34 touchdown passes is third on the all-time season marks for Georgetown, one behind three-time NAIA Player of the Year Eddie Eviston's 35 - which he did twice (2001 and 1999). Ammons also rushed for six touchdowns.
The Tigers went 9-3 and 6-0 in conference to advance to their first postseason since 2006. It had No. 4 MidAmerica Nazarene on the ropes for most of the game, but the home team rallied late to end GC's great season. After a 2-2 start, Georgetown reeled off six straight wins, averaging 50.7 ppg.
The defense lost All-American Kyle Anderson, but does retain a solid nucleus of players that allowed just 26.9 ppg. In divisional play, the Tigers allowed just 23.8 ppg.
Cumberland University and University of the Cumberlands were ranked No. 18 and No. 15, respectively, as the other Mid-South Conference teams inside the Top 25 of the VSN preseason poll.