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It had been a steady decline since 2005 in the preseason rankings for Georgetown College's football team. Not so this year, though. For the first time since 2007, the Tigers are back in the Top 10 in the preseason coaches' poll.
Following an 8-3 season with a 6-0 Mid-South Conference East Title team and its first appearance back in the postseason since 2006, GC earned the No. 9 spot. The team was No. 12 in the spring. Returning is the nucleus of one of the most prolific offenses in the NAIA this past season. Honorable mention All-American and Victory Sports Network preseason Super 6 player Kaelin Ammons will be back under center. He will be throwing once again to Chris Gohman, Coty Minnis and Rashad Mason.
On the line will be another honorable mention All-American and BSN 2011 Preseason All-American team selection Matt Byrd.
Defensively the Tigers lost Kyle Anderson to graduation. Anderson is currently in preseason training camp with the Cleveland Browns. But, GC coach Bill Cronin does return VSN honorable mention All-American Zach Goebel. The junior had 54 tackles (28 solo), 4.5 sacks, one interception, one pass break up and one forced fumble this past season.
Georgetown was also selected to finish on top of the East again this season, receiving 24 votes - including four first place nods from the six coaches. Campbellsville was right behind, receiving 22 votes and the other two first-place picks. Second-year squad Lindsey Wilson was selected to finish third with 15 votes, University of Pikeville and University of Virginia College at Wise each garnered 12 votes and Kentucky Christian rounds out the league with five votes.
This season West Virginia Tech will be ineligible for conference standings because of its application to return to NCAA Division II status.