Football ties for fifth in preseason rankings
August 29, 2016 | 8:26 AM
The Highlanders return to the field this year after finishing a notable season led by Head Coach, Chris Douglas ending 2015 with a 6-4 record, the winningest season since 2003. Douglas was named Upper Midwest Athletics Conference (UMAC) Coach of the Year, and seven players received All-Conference honors. Two players named to that list return this year; senior quarterback, Coy Dorothy and senior linebacker, Danny Williams.
Dorothy led UMAC in passing yards per game with 214.7 and touchdowns with 21 explaining his First Team All-Conference award. Not only did he make a name for himself in the UMAC, Dorothy found several spots in the MacMurray record books, and it will be no surprise when he continues to surpass that excellence this season.
"The quarterback position is a leader by natural default, they're the first person to touch the ball. There's an aura around it, an expectation that society has around it and much less your own football team. I think it goes without saying that Coy is a leader and he lives up to that expectation." Coach Douglas said.
Williams built up an impressive resume himself last season with Second Team All-Conference honors, and also making a mark in the MacMurray record books. Currently Williams holds the record for most tackles in a single season with 112, and has potential to break the career record for tackles.
Both sides of the ball are returning strong key players that could amount to another successful season this year. The Highlanders add 42 new freshman and bring back 57 veterans.
Coach Douglas expressed, "I just want us to be as good as we can be. I don't like comparing one team to the other. This year is completely different with a totally new dynamic. It is a new day and new team. We're going to go to work and were going to earn whatever we get. We cannot control what the other nine teams in our conference are doing we can only control what we bring to the table."
This year the Highlanders tied for fifth place with Eureka in the UMAC preseason rankings. They will open up their season with a non-conference opponent on Saturday Sept. 3rd against Rockford University.