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Lenoir-Rhyne Football Ranked 19th and 22nd in National Preseason Polls

Fresh off three straight NCAA Playoff appearances, Lenoir-Rhyne Football is ranked in multiple preseason Top-25 polls again. The Bears come in at No. 19 in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) preseason poll, and No. 22 in the D2Football.com poll. LR finished 2021 ranked No. 25 in the AFCA poll after falling to Bowie State in the NCAA Playoffs.

The Bears will play seven home games out of 11 regular season games in the brand new Moretz Stadium, where they will host two opponents that are also in the preseason Top-25. LR returns All-American running back Dwayne McGee, who is coming off the most prolific freshman campaign in South Atlantic Conference history when he rushed for an LR single-season record 1,669 yards and 21 touchdowns. LR also returns over 80% of their receiving production from a year ago on offense.

Reigning national champion Ferris State – who visits Moretz Stadium on September 10 – is the unanimous No. 1 team in both polls after their perfect 14-0 season last year. Reigning SAC Champion Newberry is ranked No. 15 in the AFCA poll, and the Wolves will also visit Moretz Stadium on October 22 for Homecoming Between the Bricks. Newberry is ranked No. 19 in the D2Football poll.

The Bears kick off the 2022 season on Saturday, September 3rd at 6:00 p.m. against Virginia State as they begin their quest for another NCAA Playoff bid.