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Bison Picked to Win 2014 MVFC Crown

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Three-time defending conference and national champion North Dakota State was picked to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference crown in 2014, according to a poll of the league's coaches, media and sports information directors announced Tuesday, July 29.
NDSU has won 24 straight games and 43 of its past 45 games (going 14-1, 14-1, and 15-0).  The Bison earned 24 of a possible 39 first-place votes and 370 total points ahead of second-place South Dakota State and third-place Northern Iowa.
North Dakota State had a league-high eight players on the preseason all-conference team including fullback Andrew Bonnet, wide receiver Zach Vraa, left guard Zack Johnson, defensive end Kyle Emanuel, linebacker Carlton Littlejohn, strong safety Colten Heagle and punter Ben LeCompte.  Free safety and punt returner Christian Dudzikwas an honorable mention.
Youngstown State (240 points) and Southern Illinois (237) were a close choice for the fourth- and fifth-place positions. The teams tied with SDSU and Missouri State for second place in 2013.  Illinois State, Missouri State, South Dakota, Western Illinois and Indiana State took the final five spots, in order.
Including North Dakota State the last two seasons, the MVFC preseason favorite has claimed the league crown 16 times in 28 previous polls.  The Bison open at Iowa State on Saturday, Aug. 30, with an 11 a.m. kickoff televised live on FOX Sports 1.


 2014 Valley Football Preseason Poll
Team (first-place votes)Pts.
 1. North Dakota State (24)370
 2. South Dakota State (8)330
 3. Northern Iowa (7)324
 4. Youngstown State240
 5. Southern Illinois237
 6. Illinois State197
 7. Missouri State180
 8. South Dakota121
 9. Western Illinois96
10. Indiana State50
2014 Missouri Valley Football Preseason Team
QB-Austin Sumner, SDSU6-5225Sr.Brandon (S.D.) Valley High
RB-David Johnson, UNI6-3225Sr.Clinton (Iowa) High
Zach Zenner, SDSU6-0220Sr.Eagan (Minn.) High
FB-Andrew Bonnet, NDSU6-3245Jr.Council Bluffs (Iowa) Underwood High
WR-Jason Schneider, SDSU6-5220Sr.Andover (Minn.) High
Zach Vraa, NDSU6-2203Sr.Inver Grove Heights (Minn.) Rosemount
TE-MyCole Pruitt, SIU6-3255Sr.St. Louis (Mo.) Kirkwood High
OL-Robert Booker, MSU6-3320Jr.Ozark (Mo.) High
Zack Cooley, MSU6-5301Sr.Lebanon (Mo.) High
Richard Galbierz, MSU6-3306Sr.Fenton (Mo.) Fox High
Trevor Greger, SDSU6-5305Sr.Wagner (S.D.) High
%Zack Johnson, NDSU6-4317Jr.Apple Valley (Minn.) Eastview High
Jack Rummells, UNI6-5301Sr.West Branch (Iowa) High
LS-Chris Highland, ILS6-2225Sr.Normal (Ill.) Central Catholic High
PK-Thomas Kinney, SIU5-8175Sr.McHenry (Ill.) Johnsburg / Winona State
DL-Kyle Emanuel, NDSU6-3246Sr.Schuyler (Neb.) Central High
Drew Iddings, USD6-6283Jr.Rapid City (S.D.) Stevens High
Cole Langer, SDSU6-2255So.Dell Rapids (S.D.) High
Xavier Williams, UNI6-4311Sr.Kansas City (Mo.) Grandview High
LB-Andrew Beisel, MSU6-2238Sr.Fenton (Mo.) Rockwood Summit High
Auston Johnson, USD6-0240Sr.Chino Hills (Calif.) El Camino College
Carlton Littlejohn, NDSU6-1216Sr.Minneapolis (Minn.) North High
Pat Meehan, ILS6-1230Jr.Frankfort (Ill.) Lincoln-Way East
*Connor Underwood, INS6-3230Jr.Washington (Ill.) Community High
DB-Martinez Davis, WIU5-10180Sr.Madisonville (Ky.) Air Force Prep
Makinton Dorleant, UNI5-11185Jr.Bradenton (Fla.) Lely / Maryland
Colten Heagle, NDSU5-11202Sr.Appleton (Wis.) Kimberly High
Caleb Schaffitzel, MSU6-0217Sr.Fair Grove (Mo.) High
P-Ben LeCompte, NDSU5-10200Jr.Barrington (Ill.) High
RS-Andre Stubbs, YSU5-7165Jr.Maple Heights (Ohio) High
Honorable Mention: QB Sawyer Kollmorgen (UNI); TB Martin Ruiz (YSU); FB Drew Potter (USD); WR Kevin Vereen Jr. (UNI); LS Nathan Gibbs (YSU); OL Jermaine Barton (ILS); LB Kevin Kintzel (WIU); LB T.J. Lally (SDSU); DB/RS Christian Dudzik (NDSU).
Every school with minimum of one first-team selection. NDSU represented with a league-high 8 total selections. Northern Iowa (6), South Dakota State (6) and Missouri State (5) were next best.
* Connor Underwood (INS) received votes for DL, but playing LB this year.
Zack Johnson (NDSU) selected to team but out in 2014 with an injury. 

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