Southern football picked 10th/11th in preseason MIAA Football Polls

Kansas City, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern football team has been picked to finish 10th by the coaches and 11th by the media in the preseason MIAA Football Poll, announced today at the League's Media Day in Kansas City. 

Southern finished eighth a season ago, but was picked 10th by the coaches and 11th by the media in the poll. The Lions return six starters on offense and eight on defense, but have a new coach in former defensive coordinator Daryl Daye. Daye returned to Southern after two seasons as an assistant with the Buffalo Bills. 

Already named preseason All-Americans are seniors Brandon Williams and Landon Zerkel. Both were tabbed as All-Americans a season ago after Zerkel led the league in receptions and receiving yards and Williams was in the top five in numerous defensive categories. 

At the top of both othe polls is defending national champion Pittsburg State. PSU earned all but three of the first place votes in the coaches poll and all but 12 votes in the media poll. 

The coaches tabbed Northwest Missouri to finish second and the Bearcats picked up two first place votes. Missouri Western was third with a single first place vote, while Washburn, Central Missouri, Nebraska-Kearney and Emporia State round out the top seven places in the league. Lindenwood, Northeastern State, Southern, Fort Hays, Central Oklahoma, Southwest Baptist, Truman and Lincoln round out the coaches poll.

The top eight are identical in the media poll, but Fort Hays comes in at nine in that poll, while Northeastern State, Southern, Truman, Southwest Baptist, Central Oklahoma and Lincoln round out the poll. 

The Lions open up fall camp this Thursday, and the first game of the year will be on August 30 at 7 pm at Central Oklahoma. 

The full polls are listed below.

2012 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Pittsburg State (12) 192
2. Northwest Missouri (2) 184
3. Missouri Western (1) 165
4. Washburn 154
5. Central Missouri 153
6. Nebraska-Kearney 122
7. Emporia State 103
8. Lindenwood 95
9. Northeastern State 85
10. Missouri Southern 82
11. Fort Hays State 74
12. Central Oklahoma 54
13. Southwest Baptist 49
14. Truman 43
15. Lincoln 18

2012 MIAA Preseason Media Poll
1. Pittsburg State (24) 538
2. Northwest Missouri (11) 524
3. Missouri Western (1) 456
4. Washburn 447
5. Central Missouri 393
6. Nebraska-Kearney 390
7. Emporia State 286
8. Lindenwood 268
9. Fort Hays State 241
10. Northeastern State 233
11. Missouri Southern 194
12. Truman 155
13. Southwest Baptist 150
14. Central Oklahoma 121
15. Lincoln 42