Mavericks Ranked 16th in D2Football.com Poll

The Minnesota State football team has been ranked 16th in the D2Football.com preseason poll.

The Mavericks are one of four NSIC schools ranked in the top-25. Minnesota Duluth sits in the eighth spot in the poll. Sioux Falls is ranked right in front of the Mavericks in the 15th spot, with Bemidji State following right behind in the 17th spot.

MSU finished its 2016 season with an 8-3 record and was not ranked in the final poll of the season. The last time the Mavericks were ranked in the D2Football.com poll came during week four of the 2016 season when they ranked 16th.

Senior Erik Fuller was named to the D2Football.com Preseason All-American Second Team. During the 2016 season, Fuller played in all 11 games for the Mavericks as he caught 33 passes for 319 yards and a team-leading 10 touchdown catches. Fuller caught at least one touchdown pass in six of MSU’s final seven games last season as he went on to claim All-NSIC First Team honors.

Minnesota State opens its 2017 season on Thursday, Aug. 31, as it takes on the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

D2Football.com Poll (Preseason)

Team (1st place votes) 2016 Record
1. Northwest Missouri 15-0
2. Ferris State 12-3
3. Grand Valley 12-1
4. Emporia State 11-2
5. North Alabama 11-2
6. Texas A&M-Commerce 10-2
7. Shepherd 13-1
8. Minnesota Duluth 10-2
9. Indiana, Pa. 10-2
10. Harding 13-1
11. California 11-1
12. CSU-Pueblo 8-3
13. Valdosta State 8-3
14. Azusa Pacific 9-3
15. Sioux Falls 12-1
16. Minnesota State 8-3
17. Bemidji State 9-3
18. Ashland 9-2
19. LIU-Post 12-1
20. Central Missouri 9-3
21. Colorado Mines 10-3
22. Midwestern State 8-3
23. UNC-Pembroke 10-2
24. Southern Arkansas 9-3
25. West Chester 8-3

Information provided by Minnesota State Athletics.

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