Orediggers ranked No. 11 in spring poll

Kansas City, Mo. — The Montana Tech football team was ranked NO. 11 on the NAIA Football Coaches’ Spring Top 25 Poll, which was released today.

The Orediggers were tied for No. 12 in the 2012 final poll, which came out in December.

Last season’s national champion Marian (Ind.) is ranked No. 1 with Morningside (Iowa) and Missouri Valley finishing out the top three.

Southern Oregon is ranked No. 5, while Carroll College received the No. 18 ranking. No other Frontier Conference teams received a mention.

The Orediggers, who went 8-3 last season, started the 2012 campaign unranked. The team won eight straight games reaching as high as No. 7 in the polls.

The Orediggers 2013 season starts Sept. 7 in La Grande against Eastern Oregon. The home opener is Sept. 21 against Montana Western.

Tech is in the middle of spring drills. The Orediggers’ spring game is April 27 at 1 p.m. at Alumni Coliseum.

2013 NAIA Football Coaches’ Spring Top 25 Poll (April 15)

11Marian (Ind.) (10)12-1284
22Morningside (Iowa) (3)13-1279
33Missouri Valley12-1265
44Saint Xavier (Ill.)11-2257
55Southern Oregon9-3241
66Saint Francis (Ind.)9-3230
77Cumberlands (Ky.)10-2226
88Georgetown (Ky.)10-1214
99Bethel (Tenn.)9-4189
1010St. Ambrose (Iowa)9-2182
11T12Montana Tech8-3174
1211MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)8-3169
13T12Northwestern (Iowa)9-3157
1414Baker (Kan.)8-3149
1515William Penn (Iowa)9-3143
1616Ottawa (Kan.)8-3112
1717Grand View (Iowa)8-3110
1821Carroll (Mont.)7-4104
1918Tabor (Kan.)8-282
2019Cumberland (Tenn.)8-373
2120Doane (Neb.)7-370
2222Benedictine (Kan.)7-456
2323Evangel (Mo.)7-446
2424Valley City State (N.D.)7-330
25RVRobert Morris (Ill.)9-311

Others receiving votes: Kentucky Christian 10; Bacone (Okla.) 8; Faulkner (Ala.) 4; Friends (Kan.) 4; Nebraska Wesleyan 3.

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