Lindy's Sports College Football Preseason Poll Ranks Hanover 22nd Overall

Lindy's Sports College Football Preseason Poll Ranks Hanover 22nd Overall

HANOVER, Ind. – The 2020 Lindy's Sports College Football Preview Magazine has recently released its NCAA Division III top 25 poll with the Hanover Panthers landing 22nd overall. The magazine is available for purchase on newsstands nationwide.

Hanover is the only Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference school to be featured as part of the Lindy's Sports Preseason Poll. The 2019 campaign, under the guidance of head coach Matt Theobald, saw the Blue and Red post an unblemished 7-0 mark in HCAC action while claiming the program its second consecutive Conference title.

Hanover also advanced to their second consecutive NCAA Playoff berth after finishing the regular season at 9-1 overall. They ranked among the nation's best in red zone defense, while also leading the HCAC in several defensive categories.

Offensively, Hanover returns top running back senior Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.). Coane finished the 2019 season ranked among the best in the nation in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and rushing yards per game. He was a key component of an offense that averaged 37.9 points per game while totaling 435.5 yards per contest.

Hanover is slated to open the 2020 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 5 at Centre.

Lindy's Sports College Football Preseason Top 25 Poll

No.   Institution 
1. UW-Whitewater 
2.  North Central
3. Mary Hardin-Baylor 
4. Mount Union
5. Delaware Valley
6. Union
7. Chapman
8. Linfield
9. Muhlenberg
10. St. Thomas
11. Salisbury
12. Brockport
13. Berry
14. St. John's
15. UW-Oshkosh
16. Aurora
17. Redlands
18. Martin Luther
19. Framingham State
20. Hobart
21. Middlebury
22. Hanover
23. Case Western
24. Emory & Henry
25. Birmingham-Southern