August 14, 2014
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University football team was picked to finish sixth in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Football Coaches' Preseason Poll, announced Thursday.
Valley City State (N.D.) was the league's coaches pick to win the NSAA conference for the second straight year. The Vikings tallied 43 points with three first-place votes. Jamestown was picked second with 37 points. Both VCSU and UJ were co-champions last season with a 3-1 NSAA conference record.
Dickinson State (N.D.), newcomer to the NSAA conference this season, was third with 36 points and two first-place votes. Mayville State (N.D.) was picked fourth with 26 points, while Presentation (S.D.) was fifth with 24 points.
Dakota State (S.D.), who received one first-place vote in the preseason coaches' poll, was picked sixth with 22 points. Waldorf (Iowa), another newcomer to the NSAA conference as a football-only member, received nine points for a seventh-place finish in the poll.
The Trojans finished in a tie for third-place with Mayville State last season with a 2-2 conference record. Dakota State, which played all four games on the road in 2013, was just one game behind co-champions VCSU and UJ in the conference standings.
The preseason poll was voted by the league coaches.
Dakota State opens their 2014 campaign under sixth-year head coach Josh Anderson on Saturday, Aug. 30 at Trojan Field. The Trojans welcome Mayville State in the NSAA conference action. Kick-off is set for 6 p.m.
DSU is scheduled to play four conference games at home including Mayville State (Aug. 30), Valley City State (Sept. 13), Presentation (Sept. 20) and Jamestown (Oct. 11). The Trojans are scheduled to travel to Waldorf on Nov. 1 and Dickinson State on Nov. 8 for their remaining games on the NSAA conference schedule.
Below is a complete 2014 NSAA Football Preseason Coaches' Poll:
2014 North Star Athletic Association Football Preseason Poll
Valley City State (N.D.) (3)
Dickinson State (N.D.) (2)
Mayville State (N.D.) (1)
Dakota State (S.D.) (1)
*First-place votes in parenthesis