DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The University of Dayton football team was picked to finish second in the Pioneer Football League for the 2014 season in a preseason vote of the league’s coaches.
San Diego was picked as the favorite to win the 2014 PFL crown with 90 out of a possible 100 voting points. UD’s 82 points led a closely-bunch pack of teams. Jacksonville was next with 80, followed by Butler (77) and Drake (73) in the vote of the league’s coaches.
Dayton finished 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the Pioneer Football League last season, which put the Flyers tied for fourth. It was their 36th winning season in the last 37 years.
UD will return 13 starters for the 2014 season. Last season’s team MVP, quarterback Will Bardo, is back for his fourth season starting for the Flyers. Running back Connor Kacsor, the PFL’s leading returning rusher (966 yards, 10 TD’s, 5.5 avg.) also returns. On defense, two-time First Team All-PFL defensive end Pat Dowd will be up front. At linebacker, Christopher Beaschler is back for his second season starting. He was second on the team in tackles (83) in 2013.
Bardo and Dowd will serve as the team’s 2014 co-captains.
UD will kick-off the 2014 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 1:00 p.m. ET at home against Georgetown University.