For the first time since 2007, Hampden-Sydney College has not been tabbed the preseason favorite in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference coaches preseason poll. The Tigers, winners of 19 of their last 20 regular season games, have been picked to finish in second place with one first place vote and 31 points, behind defending champion Washington & Lee. The Generals were the only team to defeat Hampden-Sydney in the last two years and garnered five first place votes and 35 overall points.
Rounding out the top four are Bridgewater, with one first place vote and 25 points, and Randolph-Macon with 21 points.
Head coach Marty Favret will see almost all of his offense from 2010 return this season, as the aerial attack will be lead by CDS Preseason All-American senior QB Travis Lane. Lane will be surrounding by an impressive cast consisting of All-ODAC receivers Kyle Vance and Sean Cavanagh, and running backs Kirk Rohle and Evan King. The group will be protected well by a veteran offensive line, anchored by three-time First Team All-ODAC center Ben Rogers.
Defensively, the Tigers will see some new faces step into big roles, as nine starters have graduated, including 2009 ODAC Defensive Player of the Year Will Riggenbach, 2010 ODAC Defensive Player of the Year Trevor Ikwild, and two-time First Team All-American Bill Doody. Leading the way this season will be 2010 First Team All-ODAC weak safety Steven Fogleman and senior linebacker August Berling (above).
Also returning are the Tigers’ starting punter, Corey Geiger, and place kicker, Preseason All-American David Prizzia.