Last year’s Stagg Bowl participants — the Mount Union Purple Raiders and the Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders — are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the 2019 College Football America Yearbook Division III preseason Top 30.
The Purple Raiders, a perennial power in Division III and the winners of 13 national championships, lost to UMHB in the title game last December. The two teams also met in the 2017 Stagg Bowl, with Mount Union taking the victory.
The Purple Raiders return four CFAY Preseason Starting Lineup selections — WR Justin Hill, DL Andrew Rosech, LB Trey Williams and DB Gabe Brown.
The Crusaders return three CFAY Preseason Starting Lineup selections — DL Joey Longoria, DB Jefferson Fritz and WR Aaron Sims, who was selected as the team’s all-purpose player.
Wisconsin-Whitewater, Johns Hopkins and St. Thomas (MN) round out the Top 5. Whitewater and Johns Hopkins were last year’s semifinals losers. St. Thomas actually failed to make the postseason last year, but a wealth of returning talent makes the Tommies dangerous.
No. 6 Saint John’s, No. 7 North Central, No. 8 Hardin-Simmons, No. 9 Bethel (MN) and No. 10 Linfield round out the Top 10.
The 2019 College Football America Yearbook features more than 930 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFAY staff.
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2019 College Football America Division III Preseason Top 30
- Mount Union
- Mary Hardin-Baylor
- Johns Hopkins
- St. Thomas (MN)
- Saint John’s
- North Central
- Bethel (MN)
- John Carroll
- Delaware Valley
- Washington & Jefferson
- Illinois Wesleyan
- Trinity (TX)
- Trinity (CT)