A pair of New England schools earned spots on today’s American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) FCS Coaches’ Top 25 FCS Poll.
Holy Cross, which captured its third-straight Patriot League crown last fall, secured the 18th position while the University of Rhode Island tied with the University of Richmond for the 24th spot.
The Crusaders concluded its 2021 campaign with 10 wins – they also captured the program’s initial postseason victory against Sacred Heart University. Additionally, Holy Cross scored its first football bowl subdivision win in its season-opener last September against the University of Connecticut.
Holy Cross returns key members from its 10-win team, including linebacker Jacob Dobbs, who was tabbed the Patriot League’s Defensive Player of the Year last season.
URI, which was picked to place third this fall in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), enjoyed its best season in nearly two decades last fall, winning seven of 11 contests. The Rams return some impressive talent on both sides of the ball, including All-CAA cornerback Jordan Jones.
Caleb Warren (tight end) and Nick Correia (offensive line) joined Jones on the league’s Preseason All-Conference Team.
Harvard University and Dartmouth College each received votes – both squads are expected to contend for the Ivy League crown this season.
URI will begin its season on Thursday, September 1 when they visit Stony Brook while Holy Cross will commence its 2022 campaign with a trip to Merrimack College on Friday, September 2.