Football: Aggies Ranked 5th in Sporting News Division III Preview

Jun 08, 2009

The Delaware Valley College football team received one its highest preseason rankings ever as the Aggies are listed fifth in Sporting News' Division III preview. In addition, junior linebacker Kyle Gesswein (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) was named to the magazine's preseason All-America Team. 

Delaware Valley, which went 8-3 with a share of the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) title and an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Atlantic Bowl championship last year, is ranked below only 2008 national runner-up Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2008 national champion Mount Union, St. John's (MN) and Mary Hardin-Baylor. It's the top preseason accolade since Street & Smith had the squad fourth prior to the 2006 campaign. 

In the preseason story, Sporting News' Mike Goens wrote the following about the Aggies: 

"Keep an eye on Delaware Valley (8-3), which has a vast arsenal, particularly on offense. Quarterback Mike Isgro passed for 1,787 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for another 366 yards last year. He is considered a leader who does whatever it takes to get the job done. Running back Matt Cook, who rushed for 1,323 yards, is also a threat. 

"The defense is led by linebacker Kyle Gesswein, who had 105 tackles and 11.5 sacks last year. Cornerback Charles Squitiere and lineman Derek Porter are other defensive standouts."

Gesswein is the Delaware Valley's first preseason All-American since a host of Aggies received the honor from various publications in 2006. In addition to the statistics listed in the Sporting News preview, he racked up 22 tackles for losses, four forced fumbles, three blocked kicks and two fumble recoveries. Gesswein was a first team all-MAC and all-ECAC selection and as well as a second team all-East Region honoree last year.

Three of Delaware Valley's opponents are also ranked in the preseason Top 25. Wesley College, which the Aggies will host for the second consecutive year (September 12) is ranked 15th. The Wolverines were third in the country a season ago when Delaware Valley pulled off a 25-22 upset. Johns Hopkins University, which will make the trip to Doylestown for the season opener on September 5, is listed 18th.

The third nationally-ranked opponent is Lycoming College, which shared the MAC crown with both Delaware Valley and Albright College last year (Lycoming received the conference's bid to the NCAA Championships thanks to wins over both foes). The Warriors are ranked 24th by Sporting News and the publication lists the October 24 showdown in Williamsport between the Aggies and Lycoming as one of the "Games To Watch" during the year.

Football information provided courtesy of Matthew Levy, Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director.