CollegeConference Newcomer, Wesley, Selected as Favorite in NJAC Football Wesley enters first season in NJAC by Gregg Snyder August 7, 2015 Rowan’s Withler Marcelin (credit: Mat Boyle, Rowan Athletic Communications) After competing as an independent the past four seasons, Wesley College enters as one of four new associate football members if the New Jersey Athletic Conference. After advancing to the national semifinals of the 2014 NCAA Tournament and finishing 12-2, Wesley was voted the favorite to win the NJAC in 2015. The school received nine of the ten first place votes in the preseason coaches poll.In 22 years as the head coach of the Wesley Wolverines, Mike Drass has an overall record of 198-54-1 and 11 NCAA Tournament berths. The program won eight league titles, including six straight from 2005 to 2010 as a member of the Atlantic Central Football Conference, before becoming independent. Now, they look to continue their success as a member of the NJAC.After sharing the conference title with Montclair State last season, the Rowan Profs return eight all-conference players. Among those are senior preseason All-American running back Withler Marcelin and senior linebacker Darren Dungee. Rowan was selected to finish second this season, while receiving one first place vote.Salisbury University, another new associate football member, was selected third.2014 NJAC co-champ, Montclair State was fourth in the voting. The Red Hawks are coached by Rick Giancola, the winningest active football coach in NCAA Division III. Montclair State returns seven all-conference players from last season, including senior quarterback Ryan Davies, senior running back Denzel Nieves, and 2014 NJAC Defensive Rookie of the Year in sophomore linebacker Joshua Betts.Christopher Newport University won the 2014 USA South Conference Championship last season and now enter the NJAC. They were voted fifth in the coaches poll.Frostburg State University was selected to finish sixth, but got the vote as the conference dark horse. The Bobcats come into the NJAC after competing in the Empire 8 Conference.Kean, William Paterson, The College of New Jersey, and Southern Virginia round our the preseason rankings. The 47th season of NJAC football kicks off Friday, September 4 when Salisbury travels to non-conference foe, Albright. The first conference match-up takes place the following day when Christopher Newport hosts TCNJ. The winner of the NJAC championship receives the conference’s automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.2015 NJAC Football Preseason Coaches Poll1. Wesley2. Rowan3. Salisbury4. Montclair State5. Christopher Newport6. Frostburg State7. Kean8. William Paterson9. The College of New Jersey10. Southern Virginia Post Views: 1,181The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsGregg SnyderLatest posts by Gregg Snyder (see all) ITZ Staff Makes Super Bowl LV Predictions. Which team wins? Who is MVP? - February 5, 2021 Jets And Nike Create New Jersey High School Girls Flag Football League - February 3, 2021 NJ Sports Photographer, Lauren Guillen, Raising Funds For Local Youth Holiday Gifts - December 11, 2020 President Trump Awards Lou Holtz With Medal of Freedom - December 3, 2020 Related TopicsMike DrassMontclair StateNew Jersey Athletic ConferenceNJACRick GiancolaRowanWesley CollegeWithler Marcelin Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Newsletter SubscriptionCan't Miss Posts! UFC Long Island: Ticket & Fight Card Info by Kristine Haugsjaa | posted on May 31, 2017 Women in Sports: Podcast Host, New York Riptide Sideline Reporter, Dani Wexelman by Luke Porco | posted on March 3, 2020 A Look at Paternity Leave in MLB as Trout Becomes a Dad by Elizabeth DiPietro | posted on August 5, 2020 Exclusive Interview: SNY Personality, Maria Marino, Shares Career Journey (VIDEO) by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on January 28, 2021 A Conversation with Nancy Newman: “We Are All a Yankee Family” by Elizabeth DiPietro | posted on July 27, 2020More in College You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video)On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... Master P’s Son, Hercy, Commits to Tennessee StateMaster P’s son, Hercy Miller, is committing to Tennessee State to play basketball. While... EA Sports Plans to Revive College Football Video GameEA Sports announced that they plan on making college football video games again. The... UVM Women’s Basketball Team Quits 2020-2021 SeasonThe University of Vermont (UVM) women’s basketball will be ending their 2020-2021 season early... Oliver Pulls The Trigger, Commits to Scarlet Knights Battle Scars: What Position Battles Will Take Place During Rutgers Training Camp?