Aug. 8, 2018
Wildcats Picked to Repeat as GNAC Champions in 2018
The Central Washington University football team is picked to repeat as Great Northwest Athletic Conference champions in 2018, receiving four first-place votes in the GNAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
The Wildcats are coming off a historic run in 2017, going 11-0 in the regular season, and the top overall seed in the NCAA Super Region Four Championships.
Central is getting much preseason praise after finishing 7th in the nation a year ago. The Wildcats are ranked 6th in the College Football America Yearbook's Division II Preseason Poll, and 11th in Street & Smith's Preseason Top 25.
Azusa Pacific earned one first-place vote and is picked to finish second, followed in order by Western Oregon, Humboldt State, and Simon Fraser.
Central Washington returns eight all-conference players, four on offense and four on defense. Offensively, the Wildcats return first-team all-GNAC performers in: James Moore (OL), Nicholas Streubel (OL), and Reilly Hennessey (QB). Senior offensive lineman Luke Asbjornsen returns as a second-team performer.
On the defensive side, Billy Greer and Tyler Hasty return as first-team all-GNAC performers, followed by Darien Williams and Elisha Pa'aga who were named as second-team and honorable mention, respectively.
The 2018 season opens on Sept. 1 in Cheney, Wash. against FCS Powerhouse Eastern Washington University at 1:05 p.m.
Season tickets for the upcoming 2018 season are on sale now and can be purchased HERE.