Latrobe, Pa. – Bethany College seventh-year Head Coach Bill Garvey and senior defensive lineman Daniel Gibson (Braddock, Pa | Woodland Hills) represented the Bison at the annual Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Football Media Day at the Carey Center Student Lounge on the campus of Saint Vincent College Tuesday afternoon.
The team was picked to finish sixth by the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) coaches and sports information directors and media the league's annual football media day. Washington & Jefferson was selected as the league-favorite, while Case Western Reserve and Westminster rounded out the top-three.
The Bison return eight starters on offense including quarterback Carlin Bason, running back Raekwon Wright and offensive lineman Braylon Sibley. Last season, Bason led the Bison multiple categories. He was the Bison's leading rusher with 670 yards and had 964 passing yards. The senior quarterback threw for eight touchdowns and rushed for seven.
Senior running back Wright looks to continue to be the biggest factor for the Bison on offense. Coming off of a junior season with All-PAC Second Team honors, Wright led the Bison with 997 all-purpose yards. Wright rushed for 485 yards and had 137 yards receiving. Primarily the Bison's kick and punt returner, Wright tallied 375 yards for the Bison.
Defensively, the Bison look to continue to be a force in the PAC leading the conference in scoring defense, total defense, pass defense, and rushing defense. Bethany's defense returns seven starters, including seniors Daniel Gibson and Chas Blango, and sophomore Bryce Rohrbaugh.
Gibson earned All-PAC First Team, ECAC Second Team, and D3Football.com All-South Region honors last season. He led the Bison in blocked kicks (2) and tackles for loss (14.5-54yrds) and was second on the team with 56 tackles.
Blango earned All-PAC Second Team honors last season. He led the Bison with eight sacks and tallied 54 tackles. Rohrbaugh finished the season with 26 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and one forced fumble.
The Bison open the season on Saturday, September 7, when they travel to Ursinus for a non-conference game in Collegeville, PA at 12 pm.
2019 PAC Football Preseason Poll:
1.) W&J: 298 (23 first-place votes)
2.) Case Western Reserve: 277 (6)
3.) Westminster: 241 (2)
4.) Grove City: 219
5.) Carnegie Mellon: 194
6.) Bethany: 138
7.) Waynesburg: 118
8.) Geneva: 98
9.) Saint Vincent: 77
10.) Thiel: 45