COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 31, 2017) - The Colorado State University-Pueblo football team was named the favorite for the 2017 season in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' poll, in an announcement by the league office Monday. The ThunderWolves totaled seven on the preseason All-RMAC teams.
The Pack finished in a three-way tie for the 2016 RMAC Championship and totaled 93 points in the preseason poll. CSU-Pueblo edged Colorado Mesa University by one point (92 points), while Colorado School of Mines was third with 82 points. CMU and CSM also tied for last season's championship.
Four student-athletes gathered Preseason All-RMAC Offense, while three were preseason defense. On the offensive side of the ball, seniors Zach Boyd (TE, Fort Lupton, Colo.), Corbin Feenstra (OL, Superior, Colo.), Ty McCulley (OL, Pueblo, Colo.) and Bernard McDondle (RB, Littleton, Colo.) were recognized. Senior Josh Croy (DL, Littleton, Colo.), junior Brandon Payer (LB, Pine, Colo.) and junior Darius Williams (CB, Gilbert, Ariz.) were honored on the defensive side of the ball.
Payer was named Preseason RMAC Defensive Player of the Year Thursday.
The ThunderWolves open the 2017 season hosting Colorado Mines Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.
Season tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling (719) 549-2050.
PRESEASON ALL-RMAC BIOS
Don Hansen All-Region Third Team ... All-RMAC First Team Offense ... NFFCC All-Colorado First Team Offense ... Played in 11 games at tight end ... Totaled 20 receptions for 234 yards (11.7 ypc) to rank fourth on the team in both categories ... Scored three touchdowns, which was the second most on the team and recorded a long reception of 47 yards ... Averaged 21.3 yards per game ... An extension of the offensive line that helped lead the Pack to 195.8 rushing yards per game and rank No. 14 in NCAA Division II in least tackles for loss allowed (4.36) ... 2015 All-RMAC Second Team.
All-RMAC First Team Defense ... NFFCC All-Colorado First Team Offense ... Started all 11 games at center ... CoSIDA Academic All-District ... CoSIDA Academic All-America ... RMAC Summit Award Winner ... Academic All-RMAC First Team ... 2015 All-RMAC First Team.
All-RMAC First Team Defense ... NFFCC All-Colorado Second Team Offense ... Started all 11 games at left tackle.
O-Line Bio: The Pack offensive line guided the Pack to 195.8 yards rushing per game, despite missing their top running back for more than half the season ... Finished the regular season No. 14 in NCAA Division II in least tackles for loss allowed (4.36) ... Quarterback Rex Dausin started nine games and threw at a 60.5 percentage ... The Pack scored eight rushing touchdowns against New Mexico Highlands to tie program best since the 2008 restart and rank tied for third most in NCAA Division II this season ... CSU-Pueblo rushed for 394 yards and totaled 645 yards against Adams State.
In five games McDondle led the team in rushing yards with 759 (151.8 ypg) ... On 85 carries averaged 8.9 yards per attempt ... Totaled six rushing touchdowns ... Ran for an 80 yard touchdown and totaled 276 yards and four scores at Adams State (Oct. 8) ... Season ended early due to injury.
Did not play in 2016 due to injury ... 2015 All-RMAC Second Team.
All-RMAC First Team Defense ... NFFCC All-Colorado Second Team Defense ... Played in all 11 and started 10 games at cornerback ... Compiled 46 tackles (23 solo) with 3.0 tackles for loss (-14 yards) and sack (-10 yards) ... Guided the Pack and ranked tied for third in the RMAC with 12 pass break-ups ... Totaled two interceptions, which included a 53 yard return for a touchdown ... Recovered one fumble ... 2015 RMAC Defensive Freshman of the Year ... 2015 All-RMAC First Team.
Don Hansen All-Region Third Team ... All-RMAC First Team Defense ... NFFCC All-Colorado First Team Defense ... Started all 11 games at inside linebacker ... Totaled 103 tackles (40 solo) to lead the team and tie for second in the RMAC ... His 100-plus tackle season marks the fourth time since 2008 a member of the Pack has reached that plateau ... He compiled 10.5 tackles for loss (-19 yards) to rank tied for sixth in the conference ... Forced three fumbles to tie for the second most in the RMAC ... Added four break-ups and an interception (returned four yards) ... Named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week twice ... Academic All-RMAC First Team.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.