Football: PAC Announces Preseason Poll at Media Day

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

LATROBE, Pa. - Titan first-year head coach Scott Benzel and senior defensive back Jared Heck (Pittsburgh, PA / North Hills) represented Westminster at the 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Football Media Day on Wednesday. The event was hosted by Saint Vincent College at the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion in Latrobe, Pa.

The Titans were picked to finish 10th with 96 points, as voted on by the conference's head coaches, sports information directors, and media panel.  

"We have six national championships and so much history," Benzel said. "I think just putting on the "W" and getting back to having a lot of pride in that program and being competitive is what we need to strive for. Our goal as a staff and as a team is to have a winning season."

Five "Players to Watch" for Westminster were named, including senior defensive lineman Rich Ellebie (New Wilmington, Pa. / Kennedy Christian), junior offensive lineman Nick Fiorentino (Franklin, Pa. / Franklin), senior linebacker Corey Neill (Aliquippa, Pa. / Central Valley), junior punter Jacob Schnelbach (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Bishop Canevin), and Heck.

"Individually, I would like to be a leader on and off the field and bring energy that my teammates can build off of every day to practice," Heck said. "Our team goal is to get back to winning ways, to bring the tradition back to Westminster, and to leave it better than we found it."

2014 PAC Football Preseason Poll:
School (first-place votes)---Points---2013 Record (PAC)
1. Thomas More (29)---367---9-1 (7-1)
2. Washington & Jefferson (2)---330---8-3 (7-1)
3. Waynesburg  (1)---293---7-4 (5-3)
4. Case Western Reserve (1)---246---5-4
5. Bethany (1)---202---4-6 (4-4)
6. Geneva ---200---5-5 (4-4)
7. Carnegie Mellon ---157---3-7
8. Grove City---154---5-5 (3-5)
9. Thiel College---149---3-7 (3-5)
10. Westminster---96---4-6 (3-5)
11. Saint Vincent---46---0-10 (0-8)

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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First-year head coach Scott Benzel and SR Jared Heck represented Westminster at the 2014 PAC Football Media Day on Wednesday.