Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The defending NCAA Division II national champion UMD Bulldogs football team was picked by the coaches as the preseason favorite in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
The Bulldogs finished 2010 with a (15-0) record, (10-0) in the NSIC, a season capped off with UMD's second national championship in three years.
UMD received 11 of a possible 13 first-place votes (coaches could not vote for their own team), with the other three possible votes going to the St. Cloud State Huskies.
The Bulldogs are three-time defending champions in the NSIC, and hold a 30-game win streak in the 14-team league that is split into two seven-team divisions.
UMD also has the two players selected as the NSIC Preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, those being junior quarterback Chase Vogler and senior linebacker Rob Huberty.
Vogler completed 127 of 205 passes in 2010 for a 62.0 percent completion rate, throwing for a career-high 1,913 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Since taking over under center for UMD three games into the 2009 season, Vogler has led the Bulldogs to a (25-1) overall record.
Huberty, meanwhile, also had a banner year in 2010 with a career-high 63 tackles. He also ranked first on the team with 12 tackles for a loss and 7.5 quarterback sacks.
Huberty,a co-captain in 2011, also came up with five fumble recoveries, three of which he returned for touchdowns - a Bulldogs program first.
UMD will open the 2011 season Saturday, September 3 on the road against NSIC opponent Augustana.
Posted by Zach Schneider