Cal U football team ranks 15th in national polls

(October 8, 2021) The University of California, Pennsylvania football team reached its highest national ranking since 2017. It was announced on Monday, October 4 that the Vulcans have moved up to 15th in the Top 25 overall. ‘American Football Coaches Association. leaping ten places compared to the previous week. The Vulcans are undefeated in their first five games this season.

“We’ve collectively played the best team we’ve had since I’ve been there (2018),” said second-year linebacker Gabe Miller. “We are a tight-knit group and we demand a lot from each other.”

In their five games this season, the Cal U defense has recorded three shutouts, tied for the most in school history in a single season dating back to 1958. The Vulcans have yet to allow a shutout. point at home.

“Our bond on this side of the ball is the key to our success,” said sophomore defensive back Naszhir Taylor, “also our engine, we love to work and it shows every Saturday.”

Last Saturday against Mercyhurst, the Vulcans completed a 37-0 shutout that included two interceptions returned for touchdowns by Kavon Morman and Noah Dillow in the second quarter. “It’s nothing we weren’t expecting,” said Dillow, “It definitely set the tone and we deserved this week.”

Several teammates have noted Dillow as a defensive star this season. Dillow, a sophomore and also a team captain, has received the PSAC Defensive Player of the Week award several times this season.

Offensively, the Vulcans have averaged over 30 points per game this season, but wide receiver JaQuae Jackson notes that there is “always room to improve” and that the Vulcans “still haven’t played their game. best football.

In 2019, Cal U finished 7-4, narrowly missing the playoffs, and they never got to play a snap in 2020 due to COVID-19. However, last spring the Vulcans were able to train again.

“It was huge for us to train last spring,” Jackson said, “mostly just because the season was taken away from us. It showed us that you can’t take this sport for granted… and that we could. prepare more to be ready when the season returns.

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