CARMEL, Ind. – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was selected as the favorite in a vote amongst league coaches ahead of the 2022 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) football season.
 
The Fightin’ Engineers earned the vote of confidence from the league coaches after picking up the 2021 title in decisive fashion, running the table with an unblemished 7-0 mark in league play. Narrowly behind in second place was Mount St. Joseph University, who also grabbed three first-place nods in the poll. Hanover College was picked to finish the season in third while Franklin College rounded out the top-half of the poll in fourth.
 
Listed below is the 2022 HCAC Football Preseason Poll and the 2022 HCAC Athletes to Watch.  For more information on HCAC Football, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the Internet at www.heartlandconf.org.  Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
 
2022 HCAC FOOTBALL PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1.Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (5)47
2.Mount St. Joseph University (3)45
3.Hanover College35
4.Franklin College33
5.Bluffton University24
6.Manchester University17
7.Anderson University14
8.Defiance College9

 
2022 HCAC Football Athletes to Watch:
Anderson

NameClassHometownPosition
Tristan ChambersJRFort Wayne, Ind.DL
Sam FeolaJRMonroe Central, Ind.DL
JP FuchsSOEastern Hancock, Ind.WR
Collin McCaffreyJRManchester, Mich.LB
Caden McClainSOPendleton, Ind.LB
Cayden SoteleSOEastern Hancock, Ind.DB

 
Bluffton

NameClassHometownPosition
Ethan BeringerJRCarey, OhioWR
Marcus FinleyJRIndianapolis, Ind.OL
Marvus McWrightJRDetroit, Mich.DL
Blake RineSOGranville, OhioQB
Louden SaulbeamerSRTroy, OhioLB

 
Defiance

NameClassHometownPosition
Thomas ColtrainJRLeslie, Mich.LB
Tyshaun FreemanJRMacon, Ga.RB
Eric MoultrieJRSnellville, Ga.OL
Richard Pope IVJRDaytona Beach, Fla.DL
Rigo VillaSRFt. Meyers, Fla.DL

 
Franklin

NameClassHometownPosition
Aaron BlackSRGreensburg, Ind.DB
Armani ChristopherSRGary, Ind.OL
Garrett CoraSOLizton, Ind.RB
Jarrett GibsonSRAngola, Ind.WR
Jireh OjataJRCarmel, Ind.DE
Kody WilkersonSRChesterton, Ind.LB

 
Hanover

NameClassHometownPosition
Jacob DollSRFort Wayne, Ind.OL
Hunter EadsSRCincinnati, OhioREC
Devonte HardimanSRPrinceton, Ind.DE
Cody HornerSRColumbus, Ind.DB
Will KernSRLafayette, Ind.OL
Matt WeimerSRGeorgetown, Ind.QB

 
Manchester

NameClassHometownPosition
Marvin CollinsSRRiviera Beach, Fla.OLB
Austin EllisSOCoal City, Ill.OL
Sam HuffmanJRBremen, Ind.DL
James Mathews, Jr.SOPalatka, Fla.DL
Devontay MooreSRIndianapolis, Ind.OLB
Wayne VaughnJRClermont, Ind.OL

 
Mount St. Joseph University

NameClassHometownPosition
Cornell BeachemSRCincinnati, OhioATH
Austin BrockSRGainesville, Ga.WR
Noah HammondSRBrookville, Ind.DE
Joey NewtonJRAnderson Township, OhioWR
Josh TaylorJRMt. Orab, OhioQB
Anthony WrightJRGallatin, Tenn.LB

 
Rose-Hulman

NameClassHometownPosition
Winston AmankwahSRColumbus, OhioCB
Alex GresockSRHavre De Grace, Md.TE
Tyce MillerSRBargersville, Ind.CB
Tyler SmithSRSpring, TexasDE
Adam Tice-SaliuSRJava, Va.WR