Crusaders Picked 13th In The Nation By Phil Steele's Preview

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross football team has been ranked as the 13th-best team in the nation by Phil Steele's 2009 College Football Preview. In addition, senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio), was selected as a preseason second team All-American.

Along with the Crusaders at No. 13, two Holy Cross opponents were ranked in Phil Steele's preseason Top 40: Harvard at No. 23 and Lafayette at No. 37. Appalachian State was picked as the preseason No. 1 team in the nation.

Randolph was one of only three Patriot League players selected to the publication's preseason All-America teams. Linebacker Matt Cohen of Lehigh was named to the first team, and wide receiver Pat Simonds of Colgate was a second team selection.

In its preseason Patriot League team rankings, Phil Steele's 2009 College Football Preview picked Holy Cross to finish first in the conference. Lafayette was predicted to finish second, followed by Colgate in third place. Fordham was picked fourth, with Lehigh, Bucknell and Georgetown rounding out the rankings.

On Phil Steele's preseason All-Patriot League teams, Randolph was joined on the first team by senior offensive lineman Aaron Jones (Springfield, Ohio), senior offensive lineman Chris Poole (Scituate, Mass.), senior linebacker Marcus Rodriguez (Peoria, Ariz.), senior offensive lineman Chris Smith (Buffalo, N.Y.) and senior defensive back Michael Wright (Fort Washington, Md.). Senior defensive lineman Alex Carson (Atlanta, Ga.), junior defensive back Anthony DiMichele (McKees Rocks, Pa.), junior kick returner Josh Jenkins (Maywood, Ill.) and senior offensive lineman Rob Petrosino (Bogata, N.J.) were all selected to the second team.


Phil Steele's Preseason Top 40
 1. Appalachian State
 2. Villanova
 3. Southern Illinois
 4. Montana
 5. Richmond
 6. Northern Iowa
 7. Hofstra
 8. Elon
 9. James Madison
10. McNeese State
11. Jacksonville State
12. William & Mary
13. Holy Cross
14. Wofford
15. Eastern Washington
16. North Dakota State
17. South Carolina State
18. Youngstown State
19. Massachusetts
20. South Dakota State
21. Weber State
22. New Hampshire
23. Harvard
24. California-Davis
25. Grambling State
26. San Diego
27. Gardner-Webb
28. Furman
29. Cal Poly
30. Montana State
31. Georgia Southern
32. Illinois State
33. Eastern Illinois
34. Citadel
35. Central Arkansas
36. Pennsylvania
37. Lafayette
38. Florida A&M
39. Northern Arizona
40. Albany