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
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