FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2017
Contact: Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications
No. 2 Baker to Open 2017 vs. No. 23 William Penn
BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – After arguably one of the greatest seasons in its storied program, the Baker University football team will begin the 2017 campaign ranked No. 2 in the country, and opens up against No. 23 William Penn on Saturday, August 26 at 1 p.m. inside historic Liston Stadium.
All fans are asked to wear orange to the game, as we ‘Orange Out’ Liston Stadium!
The Wildcats are coming off of a season in which they posted a school-record mark of 14-1 and played in its first NAIA-FCS National Championship game since 1986.
The Wildcats return the NAIA National Player of the Year in senior quarterback Logan Brettell, who led the NAIA in passing yards in 2016 with 5,073 and total yards with 5,371. He is Baker’s all-time leader in total passing TD’s with 64.
Brettell became the University’s first-ever NAIA National Player of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year award winner.
2016 NAIA All-American running back Cornell Brown is also back for the ‘Cats. The Baldwin City, Kansas product had a school record 31 touchdowns scored in 2016 and led the country in receptions with 95.
Baker’s all-time leading receiver Clarence Clark is back for his senior season. The Phoenix, Arizona native leads Baker in total career receptions with 185 and career receiving yards with 3,045.
Josh Kock is back for his senior season. The senior defensive lineman was named the 2015 and 2016 Heart South Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
The Wildcats led the country in turnover margin in 2016 at +23 and return nine All-Conference award winners from a year ago.
2016 Heart Coach of the Year Mike Grossner is back for his 14th season at the helm of the program. Grossner is just two career wins from 100 at Baker, as his 98 wins are second-most in program history.
Baker is 2-2 all-time against the Statesmen, but have won the last two meetings.
The Wildcats defeated WPU, 41-7, last season in Oskaloosa, Iowa and took down the Statesmen, 48-13, inside Liston Stadium in 2015.
BU has a 17-game winning streak against members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference and have won nine-straight games at Liston Stadium.
The Statesmen began 2016, 0-3, then rattled off seven-straight wins before falling to nationally ranked Grand View, 29-20, in its season finale. William Penn shared the 2016 Heart North Conference Championship with the Vikings and went 7-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
WPU is primarily a running team on offense, as they ran for 3,228 yards in 2016 and threw for just 473.
Quarterback Eric Cooper is back for his senior season. He ran for 249 yards last season and threw for 288. He accounted for four touchdowns last season.
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