SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) held its annual Football Media Day on Tuesday in Sioux City. Midland University head coach Jeff Jamrog and the rest of the conference head football coaches addressed the media that gathered before the preseason coaches’ and media polls were released.
Coach Jamrog spoke to the media about the upcoming season for the Warriors, his third at the helm and Midland and his 30th year coaching college football overall.
“I couldn’t be more excited to the start of a football season,” Coach Jamrog said during his opening remarks. “We’ve got a great group of young men and a great group of coaches.”
“Last year with three games left, we had a culture switch. I don’t know what it was exactly, but out guys started embracing the process. We’re were a different team those last few games.”
Part of that change came under center, as Payton Nelson became the starter. The Warriors will look to him for the entire season after he was limited with injuries in 2017.
The running back position will be one of the deepest in recent years with four players returning who saw time in the backfield. Lukas Vopnford and former-quarterback Garry Cannon headline the list as they combined for nearly 1,000 yards last year.
They will be running behind a veteran offensive line that returns all five starter. Four of those players have started for Midland since their freshman year.
Defensively the Warriors will look to Wyatt Tremayne, a three-year starter, for leadership. Joining him will be a handful of talented newcomers as well as a few players returning from injuries a year ago.
“The third year is a big year in the places I’ve been,” stated Coach Jamrog. “The culture is starting to look the way you’ve envisioned it to. We’re proud to have 118 Nebraska kids. We’re going to win or lose with kids from our state.”
Morningside was picked as the favorite by the coaches and media in the preseason polls. Midland was picked third in both polls behind Northwestern at second. Last year the Warriors went 6-4 (4-4 GPAC) in head coach Jeff Jamrog’s second season.
Midland will begin training camp next week as they prepare for the season. They will begin play on Saturday, August 25 at home versus MidAmerican Nazarene. Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m. at Heedum Field in Fremont, Nebraska.
The compete 2018 GPAC Football Preseason Polls can be found here.