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North Dakota State University was ranked No. 6 in the Phil Steele Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Preseason Top 40 poll released Wednesday.
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North Dakota State No. 6 in Phil Steele FCS Preseason Top 40, Two Earn All-America Honors

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: August 08, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio--North Dakota State University was ranked No. 6 in the Phil Steele Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Preseason Top 40 poll released Wednesday, Aug. 8, by the editors of Phil Steele's FCS College Preview magazine.

The Bison were one of six Missouri Valley Football Conference teams selected in the preseason poll, a list that includes No. 4 Youngstown State, No. 15 Northern Iowa, No. 21 Illinois State, No. 26 Southern Illinois and No. 33 Indiana State.

The magazine also released its preseason All-American and All-MVFC teams.

Cornerback Marcus Williams was selected to the preseason All-America first team, and offensive tackle Billy Turner was named to the fourth team.

Joining Williams and Turner on the preseason All-Valley Football first team were junior safety Colten Heagle and junior wide receiver/punt returner Ryan Smith. Running back Sam Ojuri, center Joe Lund, defensive end Cole Jirik and safety Christian Dudzik were named to the second team.

North Dakota State is currently in fall camp, preparing for the 2012 season opener against Robert Morris at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

Phil Steele’s FCS Preseason Top 40

1. Sam Houston State

2. James Madison

3. Montana State

4. Youngstown State

5. Wofford

6. NORTH DAKOTA STATE

7. Eastern Washington

8. Towson

9. Stony Brook

10. Georgia Southern

11. New Hampshire

12. Delaware

13. Stephen F. Austin

14. Northern Arizona

15. Northern Iowa

16. Appalachian State

17. Eastern Kentucky

18. Lehigh

19. Old Dominion

20. Montana

21. llinois State

22. South Carolina State

23. Harvard

24. Jacksonville State

25) Alabama State

26) Southern Illinois

27) McNeese State

28) Grambling State

29) Chattanooga

30) Maine

31) Central Arkansas

32) Murray State

33) Indiana State

34) William & Mary

35) Penn

36) Norfolk State

37) Duquesne

38) Tennessee Martin

39) Liberty

40) Holy Cross

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