Wildcat Football Preseason Selected Middle Of Pack; Lee And Scott Chosen As Players To Watch

Wildcat Football Preseason Selected Middle Of Pack; Lee And Scott Chosen As Players To Watch
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

WAYNE – With the countdown a month away from the return of Wayne State College football, preseason rankings and two individuals were highlighted.

According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the Wildcats football team was picked eighth overall and fifth in the South Division of the 2022 NSIC Football Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

Per the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota, Wayne native and senior Mason Lee as well as fellow senior linebacker Jaylan Scott were selected as players to watch for WSCS this season.

The Wildcats collected 88 points overall and 19 in the NSIC South Division in voting conducted by coaches from across the league. WSC is coming off a 7-4 campaign in 2021, the first seven-win season for the Wildcats in a decade, while also placing fourth in the NSIC South with a 3-3 divisional record.

Augustana was selected as the team to beat in the NSIC this season with 153 points and five first-place votes followed by Bemidji State in second at 145 points and four first-place votes.  Minnesota Duluth was third with 142 points while Minnesota State-Mankato (three first-place votes) and Sioux Falls (two first-place votes) tied for fourth with 136 points each.

In the NSIC South Division poll, Augustana edged Minnesota State in points 32-31 despite the Mavericks receiving one more first place vote (3-2).  Sioux Falls was third at 27 points and two first-place votes with Winona State fourth (21 pts) and Wayne State fifth with 19.  Upper Iowa (10 pts) and Southwest Minnesota State (7) close out the South Division poll.

Wayne State’s Offensive Player to Watch is senior wide receiver Mason Lee.  The Wayne native is the top returning receiver for the ‘Cats with 35 catches for 529 yards and three TD’s and has caught a pass in 13 straight games and 29 of his last 30 in a Wildcat uniform.

The Wildcats’ Defensive Player to Watch is senior linebacker Jaylan Scott.  The 6-2, 215 pounder from Muncie, Indiana (Ellsworth CC) ranked fourth on the Wildcats last season with 43 tackles and tied for first in the NSIC with two fumble recoveries and tied for ninth with three interceptions for 55 return yards.

The Wayne State College football team will open the 2022 season at University of Mary on Saturday, September 3 at 5:30 p.m. Former Wildcat player and recent offensive coordinator, Logan Masters will be in his first season as the head coach for WSC this year.

The NSIC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in the North Division is senior wide receiver Danny Kittner from University of Mary; North Division Defensive Player of the Year is senior linebacker Brad Dati from Minnesota Duluth; South Division Offensive Player of the Year is senior running back Thuro Reisdorfer from Sioux Falls and South Division Defensive Player of the Year is senior safety Eli Weber of Augustana.

2022 Preseason NSIC Football Coaches Poll

  1. Augustana (5)                            153 pts.
  2. Bemidji State (4)                        145 pts.
  3. Minnesota Duluth                      142 pts.
  4. Minnesota State (3)                   136 pts.
  5. Sioux Falls (2)                           136 pts.
  6. Winona State                            109 pts.
  7. Northern State                          94 pts.
  8. Wayne State                             88 pts.
  9. MSU Moorhead                         72 pts.
  10. University of Mary                     71 pts.
  11. Concordia-St. Paul                    41 pts.
  12. Minot State                               36 pts.
  13. Southwest Minnesota State        26 pts.
  14. Upper Iowa                               25 pts.

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2022 Preseason NSIC South Division Coaches Poll

  1. Augustana (2)                            32 pts.
  2. Minnesota State (3)                 31 pts.
  3. Sioux Falls (2)                            27 pts.
  4. Winona State                            21 pts.
  5. Wayne State                              19 pts.
  6. Upper Iowa                                10 pts.
  7. SMSU                                             7 pts.

2022 Preseason NSIC North Division Coaches Poll

  1. Bemidji State (6)                       36 pts.
  2. Minnesota Duluth (1)              31 pts.
  3. Northern State                          24 pts.
  4. University of Mary                   19 pts.
  5. MSU Moorhead                        19 pts.
  6. Concordia St. Paul                   10 pts.
  7. Minot State                                     8 pts.