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    SD Mines FB: OL Schrock named to RMAC Preseason Offensive Team

    Rapid City, S.D. --- South Dakota School of Mines senior offensive lineman Robert Schrock was named to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Offensive Team during the RMAC Football Kickoff Monday in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

    The Mesa, Arizona native is entering his fourth season for the Hardrockers and has been earning his degree in Metallurgical Engineering. Schrock has been a huge piece to the offensive line over the years and will work to continue his success this year. 

    “Robert has been a pillar of our program on and off the field in his time as a Hardrocker,” said Hardrocker football head coach Zach Tinker. “We have worked hard to develop our offensive line and our Arizona recruiting pipeline.  Robert is a perfect representation of both. We’ll need him to have another great season in order for the “high octane” offense to be firing on all cylinders in 2018.” 

    The awards were voted on by all 11 head coaches. Coaches could not vote for their own players.
     
    PRESEASON COACHES POLL
    CSU-Pueblo and Colorado Mesa, who were Co-RMAC Champions last season, finished first and second in the poll, respectively. The ThunderWolves garnered 98 points and eight of the 11 first-place votes. The Mavericks finished in second with one first-place vote and ten points behind the Pack with 88 points.
     
    The ThunderWolves finished the 2017 season 9-3 overall and 9-1 in the RMAC to earn their sixth title in seven seasons. The Pack made it to the first round of the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II (DII) Playoffs in a rematch from the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship game, as the No. 23 CSU-Pueblo football team fell to No. 1 Minnesota State, 16-13 in overtime. Meanwhile, the Mavericks (9-2 overall, 9-1 RMAC), secured their third straight RMAC crown after defeating South Dakota School of Mines in the second to last weekend of the regular season.
     
    Colorado School of Mines finished in third with 84 points despite garnering the remaining two first-place votes.
     
    Dixie State (68 points) was selected to finished fourth, while Chadron State was picked to finish in fifth and SD Mines sixth.
     
    Preseason Coaches’ Poll Standings 

    1. CSU-Pueblo (8) – 98 
    2. Colorado Mesa (1) – 88 
    3. Colorado School of Mines (2) – 84 
    4. Dixie State – 68 
    5. Chadron State – 63 
    6. South Dakota Mines – 49
    7. Black Hills State – 47
    8. Fort Lewis – 46
    9. Adams State – 30
    10. Western – 20
    11. New Mexico Highlands – 12

    PRESEASON ALL-RMAC
    CSU-Pueblo led the way with ten players selected, seven of them on the All-RMAC Defense team. Of the seven, six of them were All-RMAC First Team selections from the 2017 campaign. The Pack was led by this year’s RMAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, Brandon Payer.
     
    Colorado School of Mines and Chadron State each had four players selected. The Eagles’ Zack Kozlik was recently named 2018 RMAC Preseason Specialist last week.
     
    Preseason Offense All-RMAC
    QB – Eystin Salum, Colorado Mesa
    RB – Cameron Mayberry, Colorado School of Mines
    RB – Marche Dennard, CSU-Pueblo
    WR – Brody Oliver, Colorado School of Mines
    WR – Chad Hovasse, Adams State
    WR – Marquese Surrel, Adams State
    TE – Colt Foster, Chadron State
    OL – Travis Romsa, Chadron State
    OL – Jake Geil, Chadron State
    OL – Tevia Tolutau, Dixie State
    OL – Robert Schrock, South Dakota Mines
    OL – Grant Stewart, Colorado School of Mines
    OL – Jeffrey Brinkley, Fort Lewis
    *There was a tie for the last OL spot so six are listed.
     
    Preseason Defense All-RMAC 
    DL – Deyon Sizer, CSU-Pueblo
    DL – Christopher Blanton, Fort Lewis
    DL – George Marpaung, Fort Lewis
    DL – Remington Kelly, Dixie State
    DL – Michael Wristen, CSU-Pueblo
    LB – Brandon Payer, CSU-Pueblo
    LB – Tom Saager, Colorado Mesa
    LB – Darrian Stickney, Fort Lewis
    LB – Noor Shongolo, CSU-Pueblo
    DB – Darius Williams, CSU-Pueblo
    DB – Tanner Draper, CSU-Pueblo
    DB – Donell Pleasant, Fort Lewis
    DB – Emery Taylor, CSU-Pueblo
    *There was a tie for the last DL spot so five are listed.
     
    Preseason Specialists 
    PK – Mitchell Carter, CSU-Pueblo
    P – Zack Kozlik, Chadron State
    PR – Kevin Ribarich, CSU-Pueblo
    KR – Brody Oliver, Colorado School of Mines

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