Yes, it’s almost football season. Less than a month from camps opening, if that makes you feel any better. Until then, we’ve got some big preseason honors for four of the best football players out of the KCAC as College Fanz Sports Network released its Super 72 recently. All four — McPherson running back Aaron Lafitte, Ottawa wide receiver Clarence Anderson, Ottawa linebacker Josh Hojje and Kansas Wesleyan defensive back Ken Mitchell — were first-team all-KCAC performers last season and all have legitimate shots of being (or repeating as) All-Americans this year.
Here’s a little breakdown on each of these studs:
Lafitte ran for 1,030 yards and 23 TDs lastsyear and was an honorable mention All-American. Helped lead Bulldogs to first postseason appearance in school history. Transferred to MC from Arizona State.
Anderson, a Wichita Southeast product, led the nation in all-purpose yards with 2,563 (1,699 receiving) as Ottawa advanced to the second round of the NAIA playoffs.
Hojje led Ottawa with 95 tackles last season — the second-highest single-season total in school history — and the James Madison transfer tied the school-record for sacks in a game with 3 against Kansas Wesleyan on Halloween.
Mitchell is the wild-card of the bunch in that his team hasn’t had the same success as the other 3 — but he might be the best defensive back in the league. Or is that Cole Perry? Can’t wait to see KM match up with Anderson this season. Should be something to see.