Herbers cited the central position in another pre-season football rankings

Jeff Herbers

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Jeff Herbers set a school record with 16 playoffs on Wheaton (Ill.) last year.


Dutch listed at No. 8, Herbers are well received in the elite pre-season squad

PELLA — College Football America Yearbook is the eighth-ranked College Central in the NCAA Division III preseason rankings in the top 30 rankings.

The publication also lists Central Jeff Herbers (Senior, Urbandale, Des Moines Christian HS) Widely featured in the NCAA Division III starting lineup.

The College Football America Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada. The 250-page publication includes information from every NCAA and NAIA team. Print editions are available through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

Title holder Mary Hardin Baylor University (Texas) tops the rankings, followed by North Central College (Illinois) and enduring powers, Mount Union University (Ohio) and University of Wisconsin Whitewater.

In eighth, Central is behind St. John’s University (Minnesota) and 2021 opponent in the Wheaton College (Illinois) playoff game.

Earlier, Central was ranked 14th in a pre-season D3football.com poll. The Dutch were 12-1 last year, reaching the quarter-finals of Division III in their 22nd appearance in the playoff. Central was 10-0 in the regular season, setting a record for the 32nd Conference Championship. Nine players returned from that squad.

Herbers was cited after the 2021 season. He had 77 passes for 1,151 yards and 16 touchdowns and earned him the Clausen Award as the best player on the team. He set a school record by scoring 16 times in a 30-28 playoff win over Wheaton.

The post did not list any other teams or players from American Rivers.

2022 College Football America Division III Preseason Top 30
1. Mary Harden Baylor
2. North Central
3. Mount Union
4. Wes Whitewater
5. Muhlenberg
6. Linfield
7. Saint John
8. Central
9. Wheaton
10. Hardin Simmons
11. Johns Hopkins
12. Delaware Valley
13. Bethel (Minn.)
14. Wis.-La Crosse
15. RPI
16. Salisbury
17. Cortland
18. South Birmingham
19. Redlands
20. Ithaca
21. Susquehanna
22 Trinity (Texas)
23- Conquer.
24. Randolph McConne
25 Hakeem – Oshkosh
26. Howard Payne
27. Huntingdon
28. Carnegie Mellon
29. Aurora
30. John Carroll

2022 College Football America NCAA Division III Starting Lineup
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Center, name, school, class
QB Landon McKinney, Howard Payne, Jr.
RB Ethan Greenfield, North Central, Sr.
Giovanni Weeks, Wheaton, Sr.
WR Ke’Vaughn Davis, Worcester State, Jr.
WR Jeff HerbersCentral, Father.
Alex Larson, St. John, Sr.
OL Jeske Maples, North Central, So.
OL Chris Toth, Aurora, Sr.
O.L. Boomer Warren, Hardin Simmons, Sr.
OL JR Woods, Johns Hopkins, Sr.
c Jeffrey Sims Jr., Mary Hardin Baylor, Sr.

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Center, name, school, class
Yusef Alaeddinov, Delaware Valley, Sr.
Jereh Ojata, Franklin, Jr.
DL Luke Schuermann, Johns Hopkins, Jr.
DL Michael Wozniak, St. John, Sr.
LB Bryce Gable, Elmhurst, Sr.
LB Ryan Liszka, UW-Whitewater, Sr.
LB Mason McMillan, Mount Union, Sr.
DB Dante Esposito, Lake Forest, Jr.
DB Jack Kretzschmar, Alma, Sr.
DB Griffin Pendry, Heidelberg, Sr.
DB Press Butler, Westminster (Pen), So.

special teams
Center, name, school, class
P Tyler Hoytel, St. Olaf, So.
BK Nicholas Bahamond, Ithaca, Sr.
Justin Hoss, KR, Washington and Jefferson, Jr.
PR AJ Jackson, Lake Forest, Sr.
AP Paul Garrett, Greenville, Sr.