RICHARDSON, Texas – The American Southwest Conference today announced the 2018 football pres-season poll and pre-season awards. The Howard Payne University football team landed ninth in the poll after a vote of the league’s head coaches, sports information directors and media.
Howard Payne, who finished 1-9 overall and 1-8 in American Southwest Conference play last season, received 62 points in the pre-season poll finishing ninth, ahead of Belhaven University (61 pts) and behind McMurry University (84 pts). The Yellow Jackets are starting their second season under head coach Braxton Harris and look to make a big jump over last year’s performance.
The Yellow Jackets return Honorable Mention All-Conference defensive back Tevin Dawson along with nine starters on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. The coaching staff have also added ? transfers to the mix since last season.
After a open week in week one, Howard Payne will start the season on the road in Newburg, Oregon at George Fox University. HPU’s first home game will be the next week at home versus McMurry University at 7:00 pm.