Stanford, Wibbeler Represent Capital at OAC Football Media Day, Preseason Polls Announced

Thomas Wibbeler (left), Dar Stanford (center), and Head Coach Chad Rogosheske (right) represented Capital at the annual OAC Football Media Day (photo credit: Capital Athletics)
Thomas Wibbeler (left), Dar Stanford (center), and Head Coach Chad Rogosheske (right) represented Capital at the annual OAC Football Media Day (photo credit: Capital Athletics)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

– Capital University Football was once again represented well at the annual Ohio Athletic Conference Football Media Day held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Seniors Thomas Wibbeler and Dartavious Stanford joined Head Coach Chad Rogosheske on Thursday, July 26 to talk to media members and the rest of the conference about the upcoming season as a part of the all-day event.

Reflecting on the day, senior quarterback Thomas Wibbeler said, "my first OAC Media Day was a great experience. We got to get out here and got to explore a little bit at the HOF, see some inspirational players that we've all watched and been around. Also being around some the players in the OAC and meeting some different guys…it's a great experience."

"I had a great time. It was a lot of fun," said senior wide receiver Dar Stanford. "We got to walk around the Hall of Fame and see all the different things they have here. You get to hear about everything but to actually get to see everything, it's a lot cooler."

Each team in the OAC had the opportunity to send its head coach and one student-athlete to the podium to address a room full of media members, colleagues, and staff from around the conference. Coaches talked about their team and the excitement building around its preparation for the start of the 2018 campaign. Stanford represented Capital at the podium and was interview by OAC Commissioner Tim Gleason.

Click here to watch Coach Rogosheske's comments about the Crusaders and the upcoming season

Click here to watch Dar Stanford's comments about his internship and about the upcoming season

The OAC also presented its annual Bill Nichols media award to recognize admirable service toward the OAC or its institutions. Chris Wenzler, sports information director at John Carroll University now entering his 22nd year, was awarded the honor.

To conclude the day, the preseason media and coaches polls were announced to the crowd. Capital was voted to finish ninth and the defending NCAA champion, University of Mount Union, was voted to finish first in both polls. See below for complete poll results (first place votes in parenthesis). 

2018 OAC Coaches Poll

#

TEAM

Pts

1.

Mount Union

81 (9)

2.

John Carroll

73 (1)

3.

Ohio Northern

61

4.

Baldwin Wallace

56

5.

Heidelberg

49

6.

Marietta

44

7.

Otterbein

32

8.

Wilmington

22

9.

Capital

19

10.

Wilmington

13

 

2018 OAC Media Poll

#

TEAM

Pts

1.

Mount Union

310 (31)

2.

John Carroll

274

3.

Ohio Northern

223

4.

Heidelberg

206

5.

Baldwin Wallace

205

6.

Marietta

149

7.

Otterbein

140

8.

Muskingum

75

9.

Capital

74

10.

Wilmington

49

 

Capital will look to improve upon last season and that journey begins with the season opener against the University of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.

For the full schedule and more information, go to www.athletic.capital.edu

 

BONUS FOOTAGE

Thomas Wibbeler talks quarterbacking amongst the greats at the Hall of Fame!

 

Coach Rogosheske talks about his favorite Hall of Famer right in front of his bust!