Coming off a University Athletic Association Championship and a 9-1 overall record during the 2016 campaign, the Case Western Reserve University football team is ranked 20th among NCAA Division III teams in the 2017 Street & Smith College Football Preseason Top-25.
The Spartans, who also finished second in the Presidents' Athletic Conference with a 7-1 league record, are slated to return 18 starters from last year's squad and 71 total players, while adding on a freshman class of 45 players. Among the team's top returners will be senior quarterback and UAA Offensive Player of the Year Rob Cuda, senior D3football.com All-South Region center Gage Blair, and All-PAC Second Team selections in sophomore defensive end Cameron Brown, senior running back Jacob Burke, and senior offensive lineman Ryan DeMarinis.
Returning Spartan players garnered a total of nine All-PAC honors and 16 All-UAA awards last season.
Case Western Reserve was the only UAA program and one of just two PAC schools (along with 11th-ranked Washington & Jefferson College) to appear in Street & Smith's preseason rankings.
The Spartans will open their 2017 campaign on Saturday, September 2nd in Chicago, Illinois against the University of Chicago.