Kutztown Golden Bears
Coach: Jim Clements, seventh season, 48-20 (114-44 overall, including eight seasons at Delaware Valley).
2019: 7-0 PSAC East, 11-2; PSAC East champs, NCAA Division II second round.
Returning starters on offense (4): LT Luke Lozowicki, R-Sr. WR Mason McElroy, Gr. WR Jerome Kapp, R-Jr. WR Jake Novak, R-Jr.
Returning starters on defense (6): DE Nick Vasger, Sr. DT Ryan Meyers, Sr. DE Togba Porte II, R-Sr. LB Amani Justice, R-Sr. S Nick Palmer, Sr. S Shaw Turber-Ortiz, Sr.
Berks connections: ATH Kam Wolfe, Jr., Gov. Mifflin. WR Mason McElroy, Gr., Wilson. OL Adam Kase, So., Conrad Weiser. LB Brandon Strausser, Fr., Gov. Mifflin. TE Alex MacKenzie, R-So., Conrad Weiser. WR Jerome Kapp, R-Jr., Boyertown.
Schedule: Saturday, Assumption, 12:05 p.m. Sept. 11, at IUP, 2 p.m. Sept. 18, Seton Hill, 12:05 p.m. Sept. 25, x-at Shepherd, noon. Oct. 2, x-East Stroudsburg, 12:05 p.m. Oct. 9, x-at Bloomsburg, 2 p.m. Oct. 16, x-Shippensburg, 5:05 p.m. Oct. 23, x-at Lock Haven, 2 p.m. Oct. 30, x-Millersville, 2:05 p.m. Nov. 6, x-at West Chester, noon. Nov. 13, Clarion (or PSAC Championship Game), 12:05 p.m.
PSAC East preseason coaches poll (first-place votes): 1. Shepherd (6). 2. West Chester (1). 3. Kutztown (1). 4. Bloomsburg. 5. Shippensburg. 6. East Stroudsburg. 7. Millersville. 8. Lock Haven.
Notable: Saturday’s game will be KU’s first in 644 days after last season was canceled due to COVID. … The Golden Bears were ranked 16th in D2football.com’s preseason poll and 20th in the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ poll. … S Shawn Turber-Ortiz was named to the Division II Preseason All-America Second Team Defense in Lindy’s Sports annual college football preview magazine. He is a two-time All-PSAC East first-team pick. … Eric Nickel, a grad student, will start at quarterback. In 17 career games, he has completed 99-of-158 passes for 1,137 yards and 12 TDs, and rushed for 401 yards and six TDs on 65 carries. He set the school record for rushing yards by a QB with 141 vs. Millersville in 2018. … Nickel will have a trio of experienced receivers to throw to in Jake Novak (39 catches, 515 yards 5 TDs in 2019), Mason McElroy (29, 506, 4 TDs) and Jerome Kapp (32, 462, five TDs). … Conrad Weiser grad Adam Kase, a freshman, is the projected starter at right tackle.
Source: Berkshire mont