Greencastle, Ind. - In voting by the 10 head coaches in the North Coast Athletic Conference, DePauw was picked to finish fifth in the 2014 NCAC standings.
With five first-place votes and 95 total points, Wabash topped the list, while Wittenberg followed with 92 points and four first-place votes. Denison and Wooster each totaled 67 points followed by DePauw with 57 and Ohio Wesleyan with 55.
Rounding out the poll were Kenyon, Denison and a tie for ninth between Allegheny and Hiram. Oberlin collected the remaining first-place vote.
The Tigers finished 4-6 last year, but collected wins in four of their final six contests last year. Three of those six defeats came by three or fewer points.
DePauw returns 38 letterwinners including 14 starters. Sophomore quarterback Matt Hunt tossed 17 touchdown passes in his rookie campaign with just three interceptions. Hiss 144.03 efficiency rating was third among all Division III freshmen last year.
Hunt is just one of eight returning offensive starters as the Tigers welcome back four of five offensive linemen and a fifth, Craig Neece, who will be moving to defense.
Six starters return to the defensive unit with five from the linebacking corps and secondary. Safeties Adam Folta and Cody Baker are the top returning tacklers as the duo were in on 77 and 71 stops, respectively, last year.
DePauw opens its 127th season of football with a home contest against Sewanee. Kickoff for the Hall of Fame Day game is slated for 1 p.m. The Tigers also host Franklin in a 1 p.m. scrimmage on Saturday, August 30.
The complete preseason release is available on the NCAC site.