UMHB ranked No. 1 in D3Football.com preseason poll

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The UMHB Crusaders earned the No. 1 spot in the D3football.com preseason rankings released by the website Thursday.

UMHB is coming off a national championship in which the Cru defeated Mount Union 24-16. It was the third-straight year that Pete Fredenburg's team reached the national championship game.

“We are proud of what we accomplished last season and it is a nice reward to be ranked number one going into this year,” head coach Pete Fredenburg said via the UMHB athletics website. “We have such high expectations for our program and we are anxious to get back to work building a team that can live up to that type of a ranking. We can’t think about polls right now. Our focus needs to be on what we can do to get better as players and as a program.”

In 2018, UMHB (15-0) won the American Southwest Conference by winning all nine conference games.

The Cru will begin the 2019 season at home against Albright (Pa.) Sat., September 14, at 6 p.m.