2022 CSJ Pioneer Football League Football Preview

CSJ’s Predicted Order of Finish

1. Davidson
2. San Diego
3. St. Thomas
4. Dayton
5. Marist
6. Morehead State
7. Drake
8. Stetson
9. Valparaiso
10. Butler
11. Presbyterian

2021 PFL NCAA Division I FCS Playoff Results

First Round

Kennesaw State 46 Davidson 21

The Pioneer Football League will begin its 30th season of play this year. Davidson has captured the last two automatic qualifying spots for the league in the postseason. The Wildcats look to make it three in a row. But San Diego, who tied Davidson in the standings last year, and were the dominate team from 2016-19 in winning this league, will look to reclaim the crown.

The league last year had a new team emerge as a possible threat to the title as well. St. Thomas, who is still transitioning to Division I, will not be eligible this season for the playoff berth but still will look to win the regular season title.

St. Thomas, who was the first school to transition from Division III to Division I, was a DIII powerhouse. The Tommies made the DIII playoffs nine times since 1990 and two national title games (2012 & 2015). With DIII as a non-scholarship division, it will not be much of stretch for the Tommies to win the lone football only DI conference in the future.

But for now in 2022, it looks like Davidson or San Diego will represent the league again in the playoffs.

Davidson led the FCS in rushing yards per game in the last two championship seasons. This should again be the case for the Wildcats as leading rushers Dylan Sparks, Coy Williams and Aris Hilliard are all back this fall. The trio combined for 2,335 yards and 32 touchdowns on the ground last season. The Wildcat defense will be headed by possibly the best defensive player in the league in DE Jonathan Hammond

While Davidson looks to win the league with its offensive rushing attack, San Diego will look to its defense. USD has a current seven game winning streak coming into this season, which is the current FCS best and will have possibly the two best PFL defensive line duo in William Buck and Muhindo Kapapa leading the Toreros. Overall, USD returns 11 All-PFL standouts. The Toreros also got a potential boost in Iowa transfer QB Connor Kapisak to help its offensive side.

Dayton and Marist look like to dark horse contenders in the league. The Flyers will be headed by my PFL preseason offensive player of the year in AP/RB Jake Chisholm, while Marist will be headed by a defense that returns three All-PFL performers in LB Mike Arrington and safeties Clayborne Fields III and Teddy Wright.

The remainder of the league’s teams look to be rebuilding but a surprise always could happen.

Top Conference Games of 2022

The following five games I believe will go a long ways to determining the PFL winner this year. Again, St. Thomas will not be eligible for the playoffs but they will have a big say in who will be in the postseason with games against Marist, Davidson, and San Diego.

Oct. 1 – St. Thomas at Marist
Oct. 8 – Davidson at St. Thomas
Oct. 29 – San Diego at St. Thomas
Nov. 12 – Davidson at San Diego
Nov. 19 – Dayton at Davidson

Here is the countdown my PFL teams’ predictions with team information:

11. Presbyterian Blue Hose

Coach: Steve Englehart (1st Season, 0-0 @ PC, 70-49 overall)

Offensive Coordinator: Tommy Crayton/Noland Genovese
Defensive Coordinator: Daniel Owen
Stadium: Bailey Memorial Stadium (6,500 capacity)

Location: Clinton, South Carolina
2021 Record: 2-9 (0-8 PFL)

Presbyterian – 2022 Season

0 - 63
Fortera Stadium

Austin Peay 63, Presbyterian 0

TV/Streaming: ESPN+
Highlights: Available
13 - 21
Bailey Memorial Stadium

Presbyterian 21, Virginia-Lynchburg 13

TV/Streaming: ESPN+
3:30 pm
E.J. Whitmire Stadium

Presbyterian at Western Carolina

TV/Streaming: ESPN+
7:00 pm
Bailey Memorial Stadium

Davidson at Presbyterian

TV/Streaming: ESPN+
1:00 pm
Jayne Stadium

Presbyterian at Morehead State

TV/Streaming: ESPN3
1:00 pm
Bailey Memorial Stadium

Valparaiso at Presbyterian

5:00 pm
Torero Stadium

Presbyterian at San Diego

1:00 pm
Bailey Memorial Stadium

St. Thomas (MN) at Presbyterian

12:00 pm
Tenney Stadium

Presbyterian at Marist

1:00 pm
Bailey Memorial Stadium

Dayton at Presbyterian

1:00 pm
Spec Martin Memorial Stadium

Presbyterian at Stetson

10.Butler Bulldogs

Coach: Mike Uremovich (1st Season, 0-0 @ Butler, 33-45 overall)

Offensive Coordinator: Alex Barr
Defensive Coordinator: Jeff Knowles
Stadium: Butler Bowl (7,500 capacity)

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

2021 Record: 3-8 (1-7 PFL)

9.Valparaiso Beacons

Coach: Landon Fox (4th Season, 9-20 @ Valpo & overall)

Offensive Coordinator: Will Fleming
Defensive Coordinator: Brian Dougherty
Stadium: Brown Field (5,000 capacity)

Location: Valparaiso, Indiana

2021 Record: 4-7 (4-4 PFL)

8. Stetson Hatters

Coach: Brian Young (2nd Season, 4-7 @ Stetson, 78-98 overall)

Offensive Coordinator: Brian Sheppard
Defensive Coordinator: Jonathan Johnson
Stadium: Spec Martin Stadium (6,000 capacity)

Location: DeLand, Florida

2021 Record: 4-7 (2-6 PFL)

Stetson – 2022 Season

14 - 24
Spec Martin Memorial Stadium

Stetson 24, Concordia (MI) 14

14 - 45
Spec Martin Memorial Stadium

Stetson 45, Lousiana Christian 14

39 - 14
Spec Martin Memorial Stadium

Princeton 39, Stetson 14

Highlights: Available
1:00 pm
Spec Martin Memorial Stadium

Morehead State at Stetson

TV/Streaming: ESPN3
Canceled
Torero Stadium

Stetson at San Diego

1:00 pm
Spec Martin Memorial Stadium

Marist at Stetson

1:00 pm
Welcome Stadium

Stetson at Dayton

1:00 pm
Spec Martin Memorial Stadium

Drake at Stetson

1:00 pm
Richardson Stadium

Stetson at Davidson

2:00 pm
O'Shaughnessy Stadium

Stetson at St. Thomas (MN)

1:00 pm
Spec Martin Memorial Stadium

Presbyterian at Stetson

7.Drake Bulldogs

Coach: Todd Stepsis (4th Season, 10-17 @ Drake & overall)

Offensive Coordinator: Adam Gajo/Nate Thompson
Defensive Coordinators: Al Smith
Stadium: Drake Stadium (14,557 capacity)

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

2021 Record: 2-9 (1-7 PFL)

Drake – 2022 Season

14 - 56
Fargodome

North Dakota State 56, Drake 14

Highlights: Available
17 - 14
Drake Stadium

Missouri S&T 17, Drake 14 (OT)

TV/Streaming: ESPN3
14 - 42
Kibbie Dome

Idaho 42, Drake 14

Highlights: Available
2:00 pm
Drake Stadium

Marist at Drake

TV/Streaming: ESPN3
1:00 pm
Welcome Stadium

Drake at Dayton

TV/Streaming: Dayton Flyers Facebook
2:00 pm
Drake Stadium

San Diego at Drake

2:00 pm
O'Shaughnessy Stadium

Drake at St. Thomas (MN)

2:00 pm
Drake Stadium

Davidson at Drake

1:00 pm
Spec Martin Memorial Stadium

Drake at Stetson

2:00 pm
Drake Stadium

Butler at Drake

1:00 pm
Brown Field

Drake at Valparaiso

6.Morehead State Eagles

Coach: Rob Tenyer (10th Season, 41-58 @ MSU & overall)

Offensive Coordinator: Rob Tenyer
Defensive Coordinator: Andrew Strobel
Stadium: Jayne Stadium (15,000 capacity)

Location: Morehead, Kentucky

2021 Record: 7-4 (6-2 PFL)

Morehead State – 2022 Season

5. Marist Red Foxes

Coach: Jim Parady (31st Season, 147-157-1 @ Marist & overall)

Offensive Coordinator: Jake Dembow
Defensive Coordinator: Scott Rumsey
Stadium: Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field (5,000 capacity)

Location: Poughkeepsie, New York

2021 Record: 5-5 (5-3 PFL)

Marist – 2022 Season

43 - 12
Tenney Stadium

Georgetown 43, Marist 12

6:00 pm
Tenney Stadium

Columbia at Marist

TV/Streaming: ESPN3
2:00 pm
Drake Stadium

Marist at Drake

TV/Streaming: ESPN3
38 - 24
Tenney Stadium

St. Thomas (MN) 38, Marist 24

TV/Streaming: ESPN3
1:00 pm
Spec Martin Memorial Stadium

Marist at Stetson

12:00 pm
Tenney Stadium

Daytonat Marist

1:00 pm
Sellick Bowl

Marist at Butler

12:00 pm
Tenney Stadium

Presbyterian at Marist

1:00 pm
Jayne Stadium

Marist at Morehead State

12:00 pm
Tenney Stadium

Valparaiso at Marist

1:00 pm
Christy Matthewson Stadium

Marist at Bucknell

4. Dayton Flyers

Coach: Rick Chamberlin (15th Season, 99-45 @ UD & overall)

Offensive Coordinator: Josh Hendershot
Defensive Coordinator: Tee Overman
Stadium: Welcome Stadium (11,000 capacity)

Location: Dayton, Ohio

2021 Record: 6-4 (5-3 PFL)

Dayton – 2022 Season

22 - 20
Joe Walton Stadium

Dayton 22, Robert Morris 20

16 - 49
Stambaugh Stadium

Youngstown State 49, Dayton 16

Highlights: Available
3 - 46
Welcome Stadium

Dayton 46, Kentucky State 3

TV/Streaming: Daytib Flyers Football
1:00 pm
Welcome Stadium

Drake at Dayton

TV/Streaming: Dayton Flyers Facebook
1:00 pm
Sellick Bowl

Dayton at Butler

12:00 pm
Tenney Stadium

Daytonat Marist

1:00 pm
Welcome Stadium

Stetson at Dayton

1:00 pm
Welcome Stadium

Valparaiso at Dayton

1:00 pm
Bailey Memorial Stadium

Dayton at Presbyterian

1:00 pm
Welcome Stadium

Morehead State at Dayton

1:00 pm
Richardson Stadium

Dayton at Davidson

3. St. Thomas (MN) Tommies

Coach: Glenn Caruso (14th Season, 133-24 @ UST, 139-36 overall)

Offensive Coordinator: Wallie Kuchinski
Defensive Coordinator: Bobby Jay
Stadium: O’Shaughnessy Stadium (5,025 capacity)

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

2021 Record: 7-3 (6-2 PFL)

St. Thomas (MN) – 2022 Season

13 - 44
Eccles Coliseum

Southern Utah 44, St. Thomas (MN) 13

TV/Streaming: ESPN+
6 - 32
O'Shaughnessy Stadium

St. Thomas (MN) 32, Michigan Tech 6

TV/Streaming: Tommie Sports
2:00 pm
O'Shaughnessy Stadium

Lincoln (CA) at St. Thomas (MN)

TV/Streaming: Tommie Sports
38 - 24
Tenney Stadium

St. Thomas (MN) 38, Marist 24

TV/Streaming: ESPN3
2:00 pm
O'Shaughnessy Stadium

Davidson at St. Thomas (MN)

2:00 pm
O'Shaughnessy Stadium

Drake at St. Thomas (MN)

1:00 pm
Bailey Memorial Stadium

St. Thomas (MN) at Presbyterian

1:00 pm
O'Shaughnessy Stadium

San Diego at St. Thomas (MN)

2:00 pm
Brown Field

St. Thomas (MN) at Valparaiso

2:00 pm
O'Shaughnessy Stadium

Stetson at St. Thomas (MN)

12:00 pm
Sellick Bowl

St. Thomas (MN) at Butler

2.San Diego Toreros

Coach: Dale Lindsey (9th Season, 75-25 @ USD & overall)

Offensive Coordinator: Cory White
Defensive Coordinator: Bobby Jay
Stadium: Torero Stadium (6,000 capacity)

Location: San Diego, California

2021 Record: 7-4 (7-1 PFL)

San Diego – 2022 Season

1. Davidson Wildcats

Coach: Scott Abell (Third Season, 26-15 @ Davidson, 65-39 overall)

Offensive Coordinator: Vince Much
Defensive Coordinator: Jon Berlin
Stadium: Richardson Stadium (6,000 capacity)

Location: Davidson, North Carolina

2021 Record: 8-3 (7-1 PFL)

Davidson – 2022 Season

17 - 35
JSU Stadium

Jacksonville State 35, Davidson 17

Highlights: Available
17 - 37
Richardson Stadium

Davidson 37, Barton 17

7:00 pm
Richardson Stadium

St. Andrews at Davidson

TV/Streaming: Davidson Athletics
7:00 pm
Bailey Memorial Stadium

Davidson at Presbyterian

TV/Streaming: ESPN+
1:00 pm
Richardson Stadium

Butler at Davidson

TV/Streaming: Davidson Athletics
2:00 pm
O'Shaughnessy Stadium

Davidson at St. Thomas (MN)

1:00 pm
Richardson Stadium

Morehead State at Davidson

2:00 pm
Drake Stadium

Davidson at Drake

1:00 pm
Richardson Stadium

Stetson at Davidson

5:00 pm
Torero Stadium

Davidson at San Diego

1:00 pm
Richardson Stadium

Dayton at Davidson

CSJ 2022 Preseason PFL Players of the Year

Offense

Jake Chisholm, AP/RB, Dayton, Sr.

Defense

Jonathan Hammond, DE, Davidson, Jr.

Special Teams

Brian Bartholomew, PK, Valparaiso, Jr.

CSJ 2022 Preseason PFL Team

Pos.PlayerSchoolHt.Wt.Yr.Hometown
OFFENSE
WRSam Bubonics Dayton5-11177RSo.Solon, Ohio
WRNazeviah Burris Stetson6-0180So.Union, S.C.
WRVance Jefferson San Diego6-0185So.Poway, Calif.
QBAlexander Piccirilli Stetson6-4225Gr.Jupiter, Fla.
TEDominic Carlucci Stetson6-2230RSo.Raleigh, N.C.
RBHope Adebayo St. Thomas5-8184So.Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
RBJake Chisholm Dayton5-9191Sr.Union, Ky.
RBDylan Sparks Davidson6-0209Sr.Centreville, Va.
FBCoy Williams Davidson5-11213RSr.Lumberton, Texas
A-PJake Chisholm Dayton5-9191Sr.Union, Ky.
OLAaron Byrd Valparaiso6-4305RSr.Bradley, Ill.
OLBeck Kipperman Davidson6-2259Jr.Round Rock, Texas
OLFinley Lecky San Diego6-1270Jr.Chandler, Ariz.
OLCam Marriott Morehead State6-3300Jr.Redlands, Calif.
OLBrian Stevens Dayton6-2290RSo.Milford, Ohio
OLMatt Weimann St. Thomas6-3312Sr.Oakdale, Minn.
DEFENSE
DLWilliam Buck San Diego6-0285RJr.Sacramento, Calif.
DLJonathan Hammond Davidson6-2208Sr.Atlanta, Ga.
DLMuhindo Kapapa San Diego6-2275Gr.Fairfield, Calif.
DLFermon Reid Stetson6-0254Gr.Naples, Fla.
LBDavid Ambagtsheer San Diego6-0220RSr.San Diego, Calif.
LBMike Arrington Marist5-11212RSr.Ashburn, Va.
LBMajeste Hansberry Stetson6-2215RSr.Atlanta, Ga.
LBLuke Herzog St. Thomas6-2229So.Mendota Heights, Minn.
LBBen Schmiesing Dayton6-1232Gr.Piqua, Ohio
DBClay Fields Marist5-11190RSr.Franklin, N.J.
DBLuke Glenna St. Thomas5-11188Sr.Edina, Minn.
DBCooper Krezek Morehead State6-0200RSo.Kansas City, Mo.
DBAmir Wallace San Diego6-1180Sr.Fairfield, Calif.
DBTeddy Wright Marist6-0212Gr.Sharon Hill, Pa.
SPECIAL TEAMS
PKBrian Bartholomew Valparaiso5-11160RSr.Sugar Grove, Ill.
PShane Dunning Drake6-0175Jr.Muskego, Wis.
PKolby Gartner St. Thomas6-2217Jr.St. Michael, Minn.
RSChuck Maxwell Valparaiso5-5140Jr.Elkhart, Ind.
LSBrady McKnight Morehead State6-1200So.Stephens City, Va.

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