Lindy’s Ranks W&J 21st In Preseason National Poll; Baroffio Preseason All-American
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College received its second preseason national ranking of the summer recently as Lindy’s College Football Preview magazine listed the Presidents as the No. 21 team in its annual top 25 poll.
The Presidents, who earlier received a No. 19 ranking from Sporting News College Football Yearbook, are sandwiched between No. 20 Baldwin-Wallace and No. 22 Salisbury in the Lindy’s poll.
In addition, senior wide receiver Alex Baroffio (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) was chosen to Lindy’s Second Team Preseason All-America squad. Baroffio was one of four wideouts to earn preseason All-America recognition, joining first teamers Mark Hiben (Wheaton, Ill.) and Kyle Linville (Franklin) and second-team selection Brandon Boyle of Castleton State.
Baroffio has caught at least one pass in 23 consecutive games and enters his final collegiate season with the chance to rewrite the W&J receiving record books. With 178 receptions, he needs only 15 to pass David Ravida ’08 for the school’s career lead. Baroffio has 2,153 receiving yards and 19 career touchdown catches. He is 1,002 receiving yards shy of the W&J record held by Hall of Famer Ryan Silvis ’01.
Last year, Baroffio was 14th in NCAA Division III with 7.8 receptions per game despite playing quarterback for one game when filling in for injured classmate Matt Bliss (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park). Baroffio rushed 16 times for 62 yards in the win over the Tomcats and also completed 6-of-11 passes for 72 yards and a 30-yard touchdown toss.
In a 31-14 victory over 13th-ranked Waynesburg which clinched the program’s 22nd Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship, Baroffio stung the Yellow Jackets for a second-straight year with 11 catches for 144 yards and three touchdowns. In three career meetings with Waynesburg, Baroffio has produced 27 receptions for 409 yards and six touchdowns.
The Presidents return 13 starters (8 offense, 5 defense) from last year’s 8-3 PAC title-winning squad. W&J earned the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs, the program’s 22nd national tournament appearance, but lost at Johns Hopkins 42-10 in the first round.
Defending champion Mount Union is No. 1 in the Lindy’s poll, while St. Thomas, Wesley, Linfield, Mary-Hardin Baylor, Hardin-Simmons, Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wittenberg, North Central and Johns Hopkins round out the top 10.
Washington & Jefferson opens the 2013 season with a 7:00 pm kickoff at Wooster on Sept. 7. The Presidents and Fighting Scots have not met since the 1985 season finale, a 40-6 W&J victory in Washington.