Soccer ranked 25th in last season’s HERO Sports Poll

RICHMOND, Va.— The University of Richmond football program opens the 2022 season nationally as the Spiders check in Wednesday at No. 25 in the country in the HERO Sports preseason national rankings. The Spiders are one of three Colonial Athletic Association Football teams in the rankings, joining the likes of Villanova (No. 9) and Delaware (No. 15).

Richmond has had a successful 2021 season, posting a 6-5 aggregate score and finishing the season with four straight wins, including a win over rivals William & Mary in the 132nd Meeting of the Capital Cup. The Spiders will be led into the 2022 season by their three captains in Redshirts Junior Linebacker Tristan Wheeler (Bethlehem, Pa.)Redshirt senior defensive tackle Aidan Murray (Ogdensburg, NJ) and Redshirt Senior runs back Aaron Dykes (Knoxville, Tennessee).

Wheeler leads the defense as a three-time All-CAA selection and two-time All-America honoree. He has recorded 256 career tackles in 27 games, including two seasons with 100+ tackles. His 256 career tackles rank fourth among recurring players in NCAA-FCS football nationally. Murray continues that Spiders’ dominant tradition on the defensive line, releasing 5.0 sacks and 7.5 tackles for losses in his debut season as a starting defensive tackle.

Dykes is making headlines at the returning offensive arms after playing in 29 career games. He has 3,252 all-purpose yards in his career, including 1,197 rushing yards, 554 receiving yards, and 1,501 kickoff return yards. Dykes ranks second among all NCAA FCS kickoff returners with three home calls and fourth in the nation with 1,501 kickoff return yards.

Sparking the spiders on offense is four transfers, including quarterback Reece Udinski (North Wales, Pa.), wide receivers Jacob Herres (Easton, Pa.) and Nick DeGennaro (Old Bridge, New Jersey) and offensive lineman Derek Ferrari (New Rochelle, New York). Udinski has rushed for 7,877 yards in his career at VMI. He ranks first in the country among NCAA FCS returning players in career passing yards while playing with the FCS. He has also passed 48 career touchdowns in 27 career starts.

No returning player in NCAA-FCS football has more career receivers than transfer wide receivers Jacob Herres with 226. Herres also ranks second among all recurring wideouts in FCS football in career gaining yards (3,006) and touchdowns (25).

The Spiders open the 2022 season on the road at Atlantic Coast Conference foe Virginia on September 3. Richmond hosts Saint Francis in the home opener at Robins Stadium on September 10 at 5:30 p.m

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2022 HERO Sports FCS Preseason Top 25

T25. U.C. Davis
T25. Richmond

24. Northern Iowa
23. Dartmouth
22.Harvard
21. South Dakota
20. Southeast Louisiana University
19. Jackson State
18. East Washington
17. Holy Cross
16. Chattanooga
15. Delaware
14.UT Martin
T12. Southern Illinois
T12. Incarnate Word
11. Stephen F Austin
10. State of Sacramento
9. Villanova
8. State of Kennesaw
7.Sam Houston
6. State of Missouri
5. State of East Tennessee
4. Montana
3. State of Montana
2. State of South Dakota
1. State of North Dakota

Votes Received (alphabetical order): Eastern Kentucky, Mercer, Weber State

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