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Dragons picked to finish seventh in NSIC football

BURNSVILLE, Minn.—The Minnesota State Moorhead football team has been picked to finish seventh in this year's overall standings of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and third in the North Division, according to a preseason vote by the league's coaches.

MSUM All-American wide receiver was named the league's preseason co-offensive player of the year, sharing the honor with Bemidji State quarterback Jordan Hein of Perham, Minn.

MSUM returns 16 starters from last year's team that went 7-4, the most wins for the Dragons since 1999. Last year's Dragons finished in a tie for seventh overall and third in the North Division.

Gibson, a senior from Beardsley, Minn., led the Dragons with 90 catches for 1,459 yards with 17 touchdowns—ranking first nationally in Division II in both receiving yards and yards per game (140.8).

Minnesota State-Mankato was picked to finish first overall followed in order by Minnesota-Duluth, Bemidji State, Augustana, Sioux Falls, Winona State, MSUM, Southwest Minnesota State, Northern State, St. Cloud State, Upper Iowa, Wayne State, Concordia-St. Paul, Minot State, Bismarck-Mary and Minnesota-Crookston.