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WINGATE UNIVERSITY: Wingate Football Number 20 in Latest Poll

Wingate football moves to number 20 in AFCA top 25

10/16/2017 | Football

Waco, Texas----The Wingate University football team (6-0 overall, 3-0 SAC) is the number 20 team in this week's AFCA/NCAA Division II Coaches' top 25 poll, officials announce today. The Bulldogs are ranked for the second consecutive week, as the Navy Blue and Vegas Gold-clad WU student-athletes entered the October 9 listing at number 24 (complete week seven AFCA top 25 poll).

"We are honored to have our University and our football program recognized," Wingate head football coach Joe Reich says. "We are very aware it's about where you finish."


Wingate University redshirt senior placekicker Freddy McCollum (Sanford, N.C.) hit a 27-yard field goal at the buzzer, lifting the Bulldogs to a come-from-behind 27-24 South Atlantic Conference football triumph over Catawba College at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field Saturday afternoon. Bulldog junior wide receiver Malik Bledsoe (Culloden, Ga.) made a 29-yard, one-handed catch on the previous play to put the visitors in position for the victory.


Wingate is listed in the AFCA top 25 poll for the 28th time in school history and the second time this season. The Bulldogs were ranked five times in 2004, two times in 2006, six times in 2007, seven times in 2008, one time in 2010, two times in 2011, two times in 2015, one time in 2016 and twice in 2017.

The Bulldogs were nationally-ranked once during the 2016 season and twice during the 2015 campaign. The 2015 Bulldogs first entered the national spotlight on Oct. 5, 2015 after a stellar undefeated start (5-0 overall, 2-0 SAC). This was the first time they had been rated in the Top 25 since the September 5, 2011 poll. The 'Dogs were again ranked at number 21 in the nation on Oct. 19 after an exciting road triumph over the (then) 16th-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears.


Wingate will visit Mars Hill for a 1:30 p.m. SAC contest on Saturday, Oct. 21.


Wingate University, consistently ranked as a top 10 "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,600 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 35 minors, 12 career concentrations, nine pre-professional programs, master's degrees in accounting, business, education, physician assistant studies and sport management and doctorates in education, pharmacy and physical therapy.

With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. To view current news, video and story ideas, visit

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past 11 years. For more information, go to

Wingate is first among NCAA Division II Academic All-America-producing colleges in the 2000's with 96 selections. Among North Carolina's colleges and universities, Wingate is number one in this millennium with 96 Academic All-America honorees. Wingate is tops among all SAC schools with 105 lifetime Academic All-America picks. For more information on WU athletics, go to


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