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August 9, 2013

Westminster picked seventh in PAC

LATROBE — The Westminster College football is looking for a slight edge.

It eluded the Titans last year as they finished 3-6. Four of those losses came by six points or less.

So, Westminster coach Jeff Hand is seeking more focus this year from his Titans, who were picked to finish seventh in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference annual preseason poll at PAC Media Day at Saint Vincent College.

Defending PAC champ Washington & Jefferson, Thomas More, Waynesburg, Grove City, Bethany and Geneva were picked to finish ahead of Westminster. Thiel and Saint Vincent rounded out the nine-team poll.

 “We just have to finish games. Early on the in the year, we didn’t finish all the games we needed to finish,” Hand said. “We need that slight edge that’ll make the difference. The little things we do every day consistently compound over time to make us better. They are easy for us to do or not to do. We just have to have that slight edge to better our record.”

 Hand will look to his 24 seniors to help boost the Titans, who have not had a winning record since 2002 (6-4).

 “Of our 15 returning starters, 13 are seniors. I think that’s very important from a leadership standpoint, but I think it’s also very important from a chemistry standpoint,” he said. “With that number of seniors, we’re looking for a lot of leadership.”

 Westminster will lean on Sean Christofferson for guidance. The senior defensive end is a four-year starter and was an All-PAC second team selection last fall. The Wilmington High graduate was the team’s player representative yesterday.

 “We have 26 seniors, which is a lot since I have been at Westminster. All of the seniors are great guys and we’re all excited for the season,” he said. “Hopefully, we’re all on the same page as far as leadership goes and trying to motivate the other guys to want the same thing.”

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