Quick Hits: GVSU football slots in Super Region Four Rankings

GVSU football fourth in Super Region Four Rankings

The first NCAA Division II Regional Ranking slated Grand Valley State football in fourth place in the Super Region Four top 10. These rankings help the NCAA select the 28-team field that makes up the 2015 NCAA Division II Playoff.

The top seven teams in each region qualify for the Division II Playoffs. The playoffs begin Nov. 21. GVSU (7-1) falls behind Ferris State (7-0), Texas A&M-Commerce (7-1) and Midwestern State (6-1). The Lakers have three games remaining, including the Battle of the Valleys game on Nov. 14.

Potts awarded GLIAC honors

Grand Valley State senior wide receiver/punter Jamie Potts has been named the GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week following his electric performance in the Lakers’ 52-7 victory over Findlay on Saturday night. The Ravenna, Michigan native ranks 20th in the country in punting, and averaged 43.7 yards on three punts with a long of 55 yards against the Oilers. Potts also turned a fake punt into a 60-yard touchdown run early in the second half to build on GVSU’s insurmountable lead. No. 9 GVSU travels to Ohio for a key matchup against No. 5 Ashland on Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

GVSU cross country dominates rankings

Both the men’s and women’s Grand Valley State cross country teams were ranked No. 1 in the most recent U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II rankings. This marks the second team in school history, including in 2014, that both Laker squads have held the award.

The GVSU men garnered seven of eight first-place votes, while the women snatched four of eight votes. Both GVSU teams will look to repeat as regional champions at the 2015 NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships in Evansville, Indiana on Nov. 7.

Men’s basketball to play two exhibition games

The Grand Valley State men’s basketball team will kick off its 2015-16 campaign with two exhibition contests. On Nov. 3, the Lakers will travel to the University of Cincinnati. On Nov. 6, GVSU will square off against Iowa State in Aimes, Iowa. The Lakers will open their regular season with a home game against Quincy on Nov. 14