The McPherson College Bulldogs football team has a lot of questions to fill before their first game on Sept. 3. But the Bulldogs do have one of the premiere defensive backs in the conference.
The All-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Preseason Team featured two Bulldogs and two Bethany Swedes, including McPherson’s Braden Bush, who led the KCAC with six interceptions a season ago.
Bush, a junior from Oklahoma, scored touchdowns on two of his six interceptions to compliment 90 tackles. Bush had half of his interceptions on Oct. 3, against Kansas Wesleyan, including a 75 yard pick-six, which was the only score of the game for the Bulldogs.
Dalton Whitfield, a 6-foot-2 linebacker from Georgia, had a breakthrough sophomore season, which included 105 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and one sack.
Whitfield was also turning heads as a freshman, with 47 tackles, 6.5 tackles for losses and two sacks in his first year.
Bethany is headlined by 5-foot-9 running back Nathaniel Ocran and 6-foot-4 offensive lineman Justin Burns.
Ocean averaged 4.9 yards a carry, for 476 yards and a touchdown. The bruising junior is expected to shatter his previous career best.
Burns was a member of the All-KCAC Second Team last season, and will be the Swedes most experienced lineman returning.
Burns, a 315 pound junior, is from New Jersey and is majoring in physical education.
Both the Bulldogs and Swedes open up play on Saturday, Sept. 3 and will play each other on Nov. 12 in McPherson
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