The Bethel College football team has gotten some notice even before the 2020 season has begun.
In the annual Street & Smith pre-season publication, Bethel was ranked ninth in its NAIA pre-season Top 10.
In addition, junior linebacker Josh Seabolt was named a pre-season All-American.
Seabolt, a 5-foot-9, 210-pound junior from Cimarron, was an NAIA All-American last season, recording 101 tackles, including 54 solo tackles. He had three quarterback sacks, two interceptions and a blocked extra point. He has 194 career tackles, which are the most by a Bethel player in their first two seasons. He helped Bethel to finish in the top 10 in rushing defense at 101.8 points a game.
Bethel is coming off an 8-3 season, 7-3 in KCAC play, finishing 24th in the final NAIA poll. Bethel led the country in rushing offense at 371.3 yards a game and was among the top in pass efficiency at 180.3.
Street & Smith
QB Joe Dolincheck, Morningside (Iowa)
RB Arnijae Ponder, Morningside (Iowa)
RB Tim Whitfield, Langston (Okla.)
OL Austin Sherrill, Keiser (Fla.)
OL Andrew Rupcich, Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
OL Dustin Rivera, Southwestern
OL Tristan Shehorn, Ottawa (Ariz.)
OL Donovan Corlew, Concordia (Mich.)
TE Austin Harris, Midland (Neb.)
WR Stevie Williams, Kansas Wesleyan
WR Shane Solberg, Northwestern (Iowa)
DL Robert Robinson, Briar Cliff (Iowa)
DL Kumi Sarpong Jr. Cumberlands (Ky.)
DL Sage DeLong, Eastern Oregon
DL Seth Maitlen, Morningside (Iowa)
LB DaMarcus Wimbush, Bluefield (Va.)
LB Lane Napier, Concordia (Neb.)
LB Josh Seabolt, Bethel
DB Twon Collymore, Sterling
DB Dallis Flowers, Grand View (Iowa)
DB Sage Chen-Young, Keiser (Fla.)
DB Athanie Leeviraphan, Evangel (Mo.)
K Nathan Hamilton, Grand View (Iowa)
P Camdon Griffiths, Midland (Neb.)
2020 Street & Smith
1. Morningside (Iowa)
2. Marian (Ind.)
3. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
4. College of Idaho
5. Northwestern (Iowa)
6. Saint Xavier (Ill.)
7. Saint Francis (Ind.)
8. Concordia (Mich.)
10. Kansas Wesleyan