With last season's Heartland Conference co-championship trophy resting neatly on the campus of Bluffton College, the task of bringing home the 2001 HCAC title is the goal of 14 returning starters and Head Coach Carlin Carpenter.
|A total of 25 letterwinners are back from the 2000 BC squad, which finished 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the HCAC. Despite the impressive number of returning starters and letterwinners, though, Bluffton said goodbye to a wealth of talent during graduation in May, 15 seniors in all, and return just four of 13 All-HCAC honorees from a year ago.|
Special teams report
Inside the 2001 schedule
Carpenter and his staff got an early start on putting the pieces together for the 2001 football season as Bluffton traveled to Barcelona, Spain, from May 15-29 and played a game against a Spanish conference champion. The Beavers were given ten days of spring practice and won the game 28-0, which coupled with the camaraderie of the trip should lend itself for a good kickoff to the 2001 season.
Should BC pull off another league title it would be their first back-to-back league championships since the Beavers won five straight titles in the Mid-Ohio League from 1956 to 1960. In a similar era of powerhouse teams, the 1985-90 Bluffton teams posted a 44-13 overall record but were members of a conference for just the 1985 season.