Two preseason college football publications — Lindy’s and Sporting News — have ranked the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys in their 2010 preseason NCAA Division II top 25 polls.
The Wonder Boys are ranked No. 21 by Lindy’s, while Sporting News has tabbed Arkansas Tech as the No. 23 team in the nation.
Tech is coming off a 2009 season that saw the Wonder Boys finish 9-3 overall and 6-2 in Gulf South Conference play. Arkansas Tech was the GSC runner-up and the Wonder Boys reached the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Head coach Steve Mullins will welcome 10 returning starters — four on offense and six on defense — and a total of 45 returning lettermen when the Wonder Boys convene for preseason practice in August.
Mullins is entering his 14th season as Arkansas Tech’s head football coach. He is the Wonder Boys’ all-time leader in career wins as head football coach (85) and he is a three-time GSC coach of the year (1999, 2004 and 2009).
Arkansas Tech will open its 2010 campaign with a 7 p.m. non-conference game against Lambuth University (Tenn.) at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field on Thursday, Sept. 2.