Athletics: Football

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Program Overview:

THE LAST 14 YEARS

.675 WINNING PERCENTAGE

7 CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

10 PLAYOFF APPEARANCES

15 ALL-AMERICANS

4 OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

4 DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

FINISHED #8 IN THE COUNTRY IN FINAL POLL OF 2007

87 PLAYERS SELECTED TO THE CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL

FROM 2000-2010 EVERY FRESHMAN CLASS WON A
CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Muhlenberg football program has a true family atmosphere – and since 2000, a winning one too. The Mules have won more than 70 percent of their Centennial Conference games in the last 14 years.

Muhlenberg went 41-14 from 2000 to 2004, earning playoff berths all five years and tying for the Centennial Conference championship the last four. The team set a school record with 10 wins in 2002 and earned its first bid to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Round of 16. The Mules made NCAAs again in 2003 and 2004.

After a couple of rebuilding years, Muhlenberg came back with its best season ever in 2007, going undefeated in the regular season for the first time and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Mules were ranked in the top 10 in Division III at the end of the season. The 2008 team repeated as CC champs, rising to No. 2 in one national poll.

After another rebuilding year, Muhlenberg stormed back to the top of the CC in 2010, tying for its seventh title in 10 years.

The team is characterized by excellence in all three facets of the game:

The offense has averaged more than 400 yards per game five times in the last decade. The Mules topped the 40-point mark four times in both 1999 and 2000, five times in 2001, seven times in 2002, twice in 2003, and three times in 2008, averaging more than 30 points per game in five of those seasons. The 2007 squad led the Centennial Conference in scoring offense. The program’s all-time leaders in rushing, passing, receiving and all-purpose yardage have all played since 2000.

The improvement of the defense elevated the program to championship level. Muhlenberg recorded a total of eight shutouts from 2000 to 2004 and ranked among the Division III leaders in pass efficiency defense all five years. The 2004 Mules led Division III in total defense and also ranked in the top five in rushing defense, scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. In 2007, Muhlenberg finished in the top 10 in Division III in six defensive categories.

The Mule defense has allowed fewer than 300 yards and 20 points per game for 13 straight regular seasons.

The Mule special teams led the country in kickoff returns in 1999 and have been at or near the top of the CC in all special teams categories Muhlenberg football since then. Muhlenberg has blocked 77 kicks and scored 25 touchdowns on special teams the last 16 seasons.

The team’s slogan is "Dig In." Like their mascot, these Mules are stubborn, with an emphasis on hitting, hustling and giveaways and takeaways.

Muhlenberg annually plays a 10-game schedule that runs from early September to mid-November. Included on the slate are nine Centennial Conference contests, including the season finale against archrival Moravian. At least one game every year is broadcast on local television.

The Mules field a squad of about 100 players. For those players not at the top of the varsity depth chart, five junior varsity games are played.

Muhlenberg plays its home games in a state-of-the-art AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D stadium (resurfaced in 2008), where it averages close to a capacity (3,000) crowd.