Grand Valley State football media day:

Nich Wolak • Jul 21, 2015 at 3:00 PM

The 2014 Grand Valley State football team returns 18 starters from its Division 2 national semifinalist squad, but you didn’t hear anyone get ahead of themselves during the team’s media day at Lubbers Stadium on Wednesday.

Lakers’ players and coaches gathered to take photos and discuss the upcoming season, which GVSU enters ranked No. 2 in the nation behind its last 2013 opponent — national champion Northwest Missouri State.

“We’re excited about the season,” said Lakers’ coach Matt Mitchell. “We have a lot of returners coming back from a national semifinal run, a Final Four, preseason No. 2. There’s definitely a lot of excitement. This isn’t a year where you would say it’s a rebuilding year. We have high expectations for the season, but we really don’t talk a ton about conference championships, national championship appearances — stuff like that. We’re more focused on the process, the day-to-day and trying to attack the day.

“That’s what I like most about this team: For the most part, they’ve kept their mouth shut. They’re not talking about anything, prognosticating about anything in the postseason or the finals — they’re just getting to work. Our schedule is brutal. It’s arguably one of the most difficult schedules in Division 2. Our first three opponents were 28-6 last year, so we’re really going to know where this team is at after the first three games.”

Consider Muskegon Oakridge graduate Jamie Potts one of those players keeping his mouth shut.

The junior All-American tight end will be split out as a receiver even more this year, making him that much more of an available target for quarterbacks Heath Parling and Isiah Grimes.

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