North Dakota State, who won the school’s second straight Division I national title last year and the school’s tenth overall NCAA crown, was a unanimous No. 1 in 2013 in a preseason poll conducted by the staff of CSN.
The Bison made the school’s third consecutive playoff appearance pay off in their second trip to Frisco, Texas to win a second straight national title and second straight championship game win over Sam Houston State.
NDSU will be looking to be become only the second school to win three straight national titles to join Appalachian State, who completed that feat from 2005 to 2007.
Joe Moorhead knew what he was getting into when he took the Fordham football head-coaching job in December 2011.
He was tasked with changing the culture of a program that had fallen fast — from the heights of a Patriot League championship in 2007 to the low point of a 1-10 finish in 2011, with the latter costing former coach Tom Masella his job.
The work came in DeNarius McGhee’s bedroom late at night and in the early morning hours when nobody else was training. The genesis of it was found on film by the quarterback and his new coach.
For Montana State, the results will hopefully lead to success in the Big Sky.
Northern Iowa’s football hasn’t left its backyard during the early days of fall camp.
At the same time, head coach Mark Farley wants the Panthers to gain an understanding of what it takes to win in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
“The conference, we know, is where the focus should be,” Farley said. “That’s what this camp is focused on.”
With the second week of practice in the books, things are starting to take shape for the Southern Utah football team, as it prepares for the 2013 season.
Though there is still plenty of healthy competition, and talent vying for a spot on the starting roster, some hopefuls are beginning to emerge as serious contenders and bringing clarity to what the team will look like in the season opener Aug. 29 at South Alabama.
The number 9 is the magic number on the University of Maine football team. It’s passed down from defensive star to defensive star like a family heirloom. By now, Maine’s opponents in the Colonial Athletic Association should know that the guy charging at you with the 9 on his jersey is the baddest Black Bear of them all.
This season, No. 9 on the Maine roster is senior defensive end Michael Cole, who had seven sacks in five games last season before a leg injury ended his season. Cole knows he wears No. 9 in part because of the example set by Jordan Stevens, his defensive line coach, former teammate, and former holder of the title of baddest Black Bear.
You make the call. Or maybe someone else makes the call.
Savannah State football coach Earnest Wilson says he’ll be calling his team’s plays from the sidelines this season.
“It’s hard to find someone who thinks the way you do,” said the former offensive coordinator at Hampton University who took over the Tigers’ head coaching job only two months ago.
Preseason practices are in full swing for the Morehead State football team as they get ready for the first year of the Rob Tenyer era.
This year, there is more to play for than just a number on their jersey. The winner of the Pioneer Football League, the conference that MSU plays in, will now receive an automatic bid into the Football Championship Subdivision national playoffs.
“It’s changing the landscape of the whole conference so every week there is something major on the line,” Tenyer said.
While most of the attention might be on the four-way quarterback battle at Cal Poly football training camp, it’s the defense that aims to make the biggest impact once play begins.
Senior defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz and senior linebacker Johnny Millard lead a defensive unit that lost just two starters and maintained more stability than an offense replacing its most utilized skill players and an offensive coordinator.
Preseason camp for the Marist football team will begin Friday with 105 players expected to go through opening drills. The Red Foxes head into their fifth season of Pioneer Football League action with a veteran quarterback, the top defender in the conference and one of their oldest lineups in years.
“Our program had a great summer, with a record number of guys staying on campus for offseason workouts,” said coach Jim Parady, who is entering his 22nd season. “We’re excited to have the entire football team back on campus as we pursue our goal of a Pioneer Football League championship and berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.”
The 2013 MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney will feature the Florida A&M University Rattlers of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) against the Mississippi Valley State University Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in a gridiron battle at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 1.
Drake will be in search of a third straight league title this season and if the Bulldogs get it there will be a brand new reward. For the first time the Pioneer Football League champion will earn an automatic bid to the FCS national playoffs.
Two-sport athletes are not common in college, at any level, because of the specialization of sports today.
Sophomore nose tackle T.J. Beelen plans on continuing to tackle two sports at Division I SIU this year, and beyond. A thrower on the track and field team, Beelen did very well in his first season there. This past spring, he finished third in the Missouri Valley Conference in the discus and qualified for the USA Track and Field Junior Championships in Des Moines.
“I was good at it and I’m a competitor,” Beelen said.
The burden of expectations was never this light.
The Eastern Washington University football team opened fall practice Wednesday afternoon as the third-ranked team in the land, a largely veteran group that knows there’s still room for improvement.
An 11-3 season and a berth in the national semifinals will do that for you. Call it building on success. The Eagles have been there, done better than that.