For Youngstown State senior punter Ben Nowicki, life after football might involve becoming a sports agent, since the Gilbert, Ariz., native had was successful selling himself to the Penguins.
After the 6-foot, 170-pounder graduated from Mesquite High School, he enrolled at Mesa Community College where he had a great freshman season, leading the nation in punting with a 44.2 yard per average and earning first team All-National Junior College Athletic Association honors.
The 2009 edition of the North Dakota State football team lost a boatload – pun intended, fellow floodsters – of seniors from last year. There was some major college talent in that group, too.
Gone are running back Tyler Roehl, linebacker Ramon Humber, safety Nick Schommer and receiver Kole Heckendorf, all of whom perked the eyes of NFL scouts last month during NDSU’s “pro day.” In all, the Bison lost 14 starters.
The defending Big Sky Conference champions looked like of that on offense as the Wildcats ran through their second 90 minute scrimmage of the Spring practice season.
On one of the most spring-like days Montana State’s football team has experienced during spring drills, the Bobcat offense played much of Saturday’s scrimmage at an fall-like tempo.
The Old Dominion University football team wrapped up its spring practice session on Saturday with the Blue-White scrimmage at Powhatan Field in Norfolk. The offense used a 6-yard touchdown run by Desmond Williams on the final play of the game to escape with a 27-21 victory over the Monarch defense.
The Prairie View A&M University football team began the second week of spring drills with an emphasis on remaining healthy in addition to preparing for its inaugural coaches clinic on Saturday, April 11.
“We’re still working on installing some of our packages, identifying playmakers and trying to get healthy,” said head coach Henry Frazier III. “Several of our players have muscle injuries so we’re limited in some areas but overall I like the effort our players are giving.”
NORFOLK - Bobby Wilder stood surrounded by chaos. He had sand on his woven brown loafers, a hard hat in place of the cap usually atop his head and a huge smile on his face.
Old Dominion’s football coach gazed out at heaps of gravel and clusters of heavy equipment crawling along like huge, beeping caterpillars. As he took in the maze of construction that will gussy up Foreman Field for the Monarchs’ season opener on Sept. 5, Wilder saw something entirely different.
St. Joseph by-the-Sea linebacker Ted Clohessy has given a verbal commitment to play football at Wagner College on a partial athletic scholarship, the Advance has learned.
The 17-year-old Clohessy, who garnered Advance All Star honors as a linebacker/strong safety following the 2008 campaign, said he’s watched Wagner College football games since he was a kid and is glad to be joining the Seahawks’ program.
Cheryl Levick says she became Georgia State’s athletics director because it’s a perfect fit for her. Whether she proves to be a perfect for the university will depend largely on how well she completes the task predecessor Mary McElroy started — building a football program.
McElroy’s unexpected firing in December left Levick little time to get up to speed, but Maryland’s former second-in-command believes she’s ready. She speaks of “big, hairy audacious goals” though she says she hasn’t had time to define any. The clock on her five-year contract started ticking March 30, and she spoke to the Journal-Constitution about how she’ll approach the challenge.
“You should be embarrassed.”
As darkness slowly crept over Johnny Unitas Stadium, new Towson head football coach Rob Ambrose made it crystal clear to his players that he wasn’t thrilled with their lack of intensity during the team’s third practice of the spring last week.
“There are some of you — and it is noticeable — that are going in the right direction,” he said sternly, briefly pausing between each thought to make his words sink in. “When you wear this jersey, there’s an expectation that goes with it. … If you want to be called men, then grow the hell up.”
Delaware State wants a record pay day. Norfolk State just wants a day off.
The conference rivals, accustomed to knocking heads on the football field, are beginning early this year, in a tussle over scheduling.
The Hornets, hoping to bank $500,000 by playing at Michigan, have asked Norfolk State to move a game at Delaware State from Nov. 14 to Oct. 3. The problem, that’s the Spartans’ open date. Move the game, and NSU would play 10 straight weeks without a break - after four weeks of preseason camp.
Jackson State will not be able to schedule an 11th game unless the date of the Capital City Classic is changed, athletic director Bob Braddy insists.
Braddy would like to see the game against Alcorn State moved to Thanksgiving day or, at least, during that week. The switch would open Nov. 21 for another nonconference game.
“We get inquiries (about playing) all the time,” Braddy said. “Certainly, we’d love to have a money game. … We’ve got Southeastern Louisiana, UAB and other schools in Alabama.
Reggie Barlow messed up.
The second-year Alabama State head coach readily admits now that bringing in offensive coordinator Ben Noonan and his spread offense last year was a mistake. It was a hasty move that was destined for failure from the start, mostly because that style of offense couldn’t take advantage of the Hornets’ biggest offensive weapon.
The University of Maine football teams enters its 118th season of intercollegiate football in 2009 with an all-time record of 476-452-38 for a winning percentage of 51.2 percent.
OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens have scheduled University of Maine defensive end/outside linebacker Jovan Belcher for a visit.
In a telephone interview, Belcher said he’s set to visit the Ravens on April 13 and the Cincinnati Bengals on April 15.
He’s currently projected as a late-round draft pick or a priority undrafted free agent.