*The Portland State football program opens spring practice with the intent of making a bigger jump in improvement over last year. The Vikings come off a 4-7 season, one game better than the 3-8 mark of 2007. Spring football begins on April 20 with practice at Stott Community Field.
Fall-like temperatures greeted the Catamount Football team on Friday morning for the first practice in full pads of Western Carolina’s 2009 spring drills at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.
Let the battle begin.
While the start of Central Connecticut’s spring football season will bring little more than practices and occasional scrimmages to begin the road towards this fall’s season, rabid football fans tend to read things into every move a team makes, particularly at the college level.
So while head coach Jeff McInerney tries to install his systems and get some players into new roles, all most people will watch is the quarterbacks.
The Sam Houston State Bearkats put on the full pads earlier this week and are about ready to start hitting each other in more of a game setting.
The Bearkats will hold an 80-play scrimmage on Saturday morning, their first of the spring. The Bearkats will hold two sets of 25-play scrimmages and then break for some work in the kicking game. They then will have a goal line scrimmage and then run some plays coming out of the end zone.
Out of the nine football teams in the Ohio Valley Conference, seven have a turf other than natural grass. That number will soon be eight, because when the Colonels kick off their 2009 season, it will be on a newly installed synthetic turf.
On March 13, Hanger Field in Roy Kidd Stadium began preparations for the installation of synthetic turf. At this time, Vescio Sports Fields, the winning bidder on the project, is surveying the current field, finding out where utility lines are and how deep they are, said Assistant Athletic Director for Operations Dan McBride.
In the end, a visit to the campus was all it took for Scott Kajmo to decide he wanted to play football at Lafayette College.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound senior lineman, who helped Archbishop Wood advance to the PIAA Class AAA state championship game, knew he wanted to join head coach Frank Tavani’s program after spending 24 hours on campus.
Rick Comegy has noticed something about Tray Rutland.
The Jackson State coach can see it in his quarterback’s mannerisms - something just a little different.
Back to back games with teams from the Mountain West Conference, a Division I FCS playoff game rematch with nationally ranked Cal Poly, and the always tough Big Sky Conference schedule are ahead in 2009 for the Weber State University Wildcats. All 11 teams on the schedule are NCAA Division I BCS or FCS teams. There are no Division II, III or NAIA teams on the slate in 2009.
HARRISONBURG - It’s not BCS money, but James Madison turned a small profit by hosting three rounds of the NCAA Division I-AA football playoffs this past season, according to the university.
Figured finalized last month show that JMU took in $37,301 on the three games, mostly in ticket sales, but incurred $22,462 in additional costs because of housing and meals for the athletes during the school’s Thanksgiving break.
That translated into a $14,839 profit.
Four former Sam Houston State student-athletes – three football players and one from baseball – will comprise the 2009 male inductees for the Hall of Honor.
The late James M. “Sonny” Hair, Billy Hayes, Ryan Klaus and Mike Nau have been selected by the Sam Houston Lettermen’s Association as the latest to join the Hall of Honor.
J. D. Kappeler, a graduate of the University of South Dakota, has joined McNeese State as an assistant football coach.
CARBONDALE - In 2006, Southern Illinois University’s football team became the first squad from the Missouri Valley Football Conference to ever beat a Big Ten team. In 2012, the Salukis hope to become the first to beat Missouri, as SIU announced a Sept. 8 game that year in Columbia, Mo., Wednesday.
Howard Feggins brought the heat Wednesday night at South Carolina State football practice.
The second-year wide receivers coach showed off a strong arm during a receiving drill. With Feggins firing hard passes at close range and from different trajectories, the wide receivers did their best to make the difficult reception or face his ire and teasing from teammates.
NAU seniors Robbie Dehaze and K.J. Gerard have a chance to continue their football careers as they prepare for the upcoming NFL draft on April 25-26 in New York City.
The two seniors participated at ASU’s Pro Day on Friday, March 20. The event was an ample opportunity for Gerard and Dehaze to showcase their abilities to several NFL scouts.