WESTMINSTER, Md. – Darnerien McCants could have given up by now, and maybe he should have given up by now. And he would have given up by now, except for one thing.
“I still dream about it,” he said. “And I figure that as long as I dream about it, I’ve got to chase it.”
In that dream, he makes a spectacular catch in the end zone in a big game, maybe even a Super Bowl. It’s a dream that’s kept him going the past eight years, with six different teams in four different leagues.
On one of the best days of Kerry Brown’s life, two of his fingers were broken and he was surrounded by more than 100,000 people who didn’t like him.
Brown, a rookie offensive lineman, attended Appalachian State, a small Division I-AA university in Boone, N.C. Last fall, the Mountaineers won at Michigan in one of the greatest upsets in college football history.
It was kind of like an ant defeating a can of Raid.
While the Cowboys have a couple of Tigers on defense in LSU alums Bradie James and Marcus Spears, they recently added one to the offense in 2007 Princeton graduate Jeff Terrell. After attending rookie minicamp with the team, Terrell was signed on Friday to be the fourth quarterback in training camp.
“It’s been pretty surreal since I got here, and I’m just trying to adjust to the speed and everything else,” said the Cleveland native.
CHAMPAIGN – Before playing Illinois this football season, Eastern Illinois is getting an Illini defensive lineman.
D’Angelo McCray, a former USA Today second-team high school All-American defensive lineman, is transferring from the Illini to Eastern.
“I just wanted to get a fresh start,” said the 6-foot-4, 330-pounder from Jacksonville, Fla. “There weren’t any hard feelings. I was working with the two-deep in the spring.”
Florida A&M and Bethune Cookman both made joint press releases to clarify their positions on the MEAC/SWAC challenge.
It has come to our attention that a recent article in the Tallahassee Democrat incorrectly indicates that we, as presidents of Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) and Florida A&M University (FAMU), support the relocation of the MEAC-SWAC Challenge football game to Orlando and to play in the MEAC-SWAC Challenge.
We wish to correct the information that was erroneously printed in the Tallahassee Democrat.
Just one blazing hot August month to go before Appalachian State’s football team begins its title defense for the third consecutive season.
Yet again, expectations equal the elevation at Boone’s Kidd Brewer Stadium.
The Mountaineers were recently picked to win their fourth straight Southern Conference Championship by the SoCon coaches and 12 players were named preseason all-conference.
HOUSTON—For the first time since the Hal Mumme years of the Southeastern football resurrection, the Lions bring back a starting quarterback this season for their fourth run in the Southland Conference.
But unlike recent years, there’s not much of an advantage there. Lions starter Brian Babin, who will be a junior, had a nice little sophomore season, throwing for 1,996 yards and 12 touchdowns with just six interceptions.
Big deal. Because this year, six other Southland teams also bring back quarterbacks — every team except for Northwestern State. And five of those six quarterbacks had a better quarterback efficiency rating than Babin did. And all but two delivered more passing yards.
GREENVILLE, S.C. — This fall Chattanooga’s football team will bring home nearly a million dollars, a lucrative payday for a season-opening trip to Oklahoma and a visit to Florida State two weekends later.
Up in Boone, N.C., Appalachian State will earn a whopping $550,000 — an enormous guarantee for a Football Championship Subdivision team — for its Aug. 30 visit to LSU. Georgia Southern will also cash-in on a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent, making $260,000 for playing at Georgia on Aug. 30.
After some exhaustive research (well, not necessarily exhaustive, but I did look pretty hard) I’ve determined that history will be made Aug. 30 in Baton Rouge.
When Appalachian State takes the field against LSU, it will mark the first time in history a defending Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1-A) national champ has opened the season against the defending Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division 1-AA) champ.
This year, Sam Houston State’s Rhett Bomar is another face in the crowd.
The spotlight has been a little diffused. And that’s the way everybody likes it.
Last year at Southland Conference Media Days, Bomar wasn’t a face because he might have been too much of a face. The problem was he was more a disfigured face from the University of Oklahoma program than a new face Sam Houston State. To avoid distractions and to allow Bomar to become more known as a Sam Houston quarterback and have a track record for the Bearkats, coach Todd Whitten did not take the highest-profile player in the conference at the time to Media Days last year.
Those who tailgate at Appalachian State University will find 126 new spaces designated for student use during football season in the Greenwood Parking Lot.
The additional spaces will be distributed by the lottery system that is currently in place for tailgating in the Raley Hall Parking Lot.
The Raley Parking Lot currently designates 156 spaces to students who wish to tailgate.
Last year, Michigan stumbled big early against Appalachian State. Could it happen again?
Michigan could have opened the season at home last year against Hawaii.
It opted to play host to Appalachian State.
Seemed like a smart move. . . . Oops.
In one Ann Arbor afternoon, the notion that a blue-blood program could “schedule” a paycheck win against a non-major program got turned on its Appalachian cart.
Appalachian State’s 34-32 victory win at Michigan over Labor Day weekend will reign as an all-time upset, blossoming as a love story and a cautionary tale.
So far, it’s been an incredible year for Nicholls State senior defensive back Lardarius Webb.
After a stellar 2007 season, Webb has attracted a lot of attention.
Heading into the 2008 season, he was named a member of the Southland Conference’s preseason first team as a defensive back and return specialist.
So I wasn’t surprised to learn that Webb was one of the most talked about players during the Southland Conference’s Football Media Days held in Houston this week.
As quarterback Joe Flacco spent another day adjusting to NFL training camp with the Ravens, the league he used to play in held its preseason media day at the ESPN Zone and boasted about the competitiveness of its teams and how much a player like Flacco helps it get even stronger.
HOUSTON - For much of the afternoon Tuesday, Ray Woodard sat by himself at a table well away from the spotlight reading preseason media guides and talking on a cell phone.
Woodard, the friendly, new Lamar University football coach, had more of a distance presence at Southland Conference Media Days. But he’s a major face in the league’s future.
This year, Woodard joked he could bring no players for preseason interviews because he really has none.
He’s building on a dream a big, long-awaited dream.