Ryan Knowles remembers the conversation he had with Pat Nolan midway through Nolan’s senior season with the Colgate University football team. It was a conversation that convinced Nolan to pursue a job in the National Football League.
“I told him, ‘You might as well explore it because you have nothing to lose,’” Knowles, Colgate’s defensive line coach, recalled. “He has his education. He’s not skipping out on school. He finished his career playing his best football.”
The North Dakota State football players got their blood going early with a 5:30 a.m. practice Thursday. For sophomore fullback Drew Hushka, he would have been there at 1:30 a.m. if asked.
“Probably, if that’s what it took,” he said.
Hushka, perhaps more than most players, embodied the spirit of the early-morning practice. He walked on to the team two years ago from Fargo Shanley with the intent of doing whatever he could for the team.
It’s a good thing Ramses Barden didn’t go pro and the Mustangs return 10 of 11 offensive starters this fall. They’re going to need all of ’em against this schedule. The worst kept secret in the Cal Poly football program was officially unveiled Thursday when the Mustangs finally announced their fall schedule.
The ’08 slate includes 11 previously reported opponents with the hopes of adding a much-needed 12th game Oct. 11.
New Orleans native has survived nature, injuries; now he’s ready for his chance.
PEORIA - Phil Brock Jr. considers himself a work in progress.
The three-time all-Southland Conference running back with Nicholls State (La.) University played a preseason game in the CFL for Edmonton last season, and had a camp tryout with AFL New Orleans in 2006. He played in one of the many alphabet soup indoor leagues last summer in 2006, with CenTexas of the Intense Football League.
The wide receiver will take on a larger role in the offense this fall.
YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State senior Ferlando Williams knows he’s going to be a big part of the team’s offense this season, but it’s something that he doesn’t spend much time thinking about.
Williams, a transfer from Georgia Military Academy and a native of Warner Robins, Ga., made a big impact last season as a wide receiver and a running quarterback for the Penguins.
STEPHENS CITY — When Sherando High School track and field coach Tom Grim was asked last week about who the Warriors’ top newcomers were this season, he didn’t want Markeith Brisco’s name to be mentioned publicly because of his concern over a hamstring injury that Brisco suffered in practice.
“I don’t want to get too excited about him,” Grim said.
Brisco was plenty excited for both of them Wednesday at the City/County Meet at Sherando High School’s Arrowhead Stadium.
With five months until the kick-off of the 2008 season, the Appalachian State University football team has already begun making preparations for a fourth-straight title march.
Last week the Mountaineers wrapped up their 15 allotted spring practices for the year. The majority of the practice sessions were spent on individual and team drills, with an inter-squad scrimmage on the final day of practice.
Offensive coordinator Sean Devine barked answers into the phone the other day like he was still a player, one ready to take the field and tackle somebody.
The University of New Hampshire football team is five days away from opening spring practice and, no, the departure of Ricky Santos does not have coaches curled up in fetal positions, afraid to come out of the Field House.
[Ed.’s note: Former Harvard WR Corey Mazza will be checking in once a week from Italy where he’s playing for the Parma Panthers of the Italian (American) Football League.]
COUNTDOWN TO SEASON OPENER: 2 DAYS
I’ve always dreamt of playing football on Sundays, and now, finally, it’s almost a reality.
Kyles not eligible until 2009.
STATESBORO - Nick Kyles is working hard today for a shot at playing tomorrow.
He’s a 6-foot-2, 198-pound wide receiver in Georgia Southern’s spring football camp, a junior who won’t be eligible until the 2009 season after transferring from Division II Albany State.
But the Eagles’ coaching staff sees a hidden talent who is big, strong and runs good routes.
So Kyles wants to keep impressing his new coaches and hopes for delayed rewards.
The return of football to East Tennessee State University may be on the horizon.
But if football eventually does make a comeback at ETSU, it could look much different than it did when the Buccaneers’ now-dormant program played its final game, a last-second 16-14 win over The Citadel on Nov. 22, 2003, at Memorial Center.
A proposal to create an independent conference for non-scholarship football teams composed of Atlantic Sun member schools (and current Pioneer Football League schools) is now in the beginning stages.
Southern and McNeese State finally schedule the game cancelled in 2005 from Hurricane Rita, and Southern and Alabama State are close to inking a 4-year deal for the Gulf Coast Classic.
Southern’s return date to play a football game at McNeese State is finally in sight, though still a few years away.
The Jaguars and the Cowboys are now scheduled to play Sept. 18, 2010, in Lake Charles.
Southern and McNeese State were to have played Sept. 3, 2005, in Lake Charles, but that game was called off in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which hit south Louisiana and the Gulf Coast earlier that week.
CAASports.com plans to follow the 2008 spring action which leads up the to the second year of CAA Football. Various student-athletes will be contributing to the second edition of the CAASports.com Spring Football Blog throughout the offseason to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at what CAA Football student-athletes are doing leading up to and during their spring practice seasons.
Manhasset — As he sat in his wheelchair reflecting on the accident that left him a quadriplegic, Deacon Frank Bice expressed no regrets.
“If I could change things, I don’t know if I would,” Deacon Bice said, as he explained how a broken neck sustained during a Siena College football game left him paralyzed 28 years ago. Though his life is far different than he imagined, “everything I ever prayed for has come true.
Earl Hanson starred at Montana State and is very modest about his success.
Earl Hanson, former Montana State linebacker, helped the Bobcats to two Big Sky Conference championships and three wins over their rival UM Grizzlies in the 1960s. And like most successful athletes, he is modest when it comes to his accomplishments.