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. Log on each Wednesday beginning March 26 to get a behind-the-scenes look at what CAA Football student-athletes are doing leading up to and during their spring practice seasons.
Who will be making up the 575 yards and nine catches of Gerard Landry and the 737 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground and the other 566 yards and five touchdowns through the air of Darren Coates?
This was what Southern, 8-3 last season, was trying to figure out as spring practice began Tuesday.
Three years. Three different head coaches. Three new schemes.
Some Drake football players were torn by the constant change in the program over the past few years.
“Much of it has been nerve-racking,” running back Michael Bialas said, “but exciting at the same time.”
New coach Chris Creighton looks to bring some stability to the program this season, starting Wednesday with the opening of spring practice.
WR Chance Carrick, who will be attending Iona in the fall, will be playing in the NY/NJ All-Star Classic.
The 11th annual Nike New York-New Jersey All-Star Classic will have a Howell High School flavor.
Coach Cory Davies, who guided the Rebels to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Central Jersey Group IV football title, will be New Jersey’s offensive coordinator.
Chance Carrick, one of the top receivers in the Shore Conference, was named to the New Jersey roster in the seniors-only event. The game will take place June 8 at 3 p.m. at Rutgers University. It will be broadcast on WWOR-TV 9.
Cleve McCoy threw a few balls and then did what he had been expecting – moved to wide receiver.
That’s not to say the record-setting South Carolina State quarterback’s passes were bad, actually, he was told he had good velocity on his ball. But, after McCoy, who measured in at 6-1 and 225 pounds, ran a 4.55 in the 40 and displayed a 35-inch vertical jump at South Carolina State’s Pro Day at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium Tuesday, he became a very intriguing prospect at slot receiver. So, a Saints scout split McCoy out, gave him a few routes to run, and started slinging passes – around 20 total – in his direction. He didn’t drop a one.
K Jason Fralicker and C/G Jason Hobbs are working on their game in the Arena League.
A Bishop Maginn graduate and former standout signal caller at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is not only one of three local players on this season’s roster, but he will also be one of the keys to success for the Conquest, who open the arenafootballball2 season Saturday at the Mahoning Valley Thunder.
CONWAY – Coastal Carolina football coach David Bennett said quarterback Jamie Childers will remain on top of the depth chart for Sunday’s scrimmage.
Of course, the qualifier is this could be a fluid situation according to Bennett. It would be no surprise if Zach MacDowall was starting the spring game next week.
Sam Houston State is hoping to fix problems in their secondary during spring workouts.
There is no question that one of Sam Houston State’s biggest problems on defense last season came in the secondary. The Bearkats ranked sixth out of eight Southland Conference teams in passing defense, giving up an average of 213 yards a game.
Crusaders add 22 incoming freshmen to the roster for this fall.
WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head football coach Tom Gilmore has announced the 2008 incoming class for the Crusaders. Twenty-two student-athletes will join the Holy Cross program for the 2008-2009 academic year.
As spring practice starts, challenges await for the Hornets.
DOVER – Al Lavan has maintained an important principle during his more than 35 years of coaching football: Forget your accolades.
That’s not easy, particularly when a team comes off a season like Delaware State had in 2007. But Lavan will be preaching his mantra when the Hornets open spring practice tonight at Alumni Stadium.
Late March is the time when winter moves aside for the arrival of spring.
Like the weather. South Carolina State defensive back Phillip Adams is going through his own change of season. Much of the Rock Hill native’s winter was spent on the hardwood as a backup point guard for the Bulldog basketball team.
With hoops season over, the Rock Hill native had to make the quick transition from fighting through pick and rolls in the backcourt, back to battling wide receivers for picks in the secondary. After collecting three interceptions against rising sophomore Malcolm Long during SCSU’s first spring practice on Monday, Adams is apparently back in football-mode again.
CARBONDALE - Travis Stepps had his chance to move up the ladder, but didn’t think he was quite ready.
The lone holdover from Jerry Kill’s staff said the opportunity to stay in place, and keep some of the players that he’d coached for the last four years, was too good to give up. Stepps is beginning his fifth year as Southern Illinois University’s cornerbacks coach this spring.
Tim Hickman has been associated with the University of Missouri since the early 1990s. Missouri is the state’s flagship institution, one with an established and well–respected NCAA Division I athletic program with a $44 million budget.
UND is a flagship institution as well. But the school’s athletic department is heading into uncharted waters as it is making the leap to Division I athletics next fall.
QB Redshirts Welch, Weidman will be getting a spring look, but Sam Houston St. QB’s job is secure.
Sam Houston State quarterback Rhett Bomar doesn’t have to worry about losing his starting job, which allows him to gradually get back into shape after a knee injury sidelined him for the final two games of last season.
Dan Conley has been passionate about football since 1975, when he was just 4 years old.
It was then that the Carnegie native met his hero, Jack Lambert.
Conley, who ironically went on to play linebacker himself in his favorite sport and now will coach linebackers at Syracuse University, met Lambert and did something most young fans didn’t get to do back then; he carried “Dracula’s” luggage.