Eastern Illinois wide receiver Erik Lora and Arkansas-Pine Bluff defensive lineman Brandon Thurmond headline the 2012 AFCA Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America Team announced today by the American Football Coaches Association.
Jovan Belcher’s college head football coach remembered him as a “tremendous student-athlete,” in a release from the University of Maine Saturday afternoon.
“His move to the NFL was in keeping with his dreams,” said coach Jack Cosgrove. “This is an indescribably horrible tragedy. At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with Jovan, Kasandra and their families.”
Morgan State football coach Donald Hill-Eley said he might soon be out of a job after he accidentally received an e-mail earlier this week outlining the university’s plans to seek his replacement.
If Stony Brook plans to contend for the Football Championship Subdivision national title, backup quarterback Lyle Negron must play a major role. Negron is listed as the starter for the Seawolves’ second-round matchup with third-seeded Montana State Saturday night at 7 (ET) at Bobcat Stadium, but starter Kyle Essington, who has a painful thigh contusion, is likely to see spot duty.
Defensive end Nate Palmer and his fellow seniors on Illinois State’s football team didn’t want it out of their hands again.
They wanted to assure postseason play by winning the Missouri Valley Conference and its automatic bid to the 20-team Division I Football Championship tournament.
As one of FCS Football’s premier conferences, CAA Football certainly has no shortage of news and notes from around the league. Here are some of the latest storylines coming out of the conference and Saturday’s matchups featuring New Hampshire and Old Dominion in Second Round postseason play.
Georgia Southern Athletic Director talks about move to FBS
Georgia Southern University’s move from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision appears to be picking up steam.
With realignment in major college football, Georgia Southern Athletic Director Tom Kleinlein says a move is in the works.
The little Northeast Conference grew up considerably with Wagner College’s historic 31-20 victory over nationally-ranked Colgate in the NCAA football playoffs last weekend.
It took years of perseverance for the NEC to land an automatic berth into the Football Championship Subdivision national tournament, but just one glorious afternoon on Grymes Hill for the conference to demonstrate that it finally had arrived.
Montana State’s No. 1 priority this week? Zero in on Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet.
It’s easier said than done, based solely on Maysonet’s reputation as one of the truly elite running backs in the country.
It’s Year 3 of Jeff Monken’s reign as head football coach at Georgia Southern.
And each season under Monken, the Eagles have advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Monken hopes that experience provides an edge when fifth-seeded Southern plays host to Southland Conference champion Central Arkansas on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Paulson Stadium.
It couldn’t have been fun for Villanova to first try tackling 230-pound battering ram Marcus Coker and then the shifty Miguel Maysonet in Stony Brook’s 20-10 first-round Football Championship Subdivision playoff win Saturday. The Wildcats got hit 54 times by the best 1-2 punch at the FCS level and maybe anywhere.
Although Maysonet led the way with 160 yards rushing on 25 carries, the 107 yards Coker netted on a season-high 29 carries appeared to take even more of a physical toll on Villanova’s defense. Coker gained 52 of those yards on the Seawolves’ epic opening 98-yard, 21-play drive.
Based on the evidence, offensive balance is overrated as far as the Wofford College football team is concerned.
“We’re going to run the football,” the Terriers say. “Try to stop us.”
North Dakota State was named the No. 1 seed for the Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. It was a nice reward, and it guarantees the Bison home-field advantage throughout the playoffs as long as they win.
That’s the good news.
History tells us it could also be bad news. Since 1995, only two No. 1 seeds have held court and won a national title – Montana in 2001 and Appalachian State in 2006. Six others, including Sam Houston State last year, reached the title game but lost.
Stony Brook quarterback Kyle Essington was the runaway national leader in FCS passing efficiency this season, but he likely will watch the Seawolves’ first-round playoff game against Villanova from the sidelines Saturday afternoon at LaValle Stadium. Coach Chuck Priore said Essington is “questionable” with a right thigh contusion suffered in the regular-season finale at Liberty.
For USD’s football team, the 2012 season comes down to one day, one game.
The Toreros (7-3, 6-1) take their five-game winning streak against Marist (4-6, 3-4 ) Saturday, Dec. 1 at noon Pacific time in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. It’s a make-up game that was postponed Nov. 3 due to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy.
Beat Marist, and the Toreros share the Pioneer Football League title with Butler and Drake.
Lose, and it’s been a nice season, but not a great season. For the Toreros, it will be their second straight PFL title if they beat Marist.