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  • DJRamFan
    Suny Brockport 2004 Football Season Preview
    by DJRamFan
    As a Brockport grad student, I thought I'd pass this along to all of you :redface:

    Featuring comments from Coach Rocco Salomone

    A “new tradition” awaits the 2004 SUNY Brockport football team, if you will. A tradition will be built beginning this season when the Golden Eagles begin play in the Atlantic Central Football Conference. Yet, the “old tradition” is something to be quite proud of. Brockport is one of only five teams in the country that enters this fall looking to make the NCAA Division III playoffs for the fifth straight season. The Golden Eagles are tied for 11th with 36 victories since the start of the 2000 season, and 12th in winning percentage (.818) in the new century among Division III schools.
    The schedule not only features the new ACFC rivals, but also teams that have many NCAA post-season trips of their own. Brockport hosts Rowan, a team that has become a rival due to recent memorable playoff meetings. The College of New Jersey and Ithaca also have post-season histories, and local rival St. John Fisher provides a tough Homecoming test at Special Olympics Stadium.
    Led by a veteran cast that features nine returning starters on offense and seven on the defensive side, Brockport is poised for another run towards the tournament this fall.

    For the last 10 to 15 years, the defense has been a strength for the program. The consistently strong play of the defensive unit has made impressions in the trenchs and on the national leader board as well. Brockport, which has consistently been ranked in national Division III rankings in scoring defense and total defense in recent years, was in the top 17 in both categories last year.
    “I think the bar has been set pretty high for us,” said Salomone. “As long as we can keep our guys playing with enthusiasm and with pursuit of the ball, I think we can continue to have a strong defensive unit.”

    Many players who started as well as others who saw significant time provide the Golden Eagles with a unit that can continue the success of defenses in the past. Ryan Bierley, who was a 2002 All-American, returns after a year off and returns up front. Last season did not feature a senior defensive lineman, so the newcomers and fresh faces of a year ago have a year under their belt. Matt Gates posted 36 tackles and 11 tackles for losses, including eight stops against The College of New Jersey in the big regular season finale must-win contest. Drew Smith had 17 tackles and returns as a front line starter. Watch for Anthony W. Mariani, Nathan Raggi and Adam Collister to also provide their experience and talent to the front line this fall.
    “The addition of Ryan Bierley is so important for us. He had 79 tackles and 13 for losses in his All-American season. We are pleased to have him back. The young guys, mostly sophomores, who played last season gained a lot of experience that should pay off for...
    -08-10-2004, 10:30 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Cardinal Opens Pac-10 Play vs. Oregon
    by DJRamFan
    Stanford returns to action after a bye last week

    Sept. 25, 2005

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    Date: October 1, 2005

    Kickoff: 2:00 pm

    Site: Stanford, CA

    Television: No live television

    Radio: KNEW, 910 am (Tim Roye, Bob Murphy)

    Campus Radio: KZSU, 90.1 fm

    Internet: (live audio, live stats)

    The Series: Stanford leads series 43-24-1

    Last Meeting: Oregon 16, Stanford 13, at Stanford, 11/23/04

    Series Notes: Oregon has won last three meetings


    Cardinal Opens Pac-10 Play at Home Against Oregon

    Stanford (1-1) opens the Pacific-10 Conference season on Saturday, October 1 with a home date against Oregon (3-1, 0-1) ... The Cardinal is coming off a bye week after opening the season with a road win at Navy and a home loss to UC Davis ... Stanford will play eight consecutive conference games and the season finale vs. Notre Dame ... The Ducks got off to a 3-0 start and were ranked No. 25 in the nation before losing last Saturday to top-ranked USC, 45-13 ... The Ducks led early 13-0 before the Trojans scored 45 unanswered points ... ...Oregon won its three non-conference games against Houston, Montana and Fresno State while averaging over 40 points scored in those games ... The Ducks have won the last three meetings with Stanford, including a 16-13 win at Stanford Stadium last season.

    Stanford to Honor Hall of Fame Class of 2005

    Stanford's Hall of Fame Class of 2005 will be honored at halftime on Saturday's game against Oregon ... The group of seven individuals and an Olympic Crew will be formally inducted in the Hall of Fame on Friday, September 30 ... The Class includes men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery, currently the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, women's tennis All-American and NCAA champion Sandra Birch, All-American and U.S. Olympic water polo player Doug Burke, football All-American Ed Cummings, baseball All-American Eric Hardgrave, All-American, Olympian and NCAA swimmer Janel Jorgensen, Chuck Evans, one of the school's all-time great football players, and a group of Olympic rowers that includes Conn Findlay, Kurt Seiffert, Kent Mitchell and Ed Ferry.

    Remaining Schedule Includes Five Ranked Teams

    Stanford's remaining schedule includes five teams currently ranked among the nation's top-25 who have combined for a 16-2 record to date ... The Cardinal's final nine opponents have an aggregate record of 25-8 and a winning percentage of .758 ... Among Stanford's future opponents are No. 1 ranked USC (3-0), No. 11 Cal (4-0), No. 14 Notre Dame (3-1), No. 15 Arizona State (3-1) and No. 20 UCLA...
    -09-25-2005, 05:11 PM
  • RamsFan16
    Iowa, we're on to you
    by RamsFan16
    Iowa, we're on to you
    Hawkeyes too good to hoodwink nation once again
    Posted: Wednesday August 3, 2005 10:26AM; Updated: Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:40PM

    CHICAGO -- For three straight seasons, the Iowa Hawkeyes have won at least 10 games and finished in the top 10 of the final polls, each time after the preseason pollsters declared, in a nutshell, "There's no way can they do it again."

    No more.

    Various preview magazines and Web sites (including this one), apparently tired of being duped, have definitively declared the 2005 Hawkeyes to be a preseason top 10 team, in many cases ranking them ahead of Big Ten stalwarts Ohio State and/or Michigan (against whom Iowa has gone 3-2 and shared two of the past three league titles). Hawkeyes receiver Ed Hinkel is a tad perplexed about the timing of such predictions. "If anything, we should probably be lower than we have been in the past," the fifth-year senior said Tuesday at Big Ten media days. "I don't think we're as far ahead now as we've been in the past."

    Nice try, Ed, but you're not going to be pulling another fast one on us this year. Four new starters on the defensive line, two of whom have to replace All-Americans Matt Roth and Jonathan Babineaux? No proven running back? Injuries and inexperience at safety? Boo hoo. After watching Iowa go 10-2 last season despite losing two of its first four games, including an embarrassing 44-7 blowout at Arizona State, and despite losing a staggering four running backs to season-ending injuries and finishing 116th (out of 117) in the country in rushing offense, it's clear by now that no hurdle is too great for a Kirk Ferentz-coached team to overcome.

    In fact, each of the past three years has followed virtually the same script in Iowa City. Following a breakthrough, 11-2 season in 2002, the Hawkeyes had to replace Heisman runner-up quarterback Brad Banks, All-America tight end Dallas Clark and four starters off a powerful offensive line. What did they do in 2003? Go conservative on offense, make big plays on defense and special teams and beat Florida in the Outback Bowl to complete a 10-3 season.

    Last year, same story. Seven new starters on offense, no more Robert Gallery pancaking helpless defensive linemen, no more Bob Sanders making big plays in the secondary. And that was before all the running back injuries. Yet after struggling early, Iowa managed to finish the season on an eight-game winning streak, as first-year QB Drew Tate capped an All-Big Ten season with a game-winning, 56-yard touchdown pass to beat LSU as time expired in the Capital One Bowl.

    "I really don't know how we did it," Hinkel said of last year's improbable season. "One of our mottos we have posted all over our [football] complex is 'Find A Way.' That's what we did. It wasn't pretty; we weren't really a stats team. The only stat that...
    -08-10-2005, 06:49 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Iowa State coach certain Cyclones will be contenders
    by DJRamFan
    By Daniel Berk University Daily Kansan
    Lawrence, KS (U-WIRE) -- Iowa State was the surprise of the Big 12 Conference last year, taking advantage of a weak division to earn a piece of the Big 12 North crown.

    Last season, the Cyclones were picked to finish near the bottom of the conference. They hadn't captured a football trophy since 1912.

    This season, Iowa State coach Dan McCarney said he was hopeful the Cyclones would continue to improve and contend for the Big 12 Championship again.

    "We have rewritten the history books at Iowa State," McCarney said. "We have done things the school and program has never done in football, and yet we have lots and lots of room to improve. I am proud of what we have done."

    Iowa State finished the season winning five of its last six games, including a victory against Miami of Ohio in the Independence Bowl. The only game the Cyclones dropped during that stretch was a 17-14 match against the Missouri Tigers in the final regular season game of the year.

    A victory in that game would have given the Cyclones sole possession of the Big 12 North division, and would have sent them into the Big 12 Championship game against the Oklahoma Sooners.

    Leading the charge for the Cyclones this season will be sophomore quarterback Bret Meyer. Meyer started all 12 games for Iowa State last season, and accumulated 122 rushing yards in the Independence Bowl.

    McCarney said in order for the Cyclones to have another successful season, Meyer would have to continue to improve.

    "There is a tremendous upside to Bret Meyer," McCarney said. "It is just a matter of improving, doing the little things right, and picking up where he left off last year."

    Meyer will be joined in the backfield by junior running back Stevie Hicks. Hicks ran for more than 1,000 yards last season and will take the pressure off Meyer on offense.

    Also important on offense will be sophomore wide receiver Todd Blythe. Blythe was named to the Big 12 Media Preseason Football Team after wowing opponents by catching nine touchdowns and leading the conference last year with 21.4 yards per catch.

    Another target for Meyer will be junior wide receiver Austin Flynn. Flynn saw time at quarterback last year, but was moved to wide receiver in the off season to make room for Meyer.

    On defense, the Cyclones will have to replace first-team All-Big 12 cornerback Ellis Hobbs. Hobbs was the only Cyclone chosen in the NFL draft. Senior safety Nik Moser will be expected to replace Hobbs as the leader in the secondary.

    Another stand-out on defense will be senior defensive tackle Nick Leaders. Leaders is a four-year starter who coaches named second-team All-Big 12. Last season, Leaders racked up 50 tackles and led...
    -08-29-2005, 06:11 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Team deserves more credit for recent performance
    by DJRamFan
    By Adam Brewer
    Published: Friday, October 14, 2005

    With the season almost halfway over for the Slippery Rock University football team and a 2-4 record thus far, some people might have lost faith in the team this year and maybe even in years to come, but in my opinion I think we all need to be patient with this young team.

    On this year's squad there are only six seniors, and there are so many inexperienced players who are now just learning their positions.

    In the next few years the Rock will get better because they have gained leadership and experience from the past few losing seasons.

    Some people might think that the Rock record is a disappointment, but I think it's an impressive record because of the quality of its opponents.

    Week one opponent was Bloomsburg, who is ranked seventh in the recent American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches' Poll and holds a 7-0 (2-0 PSAC East).

    If you can remember, the Rock did have a 24-6 lead over Bloomsburg midway through the third quarter, but thanks to the Rock's inexperience and turnovers, Bloomsburg quickly recovered and scored 21 points in the quarter, which lead to a 40-24 loss for the Rock.

    One week later, the Rock traveled to Division I-AA Youngstown State and lost in a blowout, which seems to be a yearly tradition for the Youngstown State and Slippery Rock "rivalry." Can somebody tell me why we travel to Youngstown State every year and get blown out every year?

    The Rock's first home game of the 2005 season was against Shepherd University. Even though the Rock was 3-0 against Shepherd prior to the game this season, Shepherd came into N. Kerr Thompson Stadium with confidence, even as an underrated team.

    Shepherd won the game 24-7 as the Rock moved the ball, but couldn't get in the endzone after scoring a touchdown on its first possession of the game.

    Shepherd now holds a 7-0 record and is ranked 16th in the AFCA poll. Actually, Shepherd's last loss came against the Rock in 2004, so that just tells you how consistent Shepherd has been over the past two years.

    Last week's loss was a bitter one after winning two straight, but Indiana's 3-3 record does not tell you how good Indiana is this season. Indiana now stands at the top of the PSAC West, and might stay there as the season comes to an end.

    Even though the Rock is two games below .500, the most important thing is that the Rock is 2-1 in the PSAC West and is tied for second.

    Nobody expected the Rock to even come close to competing for a playoff spot and some even predicted the Rock to win no games in the PSAC West. So this season, its record might not show it, but they have surpassed my expectations, and the future for the Rock football program looks good.
    -10-15-2005, 10:17 AM