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  • Godfrey, Kniess earn D2Football.com All-America honors

    Brian Godfrey named to second-team honors;
    Josh Kniess receives honorable mention status

    Dec. 21, 2004

    Slippery Rock, Pa. - Rock standouts Brian Godfrey and Josh Kniess were named to All-America honors by D2Football.com.

    Godfrey, a senior nose tackle from Cheswick and Springdale High School, earned second-team All-America honors.

    Kniess, a junior running back and return specialist from Butler and Slippery Rock High School, was received honorable mention status as a return specialist.

    The All-America honors were the latest in a series of honors bestowed up Godfrey and Kniess,

    Godfrey was previously named to first-team All-Northeast Region honors by D2Football.com and second-team all-region honors in balloting by sports information directors sponsored by Daktronics, Inc.

    The 12th player in Rock football history to earn an invitation to play in the Cactus Bowl, NCAA Division II all-star game (Jan. 7 in Kingsville, Texas), Godfrey also earned first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division for a third successive season.





    The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Godfrey had 25 solo and 11 assisted tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble in his senior season at SRU. He finished his four-year Rock career with 85 solo and 60 assisted tackles, 36.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks.

    Prior to the 2004 season, Godfrey was named to first-team preseason All-America honors by the Don Hansen Football Gazette and to second-team preseason All-America honors by D2football.com.

    In 2003, as a junior, Godfrey was named to second-team All-Northeast Region honors by D2football.com and third-team all-region honors by the Football Gazette.

    Godfrey, who twice tied the SRU school record for quarterback sacks in a single game with three, is the 12th Rock player to be invited to the Cactus Bowl since the contest's inception in 1994.

    Kniess' selection as a second-team All-America and first-team all-region return specialist by D2Football.com came on the heels of his being named to first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division honors in that category. He was also a second-team All-PSAC-West selection as a running back for the second straight season.

    Kniess led the PSAC and ranked third nationally in punt returns with an 18.8 yards per return average and three touchdowns this fall. He was also third in the PSAC and 15th nationally in all-purpose yardage (161.8 yards per game) and fifth in the PSAC and 30th nationally in rushing (107.5 yards per game). He rushed for 1,183 yards (9th most in SRU history) and 13 TDs (3rd best) this fall and is among The Rock's all-time leaders in rushing, rushing TDs, scoring and all-purpose yardage.

    He also finished the season ranked third 19th nationally in scoring.

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  • DJRamFan
    7 Rock players earn All-PSAC-West honors
    by DJRamFan
    Senior nose guard Brian Godfrey earned his third successive first-team honor
    to headline the list of Rock players honored



    Senior nose guard Brian Godfrey earned his third successive first-team honor to headline a list of seven Rock players named to All-PSAC-Western Division honors



    Nov. 15, 2004

    Lock Haven, Pa. - Seven members of the Slippery Rock University football team were named Monday to All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division honors.

    Heading the list of Rock players honored was senior nose guard Brian Godfrey, who was named to first-team honors for the third successive season.

    Godfrey was the only Rock defensive player named to first-team honors and was one of only two SRU defenders to be chosen in balloting by the division's head coaches.

    Senior defensive end Mike Jennings was named to second-team honors despite being the PSAC leader in quarterback sacks with eight.

    The Rock placed two offensive players on the first-team list: senior center Pat Oster and junior return specialist Josh Kniess.





    Kniess also earned second-team All-PSAC-West honors as a running back for the second successive season.

    Joining Kniess on the second-team offense were redshirted sophomore placekicker Ryan Daniel, junior guard Don Harbison and senior H-back Brandon Richardson.

    Harbison was named to second-team all-conference honors for the second successive season.

    Daniel, Jennings, Oster and Richardson each earned their initial All-PSAC-West honor this fall.

    Godfrey had 25 solo and 11 assisted tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three quarterback sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble this fall. He finished his four-year Rock career with 85 solo and 60 assisted tackles, 36.5 tackles for loss and 16 sacks.

    Kniess led the PSAC in punt returns with an 18.8 yards per return average and three touchdowns this fall. He was also third in all-purpose yardage (161.8 yards per game) and fifth in rushing (107.5 yards per game). He rushed for 1,183 yards (9th most in SRU history) and 13 TDs (3rd best) this fall and is among The Rock's all-time leaders in rushing, rushing TDs, scoring and all-purpose yardage.

    Daniel was 10-of-15 on field goal attempts and 32 of 35 on extra point attempts this fall and finished as The Rock's No. 2 scorer with 62 points.

    Jennings led the PSAC in quarterback sacks with eight (-71 yards) and was ninth in tackles for loss with 12 (-75 yards). He had 14 solo and 10 assisted tackles, batted down two passes, recovered one fumble and forced another miscue this fall.

    Richardson was The Rock's "go-to" receiver this fall and responded with a career-best 46 catches for 676 yards and two TDs. He was fourth...
    -11-26-2004, 08:26 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Kniess named to Football Digest preseason All-America list
    by DJRamFan
    Josh Kniess is one of the top return specialists in the nation



    Josh Kniess earned postseason honorable mention All-America honors from Don Hansen's Football Gazette and D2Football.com in 2004



    Aug. 8, 2005

    Slippery Rock, Pa. - Rock senior running back/return specialist Josh Kniess was named Monday to NCAA Division II Preseason All-America Team honors by Don Hansen's Football Gazette.

    Kniess earned the honor as a return specialist. That is the same category in which the Slippery Rock Area High School graduate earned honorable mention All-America honors from both the Football Gazette and D2Football.com and special mention All-America honors from Dopke.com at the conclusion of the 2004 season.

    Kniess led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and ranked second among NCAA D-II players in punt returns a year ago with a per-return average of 18.9 yards. He also averaged 22.6 yards on kickoff returns, but did not have enough attempts to meet the minimum criteria for PSAC and/or national rankings.

    Prior to being named to All-America honors last fall, Kniess received first-team All-Northeast Region honors from both the Football Gazette and D2Football.com and first-team All-PSAC-West recognition as a return specialist.

    Kniess also earned second-team All-PSAC-West honors and third-team Football Gazette all-region honors as a running back last fall after rushing for 1,183 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns.

    Kniess was also named to second-team All-PSAC-West honors as a running back in his sophomore season (2003).

    Kniess and The Rock opened preseason camp last Wednesday in preparation for their season-opening game Aug. 27 at Bloomsburg (1 p.m. kickoff).

    The Rock home opener is Sept. 10 against Shepherd University of West Virginia. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Bob DiSpirito Field at N. Kerr Thompson Stadium.
    -08-16-2005, 03:19 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Seven recruits sign with Rock
    by DJRamFan
    Star-studded list includes two first-team all-state players from Curwensville, a Big 33 All-Star Classic participant and a 2,000-yard quarterback



    Rock head coach Dr. George Mihalik



    Profiles of 2005 recruits

    Feb. 2, 2005

    Slippery Rock, Pa. - Rock head football coach Dr. George Mihalik announced a star-studded group of seven high school football players signed national letters of intent with The Rock on Wednesday.

    The group includes two members of the Curwensville High School team that won Class A District 9 honors and advanced to the PIAA Western semifinals last fall, a quarterback who threw for more than 2,000 yards in his final scholastic season and a defensive lineman who played in the Big 33/U.S. Army All-Star Classic.

    The list of players who signed with The Rock includes running back Nate Sipes from Curwensville, quarterback Brad Galvan from Strongsville, Ohio; defensive linemen Tyler Boudreau of Trinity High School in Harrisburg and Brad Sopic from Curwensville, linebackers Michael Kutchko from Springdale and Patrick Marsilio from Ambridge and defensive back Richie Barnes from Washington (Pa.) High School.





    Sipes and Sopic earned first-team all-state honors after leading Curwensville to district and state honors. They were the Allegheny Mountain League Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week selections, respectively.

    Sipes rushed for 2,534 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2004 and averaged nine yards per carry. He was also the PIAA 189-pound wrestling champion last winter and is ranked fifth nationally by USA Wrestler as a 215-pounder this winter.

    Galvan threw for 2,142 yards and 18 TDs as a senior en route to earning Pioneer Conference MVP honors. He completed 62 percent (113 of 182) of his passes and one of every two completions resulted in either a TD or a first down.

    Boudreau competed in this year's Big 33/U.S. Army All-Star Classic after setting school records for single-season (21) and career (32) marks and tying the single-game (4) marks in quarterback sacks. He is also Trinity's all-time leader in tackles.

    Kutchko earned Eastern Conference MVP honors as a senior and was a two-time all-conference selection at Springdale.

    Marsilio earned a pair of Parkway Conference honors at Ambridge.

    Barnes was a three-year letterman and two-time all-conference selection as a football player and a three-sport athlete (also basketball and track) in high school.
    -02-08-2005, 02:48 PM
  • DJRamFan
    SRU's Kniess earns national Player of Week honors
    by DJRamFan
    Josh Kniess was honored by Don Hansen's Football Gazette and D2Football.com

    Nov. 2, 2005

    Rock standout Josh Kniess was named Tuesday by Don Hansen's Football Gazette as the NCAA Division II "Special Teams Player of the Week."

    He also earned honorable mention national Player of the Week honors from D2Football.com after being named as a co-recipient of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division "Offensive Player of the Week" honor.

    Kniess amassed 310 all-purpose yards in The Rock's 58-28 win last Saturday over Shippensburg.

    He rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns, had 110 yards on five punt returns -- including an 80-yard TD sprint -- and also had one kickoff return for seven yards and one pass reception for five yards.

    Kniess will be one of six Rock seniors who will play their final collegiate game Saturday at Clarion.

    The Rock seeks to close out the 2005 season with a two-game win streak and a .500 record (5-5).
    -11-05-2005, 02:18 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Rock earns respect during loss at Youngstown State
    by DJRamFan
    The hosting Penguins won the game, 35-13, but not without a tooth-and-nail fight



    Josh Kniess rushed for more than 100 yards for the second time in as many games this fall



    Sept. 3, 2004


    Final Stats



    Youngstown, Ohio - As odd as it may sound when you look at the final score, the NCAA Division II Rock earned the respect of hosting Division I-AA power Youngstown State in the course of dropping a 35-13 decision.

    The Rock held YSU to 56 yards in total offense in the first half and held a 6-0 advantage at halftime.

    The Penguins stung SRU for 21 third-quarter points, but five minutes into the fourth and final quarter, SRU trailed by only eight points, 21-13.

    In the end, YSU simply had too much firepower for The Rock to overcome. The Penguins finished the game with 364 yards in total offense.

    But, in the end, The Rock also had 315 yards in total offense. That marked the second time in as many games this fall that SRU had amassed more than 300 yards in offense.





    Leading the way, again for the second time this fall, was junior running back Josh Kniess. The former Slippery Rock Area High School standout had 134 rushing yards to surpass the century mark for, you guessed it, the second time this fall.

    Freshman Corey Manfull celebrated his return to his home area of northeastern Ohio by rushing for 52 yards, 18 of which came on his first collegiate touchdown run (10:10 of the final period).

    Redshirt freshman quarterback Nate Crookshank passed for 115 yards on a 13-of-30 throwing effort.

    Crookshank's favorite receiver was senior H-back Brandon Richardson, a native of northeast Ohio who had career highs in catches and yards with seven and 57, respectively.

    Redshirt freshman kicking specialist Ryan Daniel accounted for seven of The Rock's points with a pair of first-half field goals (31 and 26 yards) and a fourth-quarter extra point kick.

    The Rock goes in search of that elusive first win on Sept. 11 when it travels to Shepherdsville, W. Va., to take on West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference power Shepherd in a 1 p.m. game.

    SRU lost its season opener, 20-17, to Bloomsburg on Aug. 28.
    -09-07-2004, 01:19 PM
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