When the Incarnate Word football team begins play in the Lone Star Conference in 2010, it will do so in the South Division alongside such established programs as Texas A&M-Kingsville, Angelo State and Abilene Christian.
To make room for the Cardinals, LSC presidents last week voted to move Eastern New Mexico to the North Division, creating two, seven-team divisions.
“I'm just excited to be in the conference, period,” UIW coach Mike Santiago said. “I don't care where we play. But I think the other teams in the South are excited about it, too. We have a chance to establish some pretty strong rivalries there.”
Chief among them likely will be the A&M-Kingsville Javelinas, who have won seven national championships and produced such players as Darrell Green and the late Gene Upshaw, both in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
UIW will begin play in August as a Division II independent. Three LSC schools — Eastern New Mexico, Midwestern State and East Central, Okla. — are on UIW's schedule this fall.
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Lady Buffs face Midwestern
West Texas A&M Lady Buffs' head coach Krista Gerlich expects nothing less than an opponent's best effort in any game.
She figures to get just that tonight from Midwestern State, a team WT hasn't lost to since 2004.
Buffs battle MSU
Although the Lone Star Conference South Division has pretty much just begun its 12-game season, tonight a prize awaits the winner of the Midwestern State-West Texas A&M game.
Like sole possession of first place.
WT, however, will likely have to play its best game of the season to grab a win against one of the nation's hottest teams in Midwestern State at 8 tonight in the First United Bank Center.
Division II Players Who Could Make an Impact in The 2009 NFL Draft
1. Abilene Christian RB, Bernard Scott (No. 37 ESPN RB), 5'11" 198 lbs.
Scott racked up 2,982 All-Purpose Yards and 34 TDs en route to winning the Harlon Hill Trophy (Division II's Heisman Memorial Trophy). Scott is a tad bit undersized for NFL standards (don't tell Darren Sproles or Maurice Jones-Drew) but he is a very fluid ball-carrier and rarely takes losses.
3. West Texas A&M C, Thomas Crowley (No. 17 ESPN OC), 6'4" 290 lbs.
Crowley headed an offense that scored 48.2 PPG, and has the perfect size and strength for an NFL center. He can still add to his already 290-pound frame.
4. Abilene Christian QB, Billy Malone (No. 27 ESPN QB), 6'2" 235 lbs.
Malone delivered another quality season as he threw for 3,213 Passing Yards and 36 TDs while maintaining a 189.7 Passer Rating. His play brings back memories of New Orleans QB Drew Brees - a pinpoint passer with good awareness.
Cody Blocker gets his first offer
In today's day and age of college football more and more teams are looking for QB's that can run. Del Norte signal caller Cody Blocker is one of those players. He had a big senior season and was rewarded with his first offer last weekend. Cody Blocker Profile