Tuesday, June 8, 2010

LSC Roundup 6-8

Sorry about there not being an update yesterday.  Two issues - lack of news and internet hosting problem - prevented us from posting.  The dearth of news in the summer means we will at times offer full-length press releases from the schools, and search for alternative items to post.

Football News
Football: Eskridge named preseason CDS All American
Courtesy Midwestern State University Sports Information

WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Midwestern State Harlon Hill candidate Zack Eskridge garnered preseason first-team All America honors from the Consensus Draft Service.

The 6-4, 215-pound quarterback, a 2009 Harlon Hill Finalist, completed 71.3 percent of his passes for a school record 3,295 yards last season while helping the Mustangs to a Lone Star Conference championship and to their third trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Eskridge connected for another school record 29 touchdowns and threw six interceptions.

The Rockwall product who earned LSC South Offensive Back of the Year honors in 2009, led NCAA Division II with a 180.2 pass efficiency rating.

The highly decorated Eskridge was an honorable mention All-America selection by D2Football.com and Don Hansen's Football Gazette after earning Daktronics Super Region 4 Offensive Player of the Year accolades last season.

Midwestern State opens its 2010 campaign at New Mexico Highlands on Thursday, Sep. 2 in Las Vegas, N.M. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

2010 CDS Division II Preseason All America Teams

First Team Offense

QBZack Eskridge6-4215Sr.Midwestern State
RBIsaac Odim6-0215Sr.Minnesota-Duluth
RBMarcus Sims6-0233Sr.North Alabama
WRJake Soy6-3210So.Northwest Missouri
WRKashif Walls6-3205Sr.West Liberty State
TERran Travis6-3245Sr.West Liberty State
OTTrevis Turner6-7335Sr.Abilene Christian
OGCameron Bradfield6-5295Sr.Grand Valley State
CBrandon Fusco6-5300Sr.Slippery Rock
OGBrett Grozinger6-4280Sr.Northwest Missouri
OTDavid Mims6-8335Sr.Virginia Union
KCraig Burgess5-11215Sr.Indiana (Pa.)
KRFrederik Bruno5-8210Sr.Wayne State (Neb.)

First Team Defense

DEXavier Brown6-4255Sr.C.W. Post
DLCedric Thornton6-5266Sr.Southern Arkansas
DLMarc Schiechl6-3235Sr.Colorado Mines
DEDanny Richard6-4255Sr.Grand Valley State
LBRobbie Aurich5-11240Sr.Minnesota-Duluth
LBClay Beeler6-1230Sr.West Liberty State
LBChad Kilgore6-1225Jr.Northwest Missouri
CBRonnell Tibbs5-11190Sr.St. Joseph's
SRon Parker6-1210Sr.Newberry
SGiorgio Durham6-0190Jr.Central Oklahoma
CBPierre Desir6-2187So.Washburn
PJustin Hinson6-2215Sr.North Carolina-Pembroke
PRPerry Floyd5-8165Sr.Wingate

Second Team Offense

QBBlake Bolles6-4210Sr.Northwest Missouri
RBJonas Randolph5-10185Jr.Mars Hill
RBKevon Calhoun5-10185Sr.West Liberty State
WRThomas Mayo6-2184Sr.Concord
WRJoe Horn6-0191Sr.Ashland
TEMike Higgins6-5241Sr.Nebraska-Omaha
OTSam Geldmaker6-8290Sr.Gannon
OGDan Jordan6-3305Sr.California (Pa.)
CTaylor Boggs6-3285Sr.Humboldt State
OGDavid Sudderth6-3329Sr.Texas A&M-Commerce
OTDavid Bellmont6-5275Sr.Merrimack
KGreg Zuerline6-0183Sr.Nebraska-Omaha
KRTrevar Deed5-11205Sr.Delta State

Second Team Defense

DETyrell Nielsen6-5254Jr.Central Washington
DTMalcolm Jenkins6-5235Sr.Elizabeth City
DTEugene Germany6-3276Sr.Central Washington
DEAston Whiteside6-2255Jr.Abilene Christian
LBCory Whitfield6-2195Sr.Texas A&M-Commerce
LBNick Thomas6-3237Jr.Wayne State (Mich.)
LBShawn Losieau6-1240Sr.Merrimack
LBDavid James6-0222Sr.Kentucky Wesleyan
CBJesse Hamilton5-8191Jr.Minnesota State-Mankato
SNate Curran6-0215Sr.Upper Iowa
SMarquez Gibson6-1185Sr.Benedict
CBCraig Ray6-1206Sr.Indianapolis
PKevin Berg6-0180Sr.Chadron State
PRDeante Steele5-9185Sr.Shepherd

Honorable Mention Offense

* QB Zach Amedro, 6'0, 190 West Liberty State
* QB Scott Buisson, 6'0", 180, Arkansas-Monticello
* QB Steven Gachette, 6'1", 180, SW Baptist
* QB Taylor Harris, 6'3", 220, West Texas A&M
* QB Josh Portis, 6'4", 205, California (PA)
* QB Troy Weatherhead, 6'3", 223, Hillsdale
* WR Ricardo Lockette, 6'3", 199, Fort Valley State
* WR Justin Johnson, 6'1", 190, Ft Lewis
* WR Doug Williams, 6'5", 200, Panhandle State
* WR Andre Holmes, 6'5", 206, Hillsdale
* WR Jeremy Franklin, 6'3", 195, Johnson C Smith
* WR Jywin Ceasar, 5'10", 180, Arkansas-Monticello
* WR Kyle Kaiser, 6'0", 170, Nebraska-Kearney
* WR Christian Livingston, 6'2", 214, Ashland
* WR Robert Holland, 6'2", 170 Chowan (So.)
* WR Sharieff Hall, 5'9", 160, New Haven (Jr.)
* RB Winston Thompson, 5'9", 195, Clark Atlanta
* RB Raymond Williams, 6'0", 190, Shaw
* RB Herb Woodard, 5'8", 175, Assumption
* RB Anthony Smalls, 5'8", 170, Merrimack (Jr.)
* RB Brian Kennedy, 5'8", 174, Concord (Jr.)
* RB Rustin Dring, 6'0, 200, Nebraska-Kearney (Jr.)
* RB Derrick Price, 5'8", 185, Bloomsburg (Jr.)
* RB Jake Aberg, 5'11, 203, Minnesota State-Mankato (So.)
* RB Levi Terrell, 6'0", 195, Nebraska-Omaha (So.)
* TE Karvin Gwaltney, 6'4", 220, Elizabeth City
* TE DeMarco Cosby, 6'3", 240, Central Missouri
* TE Phil Supernaw, 6'4", 240 Ouachita Baptist
* TE Mike Kneueven, 6'3", 252, Ashland
* OT Edawn Coughman, 6'6", 300, Shaw
* OT Jeremy Clark, 6'4", 302, Minnesota State-Mankato
* OT Markus Copeland, 6'4", 270, Virginia State
* OT Cory Godbolt, 6'4", 275, Ouachita Baptist (Jr.)
* OT Bill Boyer, 6'4", 312, Washburn
* OT Mike Yoder, 6'5", 280, NE Oklahoma (So.)
* OT Marcus Fowler, 6'10", 320, Gannon (So.)
* OG James Economou, 6'6", 330, Southern Connecticut
* OG Gabe Johnson-Ciano, 6'3", 305, Cheyney
* OG Justin Magruder, 6'3", 283, Ashland
* OG Kevin Martin, 6'2", 290, CW Post
* OG Pat Casey, 6'0", 282, Bloomsburg
* OG Deerick Smith, 6'2", 282, Arkansas Tech
* OG Royland Tubbs, 6'1", 290, Abilene Christian
* C Kyle O'Neil, 6'1", 290, West Chester (Jr.)
* C Matt Webber, 6'1", 275, Abilene Christian (Jr.)
* C Sam Taglialatela, 6'1", 250, SE Oklahoma

* K Matt Dineen, 6'0", 195, Kutztown
* K Justin Porter, 5'9", 170, Virginia State
* K Gregg Berkshire, 6'1", 196, Ashland (Jr.)
* K Austin Turner, 6'2", 240, Fayetteville State (Jr.)
* KR Jeffery Brooks, 5'10", 201, Fayetteville State
* KR Alfonso Hoggard, 5'5", 155, Clarion
* KR James Proctor, 5'9", 152, Bowie State (Jr.)

Honorable Mention Defense

* DE Jermaine Blanchard, 6'1", 220, Harding
* DE Alex Moore, 6'2", 220, SE Oklahoma
* DE Eric Bergman, 6'3", 252, Augustana
* DE Bryan Schmid, 6'2", 247, Minnesota State-Mankato
* DE Travis Ford-Bey, 6'2", 240, West Chester
* DL Justin Philpy, 6'4", 265, Missouri S&T
* DL Josh Rohde, 6'2", 255, Nebraska-Kearney
* DL Cody Smith, 6'2", 260, Angelo State
* DL Melquan Fair, 6'1", 280, Catawba
* DL Demario Jones, 5'10", 328, Valdosta State
* DL Brandon Cornell, 6'4", 260, Findlay (Jr.)
* LB Quinton Scott, 6'0", 212, Ashland
* LB Justin Victor, 6'1", 225, Grand Valley State
* LB Brett Diamond, 6'2", 230, California (PA)
* LB Sean Whiters, 6'2", 220, Missouri Western
* LB Carlton Johnson, 6'2", 190, Arkansas-Monticello
* LB Corey Robinson, 6'1", 220, Miles (Jr.)
* DB Devonta Harmon, 6'0", 185, Livingstone (Jr.)
* DB Mario Fuller, 6'0", 226, Albany State
* DB Lucas Wolfe, 5'10", 190, Winona State
* DB Alex Woodley, 5'10", 180, East Central
* DB Oscar Rivera, 5'8", 180, Bloomsburg (Jr.)
* DB Carlton Downs, 5'6", 175, Saginaw Valley State (Jr.)
* S Lonnie Buchanan, 6'2", 210, Tarleton State
* S Terence Peete, 6'4, 237, Bowie State
* S Kyle Goracke, 6'3, 200, Colorado School of Mines
* S Alex Kuhlman, 6'3", 186, Pittsburgh State
* S Marcus Shuford, 6'1", 190, Lenoir-Rhyne
* S Mario Russell, 6'1", 187 Carson Newman
* S Guy Ricciardulli, 5'11", 200, Humboldt State
* S Zach Breen, 5'10", 200, Grand Valley State (Jr.)
* P Mike Langston, 6'2", 200, Dixie
* P Garrett Peck, 6'4", 200, Northern Michigan (Jr.)
* P Derek Jambon, 5'9", 180, Arkansas-Monticello (Jr.)
* P Brian Schmiedebusch, 6'4", 205, Findlay (So.)
* PR Kendell Coleman, 5'6", 160, Kutztown
* PR Dominique Budd, 5'9", 172, Bowie State (Jr.)
* PR Josh Renel, 5'9, 177, Wayne State (MI) (Jr.)
Visit msumustangs.com for the latest news and info on Midwestern State University Athletics.

Related: MSU's Eskridge earns preseason honors
Related: Midwestern's Estridge earns pre-season all-american honors

David Sudderth and Cory Whitfield Receive Preseason Recognition

Texas A&M University-Commerce offensive lineman David Sudderth and linebacker Cory Whitfield were recently selected to the Consensus Draft Services Second Team Preseason All-American Team.

Sudderth, an offensive lineman from Leonard, Texas, earned first team all-Lone Star Conference North Division honors in 2009. He will be a part of an offensive line that returns three starters in 2010.

Whitfield, a linebacker from Palestine, Texas, had a breakout season in 2009 earning Lone Star Conference North Division Linebacker of the Year and first team all-LSC North Division recognition. He also led the Lions with 111 tackles, including six-straight games of double digit tackles; plus he was third on the team with 13.5 tackles for minus yardage in 2009. 

Artrell Woods can probably tell you not only the number of days but also the number of hours until the Central Oklahoma football team kicks off its season on Saturday, Aug. 28. The former OSU wide receiver has played in just five games the past three seasons, and is eager to get back on the football field. GoPokes.com recently caught up with the ex-Cowboy to talk about his college football future.

The 6-1, 205-pound Woods says he has put behind him the terrible weight-lifting accident that occurred nearly three years ago (July 13, 2007), and is looking forward to a new start since 

by David Flores / Kens5.com

This is a story I wasn’t looking forward to writing.
I wish I could report that former Texas A&I All-American Johnny Bailey, who finished his career in 1989 as college football’s most prolific running back, is settling into his 40s as a productive citizen and enjoying life.
But as the adage goes, life is what it is – and not always what we want it to be.
The sad truth is that Bailey, who played six seasons in the NFL, is in a Texas prison hospital fighting an uphill battle against a killer disease.
Bailey was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April, while serving a nine-month sentence for a burglary in Harris County, and is currently a patient at Young Medical Facility in Dickinson.
“It goes to show you how fragile life can be,” said former A&I center Ed Latouf, who played four seasons with Bailey. “You just never know.”
Warren High School assistant coach Richard Cundiff was defensive coordinator at A&I when Bailey, a 1986 Houston Yates graduate, played for the Javelinas.
“I was saddened to hear about Johnny,” Cundiff said. “But he was always a fighter and I know he’ll battle this thing. He was always in a class of his own.”
Bailey, who helped lead Yates to the Class 5A state title in 1985, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Ten years later, Bailey is in the fight of his life.

Recruiting News
Texas A&M-Kingsville is adding one more former Rams weapon to its growing arsenal.

Recent Del Rio High School graduate John Steed has signed a letter of intent to play football at A&M-Kingsville. He’s the third member of the 2009-10 Rams varsity football team to announce their intentions to play football at the school, joining teammates Josh Washington and Cody Brooks.

Steed, the 18-year-old son of Mike and Dot Steed, said he plans on studying business with an eye on working in sports management or owning a sporting goods store.

“A&M-Kingsville has a winning tradition and it helps that there are two other people going there that I know,” Steed said. “The coaches there really made me feel like I can make something of myself there.”

Steed was one of two Rams to gain more than 1,000 yards rushing this past season as he carried the ball 176 times for 1,083 yards. He also scored 12 touchdowns. His efforts earned him an all-district first team selection. He was also an honorable mention selection at running back his junior year.

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