Monday, January 10, 2011

LSC Roundup 1-10

Complete list of Angelo State Candidateds provided by Champions, Inc.

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a list of candidates for the head football coaching position at Angelo State. Subsequent to our request, but prior to the naming of the four finalists, a couple of new names emerged.

From Angelo State Director of Communications and Marketing, Preston Lewis, here is the complete list of candidates provided to Angelo State University by Champions, Inc., the consulting firm that screened candidates for the university.

(in alphabetical order)
Colby Carthel
Joe Cauthen
Adam Dorrel
Brad Franchione
Pierce Holt
Erik Ieuter
Jim Phillips
Will Wagner
Steve Warren
Todd Whitten

Colby Carthel
Has been the defensive coordinator at West Texas A&M for the past 5 seasons. In 2010, the WT defense was fourth in the LSC in scoring defense, allowing 26.2 points per game, and third in total defense, giving up 360 yards per contest. Prior to WT, Carthel spent 6 years at Abilene Christian as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. He played his college ball at Angelo State and was the starting linebacker on the 1999 LSC South champions.

Joe Cauthen
Has been at Valdosta State since 2007. VSU allowed 17.2 points and 292 yds per game in 2010, 22.4 pts and 343 yds in 2009, 18.6 pts and 305 yds in 2008 and 17.6 pts and 326 yds in 2007. He spent 8 seasons at Texas A&M-Commerce, with his final year's team giving up just 15.1 pts and 258 yds per game. Prior to TAMC, he spent two years at Stephen F. Austin and a year at Trinity Valley Community College.

Adam Dorrel
Offensive coordinator at Northwest Missouri since 2007. In 2007, NW averaged 37.4 pts and 441 yds per game. In 2008, it was 40 pts and 444 yards. 2009 saw the Bearcats average 42.1 pts and 475 yards. Finally, this season the averages were 34.3 points and 420 yards. He also coaches the offensive line, a position he began in 2004.

Brad Franchione
In his six seasons as head coach at Blinn, the Buccaneers have compiled a 54-13 record with two national championships. He spent a season at Texas A&M-Commerce in 2004, as the defensive line coach. He has also had tenures with Bacone, Tennessee-Martin, West Alabama, East Central University, and Fort Scott JC. He is a graduate of Pittsburg State.

Pierce Holt
A two-time All American defensive lineman for Angelo State (1986, 1987), Holt played 8 seasons in the NFL, winning two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, twice being selected All-Pro, and at one point was the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997 and the LSC Hall of Honor in 2000.

Erik Leuter
Just finished his second year as offensive coordinator and fifth overall at MTU. In 2010, the Huskies averaged 30.5 pts and 384 yards per game, while in 2009 it was 22.4 pts and 356 yards. Prior to MTU, he was at Adams State for a season as a GA, and at Grand Valley for 2 seasons as an assistant for the offensive line and wide receivers.

Jim Phillips
Head football coach at Pasadena Dobie, where his team won district 22-5A, before falling in the first round of the playoffs to Beaumont Dobie. He spent two seasons at Greenville HS, going 2-8 in 2008, and 6-4 in 2009. Prior to Greenville, he was head coach at Waller HS for 18 years, qualifying for the playoffs 11 times and compiling a 103-84 record. He was the head coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State from 1984-1987 and an assistant at Southwest Oklahoma from 1981-1984.

Will Wagner
Wagner has been on the staff at Northwest Missouri since 1998, first as a graduate assistant for two seasons, then full-time as the secondary coach. He is still the secondary coach, and was name assistant head coach in 2007. He played his college ball at Hardin Simmons, in Abilene.

Steve Warren
Warren, another former ASU player, is the head coach at Abilene High School. While at Abilene, his teams have compiled a 138-45 record, winning the 5A D-II state title in 2009. Prior to his arrival in 1996, the AHS had 8 consecutive losing seasons.

Todd Whitten
Todd Whitten is the offensive coordinator at Lamar University after previously serving as the head coach at Sam Houston State and Tarleton State. Whitten compiled a 25-28 record in 5 seasons as the head coach at Sam Houston State. He fared much better in the LSC at Tarleton State, with a 45-23 record over 6 seasons, qualifying for the playoffs twice, advancing to the national quarterfinals in 2001.

Draft Dish: Hillsdale QB's skill set draws attention at Cactus Bowl - Russ Lande, The Sporting News

KINGSVILLE, Texas -- Players who helped themselves this week at Cactus Bowl practices:

-- Hillsdale QB Troy Weatherford showed he has the arm strength to make all the throws and the physical tools to warrant further evaluation. Although his accuracy was inconsistent, his zip and nice spirals will lead to more attention from scouts.

-- Central Missouri RB Anthony Stewart showed nice quickness and a good burst all week. He also showed he can catch short passes and deep throws well. He exhibited good toughness and competitiveness, though his size (5-9, 190) will limit him to a third-down, situational-type back.

-- Texas A&M-Kingsville WR Ryan Lincoln really came on during the week. He was stellar catching everything thrown to him and showed a nice ability to turn upfield quickly. He showed the skills to get separation and a quick twitch off the line, and he played faster than his 40 time.

-- Delta State WR L.J. Castille was able to get good separation and showed the ability to get off press coverage. Although he did drop a few easy throws, he also adjusted nicely to catch some poorly thrown balls. At 6-2, 220, he will warrant further evaluation.

-- Angelo State WR Garrett Tidwell displayed a knack for finding open space and getting separation in traffic. Although his 5-8 frame and lack of elite speed will limit him, he may get consideration as a special teams player or backup slot receiver.

-- Fort Hays State WR O.J. Murdock had a good but not great week of practice. Because he showed good deep speed and separation, however, he undoubtedly will be evaluated further.

-- No player did more for himself than West Liberty TE Ryan Travis. He was the most consistent player -- at any position -- throughout the week. Travis caught everything, showed the willingness to block and played with great instincts and awareness. He may be able to earn a spot on a team's practice squad as an H-back or in a fullback-type role.

Harlon Hill winner shines in Cactus Bowl win for Red Storm - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times
KINGSVILLE — It may not have been as prestigious of an award as the Harlon Hill Trophy, but Eric Czerniewski made a pretty good case why he is the top player in NCAA Division II football.

The Central Missouri quarterback threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns as the Red Storm handled the Blue Devils 28-6 in the 17th Cactus Bowl at Javelina Stadium.

The owner of Division II’s single-season passing yardage mark, Czerniewski didn’t let any pressure build with him entering the game as the Harlon Hill winner in front of 4,200 people in attendance. He was named the game’s offensive MVP.

“No, these guys, they were all fun and games about it. It was great,” Czerniewski said. “I had a lot of fun with everybody here. ... It was a lot of fun playing with these guys.

“It was just a lot of fun coming out here with these great players and throwing the ball around and just having a lot of fun,” he said. “That’s what these games are all about. To win the award is just an honor.”

Czerniewski had a little help. Delta (Miss.) State’s L.J. Castille, a La Marque native, had three receptions for 122 yards and a 42-yard TD reception. The 122 yards were nine shy of the bowl record set five years ago by Nebraska-Kearney’s Richie Ross.

Then there was Ryan Lincoln, Texas A&M-Kingsville’s all-time receiving yards leader who was a late addition to the Red squad. Lincoln only had two catches but they totaled 59 yards and set up Storm TDs.

“I think I went out there and did what I could, catch whatever I could, whatever was thrown to me,” Lincoln said. “I was just trying to make a play because you never know if it’s going to come again. So I just tried to get out there and make plays.”

Bronchos Survive Showdown - UCO Sports Information
EDMOND (Jan. 8) – Jarrod McDaniel hasn't exactly been known for his free throw accuracy this season, but the Central Oklahoma point guard was near-perfect when it counted the most in helping the No. 18-ranked Bronchos turn back No. 21 Midwestern State 68-61 Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Field House.

McDaniel entered the showdown shooting just 41.8 percent (14-of-34) from the line and promptly made 7-of-8 foul shots in the last 2:36 as UCO kept the Mustangs at bay in the physical battle between Lone Star Conference and NCAA Division II heavyweights.

It was the 17th straight home win for the Bronchos, who improved to 14-2 while ending MSU's 12-game winning streak. The two-time defending league champion Mustangs fell to 12-2.

“It was a tough, physical game between two teams who weren't going to back down from each other,” UCO coach Terry Evans said. “I thought we played hard the whole game and did a good job defensively in getting them out of what they were trying to do.”

MSU win streak snapped - J. Scott Russell, Times Record News
West Texas A&M Trounce East Central 82-66 - WT Sports Information
Texans return to win column at NSU, 75-49 - TSU Sports Information
Wildcats roll by Aggies, 67-55 - ACU Sports Information
Rams Get Defensive in 62-38 Win Over Bulldogs - ASU Sports Information
Harden Fuels Second-Half Outburst in Crossover Win at Southeastern Oklahoma - ENMU Sports Information

Tyler, RiverHawks Mess With Texanns - NSU Sports Information
Northeastern State improved to 11-1 on the year with an impressive 68-54 win over Tarleton State (10-2) in a Lone Star Conference crossover battle at Dobbins Field House Saturday afternoon. Sophomore guard Tosha Tyler scored a career-high 21 points in the victory as the No. 7-ranked RiverHawks rolled through LSC crossover action unbeaten against the South Division.

Bronchos bomb MSU women, 74-67 - J. Scott Russell, Times Record News
Second half too much for Lady Buffs, fall 76-64 to Tigers - WT Sports Information
Tarleton falls on the road at No. 7 NSU - TSU Sports Information
Wildcats fall at Cameron - ACU Sports Information
Rambelles Edge Southwestern Oklahoma, 60-59 - ASU Sports Information
O’Neal Scores 11 in LSC Crossover Finale at Southeastern Oklahoma - ENMU Sports Information

West Texas A&M among few undefeated teams WTAM Sports Information
The Buffaloes, one of just five undefeated Division II men's basketball teams in the country, are off to a 13-0 start, marking the second best start in school history and the first time to open a season with 13 wins since the 1997-98 campaign. That ’98-98 season saw WT post a 27-6 record and advance to the Elite Eight.

The Buffaloes open LSC South Division play when they visit Incarnate Word, Wednesday, January 12, for a 7:30 p.m. CST start. The Buffs then return home to host Eastern New Mexico on Saturday, January 15, with tipoff set for 6 p.m. CST.

Tampa 14-0
West Texas A&M 13-0
Hillsdale 13-0
Lincoln Memorial 12-0
West Liberty 11-0

15 wins - 1997-98
13 wins - 2010-11
12 wins - 1941-42

Kingsville high on the list for two local recruits.
Donnie Butler, RB Mathis HS - 1,924 yds and 25 TDs rushing
Aaron Bueno, QB Ben Bolt HS - 2,652 yds and 25 TDs passing, 1,440 yds and 25 TDs rushing

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