Ada — East Central football coach Tim McCarty didn’t ask much of Tyler Vanderzee last year. He simply wanted the 6-6 transfer from Mount San Antonio Junior College to revive an offense that, for most of the 2009 campaign, had been among the worst in all of Division II and to become the face of a program that had had just three winning seasons since 1993 and had lost 13 straight games going back to 2008.
McCarty named Vanderzee his starting quarterback before the first day of the Tigers’ 2010 spring camp, and he stuck with him through three straight season-opening losses and a Week 4 victory over Southwestern dominated by an ECU defense that would rebound from a slow start to become the most opportunistic in the Lone Star Conference and the most efficient in the LSC North over the next six weeks.
By season’s end, Vanderzee had justified his coach’s confidence. He turned in a marvelous performance in a tough 31-28 loss at UCO in Week 5, then he led the Tigers to victories in their next four division games and ECU’s first-ever North title in its final season as a member of the LSC.
TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE ANNOUNCES 2011 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE - TAMC Football
COMMERCE, Texas – Texas A&M-Commerce has released its 2011 football schedule, announced today by Athletic Director Carlton Cooper. The Lions' upcoming slate features four home games at Memorial Stadium as well as an incredible opportunity to play in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
A&M-Commerce head coach Guy Morriss opens up his third season at the helm of the Lions with a trip to Fayette, Iowa, taking on the Peacocks of Upper Iowa on Sept. 3. Following a bye week on Sept. 10, the Lions head to arguably the world's top sporting venue, taking on Midwestern State at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Sept. 17. The Lone Star Conference opener against the Mustangs also marks the third annual Harvey Martin Classic, with festivities scheduled in the Dallas area throughout the weekend.
The Lions then take to the turf at Memorial Stadium for the first time on Sept. 24, hosting Central Washington at 6 p.m. Following a trip to Kingsville to battle the Javelinas on Oct. 1, A&M-Commerce returns home to face Incarnate Word at 6 p.m. on Oct. 8.
A trip to Stephenville to battle Tarleton State is set for Oct. 15, setting up the stage for A&M-Commerce's homecoming game against Angelo State at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. The Lions then close out the month of October on the road, traveling to Abilene Christian for a showdown with the Wildcats on Oct. 29.
A&M-Commerce's home finale will be Saturday, Nov. 5 as the Lions host Eastern New Mexico at 6 p.m. The Lions then close out the regular season in Canyon, facing West Texas A&M on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Fans can get their first look at the 2011 A&M-Commerce squad on Saturday, April 16, as the Lions will host their annual Blue and Gold spring scrimmage at Memorial Stadium, beginning at 2 p.m. Prior to the game, there will be a youth clinic from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact the Texas A&M-Commerce football office at (903) 886-5558.
2011 Texas A&M-Commerce Football Schedule
|Sept. 3||at Upper Iowa||Fayetteville, Iowa||2 p.m.|
|Sept. 17||MIDWESTERN STATE||Arlington, Texas (Cowboys Stadium)||Noon|
|Sept. 24||CENTRAL WASHINGTON||Memorial Stadium||6 p.m.|
|Oct. 1||at Texas A&M-Kingsville||Kingsville, Texas||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 8||INCARNATE WORD||Memorial Stadium||6 p.m.|
|Oct. 15||at Tarleton State||Stephenville, Texas||TBA|
|Oct. 22||ANGELO STATE||Memorial Stadium||2 p.m.|
|Oct. 29||at Abilene Christian||Abilene, Texas||TBA|
|Nov. 5||EASTERN NEW MEXICO||Memorial Stadium||6 p.m.|
|Nov. 12||at West Texas A&M||Canyon, Texas||1 p.m.|
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