Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mustangs tabbed in top five by Preseason Mags

from the MSU Sports Information Department
WICHITA FALLS, Texas – The Midwestern State Mustangs have been slated as a top five team in the ranking of a pair of preseason magazines.
Midwestern, coming off a 10-0 regular season before falling in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs, is ranked fourth nationally by Lindy’s Sports College Football Preview and fifth by USA Today 2012 College Football.
Lindy’s has MSU behind defending national champion Pittsburg State in the top spot, with Minnesota-Duluth (the 2010 national champ) second and Northwest Missouri State third.  Defending runner up Wayne State (Mich.) is fifth, followed by Delta State (Miss.), Winston-Salem (N.C.), Colorado State-Pueblo, Grand Valley State (Mich.) and New Haven (Conn.) in the top 10.
Lindy’s, who picked a top 25, placed Lone Star Conference foe Abilene Christian 13th, with 2012 opponent West Alabama 14th.
USA Today placed the Mustangs fifth in their top 10 rankings, keeping Pitt State, Minnesota-Duluth and Northwest Missouri as the top three and moving Grand Valley to fourth.  Colorado State-Pueblo is sixth, followed by Missouri Western, West Alabama, Abilene Christian and California (Pa.).
The magazines highlight returning senior quarterback Brandon Kelsey, who finished fourth in the Harlon Hill Award voting as a junior, and junior running back Keidrick Jackson, as a key reason the Mustangs are expected to have a great season.
Kelsey, who threw for 1,951 yards last season while rushing for 967, was the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2011.  Jackson led the LSC in rushing with 1,044 yards or 94.9 per game.
Offensive tackle Ken Van Huele, a 6-4, 320 pound senior from Hurst/L.D. Bell, was chosen to Lindy’s first team preseason All-America team.  He helped anchor an offensive line that saw the Mustangs lead the LSC in scoring offense (48.6 points per game), total offense (531.9 yards a game), rushing offense (323.5 ypg) and pass efficiency offense (161.2 rating).
Kelsey and Jackson were both named second team preseason All-America by Lindy’s.
The LSC was also represented on Lindy’s list by ACU’s Mitchell Gale, who was the first team quarterback and preseason MVP. Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Jonathan Woodson who was tabbed second team all-purpose player and Tarleton State’s Marquis Wadley was chosen second team linebacker.
Midwestern opens the season on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Tarleton State, with the Mustangs first game at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 29 against Incarnate Word.

RankTeam2011 Record
1.Pittsburg State13-1
3.Northwest Missouri State11-3
4.Grand Valley State8-3
5.Midwestern State10-1
6.Colorado State-Pueblo11-1
7.Missouri Western State9-3
8.West Alabama8-4
9.Abilene Christian8-3
10.California (Pa.)10-3
2012 Lindy's Sports Preseason Top 25
RankTeam2011 Record
1Pittsburg State (Kan.)13-1
3Northwest Missouri11-3
4Midwestern State10-1
5Wayne State (Mich.)12-4
6Delta State (Miss.)11-3
7Winston-Salem State (N.C.)13-1
8Colorado State-Pueblo11-1
9Grand Valley State (Mich.)8-3
10New Haven (Conn.)11-2
11Valdosta State (Ga.)6-4
12North Alabama9-3
13Abilene Chrsitian (Texas)8-3
14West Alabama8-4
15Washburn (Kan.)10-3
16North Greenville (N.C.)11-3
18Elizabeth City State (N.C.)8-4
19Kutztown (Pa.)11-2
20Hillsdale (Mich.)8-3
21California (Pa.)10-3
22St. Cloud State (Minn.)9-3
23Missouri Western9-3
24Mars Hill (N.C.)8-3
25Humboldt State (Calif.)9-1

2012 Lindy's Preseason All America Team
Most Valuable Player
Mitchell Gale, Abilene Christian

Offensive Player of the Year
Daronte McNeill, Elizabeth City State
Defensive Player of the Year
Nate Dreiling, Pittsburg State
Newcomer of the Year
Rod Woodson, North Alabama

First Team Offense
QBMitchell GaleSr.Abilene Christian
RBJoe GlendeningSr.Hillsdale
RBDaronte McNeillSr.Elizabeth City State
WRChris BowdenSr.Wingate
WRCharles JohnsonSr.Grand Valley State
TEJoe Don DuncanSr.Dixie State
OLMacon AllanSr.Missouri Western
OLGarth HeikkinenSr.Minnesota-Duluth
OLTim LelitoSr.Grand Valley State
OLKen Van HeuleSr.Midwestern State
OLRod WilliamsSr.Northwest Missouri
APJohn BrownJr.Pittsburg State
KDerek KoonJr.Truman
First Team Defense
DLDavid BassSr.Missouri Western
DLJonas CelianSr.West Virginia Wesleyan
DLTim GreenSr.Lincoln (Pa.)
DLTom  HerdSr.New Haven
LBJordan CampbellSr.N.M. Highlands
LBNate DreilingJr.Pittsburg State
LBCody FlemingSr.Shippensburg
DBAaron CornettSr.Wayne State (Mich.)
DBAlex DinolfiSr.Kutztown
DBRontez MilesSr.California (Pa.)
DBRichie SchumacherSr.Truman
PTaylor AccardiSr.Colorado Mines
Second Team Offense
QBBrandon KelseySr.Midwestern State
RBJames FranklinJr.Northwest Missouri
RBKeidrick JacksonJr.Midwestern State
WRDeJuan BeardJr.Washburn
WRIsaiah VoegeliSr.Merrimack
TEDavid PawelekSr.Colorado Mines
OLLogan FreemanSr.Central Missouri
OLBrett FrydendahlSr.Humboldt State
OLMike NelsonJr.Central Washington
OLRyan SchraederSr.Valdosta State
OLLamar YoungSr.Delta State
APJonathan WoodsonSr.Texas A&M-Kingsville
KRockne BalmonteSr.Northern Michigan
Second Team Defense
DLBrad DavisSr.Elizabeth City State
DLVauchard GoodridgeJr.Clark Atlanta
DLHoward JonesJr.Shepherd
DLBrandon WilliamsSr.Missouri Southern
LBCody BloomJr.Ashland
LBJesse RobertsonSr.West Virginia Wesleyan
LBMarquis WadleyJr.Tarleton State
DBDerek LohmannSr.Emporia State
DBSam KuckSr.Nebraska-Kearney
DBMarvin MatthewsSr.St. Cloud State
DBBryce PeilaSr.Western Oregon
PRandy WeichSr.Wayne State (Neb.)

Stephenville Empire-Tribune

Former Tarleton State running back Derrick Ross may not have made his way back to the NFL, but he's been dominant in the Arena Football League this season, including earning a recent National Guard MVP of the week honor.

Ross set franchise records with 84 rushing yards and five touchdowns to lead Philadelphia Soul past the Orlando Predators, 79-48. The five TDs are the most by any player in a game this season, according to a release from AFL Communications.

Ross, 28, became just the 10th player in AFL history to rush for 1,000 career yards, doing so faster than any player in the league's history - 29 games - according to the release.

The former Texan posted the two best single-game rushing totals in Tarleton history, gaining 269 yards against Western New Mexico on Sept. 10, 2005 and 260 against N.M. Highlands on Aug. 26, 2004. He also had the two best rushing seasons at Tarleton - 1,560 yards in 2005 and 1,512 in 2005 when he played in just nine games. His 3,072 rushing yards are second on Tarleton's career list behind Ricky Bush, who galloped for 3,389 yards from 1979-82.

Ross joined the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in the summer of 2005. He spent one season with the team, then was the NFL Europe MVP for the Cologne (Germany) Centurions the next summer. He returned to the Chiefs in 2006 only to be cut in training camp.

The Huntsville native who ran for Blinn College (junior college) before joining the Texans, is in his second season with the Soul. He has also spent time with the Winnipeg Bombers and Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League and was the 2010 Indoor Football League rookie of the year while with the San Angelo Stampede Express.

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