Tag:Abilene Christian
Posted on: January 26, 2011 1:05 am

Senior Bowl adds DT McClain, WR Sanders

Due to injuries to Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea and Abilene Christian wide receiver Edmond Gates, Terrell McClain and Jock Sanders were given a late invitation from the Senior Bowl, respectively.

The Senior Bowl organizers must be having a hard time locating prospects as late additions. McClain and Sanders are exciting enough athletes to perform well in Mobile, but their colleges make them geographically odd choices, as McClain -- from South Florida -- is expected to play for the North team and Sanders - from West Virginia - for the South. Sanders will join his former Mountaineer teammate Noel Devine on the South squad.

An MRI performed Tuesday showed that Paea had a partially torn lateral meniscus. Gates' injury was fortunately less serious. He pulled a hamstring. Both, however, will not be able to participate in the Senior, necessitating the moves.

What the 6-2, 305 pound McClain lacks in statistics (24 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, three sacks) he made up for in recognition from his Big East foes, earning all-conference honors as an active, penetrating defensive tackle.

Like his teammate Devine, Sanders is smaller than scouts would like (5-07, 180), but he's dynamic and has proven both consistent and durable. He caught 69 passes for 728 yards and four touchdowns in 2010 and leaves WVU as the program's all-time leading receiver with 206 catches. He tied the WVU record in playing in 51 career games.

Posted on: August 27, 2009 8:39 pm

Or not... Weather delay for ACU-NW Missouri St.

The scheduled kickoff for beginning of the 2009 college football season has been pushed back roughly an hour due to inclement weather involving heavy rain and hail.

Originally scheduled for 8 pm EST on CBS College Sports, the game has now been pushed back to roughly 9:05 PM.
Posted on: August 27, 2009 7:59 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2009 8:05 pm

Real, live college football on NOW.

The 2009-10 college football season gets underway in just a few minutes tonight on CBS College Sports with Abilene Christian hosting Northwest Missouri State at 8 pm EST.

Before you write off these two programs as small schools with less than ideal talent, know that Abilene Christian has a left tackle in Tony Washington (#78) who was ranked by some NFL scouts as a potential Top 75 pick for the 2010 draft. He earned All-American honors last season and was voted the Offensive Lineman of the Year.

There is talent on the other side of the ball with the Bearcats offering potential late round prospects Myles Burnsides (FS, #15) and LaRon Council (RB, #27) . Burnsides is a three-time all-conference pick, including first-team choice after each of the past two seasons and a All-American last year with 46 tackles and 4 interceptions. His savvy, physical play has some scouts ranking him as the best small school safety in the country.

Council lacks the straight-line speeds scouts prefer, but it is difficult to argue with his production. Council broke Xavier Omon's school record with 27 rushing touchdowns during the regular season last year. Including the playoffs, Council scored a staggering 36 touchdowns, leading the nation. He also finished third in the country with 1,739 rushing yards. To put things in perspective, Xavier Omon, has been impressive in early preseason work this summer with the Buffalo Bills, leading the team in rushing attempts and rushing yardage after being drafted in the sixth round two years ago.

Besides the potential NFL prospects, this looks like a terrific game. ACU and NW Missouri State will be playing for the third time in less than a year. ACU beat the Bearcats on their own turf early last year, but the Wildcats were beaten months later and knocked out of the D-II playoffs. The rubber-match should be very entertaining, considering the talent and the fact that ACU and NWMU each enter the game ranked among the top five.

NFL scouts and I will certainly be watching... If you're interested in some real Diamond in the Rough candidates and some good college football, you should too...  

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