Month: September 2016

Scout’s Guide to the FCS: Week 5


Illinois State (2-2) vs North Dakota State (3-0)

Players to watch


OG Kyle Avaloy , Center Mark Spelman, OG Cameron Lee,  WR Anthony Warrum


DT Nate Tanguay,  RB King Frazier, DE Greg Menard, LB MJ Stumpf


The match up to watch in this game will most certainly be in the trenches. The Redbirds have a very talented interior three, and they will match up with Nate Tanguay and company. The Bison look to remain undefeated, and will have a solid test here. The X-factor in this game will be how the NDSU secondary contain Anthony Warrum. If they can neutralize him, it’ll force the Redbirds to run right into the teeth of this defense.


Tennessee State (3-0)  vs UT-Martin(2-2)

Players to watch

Tenn St:

OT Jessamen Dunker, DB Ezra Robinson, DE Ebenezer Ogundeko, RB Earl Harrison, CB Terrell Bonds


RB Jaimiee Bowe, QB Troy Cook, LB Caleb Counce, DT Damani Taylor



Tennessee State has a dynamic run game,  and a oppurtunistic defense that creates turnovers. They have one of the top Offensive Linemen in the FCS, in Tackle Jessamen Dunker. Ogundeko has been a disruptive force with 4.5 total sacks through three games. On the other side of the field, UT-Martin seems to be finding their stride. After two losses to open the season, they’ve won back to back games and come into the matchup on a hot streak. Skyhawks Damani Taylor is another guy who can really push the pocket and make the Quarterback uncomfortable. This is definitely is a game to keep an eye on.


South Dakota (1-2) vs Youngstown State (2-1)

Players to watch


DE Derek Rivers, DE Avery Moss, SS Leroy Alexander, CB David Rivers III


FS Tyson Graham Jr, QB Chris Streveler, LB Colin Mertlik, John Wessel


Youngstown State’s defense is stacked with great prospects, headlined by Derek Rivers (28 career sacks). They will be a tough bunch to score points on, they made life pretty difficult for WVU in their game. But South Dakota has some guns of their own, in hard hitting Safety Tyson Graham. Youngstown State will look to continue their success, but South Dakota won’t take it lying down.


Other Notable games

Richmond (3-1) vs Towson (1-2)

Sam Houston State (3-0) vs Steph. F. Austin (3-1)

Southern Utah (2-1) vs Montana (2-1)

Southern Illinois (2-1) vs Northern Iowa (1-2)

Sacred Heart (4-0) vs Wagner (2-1)

Charleston Southern (2-2) vs Coastal Carolina (3-1)



The Tyrant Ten: Week 4


The Tyrant Ten spotlights exceptional Seniors from small schools each week, based on performance.






Mike Holloway: FCS (Charleston Southern, Senior, RB)

Last Game: Monmouth (36-7 Win)
Mike had a big week rushing for 151 yards and a touchdown on only 11 attempts. He broke one loose for 75 yards, showing off his vision and burst.

Chase Edmonds: FCS (Fordham, Senior, RB)

Last Game: Penn (31-17 Win)
Edmonds had a big day on the ground, piling up 152 yards and 3 touchdowns on 29 attempts. Once again proving he’s a valuable weapon for this offense.

Derrick Craine: FCS (Chattanooga, Senior, RB)

Last Game: Samford (41-21 Win)
UTC stays unbeaten on the legs of Craine. He rushed 23 times for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s a hard back to bring down, once he gets a head of steam.

Nick Shafnisky: FCS (Lehigh, Senior, QB)

Last Game: Princeton (42-28 Win)
Nick had a good weekend, as he went 29-36 for 461 and four touchdowns. Nick showed off poise and accuracy, as Lehigh thumped Princeton.




Division II



Jack Nelson: Div. II (Winona State, Senior, QB)

Last Game: Mary (51-0 Win)
It was an extremely exciting game for Winona State. Nelson threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns. That put him over 10,000 career passing yards, that’s a huge milestone for this young man.

Randall Dixon: Div. II (Chowan, Senior, QB)

Last Game: Livingstone (41-13 Win)
Dixon blew up the stat sheet in a lopsided win. He went 21-32 for 372 yards and 5 touchdowns. He easily picked apart the Livingstone defense.

Dimitri Morales: Div. II (Upper Iowa, Senior, QB)

Last Game: Minot State (35-7 Win)
Morales had a great game, with 90 passing yards, 133 rushing yards and a touchdown. He proved that defenses must account for his scrambling ability.




Division III


Matt Hunt: Div. III (Depauw, Senior, QB)

Last Game: Hiram (66-17 Win)
Hunt put on a show this week, going 31-45 with 325 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 92 rushing yards and another touchdown on the ground. His squad won in spectacular fashion.

BJ Mitchell: Div. III (Mount Union, Senior, RB)

Last Game: Baldwin Wallace (49-7 Win)
Mitchell had a prolific game on the ground, running all over the opposition. He took 32 carries for 259 yards and two touchdowns.

Derek Stewart: Div. III (Saint Vincent, Senior, QB)

Last Game: Grove City (57-32 Win)
Derek threw all over this Grove City team, and put up video game stats. He went 28-38 for 442 yards and 7 touchdowns.

FCS Power Rankings: Top 10


1) North Dakota State: (3-0)

The Bison have a firm hold on the top spot through four weeks. With wins over Eastern Washington and FBS ranked Iowa, NDSU looks like the favorite to secure another FCS championship.
·Senior Linebacker Nick DeLuca has season ending shoulder surgery.


2) Eastern Washington: (3-1)

After a shootout in week 4 against NAU, Eastern Washington holds the number 2 spot. Gabrud looks like the real deal, and they are stacked with playmakers. The only loss for them so far, is North Dakota State.



3) Sam Houston State: (3-0)

Sam Houston continues to win behind there three headed monster at Running back, lead by Corey Avery. Jeremiah Briscoe has 1,035 passing yards and 9 touchdowns.



4) UT Chattanooga: (4-0)

The Mocs look tough as they’ve cruised to the 4-0 mark. Led by Quarterback Alejandro Bennifield, and Seniors Corey Levin and Keionta Davis. The running game is powered by a bruiser by the name of Derrick Craine.



5) Jacksonville State: (3-1)

After losing to LSU, the Gamecocks reeled off two wins, Including a win over Coastal Carolina. Senior Eli Jenkins, is a do it all dual threat QB, who drives this offense. Auburn transfer, Roc Thomas, has been looking solid also.



6) Richmond (3-1)

After dropping one to Stony Brook, Richmond looked like themselves again. Kyle Lauletta has been very good through four games, and the defense has looked good powered by DT Winston Craig and FS David Jones.



7) Cal Poly (3-1)



The Mustangs had a big win last week knocking off Montana, and sliding them into our top 10. As a matter of fact, there only defeat is an overtime loss to Nevada.



8) Montana (2-1)

Brady Gustafson and that fierce defense lead Montana to a big win over Northern Iowa, but failed to capitalize on an early lead against Cal Poly.



9) Northern Iowa (1-2)

Northern Iowa has had a tough break, losing close games to both Eastern Washington and Montana. Look for Northern Iowa to go on a tear, stacking some wins. DE Karter Schult has had one of the best 3 game starts in recent memory, with 12 TFL and 6.5 sacks through three games.



10) Youngstown State (2-1)

YSU has only lost to West Virginia this year, and are lead by their vicious defense. Seniors Derek Rivers, Avery Moss, and Leroy Alexander set the tone for this squad.

Scout’s Guide to the FCS: Week 4


UT Chattanooga (3-0) vs Samford (2-0)


Players to Watch:

UTC: DE Keionta Davis, OG Corey Levin, QB Alejandro Bennifield, RB Derrick Craine

SAM: QB Devlin Hodges, WR Karel Hamilton, LB Tonne Osaigbovo


Both teams come into this match up undefeated, only one  team will end the day that way. UTC has some tough players and NFL prospects that suit up for them. Keionta Davis and company will be bringing some heat and Corey Levin is arguably the best FCS offensive lineman. Samford will be looking for the big upset, and the only way that can happen is keeping Hodges upright.


Eastern Washington (2-1) vs Northern Arizona (1-2)


Players to Watch:

EWU: WR Cooper Kupp, WR Kendrick Bourne, QB Gage Gabrud, WR Stu Stiles

NAU: QB Case Cookus, WR Emmanuel Butler, WR Elijah Marks, RB Corbin Jountti

This game has all the makings of a shoot out, as two prolific offenses square up this week. EWU’s Gabrud was struggled some in the win against UNI, and was relieved. But, he should start again this week. Either way, whoever starts will be armed with a bevy of playmakers, including Kupp and Bourne. NAU’s Cookus is one of the best young signal callers in the game, and is fresh off a seven touchdown performance. His right hand man, and top weapon, Butler, is a 6’4 receiver that catches everything thrown at him. If you’re a fan of high scoring, aerial assaults, tune in.



Colgate (1-1) vs Richmond (2-1)


Players to Watch:

Colgate: QB Jake Melville, RB James Holland, WR John Maddaluna III, LB Trent Williams

Richmond: FS David Jones, QB Kyle Lauletta, WR Brian Brown, DT Winston Craig

Richmond will look to get back on track after dropping one to Stony Brook last week. Richmond David Jones and that defense will have to be sharp, as they match up with QB Jake Melville, who is coming off a career passing game (315 yards and 5 touchdowns).



Jacksonville State (2-1) vs Liberty (1-2)


Players to Watch:

JSU: QB Eli Jenkins, RB Roc Thomas, WR Josh Barge, Center Casey Dunn

LIB: RB Carrington Mosley, RB Todd Macon, WR B.J. Darrow

After a solid win last week over Coastal Carolina, Jacksonville State will be trying to keep the ball rolling this week. Expect heavy doses of Roc Thomas, with some Eli Jenkins playmaking sprinkled in. Liberty will be looking for the upset, and will be trying to pound the rock too.



Other Notable Games:

·Stetson vs Jacksonville

·James Madison vs Maine

·Fordham vs Penn


The Tyrant Ten: Week 3


The Tyrant Ten showcases small school Seniors, who have had outstanding weeks on the gridiron.


1) King Frazier: (North Dakota State-FCS, RB, Senior)
Last Game: #13 Iowa (23-21 Win)

NDSU won a stunner over FBS ranked Iowa, on a last second field goal. Frazier’s bruising running style was very effective on the Hawkeyes, particularly later in the game. Though NDSU used a RB by committee approach, King still had 16 attempts for 99 yards and a TD. The Bison pulled one of their biggest upsets ever in Iowa.



2) Ryan Radke: (Thiel-D3, QB, Senior)
Last Game: Bethany (57-47 Win)

Ryan makes our list once again, as he exploded for 414 yards and 5 touchdowns offensively. He went 15-29 for 263 and 3 touchdowns through the air, he added 151 yards rushing and 2 more touchdowns.



3) Karter Schult: (Northern Iowa-FCS, DE, Senior)
Last Game: Eastern Washington (34-30 Loss)

UNI loses another close one, but still look like a team who could threaten in the playoffs. Senior Defensive End, Karter Schult, had another great night. He notched his first career interception, to go along with his 7 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks.



4) Eli Jenkins: (Jacksonville State-FCS, QB, Senior)
Last Game: Coastal Carolina (27-26 Win)

Jacksonville State had a big win over Coastal Carolina, who is transitioning towards the FBS. Eli Jenkins had a big game to get them back on track. He went 18-34 for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns, he also added 111 yards on the ground and another score.



5) Jake Melville (Colgate-FCS, QB, Senior)
Last Game: Yale ( 55-13 Win)

Jake had an epic game, as Colgate mauled Yale behind the throwing prowess of the Senior QB. Melville went 22-32 for 315 yards and 5 touchdowns.



6) Damon Benham: (Bemidji State-D2, DB, Senior)
Last Game: Wayne State (45-17 Win)

Bemidji State improves to 3-0, and Benham had a a hand in that. He had four tackles, 2 interceptions (1 returned for a touchdown), and 2 pass break ups.He looked like a playmaker in that secondary.



7) Don King III: (Slippery Rock-D2, QB, Senior)
Last Game: Lock Haven (59-23 Win)

Slippery Rock cruises to 3-0 under the arm of King, as they easily dismantled Lock Haven. King went 33-49 for 411 yards and 3 touchdowns, and added 46 yards on the ground. King looked cool and steady as he led the team to a win.



8) Tyke Kozeal: (Nebraska-Kearney-D2, LB, Senior)
Last Game: Northwest Missouri (52-14 Loss)

Though his team lost, Senior Linebacker Tyke Kozeal battled the entire game. He racked up 19 tackles and 1 TFL. He’s been a stalwart on that defense, and should add to a solid career throughout the year.



9) Mason Dixon: (Beloit-D3, RB, Senior)
Last Game: Grinnell (72-17 Win)

Mason contributed to the blowout win, show casing explosive talent. He took 12 attempts for 131 yards and a touchdown, including a 60 yard scamper. He’s a been a steady presence at the RB position, and continues to impress.



10) Nick Lamb: (Muhlenberg-D3, WR, Senior)
Last Game: Mcdaniel (42-13 Win)

Nick showed great rapport with QB Nick Palladino, as they connected for 8 receptions for 82 yards and 3 touchdowns.They coasted easily to the win.


Scout’s Guide to FCS Games: Week 3


(13) Iowa vs North Dakota State

Players to watch:


CB Desmond King, QB C.J. Beathard, RB LeShun Daniels Jr, WR Matt VandeBerg


DE Greg Menard, MLB Nick DeLuca, QB Easton Stick, RB King Frazier, DT Nate Tanguay


The five time FCS National Champs, North Dakota State, head to Iowa to square up with a very tough FBS team. The Bison defense is a very tough unit, led by savvy senior Nick DeLuca. It should be tough sledding for C.J. Beathard and that offensive unit. It will most likely be the toughest game North Dakota State will play this year, and it should be a physical, hit you in the mouth kind of battle. It will be a tall order to upset Iowa in Iowa, but I’d never count out The Bison.


Northern Iowa vs Eastern Washington

Players to watch:


DE Karter Schult, QB Aaron Bailey, RB Tyvis Smith, LB Jared Farley


QB Gage Gabrud, WR Cooper Kupp, WR Stu Stiles, WR Kendrick Bourne


Both of these teams are coming off of very emotional losses. Gage Gabrud leads a very dynamic passing offense, which may or may not have their top receiver Kupp back in action. While that would be a huge blow, Stiles and Bourne put up big numbers after Kupp went out. UNI Defensive End Karter Schult has been on a tear these first two games, and will have ample opportunity to rush the passer in this matchup. It should be a very good game, and both of these teams will be looking to get back on track.


James Madison vs North Carolina

Players to watch:


QB Bryan Schor, RB Cardon Johnson, OT Mitchell Kirsch, CB Taylor Reynolds


RB Elijah Hood, WR Ryan Switzer, OT John Heck, OG Caleb Peterson


James Madison looks to do battle with a very tough Tarheel squad. Another FBS/FCS matchup for the week, should provide atleast a little drama. UNC has a very talented roster, and will look to take the lead early. But JMU isn’t without talent, and is 2-0 coming into this. This game will set a big stage for players like Kirsch and Reynolds to showcase their pro potential.


Other Notable Games:

Coastal Carolina vs Jacksonville State

Portland State vs (8) Washington

South Carolina State vs (5) Clemson

Richmond vs Stony Brook

Robert Morris vs Youngstown State

Tennessee State vs Bethune-Cookman



The Tyrant Ten: Week 2



The Tyrant Ten chooses ten Seniors from small schools, whose play deserves a closer look.



1) Karter Schult: Northern Iowa (FCS), DE, Senior

Last Game: Montana (20-14 Loss)

Karter Schult had another great game, he dominated Montana’s Offensive Line to the tune of 10 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2 sacks and 1 FF. Montana still edged out UNI despite Karter’s heroics.


2) Victor Hudson: Edinboro (D2), OLB/DE, Senior

Last Game: Lockhaven (44-38 Win)

Edinboro improved to 2-0, after they downed Lockhaven. Victor was a big part of that win. He registered 12 total tackles (8.5 TFL) and 5 sacks. He is developing into a dynamic pass rusher.


3) Nick DeLuca: North Dakota State (FCS), MLB, Senior

Last Game: Eastern Washington (50-44 OT Win)

Nick missed part of week one with a shoulder injury, and some speculated whether or not he’d play this week against EWU. The answer was a resounding yes. He racked up 15 tackles and 1 interception, which he took back for a touchdown. NDSU wins a second overtime thriller.


4) Kaleb Nobles: West Florida (D2), QB, Senior

Last game: Missouri S&T (45-28 Win)

Nobles put up some dominating numbers against Missouri S&T, passing for career highs of 503 yards and six touchdowns. UWF is 2-0 and looks to continue its streak behind the arm of Nobles.


5) Najee Toomer: Dubuque (D3), WR, Senior

Last Game: Pacific (28-24 Win)

Najee makes our list again, two weeks in a row. He posted 8 receptions for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns. He continues to be a playmaker for Junior QB Conor Feckley, and Dubuque wins again.



6) Anthony Warrum: Illinois State (FCS), WR, Senior

Last Game: Northwestern (9-7 Win)

Warrum aided the Redbirds in their huge FBS upset of Northwestern. He posted 9 receptions for 116 yards, and continues to be weapon for this squad.


7) Jourdan Mcneill: East Texas Baptist (D3), RB, Senior

Last Game: Southwestern Assemblies of God (85-23 Win)

Mcneill was a big part of this week’s beat down as he piled up 159 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground. Those were big numbers for only 16 attempts.


8) Chase Edmonds: Fordham (FCS), RB, Senior

Last Game: Elizabeth City State (83-21 Win)

Edmonds once again proved how dangerous he can be with the ball in his hands. On 16 attempts, he had 155 yards and a touchdown in the blow out. Edmonds is electric with the ball in his hands.


9) Ryan Radke: Thiel (D3), QB, Senior

Last Game: Saint Vincent College (32-30 Loss)

Radke had a great game, just barely falling short of the victory. He went 13-26 for 219 yards passing with 2 touchdowns, and added another 114 on the grouund and another touchdown. A dual threat guy to keep an eye on.


10) Jack Nelson: Winona State(D2), QB, Senior

Last Game: Minnesota Duluth (34-31 Loss)

Jack Nelson threw for 304  yards and 4 touchdowns in a losing effort this week. He still showed off his poise and arm strength, and looks to rebound and bring Winona State a win next week.




NFL Award Predictions


MVP and Offensive Player of the Year:
Aaron Rodgers (QB, Green Bay)

Aaron Rodgers should be back to business as usual, as his top ranked WR, Jordy Nelson, comes back from the gruesome injury that knocked him out last season. Since 2005, Rodgers has put up 32,399 yards and 257 touchdowns. With these Wide Receivers, The Packers should be as explosive as ever.



Defensive Player of the Year:
Khalil Mack (DE, Oakland)

Mack has established himself as a defensive playmaker on a budding Raiders defense. His 84 pressures lead the league, and he’s equally stout against the run. He’s a player that makes everyone better around him and looks poised for a dominating season.



Comeback Player of the Year:
Jordy Nelson (WR, Green Bay)

After a gruesome leg injury, Nelson was lost for the year. He has rehabbed and looks to regain his prior form. Before injury, Nelson was electric with the ball in his hands and was seemingly always open. If he can regain form, Nelson should be a lock here.



Offensive Rookie of the Year:
Dak Prescott (QB, Dallas)

The former Mississippi State Quarterback has been absolutely magnificent throughout the Pre Season, and has been given the keys to this Dallas Offense after Romo went down to injury again. While Elliot will be the popular pick, Dak gets the edge here.



Defensive Rookie of the Year:
Jalen Ramsey (Safety, Jacksonville)

Gus Bradley, the former Seahawks Defensive Coordinator, will maximize the talented Ramsey. He will be a matchup weapon, and will most certainly have every opportunity to blow up the stat sheet.



Coach of the Year

Gus Bradley (HC, Jacksonville)

Last year’s high octane offense, lead by Blake Bortles returns this year. Bortles has no shortage of weapons (Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Julius Thomas, Chris Ivory, TJ Yeldon) and The Jaguars spent alot of money upgrading that defense. This is a make or break year for Bradley, and we expect he will rise to the challenge.