Month: October 2016

Tyrant’s D2 Mid Season All-Americans



First Team:

Justin Dvorak (Sr, Colorado Mines)

Jake Sisson (Jr, Edinboro)

Second Team:

Christian Strong (Sr, Seton Hill)

Kaleb Nobles (Sr, West Florida)


First Team:

Austin Ekeler (Sr, Western State)

Romello Brown (Jr, Wayne State)

Second Team:

Josh Caldwell (So, Mo. Western St)

Max Mickey (Jr, Sioux Falls)


First Team:

Brody Oliver (Jr, Colorado Mines)

Matt Heller (Sr, Augustana)

Second Team:

Damon Gibson (Jr, MSU Morhead)

Cameron Johnson (Sr, Winona State)


First Team:

Adam Shaheen (Jr, Ashland)

Second Team:

Kenny Johnston (Sr, Florida Tech)


First Team:

Jordan Morgan (Sr, Kutztown)

Ethan Cooper (Sr, IUP)

Jac’que Polite (Sr, WSSU)

Joe LoSchiavo (Sr, Slippery Rock)

Zach Voytek (Sr, New Haven)

Second Team:

Stephen Evans (Sr, North Alabama)

Zack Hartin (Sr, Edinboro)

Alex Cappa (Jr, Humboldt St)

Jacob Kingston (Sr, Shepherd)

Tyler Lund (Sr, Winona State)


First Team:

Whitney Richardson (Jr, Lane)

Lucky Baar (Sr, Mckendree)

Dylan Donahue (Sr, West Ga)

Via Manuma (Sr, Southwest Baptist)

Second Team:

Tovar Sanchez (Sr, Central Wash)

Zach Sieler (So, Ferris State)

Sie Doe, Jr. (Sr, Ft. Hays St)

Brandon Jones (So, Texas A&M-Kingsville)


First Team:

Connor Harris (Sr, Lindenwood)

Tyke Kozeal (Sr, Neb-Kearney)

A.J. Wentland (Sr, Mckendree)

Second Team:

Rob Dury (Sr, UIndy)

Alex Schmidtberger (Sr, Ft. Hats St.)

David Smith (So, Morehouse)


First Team:

Joshua Simmons (Jr, Limestone)

Brian Walker (Sr, Fort Valley St)

Carlo Thomas (Jr, Johnson C. Smith)

Drew Hebel (So, Black Hills St)

Second Team:

Cam Montgomery (Sr, Wayne St)

Bakari Triggs (Jr, Lindenwood)

Charles Reid (Sr, Assumption)

Malcom Cherry (Sr, Elizabeth City St)


First Team:

K: Matt Davis (Sr, UNC-Pembroke)

P: Aaron LaDeaux (Sr, Minot St)

Second Team:

K: Ryan Sheehan (Jr, Colrado Mesa)

P: Brett Benes (Sr, Charleston)


Tyrant’s FCS Mid Season All-Americans



1st Team:

Gage Gabrud (SO, Eastern Washington)

Jeremiah Briscoe (JR, Sam Houston State)

2nd Team:

Brady Gustafson (SR, Montana)

Taryn Christion (SO, South Dakota State)



1st Team:

Chase Edmonds (Jr, Fordham)

Khalid Abdullah (SR, James Madison)

2nd Team:

Tarik Cohen (SR, North Carolina A&T)

Khalil Lewis (SO, Gardner-Webb)



1st Team:

Troy Pelletier (JR, Lehigh)

Cooper Kupp (SR, Eastern Washington)

2nd Team:

Gatlin Casey (JR, Lehigh)

Jake Wieneke (JR, South Dakota State)




1st Team:

Dallas Goedert (JR, South Dakota State)

Anthony Firkser (SR, Harvard)

2nd Team:

Phazahn Odom (SR, Fordham)

Eric Saubert (SR, Drake)



1st Team:

Julie’n Davenport (SR, Bucknell)

Jessamen Dunker (SR, Tennessee State)

2nd Team:

Mitchell Kirsch (SR, James Madison)

Javarious Leamon (SR, South Carolina State)



1st Team:

Corey Levin (SR, UT-Chattanooga)

Kyle Avaloy (SR, Illinois State)

2nd Team:

Larson Graham (SR, Duquesne)

Erik Austell (SR, Charleston Southern)



1st Team:

Mark Spelman (SR, Illinois State)

Casey Dunn (SR, Jacksonville State)

2nd Team:

Austin Kuhnert (JR, North Dakota State)

Kyle Rigney (SR, James Madison)




1st Team:

Karter Schult (SR, Northern Iowa)

Derek Rivers (SR, Youngstown State)

2nd Team:

Keionta Davis (SR, UT-Chattanooga)

Tanoh Kpassagnon (SR, Villanova)



1st Team:

Nate Tanguay (JR, North Dakota State)

Winston Craig (SR, Richmond)

2nd Team:

PJ Hall (JR, Sam Houston State)

Damani Taylor (SR, UT-Martin)



1st Team:

Darius Leonard (SO, South Carolina State)

Dylan Cole (SR, Missouri State)

Brett Taylor (JR, Western Illinois)

2nd Team:

Mac Bignell (JR, Montana State)

Ryan Francis (JR, VMI)

Tyson Graham Jr. (SR, South Dakota)



1st Team:

Dante’ Blackmon (SR, Kennesaw State)

Brenden Langley (SR, Lamar)

Donald Payne (SR, Stetson)

Lorenzo Jerome (SR, St. Francis)

2nd Team:

Nick Gesualdi (JR, Cornell)

Phillip Henry (SR, South Carolina State)

Ezra Robinson (SR, Tennessee State)

Chris Atkins (SR, Stetson)



1st Team:

Connor Mitchell (SR, Murray State)

2nd Team:

Griffin Trau (SO, Richmond)



1st Team:

Miles Bergner (SR, South Dakota)

2nd Team:

Jake Ryder (SR, Towson)


What do you see?

        Over numerous years we have seen the NFL/NCAA make a tremendous joke out of domestic violence–to be simple, it’s a slap in the face to fans, victims, and society. In many types of basic interviews criminal history is frequently required to be released, college applications ask and so do most jobs. Although most employers require the release of a person’s criminal history, they all vary on approach of hiring between violent and non violent offenders. But, there is no doubting there is a deviation. No one would bat an eye if an employer were to hire someone without a criminal record over someone with a record, yet the NFL embraces the versa.

       La’el Collins, a consensus top 100 pick out of LSU, went undrafted after he was named to be a suspect in the murder of his ex- girlfriend. 256 times during the draft, NFL teams said “no” to drafting La’el, and they had every right to. Yet prior to this Greg Hardy was deemed a risk worth taking for the Cowboys. The details and images in his case were absolutely horrifying yet the Cowboys still signed him, and after an outburst during a game they got a glimpse of the Hardy that Nicole Holder had warned of. Teams still took looks at Hardy after this– regretfully even my own team took time out of their day to interview a man without an ounce of remorse for his actions.

       Clinton McDonald was also a player accused of domestic violence with the 49ers, yet the Bears signed him after his release and he was arrested again for a similar offense. Bruce Miller, a teammate of McDonald , was arrested for allegedly pushing his fiancé and smashing her phone, but he faced no criminal charges because of “a lack of physical evidence.” The issue still remains: Where does the NFL draw the line? Is physical and verbal intimidation from a 6’2 250 pound fullback not enough to warrant a punishment not even a single game suspension ? Greg Hardy, Bruce Miller, and Clinton McDonald are prime examples of guys who were not punished properly and went on to continue their transgressions with more arrests. How is it that the league unanimously blackballed Ray Rice yet Junior Galette can beat a woman repeatedly with a belt and still get a contract?

       The NFL/NCAA has to legitimately address the idea of a league wide ,no tolerance domestic violence policy with an indefinite suspension determined by the victim(s) and team(s).This is for the protection of the players, the fans, and the future integrity of the sport. The NFL/NCAA cannot overlook the basic moral compass that guides us all any longer, and these players must be held accountable for their actions. If one school dismisses a player for assaulting two female students, what kind of morals does it take for another school to give said student a scholarship, a potential roster spot, and a chance at being drafted?

There is also a major inconsistency in the fact that players being investigated for sexual assault are immediately suspended indefinitely,  but players being investigated for domestic violence may still practice and play such as  Former Fsu running back Karlos Williams.  He  was involved in a domestic violence incident where the mother of his two children Miranda Wilhelm posted images of her battered and bruised arms on Facebook and an investigation was launched. While no suspension was levied ,is being accused of domestic violence no less serious than being accused of sexual assault?

Mishandling of domestic violence cases also begs the question of what these men are being taught by the NCAA and NFL. To me, it blatantly states that the integrity of football doesn’t matter as long as you’re good at the sport and the sport makes money. The NCAA will not pay athletes but they will fight for them tooth and nail in court so that they can play and allow their brand of football to succeed . The NFL must work hand in hand with the NCAA in determining how to move forward with players who have been charged/accused of these crimes. It should be disgusting to fans/players/coaches that in some of these cases, such as the one involving Dorial Green-beckham, the victim requested for charges not to be filed and was explicitly identified as “not pursuing charges due to FEAR of retaliation.” How can you beat someone into mental and physical submission and face no consequences? The NFL punishes players who use drugs/alcohol more harshly than players who beat their partner.
The lack of punishment concerning domestic violence involving NFL and College  players is fine-tuning players to forget that good character plays a big part in being drafted and that being drafted is an immense privilege. The NCAA has already seen a litany  of teams looking the other way from bad player conduct. Florida was a leader in arrests at the height of its program and that is completely unacceptable wins do not matter more than being decent human beings. Seems like Tebow was the red herring to  headaches that littered Floridas roster like Percy harvin ,Aaron Hernandez,  Janoris Jenkins and Will Hill  this shouldn’t be tolerated by any program. Chris Rainey was a star player for Florida allowed to return to the gators after sending a text to his girlfriend saying “time to die’. This was an egregious mistake by the NCAA, Urban Meyer , Chris Rainey, the NFL and the  steelers who later on drafted him.    There cannot continue to be a defaming of the sport of football . These players need to be held accountable on and off the field. It’s a privilege to wear the pads and helmet. Players, coaches, and fans are supposed to be able to have pride in their teams and the people who make up those teams, staff included, and not properly dealing with these domestic violence and criminal  situations is a disservice to them all. Tyreek Hill, Dorial Green-Beckham, and Frank Clark were all drafted after being dismissed from Oklahoma St., Mizzou, and Michigan respectively, but them being drafted reinforced the fact that as long as a player can produce or has potential, the NFL will look away. This is a down right asinine trend throughout the NFL and NCAA.

While I personally believe in the power of forgiveness, the NFL has to make this a one strike deal with immense consequences on players in the league and players entering the league. The NFL has found a way to turn support for breast cancer and military veterans practically into business but still has not fully addressed the league policy concerning degradation of domestic partners and violence against those partners.

While a clear solution to this problem is not present I believe that future players who have committed this mistake should lead the charge and change for the policy. Guys like Joe Mixon, Deandre Johnson, and Jeffrey Simmons are high profile guys who cannot take back their errors but they can commit to a cause of preventing others from making the same mistakes and create a change in the future of the NCAA/NFL.

Tyson Graham Jr



Position: LB/Safety

*Moved to LB, has the build and coverage ability to play a hybrid position

School: South Dakota

Height: 6’2

Weight: 210

Class of: 2017-Senior



One of six team captains

One of 39 Coyotes who competed in all 11 games … started 10 of 11 games at free safety … earned honorable mention all-MVFC honors … finished as the team’s second-leading tackler with 71 including 41 solo stops and 1.5 for loss … finished second in the MVFC and ranked 29th nationally in interceptions per game with four picks in 11 games … also credited with three pass breakups … forced a fumble that USD recovered at the goal line in the first quarter against Kansas State in the season opener (9/5) … twice led the team in tackles … had 10 stops in games against Youngstown State (10/3) and South Dakota State (11/14) … helped anchor a defense that ranked 31st nationally in total defense and 21st nationally in pass defense

South Dakota’s leading tackler with 97 stops … ranked seventh in the Missouri Valley and 87th nationally in tackles per game (8.1) … led the team with 44 solo tackles … one of six Coyotes who picked off a pass during the season … led the team with seven pass breakups … one of 25 Coyotes who played in all 12 games … started the final nine games of the season at free safety … had a solo tackle on Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota in the season opener at FBS national runner-up Oregon (8/30) … had eight stops (seven solo) against the Ducks … had 39 tackles in a span of three games against Southern Illinois (13), UNI (12) and Missouri State (season-high 14) … intercepted a pass in the home opener against William Penn that led to an offensive touchdown that sealed the win (9/6) … had seven special teams tackles.

Played in all 12 games and started the first three games of the season at wide receiver … had a 37-yard reception at Kansas (9/7) … played mostly on special teams … had two special-teams tackles at UNI (10/19) and three special-teams stops vs. Youngstown State (11/2) … was named Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week (leading up to Illinois State).

Redshirted…offensive scout team player of the week heading into the North Dakota State game.


Career Stats

2015 11 41 30 71 1.5 6 7 1 0 0
2016 6 23 21 44 4.0 14 0 0 1 0


SACKS GP UA A Total Yards
2015 11 0 0 0 0
2016 6 3 0 3 13


2015 11 4 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2016 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
Total 17 4 0 0 0 0.0 0.0




Film/Interview Links

Rudy Reyes Interview

NUC NFL Draft Bible Spotlight

Junior Season Highlights



The Tyrant Ten: Week 6



1) Tyson Graham Jr: (South Dakota, LB)

Last  Game: Northern Iowa (28-25 Win)

Tyson showed off some sideline to sideline speed, and some great instincts in his second game at Linebacker. While he has the coverage skills of a defensive back, he has plenty of pop as a tackler too. He racked up ten tackles and 2 sacks. It certainly looks like he’ll flourish with the position change.


2) Khalid Abdullah: (James Madison, RB)

Last Game: William & Mary (31-24 Win)

Abdullah had a huge game on the ground, racking up 194 yards and 3 touchdowns on 25 attempts. His legs propelled JMU to another big win. He looked very elusive and proved difficult to bring down.


3) Nick Shafnisky: (Lehigh, QB)

Last Game: Colgate (45-31 Win)

Nick had a big week, in his first back at the helm. He led Lehigh to a solid win, as he threw for 394 yards and 5 touchdowns. Once again, showing off his accuracy and touch on several occasions.



4) Derek Rivers: (Youngstown State, DE)

Last Game: Illinois State (20-6 Win)

Derek continued his streak of beating Offensive Tackles, this week to the tune of 3 sacks. He also had four solo tackles. That brings his total to 7 sacks on the season, and he’s helped to get YSU to their 4-1 record. Their only loss came at the hands of FBS West Virginia.



Division II

5) Cameron Johnson: (Winona State, WR)

Last Game: Upper Iowa (27-13 Win)

Johnson had a solid game, as Winona State knocked off Upper Iowa. He and Senior Quarterback Jack Nelson connected for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns, which was enough to seal the win.


6) Jeff Ziemba: (Shephed, QB)

Last Game: Glenville State (38-7)

Ziemba threw for 334 yards and 3 touchdowns to keep Shepherd undefeated. That gives him 69 career touchdown passes, which makes him the all-time leader at Shepherd. That is a huge milestone, and he’ll just add to those numbers as the season goes on.


7) Scott Middleton: (Harding, DB)

Last Game: Henderson State (35-3 Win)

Harding’s defense had a huge day, forcing six turnovers as they knocked off #5 Henderson State. Middleton added to the day, as he had five tackles and an interception, which he took back for a touchdown. Harding stays undefeated.



Division III

8) Quinn Buschbacher (UW-Platteville, WR)

Last Game: UW-Stevens Point (47-31 Win)

Quinn had a huge game for UW-Platteville. He had 123 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns and added another 50 yards and a touchdown rushing.


9) Ryan Brenner (Rowan, LB)

Last Game: Salisbury (34-30 Win)

Brenner led the team with 12 total tackles, as Rowan knocked off ranked opponents for the second week in a row.


10) Evan Clark (St John’s, WR)

Last Game: Augsburg (49-0 Win)

St John’s completely dismantled Augsburg, shutting them out completely. Clark contributed to the beat down, including 109 receiving yards and a touchdown.



Cooper Kupp



Position: WR

School: Eastern Washington

Height: 6’2

Weight: 215

Class of: 2017-Senior

2013 JERRY RICE AWARD WINNER (top freshman in FCS)

*** 2016 FCS Offensive Player of the Year Award Candidate ***
*** 2016 Honors Candidate ***
*** 2016 Academic Honors Candidate ***

Career Receiving Yards (Oct. 1, 2016): 5,417

Career Touchdowns (Oct. 1, 2016): 64


Kupp vs Sam Houston ’14

Kupp vs Oregon ’15

Kupp vs Washington State ’16

Cooper Kupp Highlights