Category: FCS

#FCSFrenzy: Bayou Classic

@cagencantrell

Rivalry Week in college football is typically filled with the most anticipated games of the season for many collegiate programs. For many schools, the CFB Playoff isn’t within their horizon, so their respective game with their rival program is where all the chips are put into the middle of the table. Whether it’s “The Game”, the “Iron Bowl”, or the “Sunshine Showdown”; this particular week is where your season matters regardless of your record. In the FCS however, not as many rivalry games are as coveted as their FBS counterpart, except one matchup. The “Bayou Classic” held its 44th annual showdown yesterday in the heart of New Orleans, and anyone with a taste for deep rooted tradition or for the grand ol’ HBCUs were focused on this matchup. Grambling State (9-1) were looking to gain more momentum before their even bigger matchup next week with Alcorn State for the SWAC Championship. As for Southern U (7-3), this would be their final game of the season, and what would be a better way to cap it off than to recapture supremacy in the Classic after being defeated the previous two seasons by the Tigers.

RECAP:
The Southern Jaguars did not start off the ball game in the positive matter that they had probably hoped for. Sr. Quarterback Austin Howard threw an interception the opening play of the game to Ja’Terious Pouncy. This would exalt Grambling with the momentum that they would carry throughout the first half. Grambling’s quarterback, Devante Kincade had another impressive showing in this game as a dual threat in the air and on the ground. His only 2 touchdowns of the game came in the first half. First, on a 9 yard run off a speed option on the opening drive; and then later in the half on a scrambling 10 yard completion to running back Martez Carter. Carter had a stellar game himself, despite a fumble and a minor injury in the 2nd half, he put on a solid performance. He led the game with 92 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground, along with the aforementioned receiving score in the first half. In the 2nd half, the Jaguars assembled an intriguing comeback by capitalizing on a couple key mistakes offensively by Grambling. Southern took their sole lead of the ball game here, 21-20 with 5 minutes remaining. Ultimately, Grambling would put away the game and win their third straight Bayou Classic with a final score of 31-20, improving to 10 wins on the season.

DYNAMIC DUO:
This game was truly the DeVante Kincade and Martez Carter co-hosted show, much like their entire careers at Grambling. These two players definitely have the flaws in their game to polish up if they are looking to see succees at the next level; but they were evidently the two most talented players on the field all evening. Kincade looked like an efficient dual threat QB prospect. He possesses dazzling arm talent and appeared to have a firm grasp of the offense and controlled the tempo of the game when on the field. What he’ll have to focus on for his NFL stock value to be draftable is his steadiness within the pocket. Like many dual threat QBs, the instinct to “run first” is evident whenever pocket pressure arises. Kincade will be a solid prospect to follow if he can maintain his poise, I can see him as a 5th-6th grade right now.

For Martez Carter, his potential  area of improvement is connected with his patience while carrying the football. Carter in this game was always looking for the home run play, and while that isn’t necessarily a major ding in his prospect evaluation, his focus needs to be shifted from a lateral to a vertical running mindset. Other than that, Carter was as advertised in this game. He is a thick bodied back who has all the physical and athletic tools to potentially be a dynamic impact in the NFL. I also see him as late round guy who will see a potential as a 3rd down asset for an NFL team next season.

Twitter: @CeeingTheDraft

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FCS Frenzy: Week 1 (Northern Iowa vs. #6 South Dakota)

•Cagen Cantrell

This weekend was the official kickoff to my new collaboration here with Team Tyrant and Tyrant Scouting. Leading up to the FCS championship in December, Tyrant Scouting and myself will bringing you a weekly series entitled #FCSFrenzy. We will be tuning in on some key FCS matchups that will include some of the top upcoming prospects for this year’s NFL Draft.

For our first installment, we took a trip to the grand ol’ Hawkeye State. This week was a pivotal Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup between the host Northern Iowa and the No. 6 ranked team in the country South Dakota. UNI looked to make a third time a charm, as they were 2-0 in their previous matchups against top 10 programs this season, against South Dakota St and Youngstown respectively. The first half was a compelling offensive showdown, despite the scoreboard showing different. Even though not being able to put an excessive amount of points up on the scoreboard, UNI and USD countered each other’s field position all throughout the first two quarters with solid Quarterback to Tight End connections for both sides. Chris Streveler and Josh Hale connected for the lone South Dakota touchdown in the first half, while Eli Dunne and Briley Moore had their own connection going. USD lead UNI 16-13 at halftime. The second half is where one team elevated itself above another, especially late in the 4th quarter. Northern Iowa trailed for all but the three minutes of the ball game. Three costly turnovers by South Dakota (including a devastating pick 6 thrown by Chris Streveler) ultimately sealed the Coyotes fate. Northern Iowa yet again secured a victory in their home Dome, upsetting a top 10 team for a third time this season. The final score was: UNI 34- USD 29.

PROSPECTS OF THE DAY:
—Chris Streveler, QB, South Dakota:
The former Golden Gopher quarterback has had subtle NFL buzz around him all throughout this season, and this game against a fairly stout UNI defense showed no different. Streveler’s biggest strengths appear to be with his vision downfield and his elusiveness within the pocket. In this clip, you’ll see that Streveler excels in scanning the field, and then delivering a solid ball into tight windows . https://twitter.com/ceeingthedraft/status/926892279997935616. The 6’3”, 215 pound signal caller also showed fluidness in his pocket movement. While he doesn’t get cold feet when the pocket collapses, he still is aware of when to evade the pass pressure and get into open field while still keeping his eyes up for a target. My concerns will Streveler are his mechanics, though he was slightly hampered with a shoulder injury from the previous week, he still throws an awkward- half winded ball which at times appears to hurt his velocity for passes farther than 10-15 yards. While a hobbled Streveler faltered late in the game, he threw as many interceptions in the 4th quarter of this game (2) than he has combined in every other game this season. Efficiency is key for any FCS prospect, and Streveler has fit that bill with an impressive stat line of: 21 TDs, 4 INTs, 2718 yards, and a completion percentage of around 67% through 9 games. Streveler intrigued me this weekend, and could see him as a late round QB prospect down the road in the draft process

—Elijah Campbell, CB, No. Iowa
When evaluating a cornerback prospect, the trait that probably goes the most unrecognized is his aggression. When watching Campbell on Saturday, you could see that the aggression in his play style is what he prides himself on, and quite frankly might be the attribute that will set him apart. Campbell delivered several thunderous hits, played tight and instinctive coverage for much of the afternoon, and even forced two fumbles. Forced fumbles are definitely not an everyday cornerback stat, so that was definitely worth noting. Campbell’s play style is gritty, it is evident that coming downfield and making his presence felt is a goal of his every snap https://twitter.com/ceeingthedraft/status/926883155423797253 . While I believe he would excel at free safety, his 5’11″ and 190 pound frame might have NFL folks only view him as a potential nickel or even a special teams asset. That situation wouldn’t necessary be a detriment to Campbell, time will whether NFL teams take notice to him, but he’s definitely another prospect to keep an eye on and will no doubt find his way into an NFL training camp with consistent play.
—Rickey Neal, EDGE/OLB, No. Iowa
Neal is only a junior, but he was truly a treat to watch during Saturday’s game. Every snap, it appeared that Neal was either sniffing down the ball or tackling the ball carrier himself. The 6’2”, 240 pound disruptor ended the game with 7 tackles, 2.5 TFL, a sack, and a fumble recovery. Neal’s presence and leadership for the UNI defense transcends farther than the stat line. He singlehandedly was the reason for Chris Streveler’s 2nd half meltdown, by tallying nearly a dozen QB pressures throughout the afternoon. https://twitter.com/ceeingthedraft/status/926910949797216256 . The leader of sack totals in the MVFC proved that he is a force to be reckoned with for the next year and a half on the FCS level. I am officially labeling Rickey Neal as my small school #BRAND for 2019.

Twitter: @CeeingtheDraft

Mid-Season Small School Position Rankings: RB

NFL 2011: NFL Draft APR 28

Senior Runningback Rankings

 

1. Chase Edmonds (Fordham)

2. Roc Thomas (Jacksonville State)

3. De’Lance Turner (Alcorn State)

4. Detrez Newsome (Western Carolina)

5. Martez Carter (Grambling State)

6. Jaquan Gardner (Humboldt State)

7. Anthony Philyaw (Howard)

8. Stacy Bedell (Stony Brook)

9. Trenton Cannon (Virginia State)

10. Lemonte Booker (Indiana State)

11. Daouda Sylla (Findlay)

12. Phydell Paris (Black Hills State)

13. Tucker Yinger (Dayton)

14. Chris Jones (Northwestern State)

15. Yahkee Johnson (Hampton)

16. Eugene Bethea (Southeastern Louisiana)

17. Brady Mengarelli (South Dakota State)

18. James Holland Jr (Colgate)

19. Kijana Amous (Stephen F Austin)

20. Harold Cooper (Rhode Island)

 

Mid-Season Position Rankings: QB

NFL 2011: NFL Draft APR 28

 

 

Senior Quarterback Rankings

1. Devante Kincade (Grambling State/Ole Miss)

2. Chris Streveler (South Dakota/Minnesota)

3. Jeremiah Briscoe (Sam Houston State/UAB)

4. Kyle Lauletta (Richmond)

5. Peter Pujals (Holy Cross)

6. Hayden Hildebrand (Central Arkansas)

7. Tanner Garry (Slippery Rock/Youngstown State)

8. Luis Perez (Texas A&M-Commerce)

9. Connor Jessop (Shepherd/Virginia Tech)

10. Bryan Schor (James Madison)

11. Yianni Gavalas (LIU Post/Saint Ansalem)

12. Grant Kraemer (Drake)

13. Jordan Hein (Bemidji State/Northern Iowa)

14. Kevin Anderson (Fordham/Marshall)

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15. Tommy Stuart (Duquesne/Boise State)

16. Chad Kanoff (Princeton)

17. Michael Keir (Cal-PA)

18. Jake Sisson (Edinboro)

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19. Billy Pine (Hartwick)

20. Chas Stallard (Central Oklahoma)

 

 

 

2018 NFL Draft: Top 20 Small School Prospects (Mid-Season)

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Top 20

1.) Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State TE)

2.) Devante Kincade (Grambling State QB) *Ole Miss transfer

The Grambling State star shows a good blend of arm strength, touch and ball placement. He uses his legs to extend plays, and has the athleticism to hurt you on the ground.

3.) Aaron Stinnie (James Madison OT)

Stinnie, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior from Charlottesville, would become an All-CAA defensive lineman as a junior and a preseason FCS All-American as a senior. He accomplished that as an offensive lineman. NFL organizations are scouting Stinnie because of his blend of size and agility.

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4.) Nick DeLuca (North Dakota State LB)

DeLuca has been a mainstay for the Bison throughout his career. His size and instincts have many NFL teams interested.

 

5.) Tremon Smith (Central Arkansas CB)

Smith has the size that NFL teams covet at the cornerback position, and has developed into a lockdown player at the FCS level. He’s a large part of UCA’s success this year.

6.) Darius Jackson (Jacksonville State DE)

An unstoppable force for the Gamecocks, Jackson has the athleticism and ridiculous first step to make some waves at the next level. Routinely beats chips and double teams to apply pressure on the opposing signal callers.

7.) Jake Wieneke (South Dakota State WR)

8.) Marcus Martin (Slippery Rock DE)

“I don’t know that there are many of him at any level,” said Cal (Pa.) coach Gary Dunn, whose team lost to Slippery Rock, 47-44, in overtime Saturday, with Martin making a key sack in overtime. “He’s the total package. He plays nonstop.”

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9.) Brett Taylor (Western Illinois LB)

Taylor has been an absolute force for Western Illinois. He has great size and instincts for the position, and a motor that runs hot.

10.) Davontae Harris (Illinois State CB)

11.) Chase Edmonds (Fordham RB)

Edmonds is the most prolific runner in the FCS right now. He has the speed, burst and vision to make an NFL roster.

 

12.) Tyshon Mosley (Portland State G) *Utah State transfer

Mosley has been having a very underrated season this year. He generates good drive in the run game, and has the athletic ability to match up with quicker interior defenders.

13.) Charles Holland (Tiffin WR)

14.) Brandon Parker (North Carolina A&T T)

Parker is a highly regarded tackle prospect, and a good blend of size and athleticism. He could be a late round selection in the draft next year.

15.) Max Redfield (IUP S) *Notre Dame transfer

The Notre Dame transfer has played well since stepping on the field for IUP, and his time as a starter for an FBS program will get him looks from NFL organizations.

16.) Mike Basile (Monmouth S)

17) Chris Streveler (South Dakota QB) *Minnesota transfer

Streveler has been making a case for himself this year, leading South Dakota to an undefeated record. He’s a dual threat quarterback and has been racking up some gaudy stats.

18.) Roc Thomas (Jacksonville State RB) *Auburn transfer

Roc Thomas has shown us the ability that had him recruited to Auburn. He has is a homerun threat whenever he touches the ball, and is elusive in the open field.

19.) Sione Teuhema (Southeastern Louisiana DE) *LSU transfer

20.) Jeremiah Briscoe (Sam Houston State QB) *UAB transfer

Briscoe has had ridiculous production throughout his career at Sam Houston State. He can really sling the ball around. He has been highly touted by small school draft media.

 

Honorable mentions:

Travon Blanchard (Texas A&M-Commerce LB/S)

P.J Hall (Sam Houston State DE)

Nate Tanguay (North Dakota State DT)

Jake Krause (Bemidji State G)

Luis Perez (Texas A&M-Commerce QB)

Justin Lea (Jacksonville State G)

Andrew Vollert (Weber State TE)

Ebenezer Ogundeko (Tennessee State DE)

Alex Cappa (Humboldt State T)

Randin Crecilius (Portland State T)

Anthony Ellis (Charleston Southern DE)

Peter Pujals (Holycross QB)

Keon Roman (Kennesaw State S)

Chad Meredith (SEMO DE)

De’Lance Turner (Alcorn State RB)

Justin Watson (Penn WR)

James Okike (Wesley WR)

Ian Park (Slippery Rock G)

Taylor Nikithser (Cal-PA C)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Predicting Every Week 3 FCS Matchup

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South Dakota QB Chris Streveler will look to keep his hot streak rolling against a tough North Dakota squad.

Week 3 Matchups

Predicted winners denoted with (+)

Samford vs Georgia (+)

Mercer vs Auburn (+)

Delaware State vs West Virginia (+)

San Diego vs Princeton (+)

Furman vs NC State (+)

Bryant (+) vs Brown

Yale vs Lehigh (+)

Jacksonville (+) vs Walsh

Marist (+) vs Georgetown

Harvard (+) vs Rhode Island

Fordham vs Eastern Washington (+)

Ohio Dominican vs Penn (+)

Wagner (+) vs Columbia

Duquesne (+) vs Dayton

Citadel (+) vs ETSU

New Hampshire (+) vs Holycross

Central Conn. State vs Youngstown State (+)

Northern Colorado vs Colorado (+)

Howard vs Richmond (+)

Valparaiso (+) vs Trinity Int’l

John C. Smith vs South Carolina State (+)

Illinois State (+) vs Eastern Illinois

Murray State (+) vs Missouri State

VMI (+) vs Robert Morris

Tennessee Tech vs Ball State (+)

North Dakota vs South Dakota (+)

Savannah State vs Montana (+)

Morgan State vs Rutgers (+)

Cornell vs Delaware (+)

Norfolk State vs James Madison (+)

UC Davis vs Portland State (+)

Western Carolina (+) vs Gardner-Webb

Florida A&M vs Tennessee State (+)

Lafayette vs Villanova (+)

Colgate (+) vs Buffalo

Livingstone vs Hampton (+)

Bucknell vs William & Mary (+)

North Carolina A&T (+) vs Charlotte

Indiana State vs Liberty (+)

Sacred Heart vs Stony Brook (+)

UT-Martin (+) vs UT-Chattanooga

Dartmouth (+) vs Stetson

Charleston Southern (+) vs Elon

Bethune-Cookman vs Florida Atlantic (+)

Taylor University vs Butler (+)

Towson vs St. Francis (Pa) (+)

Idaho State vs Nevada (+)

Morehead State vs Austin Peay (+)

Alabama A&M vs South Alabama (+)

Drake vs South Dakota State (+)

Lamar (+) vs Northwestern State

Southeastern La. vs Central Arkansas (+)

Guilford vs Davidson (+)

Monmouth (+) vs Albany

Southern vs UTSA (+)

Southern Illinois (+) vs SEMO

Prairie View A&M vs Nicholls State (+)

Incarnate Word vs Stephen F. Austin (+)

Campbell vs Presbyterian (+)

Jackson State vs Grambling State (+)

McNeese vs Alcorn State (+)

Ark.-Pine Bluff vs Arkansas State (+)

Houston Baptist vs Abiliene Christian (+)

Northern Iowa (+) vs Southern Utah

Kennesaw State (+) vs Alabama State

Weber State (+) vs Sacramento State

2017 Small School Draft: Top 20 Results

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Summary

Taking a look at our top 20 players from last year’s pre-draft, small school big board. And our results are in.

 

11 players made the final 53 man rosters on their team

1 player retired with an opportunity to play, to pursue a coaching career

1 player is designated as a non football injury and eligible to return Week 8

2 players ended their season on IR

5 players waived by their team

 

 

The Prospects

1. Derek Rivers (Youngstown State EDGE) *drafted 3rd Rd 83rd overall to the New England Patriots–Season Ending IR (ACL)

2. Adam Shaheen (Division II Ashland TE) *drafted 2nd Rd 45th overall to the Chicago Bears–Made the 53 Man Roster

3. Julien Davenport (Bucknell OT) *drafted 4th Rd 130th overall to the Houston Texans–Made the 53 Man Roster

4. Cooper Kupp (Eastern Washington WR) *drafted 3rd Rd 69th overall to the LA Rams–Made the 53 Man Roster

5. Tanoh Kpassagnon (Villanova DE) *drafted 2nd Rd 59th overall to the Kansas City Chiefs–Made the 53 Man Roster

6. Jordan Morgan (Division II Kutztown OG) *drafted 5th Rd 147th overall to the Chicago Bears–Season Ending IR (Shoulder)

7. Corey Levin (UT Chattanooga OG) *drafted 6th Rd 217th overall to the Tennessee Titans–Made the 53 Man Roster

8. Lorenzo Jerome (Saint Francis FS) *Signed as UDFA with San Francisco 49ers–Made the 53 Man Roster

9. Brendan Langley (Lamar CB) *drafted 3rd Rd 101st overall to the Denver Broncos–Made the 53 Man Roster

10. Jessamen Dunker (Tennessee State OG) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Giants–Waived by the Giants

11. Ezra Robinson (Tennessee State CB) *Signed as UDFA with the Jacksonville Jaguars–Waived by the Jaguars

12. Javancy Jones (Jackson State LB) *Signed as UDFA with the Arizona Cardinals–Retired to pursue a coaching career

13. Chad Williams (Grambling State WR) * drafted 3rd Rd 98th overall to the Arizona Cardinals–Made the 53 Man Roster

14. Keionta Davis (UT Chattanooga)*Signed as UDFA with the New England Patriots–Designated non football injury and eligible to return in 8 weeks

15. Roderick Henderson (Alabama State NT) *Signed as UDFA with the Tennessee Titans–Waived by the Titans

16. Javarious Leamon (South Carolina State OT) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Jets–Waived by the Jets

17. Kendrick Bourne (Eastern Washington WR) *Signed as UDFA with the San Francisco 49ers–Made the 53 Man Roster

18. Samson Ebukam (Eastern Washington EDGE) *drafted 4th Rd 125th overall to the LA Rams–Made the 53 Man Roster

19. Jylan Ware (Alabama State OT) *drafted 7th Rd 231st overall to the Oakland Raiders–Made the 53 Man Roster

20. Ethan Cooper (Division II IUP OG) *Signed as UDFA with the Pittsburgh Steelers–Waived by the Steelers

Patriots lose a much needed pass rusher

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The New England Patriots used their top selection, a third round pick, on Derek Rivers from Youngstown State. Rivers spent his college career terrorizing quarterbacks, and was expected to do much of the same in Foxboro. Rivers, who was already a hot name in small school draft circles, really boosted his stock with an outstanding showing at the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Bill Belichick has never been afraid of throwing the dice on small school prospects, and generally comes out on the winning side. Though Rivers is an exceptional prospect athletically, the question was if his skill set was translatable. He was showing his ability in joint practices with the Houston Texans, dragging down Tom Savage for a sack at one point. In an unfortunate turn of events, the former Youngstown State defensive end went down with a knee injury while covering a kickoff. Though he walked off the field under his own power, it was later determined Rivers had torn his ACL and sprained his LCL. It looks like he may be lost for the season, whch depletes an already thin position for the Patriots. They will probably look to upgrade their depth, via trade or a signing.

Though its a tough pill to swallow for the young rookie, Derek Rivers is a hard worker and is devout in his faith. Expect this young man to battle back, and be better than he was prior to the injury. Speedy recovery Derek.

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The Tyrant Ten: Pre-Season power rankings in the FCS

 Pre-Season Top 10 Power Rankings

Gold denotes Tyrant Scouting Pre-Season All Americans: 1st Team

Blue denotes Tyrant Scouting Pre-Season All Americans: 2nd Team

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James Madison QB Bryan Schor passed for 3,002 yards and 29 touchdowns last season.

1.  James Madison (14-1)

Key Returning Players

QB Bryan Schor

LT Aaron Stinnie

S Raven Greene

LG A.J Bolden

LB Andrew Ankrah

RB Trai Sharp

 

Analysis:

James Madison capped off a very successful season with a win in Frisco against Youngstown State. The nucleus of this team has returned. The Dukes lost Mitchell Kirsch and Matt Frank on the offensive line, but return Aaron Stinnie, Aj Bolden and Tyree Chavious. They also return one of the most important pieces in signal caller Bryan Schor, who passed for 3,002 and 29 touchdowns.  Don’t sleep on the defense either. Safety Raven Greene had 6 interceptions last year. Also, cornerback Jimmy Moreland had 2 interceptions, but was second on the team with pass breakups (9). Look for James Madison to come out of the gate hot, and keep that momentum into another deep playoff run.

 

 

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DT Nate Tanguay will be returning for his Senior campaign, and will be trying to guide his team back to another National Championship.

2. North Dakota State (12-2)

Key Returning Players

DT Nate Tanguay

LB Nick DeLuca

DE Greg Menard

QB Easton Stick

FS Tre Dempsey

 

Analysis:

No surprises here, as North Dakota State ranks at the top of our list. An already formidable defense returns their leader, middle linebacker Nick DeLuca. He was granted a fifth year, and looks to rebound from last year’s injuries. A very tough defensive line will be the catalyst for this team, and no quarterback in the FCS should feel comfortable. Defensive end Greg Menard had 11 sacks last season, and 15.5 tackles for a loss. Caleb Butler also chipped in 5 sacks. Easton Stick will have another year to fine tune his control of the offense, and as usual, the Bison will lean heavily on the run game.

 

 

 

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Our top rated FCS prospect, TE Dallas Goedert will be a focal point for South Dakota State’s offense.

3. South Dakota State (9-4)

Key Returning Players

TE Dallas Goedert

WR Jake Wieneke

QB Taryn Christion

DT Kellen Soulek

 

Analysis:

South Dakota State boasts one of the scariest offenses in the FCS, and will look to ride NFL prospects Dallas Goedert and Jake Wieneke to a championship. TE Dallas Goedert is an exceptional talent, and had 1,293 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Wieneke had a ridiculous 16 touchdowns. Quarterback Taryn Christion returns as well, after racking up 3,714 yards and 30 touchdowns last season. This trio will spearhead any playoff run.

 

 

 

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Senior Safety Cole Reyes (8) looks to get North Dakota back to the playoffs.

4. North Dakota (9-3)

Key Returning Players

S Cole Reyes

CB Deion Harris

QB Keaton Strudsrud

RB John Santiago

 

Analysis:

North Dakota will look to build on last year’s success, which saw them reach their first ever playoff berth. They have a fierce secondary, led by Deion Harris and Cole Reyes. Harris had 5 interceptions last season and Reyes had 3.  North Dakota’s offense leans heavily on an option style running game, and signal caller Keaton Strudsrud is very efficient managing it. RB John Santiago had 1,030 yards and 7 touchdowns, while his partner in crime Brady Olivera had 919 yards and 10 touchdowns.

 

 

 

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Eastern Washington DT Jay-Tee Tiuli is another prospect generating some NFL buzz.

 

5. Eastern Washington (12-2)

Key Players Returning

DT Jay-Tee Tiuli

QB Gage Gabrud

CB Nzuzi Webster

C Spencer Blackburn

 

Analysis:

Eastern Washington’s nasty passing attack took a hit during this off-season, they lost wide receivers Cooper Kupp, Shaq Hill, and Kendrick Bourne. The man who orchestrated it all, head coach Beau Baldwin, left Eastern Washington for an offensive coordinator job at the University of California at Berkeley. He was replaced by former offensive line coach, Aaron Best, who has over twenty years with the program.

“I’ve taken a few notes about how to throw the football forward, so we’re not going to put our hands in the dirt and become a wishbone triple-option team.”

Aaron Best -HC Eastern Washington

The Eagles return a very talented quarterback in Gage Gabrud, who passed for 5,160 yards and 48 touchdowns. While the scheme looks to change a bit, Gabrud’s arm should remain the offensive centerpiece.

 

 

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Sam Houston State QB, Jeremiah Briscoe, had an eye popping 57 touchdowns last season.

6. Sam Houston State (12-1)

Key Returning Players

QB Jeremiah Briscoe

DE P.J Hall

WR Yedidiah Louis

OG Sam Hardy

RB Corey Avery

 

Analysis:

A very dynamic offense powers this team, and it goes through quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe. Last year, he set the world of fire with 4,602 yards and 57 touchdowns. Star defensive end, P.J Hall, will be a key cog in a defensive unit looking to improve on last season.

 

 

 

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Richmond’s senior quarterback looks to bounce back from an injury that cut his season short.

7. Richmond (10-4)

Key Returning Players

QB Kyle Lauletta

S Brendan Coniker

OT Alex Light

WR Jarmal Bevels

TE Garrett Hudson

 

Analysis:

Richmond’s success this season will be riding on the health of star quarterback Kyle Lauletta. Before injury derailed his season, Lauletta had compiled 3,022 yards and 24 touchdowns. With the departure of star wideout Brian Brown, expect more targets to go to wide receivers Jarmal Bevels and Tyler Wilkins. Garrett Hudson should help fill the void as well. Safety Brendan Coniker also returns, he posted 94 tackles last season (ranked 2nd on the team) and 2 interceptions.

 

 

 

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Jacksonville State Safety Marlon Bridges (43)

8. Jacksonville State (10-2)

Key Returning Players

OG Justin Lea

DE Darius Jackson

RB Roc Thomas

CB Jaylen Hill 

S Marlon Bridges

Analysis:

Eli Jenkins is gone now, and Jacksonville State will look to replace last year’s leading passer and rusher. His backup last year, Bryant Horn will be first in line to fill the void. Former Auburn back Roc Thomas will look to shoulder more of the rushing load this season, behind a very good offensive line that includes standouts Justin Lea and Dylan Cline. The defense will be the spark for the team, and includes defensive end Darius Jackson, cornerback Jaylen Hill, and safety Marlon Bridges. Jackson had a team high 10 sacks last season. Hill and Bridges had 10 interception between the two of them.

 

 

 

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Villanova Safety Rob Rolle (4) goes for a tackle on current Pittsburgh Steeler James Conner.

9. Villannova (9-4)

Key Returning Players

S Rob Rolle

RB Aaron Forbes

TE Ryan Bell

LB Ed Shockley

QB Zach Bednarczyk

 

Analysis:

Zach Bednarczyk and Aaron Forbes will guide the offense in the upcoming season. Bednarczyk passed for 2,158 yards and 19 touchdowns, and added another 539 rushing yards on the ground. TE Ryan Bell chipped in 434 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. Ballhawking safety Rob Rolle returns to lead the defense in 2017, he had 7 interceptions last season and returned one for a touchdown. Linebacker Ed Shockley was tied for a team high 86 tackles last season.

 

 

 

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Lehigh QB Brad Mayes takes over a very potent passing attack.

10. Lehigh (9-3)

Key Returning Players

WR Troy Pelletier

WR Gatlin Casey

QB Brad Mayes

RB Dominick Bragalone

S Sam McCloskey

 

Analysis:

The high octane Lehigh passing attack shouldn’t miss a beat this year, as quarterback Brad Mayes replaces Nick Shafnisky. Lehigh will still chuck the ball around, and star wideouts Troy Pelletier and Gatlin Casey will be hard to stop. They combined for 26 touchdowns last season, and will be looking to build on that. RB Dominick Bragalone keeps defenses honest, and had 1,192 and 14 touchdowns. Safety Sam McCloskey returns and will be assuming more of a leadership role this season.

 

 

 

 

Tyrant Scouting FCS Pre-Season All Americans: 1st Team

 

 

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Fordham RB Chase Edmonds headlines our first team, with 1,799 yards and 19 touchdowns.
QB Jeremiah Briscoe Sam Houston St Sr
RB Chase Edmonds Fordham Sr
WR Jake Wieneke South Dakota State Sr
WR Kamron Lewis St Francis (PA) Jr
TE Dallas Goedert South Dakota St Sr
OT Aaron Stinnie James Madison Sr
OG AJ Bolden James Madison Sr
C Robert Luke Montana Sr
OG Justin Lea Jacksonville St Sr
OT Randin Crecelius Portland St Sr
DE Pat Afriyie Colgate Sr
DT Nate Tanguay North Dakota State Sr
DT Abdullah Anderson Bucknell Sr
DE Darius Jackson Jacksonville State Sr
LB Brett Taylor Western Ilinois Sr
LB Nick DeLuca North Dakota State Sr
LB Garrett Dolan Houston Baptist Sr
DB Deion Harris North Dakota Sr
DB D’Montre Wade Murray State Sr
DB Jaylen Hill Jacksonville State Sr
DB Danny Johnson Southern Sr
K Griffin Trau Richmond Jr
P Ian Berryman Western Carolina Jr
Ret Harold Cooper Rhode Island Sr