Category: FCS

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

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2017 Small School Draft: Top 20 Results

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Bears TE Adam Shaheen

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

Player Spotlight: Aaron Stinnie

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James Madison OT Aaron Stinnie (Photo Credit to jmusports.com)

Aaron Stinnie

Draft Class: 2018

School: James Madison

Position: Offensive Tacke

Height: 6’5

Weight: 310

Question and Answer with Aaron Stinnie

 

What is your name (School-Position)?

 

Aaron Stinnie (James Madison-OT)

 

Have you ever played any other position outside of offensive tackle?

 

Yes, I’ve played on the defensive line.

 

 

What would you consider your biggest asset on the field?

 

I would say my athleticism and my footwork.

 

What would you consider your biggest weakness?

 

Sometimes during pass sets, I let my feet get to close together. I plan to work on that throughout camp and the fall.

 

Is there any player at the next level that you strive to emulate?

 

Tyron Smith (left tackle for the Dallas Cowboys)

 

Who is the toughest player that you’ve matched up with so far in your career?

 

Tanoh Kpassagnon (former Villanova DE and current Kansas City Chief)

 

 

Tell us something that no one knows about you.

 

I love to draw.

 

Any parting words for your friends and fans out there?

 

I  want to thank God for all his blessings, and I want to thank my friends and family for all their love and support.

 

 

Prior to 2017 (jmusports.com)

2016 as a Redshirt Junior: Started all 15 games at left tackle… HERO Sports FCS Second Team All-American… First Team All-CAA Offensive Lineman… ECAC First Team All-Star… VaSID First Team All-State… Roanoke Times Second Team All-State… Part of an offensive line that set JMU and CAA single-season records in scoring (700), rushing offense (4,125), total offense (7,612) and first downs (380)… Offense led the FCS in completion percentage (70.8%), team pass efficiency (181.69) and first downs… Also ranked second in scoring (46.7), third in total offense (507.5), fourth in third-down conversions (50%), fifth in rushing (275.0) and 10th in turnovers lost (13)… JMU produced more than 50 points in six games this season with an average win margin at 25.5 points per game… Named JMU’s Offensive Lineman of the Year.

2015 as a Redshirt Sophomore: Started all 12 games… Part of an offensive line that ranked second nationally in FCS in scoring (44.3) and total offense (528.8)… Offense led the nation on third-down conversions (54%), while also ranking third in first down offense (329), fourth in completion percentage (66.9%), seventh in rushing offense (273.8) and ninth in red-zone offense (89.4%)… Transitioned from defensive line to offensive line during spring practice… CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team.

2014 as a Redshirt Freshman: Played in 12 games… Had 11 total tackles, including six solo, to go with 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a quarterback hurry… Season-high five tackles (three solo) in regular-season finale win over Elon (Nov. 22)… Had a pair of tackles at Villanova (Sept. 20) and versus Towson (Oct. 11).

2013 as a Freshman: Redshirted to retain a year of eligibility

High School: Played organized football for only two years, playing on both of the offensive and defensive lines at St. Anne’s-Belfield… Had 45 total tackles (21 solos) along with eight tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery… Earned First Team All-State VISAA Division 2 recognition at both offensive and defensive lineman his senior year… Was also named Second Team All-Central Virginia and Second Team All-ODFC as a defensive lineman… After his first season as a junior, he was named to the Second Team VISFA Old Dominion on defense… Also played basketball in high school… Earned a place on the Honor Roll.

Personal: Full name is Aaron Phillip Stinnie… Son of Phil Stinnie and Julia Stinnie… Majoring in kinesiology.
 

Tyrant Analysis:

Aaron Stinnie is an intersting prospect, with only two years of collegiate offensive line play. He really stepped into his own last season, earning First Team All-CAA honors. Some of his best film was against Youngstown State’s Avery Moss (New York Giants DE), in last year’s FCS Championship. It was a back and forth battle, showing both positives and negatives for the young man.

Run Game

The run game is a staple of the James Madison offense, and Stinnie fits in well. He’s athletic enough to slide of blocks and take out targets at the next level in a hurry. He also show the ability to turn defenders and wall off running lanes. He could stand to add some functional strength, and will need to at the next level to hold up against NFL defensive ends.

 

Pass Game

Stinnie shines here, using his athletic ability and long frame to keep defenders from getting inside his body. He has smooth footwork in pass sets most of the time, but speed to power guys can give him issues initially. Stinnie does well anchoring against bullrushes and resetting his feet. If he can continue to develop, Stinnie should be one of best at his postition next season.

 

Overall

We gave Aaron Stinnie the highest grade given to an offensive tackle so far in this class (39 graded players at OT). With his current trajectory and progression, expect to hear his name somewhere on day 2. He has the athletic ability and a multi-sport background that NFL teams fall in love with. If he continues to work on his craft, this Duke will be playing on Sundays.

Tyrant Scouting FCS Pre-Season All Americans: 2nd Team

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Lehigh’s Troy Pelletier makes our 2nd team with 1,278 yards and 12 touchdowns. (Photo Credit by lehighvalleylive.com)
QB Gage Gabrud Eastern Washington Jr
RB Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks Albany Jr
WR Troy Pelletier Lehigh Sr
WR Gatlin Casey Lehigh Sr
TE Ross Dwelley San Diego Sr
OT Timon Parris Stony Brook Sr
OG Daquan Blake North Carolina A&T Sr
C Austin Kuhnert North Dakota State Sr
OG Ben Huss Duquesne Sr
OT Brandon Parker North Carolina A&T Sr
DE Jonathan Petersen San Diego Sr
DT P.J Hall Sam Houston State Sr
DT Jay-Tee Tiuli Eastern Washington Sr
DE Greg Menard North Dakota State Sr
LB Allan Cratsenberg VMI Sr
LB Darius Leonard South Carolina State Sr
LB Jeffrey Canady Eastern Kentucky Sr
DB Bralyn Cook Morhead State Sr
DB Omari Williams Samford Sr
DB Marlon Bridges Jacksonville State So
DB Cole Reyes North Dakota Sr
K Oren Milstein Columbia So
P Jacob DeMaio Weber State Sr
Ret Matt Sewall Bryant Sr

University of Central Arkansas Roster Breakdown

University of Central Arkansas Roster Breakdown

Head Coach: Steve Campbell

Conference: Southland

Last Season Record: 10-3

Games vs FBS: Arkansas State

(Won 28-23)

Top Rated Players Returning

LB George Odum

LB Chris Chambers

DE Cardell Best

DT Chris Terrell

CB Jaylon Lofton

Overview

The Central Arkansas Bears should come into the 2017 season hungry, looking to finish what they couldn’t in 2016. Last year was, statistically, a banner year for the program. They finished the regular season with only one loss, and was the strongest defense in the Southland Conference.

The offense was equally impressive, again finishing second in the conference. The Bears were about as well-rounded a team as you can get, but it didn’t translate to the ultimate success. Something they hope they can rectify this season. But it won’t be easy. The Bears lost a lot of firepower on offense to graduation, and the Sam Houston State looks to be just as potent this season as last.

Thankfully for the Bears, most of their biggest defensive contributors are returning. Led by Cardell Best and Chris Terrell up front, and stud linebackers Chris Chambers and George Odum, the Bears look to reign in Sam Houston State and keep their stranglehold on the rest of the Southland Conference. This time getting to the promised land of a championship.

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Offense

The Bears offense was strong last season, led by strong senior leadership at the skill positions. Led by wide receivers Desmond Smith and Jatavious Wilson, and running back Antwon Wells, the Bears offense was good enough for second in the conference. A conference known for high-flying, air-it-out football. Other than quarterback Hayden Hildebrand, that offensive firepower has all left the friendly confines of Estes Stadium for the next phase of their lives.

Now the honus will be put squarely upon Hildebrand and head coach Steve Campbell to re-tool the offense and replicate, and expand, the success of the 2016 squad. They had the offensive firepower to dominate most of their competition. But when it mattered most, they couldn’t hold up. The 2017 squad may struggle to meet the high standards set by last year’s team, but the defense may be strong enough to make up for their shortcomings.

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Defense

If you’re going to survive in the Southland Conference, you have to be able to do one of two things. Score with the best of them, or be able to shut down a massive passing attack. The strength of the 2016 Central Arkansas team was, by far, their defense. The offense was strong, but the defense was their bread and butter. With the core group of defenders returning for one more run in 2017, it’s now or never for this group.

Cardell Best and Chris Terrell wreaked havoc upon opposing offenses in 2016, finishing 8th and 9th respectively in tackles for loss. They were even better when it came to disrupting the passing game, with Terrell coming in 6th in the conference with seven sacks, with Best not far behind at 8th with 5.5.

With one more year under their belts, and only one more year to go, both players should be hungry to improve upon those numbers. These two will be the driving force behind what looks to be another dynamite Bears defense.

The secondary for the Bears, on the other hand, may prove to be a bit suspect. They lost their best defender, Tyler Williams to graduation. Williams led the team last season with four interceptions, and led the entire conference in passes defended with 27. That kind of production is hard to replace. Lucky for them, both Tremon Smith and Jaylon Lofton are returning to form another strong core group of senior leadership, this time on the defensive side.

It will be that strong defensive leadership that will ultimately determine how far the 2017 squad goes. If the defense can put the team on its back, and have the young guys on offense gel quickly, the Bears should be a strong title contender this season.

5 Prospects to watch in 2018: FCS Edition

Aaron Stinnie (James Madison OT)

Headed into the 2018 draft season, Stinnie is our top ranked offensive tackle at the FCS level. He was a very important part in last season’s National Championship run. He has smooth footwork and has some jolt to his initial punch. If you want to watch a next level battle, go back and watch the James Madison/Youngstown State playoff game. Stinnie matched up with current New York Giants defensive end, Avery Moss. In a back and forth battle, Stinnie eventually took over as the Dukes started to run away with the game.


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Spotlight of the Saints Ryan Ramczyk: Former Division III Offensive Lineman to First round selection in the NFL Draft


Chase Edmonds (Fordham RB)

Edmonds is an electric running back, that has the ability to take over a game. He’s elusive in open field, and has a second gear to pull away from defenders. The offense at Fordham will run through him next season. He currently hold the record in the FCS for rushing touchdowns (62) and rushing yards per game (142.8). Edmonds has another full season to add to these totals. If he stays healthy next year, expect him to be a day 2 selection.

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Dallas Goedert is a dangerous receiving threat, and our top rated TE for 2018

Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State TE)

Goedert is a dynamic receiving threat from the tight end position and looks to have another extraordinary year. Last season, he torched defenses to the tune of 1,293 yards and 11 touchdowns. He can stretch the field vertically and make the tough catches in traffic. Pairing with teammate Jake Wieneke, expect South Dakota State to keep their aggressive passing attack rolling. Goedert is definitely one of the better tight end prospects in recent memory to hail from the FCS.

Jeremiah Briscoe (Sam Houston State QB)

Briscoe sports an NFL frame, at 6’3 and 220 pounds. He has the ridiculous production, that you want to see from an FCS quarterback. He had a record setting Junior season, throwing for 4,602 yards and 57 touchdowns. He ended up winning the coveted Walter Payton award, generally given to the best offensive player in the FCS. Briscoe has many of the raw traits you look for in a quarterback prospect, and he can really boost his stock with another big year.

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2x First Team All-OVC selection, OG Justin Lea.

Justin Lea (Jacksonville State OG)

Lea is an absolute mauler at offensive guard, and looks to be our top rated interior lineman heading into 2018. He has great size, at 6’4 and 290 pounds. He has the frame to add more weight and keep his athleticism. He has a nasty punch, and has disciplined hand placement. Lea has been First Team All-OVC for the last two season, and will most likely be awarded another in 2018. If he continues to develop as a prospect, expect to hear his name called in the draft next year.

-Jason Tyrant is the Senior Managing Editor at cover32 for the Saints. He also works as the Scouting Director at Tyrant Scouting. Follow on Twitter @Jason_Tyrant

Contact at: JasonTyrant@tyrantscouting.com

Small School Big Board: The Aftermath

Top 100 

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

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New England rookie Derek Rivers looks to make a huge impact as an early starter.

 

Though Rivers was the second player off the board, he goes to the best situation. He has an excellent defensive coordinator in Matt Patricia, that will put Rivers in the best positions to succeed. He could go from Youngstown State to being a Super Bowl winner in one season.

-Jason Tyrant

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

3. Julien Davenport (Bucknell OT) *drafted 4th Rd 130th overall to the Houston Texans

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

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

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

With a little polish and refining, Jordan can be an absolute steal. He shows promise as a mauling run blocker and will fight for starting time soon.

-Jason Tyrant

 

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

8. Lorenzo Jerome (Saint Francis FS) *Signed as UDFA with San Francisco 49ers

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

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

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

12. Javancy Jones (Jackson State LB) *Signed as UDFA with the Arizona Cardinals

Jones is a fierce competitor with a chance to stick on the Cardinal’s 53 man roster. He’s a versatile player, with a quick first step. Look for some splash plays to secure his spot.

-Jason Tyrant

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

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14. Keionta Davis (UT Chattanooga)

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

The Titans can use a true nose tackle in a division that now has Leonard Fournette. Henderson is ridiculously athletic for his size and will make his presence known at camp.

-Jason Tyrant

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

17. Kendrick Bourne (Eastern Washington WR) *Signed as UDFA with the San Francisco 49ers

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

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

HBCU Spirit of America Bowl standout Jylan Ware, is a great developmental prospect. With a little work, he can end up as as a starter.

-Jason Tyrant

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

Mike Munchak will turn Cooper into a Pro Bowl caliber player. Bold prediction? Maybe, but this marriage of  athleticism and coaching talent bodes well for the Steelers.

-Jason Tyrant

21. Connor Harris (Division II Lindenwood LB) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Jets

22. Brad Seaton (Villanova OT) *drafted 7th Rd 236th overall to the Tennessee Titans

23. Grover Stewart (Albany DT) * drafted 4th Rd 144th to the Indianapolis Colts

24. Karter Schult (Northern Iowa DE) *Signed as UDFA with the Cleveland Browns

25. Cameron Lee (Illinois State OG) *Signed as UDFA with the New Orleans Saints

26. Erik Austell (Charleston Southern OG) *Signed as UDFA with the Denver Broncos

27. Winston Craig (Richmond DT) *Signed as UDFA with the Philadelphia Eagles

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Richmond DT WInston Craig as he gets after the passer.

Craig is a great scheme fit here. He’s an exceptional pass rusher from the interior defensive line. He’s got a solid shot to make the 53 as well.

-Jason Tyrant

28. Avery Moss (Youngstown State DE) *drafted 5th Rd 167th to the New York Giants

29. Josh Thornton (Southern Utah CB) *Signed as UDFA with the Detroit Lions

30. Tarik Cohen (North Carolina A&T RB) *drafted 4th Rd 119th overall to the Chicago Bears

31. Nicholas Morrow (Division III Greenville SS) *Signed as UDFA with the Oakland Raiders

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31. Morrow signed with the Oakland Raiders as an UDFA

32. Folarin Orimolade (Dartmouth LB)

33. Jamal Agnew (San Diego CB) *drafted 5th Rd 165th overall to the Detroit Lions

34. Karel Hamilton (Samford WR)

35. Eric Saubert (Drake TE) *drafted 5th Rd 174th overall to the Atlanta Falcons

36. Alek Torgernsen (Penn QB) *Signed as UDFA with the Atlanta Falcons

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36. Torgernsen looks to fight to be Matt Ryan’s backup

 

 

 

37. Mitchell Kirsch (James Madison OG) *Signed as UDFA with the Chicago Bears

38. Whitney Richardson (Division II Lane DE)

39. Patrick Ricard (Maine DT) *Signed as UDFA with the Baltimore Ravens

40. Brandon Barnes (Alabama State TE) *Signed as UDFA with the Detroit Lions

41. David Jones (Richmond FS) *Signed as UDFA with the New England Patriots

42. Dylan Cole (Missouri State LB) *Signed as UDFA with the Houston Texans

43. Donald Payne (Stetson SS)

44. Xavier Coleman (Portland State CB) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Jets

45. Jack Nelson (Division II Winona State QB)

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46. De’Angelo Henderson (Coastal Carolina RB) *drafted 6th Rd 203rd overall to the Denver Broncos

Henderson could end up as a work horse back for the Broncos. He has the talent to do so, he just needs the touches.

-Jason Tyrant

 

47. Krishawn Hogan ( Division II Marian WR) *Signed as UDFA with the Indianapolis Colts

48. Jerry Ugokwe (William & Mary OT) *Signed as UDFA with the Indianapolis Colts

49. Dante’ Blackmon (Kennesaw State CB)

50. Collin Bevins (Northwest Missouri State DT) *Signed as UDFA with the Arizona Cardinals

51. Khalid Abdullah (James Madison RB)

52. Paul Butler (Division II Cal TE) *Invited to Pittsburgh Steelers training camp

If Butler can channel his inner Heath Miller, he has a shot to stick with Pittsburgh. Butler is a solid run blocker and an underrated receiver.

-Jason Tyrant

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Cal. (PA) TE Paul Butler

53. JP Flynn (Montana State OG) *Signed as UDFA with the San Francisco 49ers

54. Donovan McCray (Grambling State DT/DE)

55. Zack Johnson (North Dakota State OG)

56. Tyler Williams (Central Arkansas CB)

57. Caleb Kidder (Montana DE) *Signed as UDFA with the Minnesota Vikings

58. Tyson Graham Jr (South Dakota LB/SS) *Invited to San Francisco 49ers training camp

Graham’s best fit here is probably as an in the box type SS. He is a sound tackler with good hands.

-Jason Tyrant

59. Christian Kuntz (Duquesne LB) *Signed as UDFA with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

60. Brady Gustafson (Montana QB)

61. Marquis Ragland (North Carolina A&T DT)

62. Antonio Pipkin (Division II Tiffin QB) *Signed as UDFA with the Arizona Cardinals

63. Sam Ekwonike (Coastal Carolina OG) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Giants

64. Billy Brown (Division II Shepherd TE) *Signed as UDFA with the Philadelphia Eagles

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64. Billy Brown is a Philadelphia Eagle.

65. Lenard Tillery (Southern RB)

66. Garry Brown (Division II Cal WR)

67. Landon Lechler (North Dakota State OT) *Signed as UDFA with the Cincinnati Bengals

68. Damani Taylor (UT Martin DT)

69. Casey Deandrade (New Hampshire FS)

70. Alex Scearce (Coastal Carolina LB) *Signed as UDFA with the Chicago Bears

71. Frederick Henry-Ajuda (North Carolina Central EDGE)

72. Max Rich (Harvard OT) *Signed as UDFA with the New England Patriots

Rich is a poor man’s Nate Solder. Though not the same caliber player initially, he has potential to develop into a starter.

-Jason Tyrant

73. Jody Webb (Youngstown State RB)

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74. Mark Spelman (Illinois State Center) *Signed as UDFA with the Chicago Bears

75. Brian Brown (Richmond WR) *Signed as UDFA with the Dallas Cowboys

76. Anthony Firsker (Harvard TE) *Signed as UDFA with the NY Jets

77. Stephen Evans (Division II North Alabama OG)

78. Marquis Smith (Savannah State LB)

79. Tyler Condit (New Haven LB/FB)

80. Jac’que Polite (Division II Winston Salem OT) *Signed as UDFA with the Buffalo Bills

81. AJ Wentland (Division II Mckendree LB)

82. Jared Holloway (Samford DT)

83. Ryan Radke (Division III Thiel WR)

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84. Kedrick Harrison (Stephen F Austin DE)

85. Jordan Norris (NW Oklahoma State CB)

86. Anthony Warrum (Illinois State WR)

87. Connor Bozick (Delaware OG)

88. Lorin Winston (Grambling State DT)

89. Darien Anderson (Alcorn State LB)

90. Robert Tonyan Jr (Indiana State TE) *Signed as UDFA with the Detroit Lions

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Detroit Lions UDFA Tonyan Jr.

89.  Jaylen Hill (Jacksonville State CB)

90. Leroy Alexander (Youngstown State FS)

91. Guy Stallworth (Grambling State SS)

92. Taylor Gadbois (Southeastern Louisiana OT)

93. Cass Weitl (Division II NW Missouri State DE)

94. Bryant Frazier (Division II Virginia State DT)

95. Josh Barge (Jacksonville State WR)

96. King Frazier (North Dakota State RB)

97. William Stanback ( Division II Virginia Union RB)

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98. Terrence Singleton (Prairie View SS)

99. Kade Harrington (Lamar RB)

100. Christian Carpenter (Gannon FS)