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South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: July 15, 2020, 02:53:37 pm »
If the season is played this way I believe the West division is considerably harder.  The tie break will be interesting since it will be possible for 2 (5-1) division winners who lost head to head.  The easiest tie break in that case might be margin of victory.  I wonder if they will play the conference championship at a central location?  I believe Brevard may make the most sense.

South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: June 29, 2020, 01:46:43 pm »
And if you were ever looking for a game in the USAC where I believe defense was optional look no further than the Monarchs final game of 2013 vs the Battling Bishops.

68 total first downs
178 offensive/defensive snaps
1,315 total offensive yards
131 total points (18 TDs and 2 FGs)
6 punts (3 by each team)
2 turnovers (1 by each team)

NCWC had 2 QB's play one threw for 190 and the other threw for 260
Methodist's starting QB was lost for the game early in the second period.  This was after leading the Monarch on 4 scoring drives in the first 4 possessions.
 The backup came in and threw for 300 yards and 4 TDs.  The Monarchs backup QB was NCWC starting QB as a freshman in 2010 and was the offensive ROY that season in the conference.  Methodist was down 61-62 and scored with 23 seconds left on the clock and added the 2 point conversion to seal the 7 point win.

South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: June 25, 2020, 04:58:32 pm »
The Methodist -v- Huntingdon game that year was one of those games that the Hawks lost while putting up big offense.  There was a combined 1,144 yards of offense, 93 total points, 0 turnovers, only 6 negative yardage plays, and 152 total offensive/defensive plays.  The Monarchs converted more third and fourth downs.  That combined with a little better starting field position were the keys.  Also the Methodist QB throwing for 300 and running for 100 didn't hurt the cause

South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: June 25, 2020, 03:26:07 pm »
2013 Maryville was a good squad.  That may have been one of the more impressive seasons the conference had as a whole (on the top end).  You had (8-2) CNU, (8-2) Methodist, and (7-3) Huntingdon to go alone with the Scots.  Offensive production between Huntingdon, LaGrange, Marville, and Methodist you could find at least one or in some cases multiple names in the top 10-20 in the nation.  Huntingdon had the most total yards per game followed by Methodist.  Maryville had the 8th most rushing yards per game.  LaGrange had the number one passing offense.  Somehow with all that CNU was 7th in the country in scoring defense with the rest of the conferences output.  Maryville just ran into a bit of bad luck with Hampden-Sydney and Nash Nance/Holton Walker QB/WR duo in the first round of the playoffs.

Maryville lost to Emory & Henry, Huntingdon, and Hampden-Sydney
Methodist lost to Emory & Henry and Maryville
CNU lost to Methodist and Maryville (but beat Hampden-Sydney earlier in the season)
Huntingdon lost to Wesley, LaGrange, and Methodist

And Felder was a heck of a player I'm not sure he made the cutoff of POY or All American.  One thing I have always been curious how much the scheme makes a difference for Maryville's running backs.  The offense that Coach Hayes runs is built of the foundation that Coach Rader brought with him in 2011.  Since then Felder, Shuler, Chenier, and Bunch have all topped 1,000 yards rushing on the season.  All 4 were great individual players but is it the X's and O's or the Jimmies and Joes so to speak.  It's fun to watch the O-line mess with their splits based on the play/defensive front.  Rader was also one of the first to bring in the RPO as a main part of the offense and not just a change up.  The threat that the screen/pass game added made for very light box counts which obviously helps the run. 

South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: March 17, 2020, 03:51:39 pm »
The USAC turned 20 this past season.  I looked back at the top teams, top players, and top coaches.  I limited it to conference champs for the teams.  I limited it to POY or 1st team All Americans on d3 football site.  For the coaches I looked at the COY.

1. 2015 Huntingdon 10-2 overall 7-0 in conference and made it to the second round of the playoffs
2. 2007 NCWC 9-3 overall 7-0 in conference and made it to the second round of the playoffs
3. 2004 CNU 9-3 overall 5-1 in conference and made it to the second round of the playoffs
4. 2005 Ferrum 9-2 overall 6-1 in conference and lost in the first round of the playoffs
5. 2017 Huntingdon 9-2 overall 7-0 in conference and lost in the first round of the playoffs
HM 2014 CNU 8-4 and lost in the second round of the playoffs
HM 2019 Huntingdon 8-4 and lost in the second round of the playoffs


1. Marcus Mayo QB from Ferrum.  OPOY in 2010 and 2011 who was also a punt returner.  He was scary looking also.
2. Tunde Ogun RB from CNU.  2008 OPOY in conference and south region and a 1st team All American.  He was a D1 transfer and it showed.
3. Cedric Townsend QB from NCWC.  OPOY in 2006 and 2007.  Took NCWC to 2nd round of the playoffs.
4. Brian Mann RB from Ferrum.  OPOY in 2017 and would have likely repeated but Ferrum left for the ODAC his JR year.
5. Chris Roncketti QB from Methodist.  OPOY in 2005 and helped win a share of the conference title that year.
HM Malik Adams WR from NCWC.  OPOY in 2015 and owns most career yards and TDs in the conference

1. Montel Lee DL from Ferrum.  DPOY in 2016 and 2017.  Owns conference record 39 career sacks.
2. Darren Venable DB from Ferrum.  DPOY in 2003 and 2004.  He played what they called the PIG in their defense and they moved him all over the field.
3. Antonio Johnson LB from NCWC.  DPOY in 2018 and 2019.  All around impressive stats but watch the games and he was always around the ball.
4. Rob Rodriguez DB from CNU.  DPOY in 2005 and 1st team All American in 2006.
5. Andre Carter LB from LaGrange.  DPOY in 2012 and 2013.  He seemed to be angry all the time.
HM DJ Chappell DL from Huntingdon.  1st team All American in 2012 and nearly impossible to block

1. Matt Kelchner from CNU 7 time coach of the year
2. Mike Turk from Huntingdon 4 time coach of the year
I put Jim Sypult (19 years) from Methodist and Dan Davis (17 years) from Ferrum in the list also as long time coaches at their respective schools
I put Jack Ginn from NCWC and Mike Rader from Maryville in the list of coaches who in Ginn's case started the program or in Rader's case revived a program.  Both coaches parlayed their success into a job at scholarship programs

South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: March 05, 2020, 05:00:32 pm »
So I may be getting a little ahead of my self but I am optimistic about where the Monarchs could be for the next 3 years.  It has always been a cycle of get a really good QB and suffer through the lumps his FR and SO years and then reap the rewards his JR and SR years.  The problem has been when the good FR doesn't make it to his senior year (see Parks/DeGroot).  Here is what I have seen since 2002 (I know that the starter may have been injured and someone else played but these were the full time starters):

2002-2005 starting QB Chris Roncketti 3-7, 4-5, 7-3, 8-2 (share of conference title)
2006-2007 starting QB Brandon Parks 4-6 FR, 4-6 SO and then unfortunately transferred to Florida State as a walk on.  He actually dressed for some home games as a RS SR but never saw the field.  I believe there would have been a conference title his JR or SR year.
2008-2009 starting QB Erik Teague 2-8 JR, 3-7 SR.  Sadly for Erik there were other issues with the team and though he was a good QB he was not good enough to overcome some of the talent deficiencies at other positions.
2010 starting QB Travis Murphy 2-8 SO.  He was beat out by a FR the next season but could have been a solid starter by his SR year
2011-2014 starting QB Max Reber 3-7, 5-5, 8-2 (share of conference title), 6-4.  Max's SR year he lost his top WR the year prior and also the defense lost the starting nose guard that made the odd front work because he was an absolute monster.  Still I think the record in 2014 could have been better.
2015 starting QB Dylan DeGroot 4-6 FR.  Unfortunately due to personal reasons he left but boy I would have loved to watch him for three more years.  He was talented enough to elevate others and a conference title his JR or SR year would not have been out of the question.
2016 starting QB Xavier Adams 3-6 RS SR who transferred to Methodist.  Not a bad player but could not elevate the talent around him.
2017-2018 starting QB Steve Keoni 2-8 SO, 2-7 JR  He was not a bad player but had some arm limitations.  The offense also hung their hat on the run game his 2 seasons as a starter.
2019 starting QB Brandon Bullins 4-6 FR.  He has tons of talent and upside in my opinion and had a pretty decent year also.  If he stays the next three years I believe the sky's the limit.

The trick is to have a QB waiting ready to go after the SR leaves but as we see with all levels of college football if the guy isn't starting he looks for other opportunities.  That is the trickiest position in football because there is only one.  All other positions rotate or have multiple players at that position on the field at the same time.

South Region football / Re: FB: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
« on: March 04, 2020, 09:31:16 pm »
It looks like Coach Grande landed as an offensive analyst at Iowa State.  The Cyclones head coach has the arrow pointed in an upward direction with 3 straight bowl appearances.  I wish the best for Coach Grande.  Hopefully Ferrum gives the interim coach a realistic look as the open a national search.  A semblance of stability at this time of year may be the only thing that can salvage the 2020 recruiting class.

South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: February 03, 2020, 03:35:44 pm »
Greensboro College announced last week that they have hired a new coach, Tyler Card.  He is a 2010 graduate of Southern Virginia.  Looks like he is originally from Utah but is well traveled.  He coached at SVU for a few years then went to Weber State (UT) then to Pace (NY).  He has spent the past 5 years at Sul Ross State in TX.  He was the OC for the last 3 years.  He has an OL background which I always appreciate.  I wish him and the Pride the best of luck this season (with the exception of 11/7 against the Monarchs). 

South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: January 24, 2020, 10:49:10 am »
Methodist 2020 schedule is up on their website now.  They have the same out of conference opponents as last year.  The will play home first against Shenandoah at home which will be a tough test.  Last year the game got out of hand due to a few things one of which was the long got hurt in that Thursday practice.  The backup sent a snap over the punters head and a another bad snap led directly to a block and a TD.  The next two games are very winnable at Guilford and at Catholic.  The bye comes before conference play and Huntington and Maryville come to Fayetteville back to back weeks.  Next away to LaGrange and if that RB is back that will be no cake walk.  Averett is homecoming.  Halloween night  in the mountains against the Tornados is the toughest road game by far.  Greensboro home then NCWC on the road to finish.  On paper it sets up well.  Hopefully recruiting and spring conditioning are moving things in a direction to build off of last season.

South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: December 11, 2019, 03:56:49 pm »
If anyone out there is looking for a challenge Greensboro College is looking for a new head coach.  At this point the problem cannot be the football program or the coaching staff it must be a school issue.  Over 20 years playing football and the best anyone has done is a .500 season.

South Region football / Re: FB: Southern Athletic Association
« on: December 10, 2019, 03:08:33 pm »

Back sometime in early November you made the point about the regional rankings being dominated by the state of Texas well the all-region selections are also Texas heavy.  20 out of the 77 selections claim Texas as their home state and only 2 of those left Texas to play in college.  This was followed up by 12 players from Virginia and 10 from Pennsylvania.  It was pretty spread out from a conference standpoint with the ASC with 15 players (9 from UMBH help) down to 10 from the USAC.  The ODAC had representatives from all 9 teams.

South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: December 10, 2019, 12:58:46 pm »
10 USAC players made the all-south region team.  Huntingdon led the way with 4 players followed by 3 from NCWC, 2 from Averett, and one from LaGrange.  Huntingdon returns 3 players to next years team. 

South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: December 05, 2019, 12:47:11 pm »
Congrats to LaGrange SR DB Peyton Haynes and NCWC JR DB Eddie Graham for making it on the AFCA All-American Teams.  Haynes on the 1st team and Graham on the 3rd team.  Also big Congrats to the Hawks for a big 1st round win in the playoffs as well as Congrats to the Tornados ECAC Bowl win.

South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: November 21, 2019, 10:50:57 am »
The all-conference team came out yesterday and there were not very many surprises in my eyes other than a WR winning offensive POY.  It happened once previously in 2015 but Malik Adams from NCWC had over 1,300 receiving yards and 19 TDs that year.  That award has gone to a QB or a RB every other time.  I can't say that I really have a strong argument against Porter though.  Averett led the way with 12 total selections 9 of them being 1st team.  They were followed by NCWC, Huntingdon, and Maryville with 9 selections each.  NCWC had 7 of those selections on the 1st team.  Methodist had 6, Brevard had 4, and LaGrange had 3 (also the defensive ROY who did not make 1st or 2nd team).  Greensboro was shut out.  Averett, Huntingdon, Methodist, and Brevard are each bringing back 4 all-conference players for 2020.  NCWC and Maryville bring back 3 each and LaGrange will have 2.  A few players to watch out for in 2020 are:
Running back- Thomas from Huntingdon is a rising SR
Running back- Brunch from Maryville is a rising JR
Wide Receiver- Mosby from Averett is a rising JR
Wide Receiver- Roberts from NCWC is a rising JR
Offensive Line- Hixon from Huntingdon is a rising JR (1st team as a SO so he must be the real deal)
Defensive Line- Ledbetter from Averett is a rising JR and I believe is only 1.5 sacks away from tying the Averett career record and he could flirt with the conference record of 39 if he progresses
Linebacker- Caldwell from Huntingdon is a rising SR
Defensive Back- Anderson from Brevard is a rising SR
Defensive Back- Graham from NCWC is a rising SR

South Region football / Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« on: November 19, 2019, 03:40:33 pm »
Alright AU I gave the way to early 2020 prediction a shot as well.  I looked at the rosters and made the assumption that all the players who contributed statistically (a big sorry to the OL I did not look at listed starters to see who would be returning) as well as the head coaches.  Here is how I think they stack up next season:

1. Brevard- They are only losing 1 SR WR, 1 SR DL, and 1 SR DB.  The QB will be a JR with 2 full years starting experience.  They are returning 16 of their top 18 defensive players which includes a stacked secondary.  Their top 3 runners will be JRs or SOs next season offensively.
2. Huntingdon- They will be hit hard by graduation offensively with the QB, top 4 WRs, and the top HB.  They will also suffer losses along the defensive front with 2 SRs.  Their top RB will be a SR next year and a rising SO saw some time in the backfield but there are 3 SR RBs that will be missed.  I think the strength of this team will be on the defensive side of the field especially until the new starter gets up to speed.
3. Methodist- I don't think that this is a homer pick (at least I hope not).  They are returning the rising SO QB who will have started 9 games after this weekend.  He will also have his top 3 WRs back.  The offense will lose the top 2 RBs to graduation but will return at least 8 players up front who had starting/playing experience.  The defense will lose the starting 2 inter DL and 2 secondary players but return 14 out of the top 18 players including the best safety, ILB, OLB, and DE.  The kicker, punter, and best returner are back also.
4. Averett- Graduation will hit the Cougars hard on the offensive side with the SR QB and top 3 RBs leaving.  On defense the top LB and most of the secondary are moving on.  All of the WRs will be back and the majority of the DL.  I also believe that the loss of the SR K/P will show as there is typically not a lot of depth at any level of football at those positions.
5. Maryville- The offense was a mess at times this year.  They are returning 3 QBs that played who will all be rising JRs so hopefully the spring will get that position sorted out.  They are returning the best RB in the conference but losing a starting WR and TE.  Defensively they are losing 8 of the top 18 players including 3 up front and 4 on the back end.  They will also be looking for new specialists in 2020.
6. LaGrange- They are returning what will likely be the offensive ROY in the conference and perhaps the defensive ROY.  They also started multiple QBs in 2019 and will have a rising SR, JR, and SO to pick from during spring ball.  All of the WRs will be there for the QB to throw to as well.
7. NCWC- I think these guys are hit the hardest by graduation.  On offense the QB, TE, 2 RB, and 4 out of 5 OL (I knew their starting 5 from looking at it prior to MU homecoming).  They are returning a rising SR RB and 3 rising JR WRs along with one SR OL.  The defense is losing 3 out of 4 DL, the top to LB, and 2 SR DBs.  There will be some returning players in the secondary.
8. Greensboro- They are losing their best player Bagley in the secondary and returning kicks.  They are returning their 2 best LBers

The offseason conditioning program, spring ball, retention, and recruiting will play a big hand in who will come out on top in 2020.  This year with there being so much turnover (top three teams and graduation) I'm not sure where we will end up in November next year.  This was the 20th season of USAC football this year and so far we have had 8 teams win or share the conference title.  Gone are CNU with 10 titles, Ferrum with 4, and Shenandoah with 2.  Remaining are Huntingdon with 4, Maryville with 4, NCWC with 3, Methodist with 2, and Averett with one.  Only Huntingdon (4 times), Maryville (twice), and NCWC (twice) have been to the playoffs. 

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