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Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« Reply #11910 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.

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Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« Reply #11911 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). 

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Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« Reply #11912 on: February 07, 2020, 02:53:48 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).
Sul Ross!?!  He's gonna get claustrophobic from all of the trees. LOL

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Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« Reply #11913 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.

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Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« Reply #11914 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.

TEAMS:
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

Players:

Offense:
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

Defense:
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

Coach:
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

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Re: FB: USA South Athletic Conference
« Reply #11915 on: March 18, 2020, 09:55:54 pm »
Huntingdon has their schedule up now. I assume this will be the last game of the series with Guilford, the second half of the home-and-home with Oshkosh, and the nice November trip to Murvul. Hope we get to play them. Go Hawks!

9/5      at Guilford             
9/12      vs. Birmingham-Southern       
9/19      vs. UW-Oshkosh         
10/3      at Methodist *             
10/10   vs. Greensboro *       
10/17   at Averett *             
10/24   vs. Brevard *             
10/31   at N.C. Wesleyan *          
11/7      at Maryville (Tenn.) *          
11/14   vs. LaGrange *          

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