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Otterbein Football still honoring Josh Worthington’s #5 with a special player getting to wear it each season


(courtesy Otterbein)

The significance of the football uniform Number 5 at Otterbein means everything to the program and community.

The number was worn by Grove City native and former QB Josh Worthington, who passed away early Christmas morning in 2004, after his vehicle was struck by a drunk driver.

Over a decade-long tradition has gone on where the Cardinals coaching staff annually selects one player each season to wear number 5. The numeral is worn as a yearly tribute to Worthington.

Worthington will always be remembered for his hard work, dedication and commitment he possessed as a very promising young player. The players say it is an honor and privilege to be selected by the coaching staff to wear number 5, which usually goes to a senior. That player must not only be respected as aplayer, but must also demonstrate great character. The following players have been awarded this prestigious honor:

2005 – Ricardo Lenhart

2006 – Justin Ross

2007 – Justin Ross

2008 – Brady Collins

2009 – Eric Yates

2010 – Justin Hochstetler

2011 – Matt Ross

2012 – Kiefer Hinkle

2013 – Zack Grieves

2014 – Ty Compton

2015 – John Pyles

2016 – Dalton Jarvis

2017 – Kyle Blust/Logan Stepp

2018 – Payton Vanderkooi

2019 – Winston Spiker (#55)

This season, the Otterbein Football coaching staff has decided to do something different. Josh Worthington’s number 5 will be retired and that 55 will be the new number.

Also, at this year’s Homecoming Game, Worthington’s Family will be present and they will get to meet every player that has donned that jersey.

That will be a fitting tribute to a young man that I had a chance to interview when he played at Otterbein. It is a shame his life, with so much potential was cut short by someone who was driving drunk.

Otterbein Football working hard to improve upon 2-8 2018 season


WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Upcoming seniors Winston Spiker (Adamsville/Tri-Valley) and Ryan Tuchow (Hilliard/Davidson) will serve as Otterbein’s player representatives at the 2019 Ohio Athletic Conference Football Media Day, scheduled this year for Tuesday, August 6 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Both returning starters, along with eighth-year head coach Tim Doup and other support staff, will help compile the Otterbein table for the event attended by all 10 institutions in the league.

Start time for the general session will be 10:30 a.m., followed by a 12:15 luncheon and additional announcements/presentations. Coaches and student-athletes (listed below) will be available for interviews and pictures at the conclusion of the day.

Media interested in attending should contact OAC Director of Information, Lindsay Miller (, by July 30.

Tuchow, an inside linebacker with 29 career games under his belt, broke through during his first full season as a starter in 2018. He earned second team All-OAC honors after ranking top-six in the league for tackles (94) and tackles for loss (15), including a career-high 17 against Heidelberg.

Spiker, a three-year mainstay on the offensive line, has started all 30 games since arrival with 17 at left guard and another 13 at center. Expected to move back to guard this fall, Spiker helped pave the wave for one of the OAC’s top offenses as a freshman (2016) and sophomore (2017).

The Cardinals are looking to turn around a disappointing 2-8 record from last year, dropping two games in the closing 10 seconds of regulation in back-to-back weeeks (Muskingum/Capital) and another one-possession slugfest on Homecoming with Ohio Northern.

Otterbein FTB stars 55 OL Winston Spiker 14 LB Ryan Tuchow (courtesy Otterbein Athletics)


South Carolina Gamecocks Football announces retirement of senior TE Kiel Pollard due to injuries

Kiel Pollard (87) running away from a defender (courtesy South Carolina Athletic Communications)

8/16/2019 | Football
University of South Carolina senior tight end Kiel Pollard will retire from playing football, it was announced today.

“Kiel suffered a small fracture in his neck last week, which was to have sidelined him for 4-6 weeks,” said head coach Will Muschamp. “However, during an MRI, the doctors discovered a cyst on his spinal cord, which appears to have been there since he was a child. The severity of the situation and the possible long-term consequences from that medical condition forced him to give up his playing career.

“Our hearts go out to Kiel and family,” continued Coach Muschamp. “He is a great representative of our program and our University. He is on schedule to graduate in December and will not doubt have a successful career in the coaching profession.”

Pollard, a 6-1, 235-pounder from Moultrie, Ga., was expected to play an important role in the Gamecock offense and on special teams in 2019. He logged 17 catches for 203 yards over the past three seasons, playing in 38 games, including three starts. He earned three team awards on special teams during the 2018 season – Unselfish Teammate, Tenacity and Leadership, and was honored as the Jim Carlen Special Teams Player of the Spring earlier this year. He was also recognized as the Harold White GPA Award winner for Special Teams this spring, and has been a member of several SEC Academic honor rolls.

The Gamecocks will open the 2019 season in Charlotte against North Carolina on Saturday, August 31. Game time is set for 3:30 pm ET and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.


Rutgers Football set to re-inact First Game


1869 Matchup Against Princeton Set Stage for 150 Years of College Football

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers University, the Birthplace of College Football, will conduct a re-enactment of the first football game on Friday, Aug. 30 at 6:15 p.m. prior to the 2019 season opener.


To celebrate the 150th anniversary of college football, Rutgers harken back to the 1869 matchup between the Scarlet Knights and Princeton which gave rise to the Saturday tradition. Fans are encouraged to attend the game which will feature Rutgers Theatre students dressed in late 1800′s era costumes.

Head coaches

There have been 30 head coaches with the Rutgers football team.

No. Coach Tenure Record
1 William A. Reynolds 1869–1894 49–80–9 (.355)



The Princeton–Rutgers rivalry is a college rivalry in athletics between the Tigers of Princeton University and Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University – New Brunswick, both of which are located in New Jersey

The rivalry dates back to the first college football game in history in 1869. Although the football series ended in 1980 due to the two schools going in different directions with their football programs.






Wabash Little Giants are the team to beat in North Coast Athletic Conference 2019 Football race

CLEVELAND, OH – After earning a share of the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championship with Wittenberg and Denison, Wabash has been picked to repeat as conference champions according to balloting of the league’s football coaches.

Wabash, who produced a 9-1 overall record in 2018, collected six of the possible 10 first-place votes and 96 points overall. The Wittenberg Tigers, also 9-1 last fall, were slotted second after compiling three first-place votes and 90 total points; Denison earned the final first-place vote and 80 points overall, good for third in the rankings. The Big Red finished last season with an 8-3 record and made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1985. The fourth spot went to the DePauw Tigers who racked up 61 points while Wooster claimed fifth with 54 points. Ohio Wesleyan (53) was ranked sixth, just one point behind the Fighting Scots. Allegheny took seventh with 51 points while Oberlin (30) was ranked eighth, Hiram (23) ninth and Kenyon (12) in 10th.

The Little Giants, guided by head coach Don Morel, go into 2019 ranked No. 14 in Division III according to the Lindy’s Top 25 preseason rankings. In three seasons with Morel at the helm, Wabash is 25-5 and looks for back-to-back conference titles for the first time since winning the 2006-08 titles. The Little Giants return two all-conference running backs in the form of seniors Isaac Avant (Indianapolis, IN/Warren Central) and Ike James (Lowell, IN/Lowell). Avant ranked second in the NCAC and 25th in the nation with 1,179 rushing yards to earn first team all-conference honors last season. James led the conference and was 15th in the nation with 1,311 rushing yards as an All-NCAC first-team selection in 2017, missing last season with an injury.

Nine starters are back on the defensive side of the ball for Wabash, including 2018 NCAC Newcomer of the Year Jose Franco (Bronx, NY/Cardinal Hayes). The sophomore cornerback will be joined by five all-conference defensive starters: seniors Brandon Yeagy (Lafayette, IN/Central Catholic) and Brock Heffron (Chandler, AZ/Perry), as well as juniors Jake Page (West Lafayette, IN/Central Catholic)Blair Brody (Goodyear, AZ/Verrado) and Don Schuch (Crown Point, IN/Crown Point).

The 2019 NCAC football season will kick off Sept. 7 with a slate of eight non-conference games. The conference portion of the schedule will begin Sept. 14 with three games, Oberlin at Wooster, Wittenberg at Hiram and Ohio Wesleyan at Kenyon.


2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Football Preseason Coaches’ Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)
1. Wabash (6) 96
2. Wittenberg (3) 90
3. Denison (1) 80
4. DePauw 61
5. Wooster 54
6. Ohio Wesleyan 53
7. Allegheny 51
8. Oberlin 30
9. Hiram 23
10. Kenyon 12


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