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South Florida Bulls 2017 favorite to win American Athletic Conference Football title in preseason media poll

July 18, 2017 

For Immediate Release



USF, Memphis tabbed as divisional favorites



American Championship
Team Points
USF 26
Houston 2
Memphis 1
Navy 1
East Division
Team Points
1. USF (30) 180
2. UCF 126
3. Temple 119
4. Cincinnati 100
5. East Carolina 63
6. UConn 42
West Division
Team Points
1. Memphis (22) 169
2. Houston (6) 137
3. Navy (1) 128
4. Tulsa (1) 102
5. SMU 64
6. Tulane 30
first-place votes in parentheses

NEWPORT, R.I. – The USF Bulls have been selected as the favorite to win the 2017 American Athletic Conference Championship and were the unanimous choice to win The American’s East Division title in the conference’s preseason media poll.


The Bulls received 26 of a possible 30 votes to win the league title, while the Bulls were listed first on all 30 ballots in the East Division.


Memphis was the media’s choice in the West Division as the Tigers received 22 first-place votes and 169 points. Houston was projected as the conference champion on two ballots, while Memphis and Navy received one vote each as the projected conference champion.


USF, which finished the 2016 season ranked No. 19 nationally, returns 18 starters, including six all-conference players, from a team that went 11-2 and defeated South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl last season. Head coach Charlie Strong, who served as Louisville’s head coach during the first season of American Athletic Conference football in 2013, returns to the conference as the Bulls’ fourth coach in school history. USF will be led by quarterback Quinton Flowers, the 2016 American Offensive Player of the Year who set a school record with 4,342 yards of total offense and accounted for 42 touchdowns last year.


UCF was picked second in the East Division after the Knights improved by six wins in Scott Frost’s first year as head coach. The Knights return 14 starters from last year, including linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who was the 2016 American Defensive Player of the Year. Griffin had a breakout year with a league-leading 11.5 sacks to go with 20 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups, an interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.


Temple was third in the East Division in the preseason poll with 119 points. The Owls have turned in back-to-back 10-win seasons and won the American Athletic Conference championship last season, but first-year head coach Geoff Collins, the former defensive coordinator at Florida and Mississippi State, will have to replace veteran starters at quarterback and running back on offense as well as a first-round draft pick from a defense that ranked third nationally in yards allowed last season.


Cincinnati was picked fourth in the East Division with 100 points. The Bearcats welcome new head coach Luke Fickell, the longtime Ohio State defensive coordinator and former Buckeye head coach, who has 11 returning starters from 2016, including quarterback Hayden Moore and two of the top three receivers from last year.


East Carolina was tabbed for fifth in the East Division as second-year coach Scottie Montgomery looks to get the Pirates back to bowl eligibility. The Pirates will have to replace wide receiver Zay Jones, who set the NCAA single-season and career receptions records in 2016, but East Carolina has its next four leading receivers from last season returning.


UConn was sixth in the preseason poll in the East Division. Head coach Randy Edsall returns to UConn, where he manned the sidelines for 12 years, won two conference titles, and led the Huskies to the Fiesta Bowl in the 2010 season.


Memphis was named as the favorite in the West Division as the Tigers claimed 22 of the 30 first-place votes for 169 points. The Tigers have 17 returning starters from last year, including quarterback Riley Ferguson, who led The American and set a school record with 32 touchdown passes in 2016. The Tigers also have a proven deep threat as wide receiver Anthony Miller finished 2016 with 95 catches for 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns.


Houston received six first-place votes and was picked for second in the West Division with 137 points. Major Applewhite enters his first full season as the Cougars’ head coach after spending the last two seasons as Houston’s offensive coordinator, helping the team to 22 wins in the last two years. Houston returns All-America defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who set a conference record with 23.0 tackles for loss as a freshman and has been tabbed as the nation’s top defensive player by several national outlets in the preseason.


Navy was picked third in the West Division with 128 points, including one first-place vote. The Midshipmen have won or shared the West Division title in each of their first two seasons in The American and have gone 14-2 in conference regular-season games since 2015. Ken Niumatalolo’s team returns nine starters from last year, including linebacker D.J. Palmore, who had 107 tackles and 6.0 sacks last season.


Tulsa received one first-place vote and was tabbed for fourth in the West Division with 102 points. The Golden Hurricane reached double digits in wins for the fifth time in 10 seasons after last year’s 10-3 showing under third-year head coach Philip Montgomery. Tulsa returns three all-conference offensive linemen, which bodes well for 1,400-yard rusher D’Angelo Brewer.


SMU was fifth in the West Division projection with 64 points. The Mustangs improved by three wins from 2015 to 2016 as Chad Morris’ squad finished one win shy of bowl eligibility. SMU returns 16 starters from last year, including dynamic wide receiver Courtland Sutton, who had 1,246 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on his way to first-team all-conference honors.


Tulane was projected sixth in the West, though hopes in New Orleans are considerably higher as the Green Wave returns 17 starters from last year. Head coach Willie Fritz, who enters his second year at Tulane, has seen his teams improve by an average of 2.3 wins from his first year to his second at each of his three previous head coaching stops.


The third American Athletic Conference Football Championship will be played Saturday, Dec. 2, at the home site of the division champion with the best conference record.




Preseason Poll Notes

The favorite in the American Athletic Conference preseason media poll has ended up winning the conference title once in the league’s first four seasons;

Year Favorite Conference Finish Champion
2013 Louisville 2nd UCF
2014 Cincinnati t-1st UCF, Cincinnati, Memphis
2015 Cincinnati t-3rd East Houston
2016 Houston t-3rd West Temple



All-Time Preseason Media Polls


American Championship

Team                                 Points

Houston                                27

USF                                          2

Temple                                   1


East Division

Team                                 Points

1.       USF (15)                               164

2.       Temple (9)                          144

3.       Cincinnati (6)                     130

4.       UConn                                   89

5.       East Carolina                      55

6.       UCF                                        48


West Division

Team                                 Points

1.       Houston (30)                     180

2.       Navy                                     128

3.       Memphis                             124

4.       Tulsa                                     92

5.       SMU                                       65

6.       Tulane                                   41



American Championship

Team                                 Points

Cincinnati                            22

Memphis                               5

Houston                                 2

UCF                                         1


East Division

Team                                Points

1.         Cincinnati (29)                 179

2.        UCF (1)                                135

3.        Temple                               116

4.        East Carolina                    105

5.        USF                                       53

6.        UConn                                  42


West Division

Team                                Points

1.         Memphis (13)                   153

2.        Houston (10)                     149

3.        Navy (7)                              148

4.        Tulane                                  74

5.        SMU                                     59

6.        Tulsa                                    47



Team                                 Points

1.       Cincinnati (17)                    311

2.       UCF (7)                                 296

3.       Houston (6)                        268

4.       East Carolina                     262

5.       SMU                                      158

6.       USF                                        157

7.       Memphis                            133

8.       Temple                                105

9.       UConn                                   98

Tulane                                  98

11.     Tulsa                                     94

Team                                 Points

1.       Louisville (28)                    298

2.       Cincinnati (2)                     257

3.       Rutgers                               240

4.       UCF                                       210

5.       USF                                       155

6.       Houston                              134

7.       UConn                                  131

8.       SMU                                      118

9.       Temple                                 60

10.     Memphis                              47








Iowa announces 2017 Football Single-Game Ticket Information

July 18, 2017




IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa Athletics Department announced today that single game ticket sales for all 2017 home football games at Kinnick Stadium will begin on Thursday, July 20. Fans are limited to purchasing 10 tickets per game.


Sales to the general public will begin on Wednesday, July 26, after members of the National I-Club and 2017 Iowa football season ticket holders have an opportunity to make single game purchases based on the following schedule:

Thursday, July 20 — Kinnick Gold and Kinnick Society members
Friday, July 21 – Champion Club and Golden Hawk members
Monday, July 24 – All other National I-Club donor levels

Tuesday, July 25 – 2017 season ticket holders who are not members of the National I-Club
Wednesday, July 26 – General public


For more information about the National I-Club or to join the National I-Club, visit or call (319) 467-3410.


Single game ticket sales will begin online at at 9 a.m. (CT). Fans can also call the UI Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-IA-HAWKS to place their order between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. Fans should not submit multiple orders, which may result in termination of their purchase and denial of tickets.


Hawkeye fans interested in bringing a group of 20 or more to a home game are encouraged to contact Rachael Bedell, group sales coordinator, at (319) 384-4299 or If a group also desires turn-key game-day hospitality inside Hawkeye Village, the group leader should contact Bravo Sports Marketing at (319) 626-8286.

The Hawkeyes are coming off an eight-win season last year, which included an appearance in the Outback Bowl. Iowa will host seven games inside Kinnick Stadium in 2017, beginning Sept. 2, against Wyoming at 11 a.m. (CT).

A reminder for fans that the UI Athletics Ticket Office is still accepting orders for 2017 Iowa football season tickets and the new Fight For Iowa Mobile Ticket Pass. Three-game football ticket mini-packs will remain on sale through Wednesday, July 19.

2017 Iowa Football Home Schedule
Sept. 2……. Wyoming (11 am)…………..$45 each, $25 youth tickets & discount-priced group tickets also available
Sept. 16….. North Texas (2:30 pm)…….$45 each, $25 youth tickets & discount-priced group tickets also available
Sept. 23….. Penn State…………………….$95 each
Oct. 7……… Illinois (11 am) *…………… $60 each, $25 youth tickets & discount-priced group tickets also available
Oct. 28……. Minnesota…………………… $80 each, discount-priced group tickets also available
Nov. 4…….. Ohio State…………………… $95 each
Nov. 18…… Purdue…………………………$60 each, $25 youth tickets & discount-priced group tickets also available

* Homecoming





Iowa Hawkeyes names 2017 Football Leadership Group

June 30, 2017



IOWA CITY, Iowa – - The University of Iowa football program has named 18 players to the 2017 Leadership Group.  Head coach Kirk Ferentz announced the group Thursday.


The group includes all 17 seniors and junior DB Brandon Snyder.  The purpose of the group is to assist in formulating policies and being involved in team decision-making throughout the year.  Players are selected by a team vote.


“Our success is a product of the leadership provided by this group on an annual basis,” said Ferentz.  “The input and leadership is valuable to our entire program throughout the entire year, not just during the fall season.  Our older players are a valuable resource to our younger guys and set a great example of our expectations.”


The group consists of seniors DL Nathan Bazata, OL Ike Boettger, LB Bo Bower, DL Daniel Gaffey, DL Jake Hulett, LB Josey Jewell, LS Tyler Kluver, FB Drake Kulick, OL Boone Myers, LB Ben Niemann, TE Peter Pekar, DB Miles Taylor, WR Matt VandeBerg, RB Akrum Wadley, LB Kevin Ward, OL Sean Welsh, and TE Jon Wisnieski, along with junior DB Brandon Snyder.


The 2017 Hawkeye Leadership Group includes:


Nathan Bazata                         DL                   Senior                          Howells, Nebraska

Ike Boettger                             OL                   Senior                          Cedar Falls, Iowa

Bo Bower                                LB                   Senior                          West Branch, Iowa

Daniel Gaffey                          DL                   Senior                          Iowa City, Iowa

Jake Hulett                               DL                   Senior                          Springville, Iowa

Josey Jewell                             LB                   Senior                          Decorah, Iowa

Tyler Kluver                            LS                    Senior                          Marshalltown, Iowa

Drake Kulick                           FB                    Senior                          Muscatine, Iowa

Boone Myers                           OL                   Senior                          Webster City, Iowa

Ben Niemann                           LB                   Senior                          Sycamore, Illinois

Peter Pekar                               TE                    Senior                          Greendale, Wisconsin

Brandon Snyder                       DB                   Junior                          Larchwood, Iowa

Miles Taylor                            DB                   Senior                          Silver Spring, Maryland

Matt VandeBerg                       WR                  Senior                          Brandon, South Dakota

Akrum Wadley                        RB                   Senior                          Newark, New Jersey

Kevin Ward                             OLB                 Senior                          Homer Glen, Illinois

Sean Welsh                              OL                   Senior                          Springboro, Ohio

Jon Wisnieski                          TE                    Senior                          West Des Moines, Iowa




Findlay Oilers Football: Defense wins Annual Spring Game, 33-31

April 21, 2017

The University of Findlay football team held their annual spring game on April 21 at Donnell Stadium and the defense came away with a 33-31 win over the offense.

The defense started the game with a 24-0 lead on the scoreboard and the offense had 12 possessions to try and win the game. In the end, the defense forced three turnovers to score points and held off the offensive unit for the victory.

Adam Leonti led the way with eight tackles while Matt Davidson recorded seven. Austen Wood added five tackles, two tackles for a loss, a sack and an interception in the game as well.

Georgio Mack and Kenny Washington each recorded a fumble recovery while Luke Edwards and Justin Ellis each posted a sack.

Offensively, Austin Rettig had 11 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown while Demondre Blanks had 15 carries for 68 yards and a score.

Jason Moore recorded two catches for 73 yards, which included a 65-yard touchdown strike from Rhys Gervais. Gervais finished the game with 76 yards passing.




Dayton Flyers end Spring Football as Red dominates White 24-7

Crain, Jeske & Surges Named 2017 Team Captains Before Pre-Game Coin Toss

DAYTON –Behind three second-half touchdown runs by sophomore running back Sean Prophit, the Red team defeated the White Team 24-7 Sunday afternoon at Welcome Stadium. The game was the final event of the University of Dayton’s spring practice season, but it was hardly just the game.

As is the tradition at UD’s Spring Game, the next season’s team captains were announced at the pre-game coin flip. Rising redshirt senior linebacker Jack Crain, rising senior quarterback Alex Jeske, and rising senior defensive end Nick Surges were named 2017 team captains. Team captains are voted on by the team after the last spring practice, and results are kept secret until Sunday’s coin flip.

Crain has played in every game for the last three years (34 games) for the Flyers. In that time he has accumulated 216 tackles, including a career high of 105 in 2015. This success led Crain to a be a Second Team All-PFL Selection in 2016 as well as earning two First Team Academic All-PFL honors.

Speaking of academics, Crain is a two-time winner of UD’s John L. Macbeth Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award. The Macbeth award goes to the member of the team with the highest GPA who has completed at least four semesters.

Jeske was the recipient of the UD’s 2016 White-Allen Most Valuable Player Trophy. The Flyer signal caller was a dual-threat weapon on offense in in his second season as a starter, leading the Flyers in rushing yards (676), passing yards (1,936), and touchdowns (29).

These numbers helped Jeske finish lead the PFL in touchdowns responsible for (29), fourth in total offense in the league (2,623), and second in scoring (90 points). Jeske was Second-Team All-PFL. In addition, Jeske was named First Team Academic All-PFL for the second straight season last year.

Surges was also Second Team All-PFL and Second Team Academic All-PFL in 2016. He led the Flyers in sacks (8.5), QB hurries (8, tied) and fumbles forced (2). He was also second in tackles for loss (12.0). Among returnees, he was third in tackles (46).

All three captains hail from the Chicago suburbs. Crain is from Lisle, Jeske is from Glen Ellyn, and Surges is from Naperville. Crain and Surge were high school teammates at Benet Academy, while Jeske played at Glenbard South.

Just before the opening kickoff, the coaches’ choice for special teams captain was also announced. Christian Searles, who is also an all-league cornerback, was named. Searles is a senior who was First Team All-PFL as a return specialist in 2015. He also is from Chicago, and played his high school ball at Mt. Carmel.

Once the game got started the defenses held sway in the first half, as the only scoring was a 37-yard field goal by Mike Ruffolo to give the Red Team a 3-0 lead at the break. Coach Rick Chamberlin noted that the offenses found their rhythm in the second half, when all four of the game’s touchdowns were scored.

Sophomore Sean Prophit pushed Red’s advantage up to 10-0 with a short run on fourth down, but Kyle Kaparos found Markus Hurd from 17 yards out to make it 10-7. Prophit added two more scores to give Red the 24-7 win. A highlight on the White side were two interceptions by sophomore safety Tim Simon.

Following the game, the members of the 2017 recruiting class in attendance were paired with their “Big Brother.” Each incoming freshman is paired with an upperclassman who helps them adjust to college football heading into their first season on campus.

“It was a really good way to wrap up our spring,” head coach Rick Chamberlin said. “We’ve had a competitive spring, and we had some good plays on both sides today.”
“We wanted our upperclassmen to develop consistency on a daily basis during our spring practices and I think we did that. We’re not ready to play a game by any stretch. We need to improve in a lot of areas. But what we accomplished this spring puts us in a good position to have a good summer and be ready when camp starts in the fall.”

UD opens the season on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Robert Morris. The Flyers open at home against Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, Sept. 9. Game time is 1 p.m. ET.
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