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Dayton Flyers Football to honor seniors today as Marist Red Foxes visit at 1:00

Football Hosts Marist On Senior Day

19 Seniors & Their Families Will Be Recognized Saturday

DAYTON –

The University of Dayton football team, 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the Pioneer Football League, plays its final regular season home game of 2017 on Saturday.  UD hosts Marist, who is 3-5 and 2-3.   Game time is 1:00 p.m. ET.

 

The Marist game is UD’s Senior Day.  The Flyers’ 19-man senior class  — Najm Babatunde, Jack Crain, Jack Euritt, Peter Garvin, Jim Hammontree, Wes Hegemann, Alex Jeske, Alex Kenner, Gus Madden, Kevin Maloney, Nate Marotta, Andrew McCormick, Griffin O’Gara, Mike Ruffolo, Christian Searles, Michael Sernus, Matt Tunnacliffe and Tucker Yinger — will be recognized before the game, and at halftime, one of them will be named the winner of the Lt. Andy Zulli Trophy, a character-driven award that is the most prestigious at UD.

 

Dayton coach Rick Chamberlin is in his 10th season as UD’s head coach. With the win at Drake, he became the winningest coach in PFL history.  He now has 58 PFL wins.

 

Jeske, Crain and Surges are the Flyer football captains this year.  Searles, an All-America kick returner, is UD’s special teams captain.

 

Saturday’s game is also UD’s Military Appreciation Game.

GOOD NEWS WORTH REPEATING

The Flyers entered the season with the third-best winning percentage (.761, 143-45) in FCS football since 2000 AND have produced the most football Academic All-Americans (26) at any level of competition in the same time frame.  The top five in winning percentage are Harvard (.799), North Dakota State (.761), Dayton (.757), Montana (.755), and San Diego (.719).

 

STREAKING

UD has not been shut out in a school-record 463 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976. That is also the all-time FCS record.

 

PFL POWER

• The Pioneer Football League is in its 25th season.  The original (and now the only) Division I strictly need-based football league began with charter members Butler, Dayton, Drake, Evansville, San Diego and Valparaiso.

• UD’s 113-36 record is the best in PFL history.

 

SCOUTING THE RED FOXES

• Marist comes to Dayton after a “bye week.”   Marist has won its last four games coming off a bye week.  The Red Foxes have lost their last three games.

• Marist is led by four captains — running back Marcellus Calhoun, linebacker Ruben Avalos, safety Wes Beans and quarterback Mike White.

• Calhoun leads the team in rushing (377 yards) and touchdowns (4).

• Beans and Avalos are 1-2 in tackles for Marist (56 and 42 respectively).  Beans is also tops in solo hits (33) and passes broken up (3).  Avalos fills the stat sheet with 3.5 TFL, one sack, 1 fumble forced and one fumble recovered.

• White is Marist’s career leader in passing yards and completions with 25 career starts under his belt.  This season, he is 147 of 280 passing (.563) for 1,635 yards. He has thrown nine TD passes to six different receivers.

• White’s favorite target is wideout Juston Christian, who leads the PFL in receptions (5.8) and is second in receiving yards per game (88.4).

• Marist has been outscored 73-10 in the first quarter this season, but is outscoring opponents 72-51 in the fourth.

 

THE MAN AT THE TOP

• Rick Chamberlin is now in his tenth season in charge of the Flyer football program. His record is 78-32.

• He is third all-time in wins at Dayton, behind two members of the College Football Hall of Fame — Mike Kelly (246 wins) and Harry Baujan (124).

• Chamberlin is also in his 43rd season as part of the Flyer football program.  A Flyer All-American linebacker in his playing days, he has been a part of 372 of UD’s 662 wins – 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 78 as a head coach.  He has also been a part of 480 of UD’s 1,065 games.

 

THE MAN AT THE TOP IN THE PFL

• Rick Chamberlin is the winningest coach in Pioneer Football League history, with 58 wins.

• He entered the season tied with his predecessor, Mike Kelly with 55.

• No other PFL coaches have 50 league wins.

 

SEARLES A PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

• Senior cornerback Christian Searles was named Second Team All-America cornerback by College Sports Madness.

• Searles is two-time First Team All-PFL.

• In 2016, he was tied for second in the PFL in interceptions (5) and was third in passes defended (16). The two-time First Team All-PFL cornerback was in on 36 tackles, with 25 of the solo variety.  His three interceptions at Jacksonville last year tied the Flyer single-game record.

• An outstanding kick returner as well (he has a 9.8 career punt return average and leads the PFL in kickoff returns average — 24.2), he is this year’s Special Teams Captain.

• He was named PFL Special Teams POtW after a 71-yd. punt return TD vs. Duquesne.

• Remarkably, Searles leads UD this season with 10 passes broken up.  (Remarkable because of how few passes are being thrown to his side of the field.)

 

JUST IN TIME JESKE

• Two-year starting quarterback Alex Jeske suffered a broken foot before camp and did not play until Drake.

• He was 12 of 22 for 197 yards in his season debut. Against Campbell, he was 27 of 48 passes for 228 yards.  At Davidson, he was 15 of 22 for 223 yards with two touchdowns.  In the Butler win, he was 13 of 27 passing (172 yards) and was UD’s leading rusher with 69 yards on the ground.

• The 48 pass attempts were a career high and the 27 completions matched his career high.

• Jeske took over as the Flyer QB as a redshirt freshman and guided the Flyers to 10 straight wins, a PFL championship and UD’s first-ever appearance in the FCS playoffs.

• He followed that up with an MVP season. Jeske completed 56.2% of his passes (149 of 256) and led UD in rushing (676 yards, 5.6 avg., 14 TD’s).

• Jeske led the PFL in TDs responsible for (29), was second in scoring (90 points) and was fourth in total offense (2,623).

• After just two seasons and three games, he is already third at UD in career completions (410), third in passing yards (4,808) and fourth in total offense (5,730).  The yardage records are held by his position coach, Kevin Hoyng (8,852 passing, 9,528 total offense), who played 2004 to 2007.

• As a starter, Jeske has a 21-4 record.

 

FLYER TUCK

• Tucker Yinger enters the Marist game with 2,205 career yards and a career average of 5.9 yards-per carry average (the current UD record is 6.24).

• He has matched his career high in carries (24) three times in nine games this season.

• He opened the season with 107 yards at RMU, and then had 141 vs. SEMO.  He added 104 yards at Morehead, 101 at Drake 113 vs. Campbell, and 135 (playing only one play in the second half) at Davidson.

• He is now ninth in career rushing at Dayton.

• Yinger is currently third in rushing in the PFL (97.3).

• As a redshirt freshman, Yinger started five games after Connor Kacsor’s career-ending injury and led UD in rushing yardage (731 yards) and yards per carry (6.1).

• In 2016, Yinger fought through injuries to play in six games, starting four.  He was second on the team in rushing (598 yards), first in yards per game (99.7) and his 7.0 yards per carry was the best in the PFL.

• In the only two games Yinger was able to start and finish last season, he ran for 172 yards (Drake) and 193 yards (MSU).

 

GOING THE DISTANCE

• Tucker Yinger has been able to start and finish just 14 of the 26 games he has played in his career, but in those he averages 119.2 yards per game.

• He has 19 runs of 25 yards or longer in his last 22 games.

• A Mechanical Engineering major, Yinger was a CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American in 2016.  He is a two-time First Team Academic All-PFL selection.

• He had a career-high 237 yards against Marist in 2015 (211 in the second half).

TO SERVE AND PROTECT

• On the Dayton O-line, tackle Ben Gauthier and guards Jim Hammontree and Wes Hegemann returned as starters from 2016.

• Gauthier started his very first game as a true freshman, and has 29 career starts.

• Gauthier was named UD’s Offensive Player of the Week in the last two weeks.

 

TRAUT FISHING IN AMERICA

• Adam Trautman led UD in receptions in the first five games this year.  He had a career-high six for 45 yards at Morehead State.

• He leads UD with 35 receptions (10.1) in 2017.

• He was third on the team last year in receptions with 24 (9.9 avg.).

• Those 24 catches were more than the previous freshman record (18), but had already been surpassed by Ryan Skibinski, who set a new record with 40.

• Trautman lined up at tight end, slot receiver, flanker and even as a wildcat QB in 2016.

• His career-best in receiving yardage was 73 at San Diego last year.

 

SIMON SAYS “WALLY PIPP, ANYONE?’

• Redshirt freshman safety Tim Simon intercepted two passes and was named PFL Defensive Player of the Week at Drake.

• It was the first action from scrimmage of his college career, subbing in for David Leisring, who was sidelined after a targeting call.

• In the Butler win, he started for Reagan Malas and led UD with 12 tackles and intercepted another pass.

 

SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM

• In the last 16 years, the University of Dayton football program has produced 23 Academic All-Americans, the most of any college team.

• In the history of the Academic All-America program, UD football has had 53 Academic All-Americans.

• Among schools playing Division I football, only Nebraska (106), Penn State (63) and Notre Dame (58) have had more.  Oklahoma (52) and Ohio State (52) are next.

• The Flyers also had 79 players on the 2016 PFL Academic Honor Roll, the most in the PFL for the 22nd time in the 24-year history of the league.  It was also the 10th straight season UD had the most players on the honor roll.

• Dayton’s current 990 APR score is the best in the PFL, the best in Ohio and tied for 13th in the nation with Wisconsin and Yale.

• UD is one of six programs to receive APR Recognition Awards in all 12 years of the APR program.  The other five are Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Penn and Yale.

 

THREE NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA

• Three Flyer football players were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in 2016.

• Chris Beaschler was named to the first Team, while David Leisring and Tucker Yinger were named to the second team.

• Remarkably, two of the three (Beaschler and Yinger) were Mechanical Engineering majors.

•UD had five all-district selections in 2015

• Thirteen Flyers were nominated for the 2017 Academic All-America Team this week.

 

UP NEXT

• Dayton will close out the 2017 football season on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Valparaiso.  Game time is 2:00 p.m. ET.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dayton Flyers hosts Ohio Dominican tonight at 7:00

Men’s Basketball Exhibition Action Saturday

DAYTON – The University of Dayton Flyers host the Ohio Dominican Panthers in exhibition action on Saturday. It will be the first official men’s basketball event at the transformed UD Arena. •Game time is 7 p.m. ET.
•The game will be carried by WHIO Radio and is available with live streaming video, audio and stats at DaytonFlyers.com.

DAYTON HIRES ANTHONY GRANT
•On March 30, 2017, the University of Dayton named Anthony Grant the 20th coach in Flyer Basketball history.
•Grant, a 1987 UD alum, was most recently on the coaching staff of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, working with athletes such as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
•He spent the last two seasons on Billy Donovan’s staff after nine seasons as head coach at Alabama and VCU and 13 seasons as a Division I assistant coach.
THE TRANSFORMED UD ARENA
•The University of Dayton is embarking on a $72 million renovation of its arena. The transformation of University of Dayton Arena will occur in three phases – from 2017 to 2019.
•The Arena is an iconic community resource with an economic impact of upwards of $10 million annually. In addition to Flyer men’s and women’s basketball games, high school tournament games and the NCAA First Four, it is used for competitions such as the Winter Guard International World Championships, entertainment events, large-scale educational seminars and as a staging area for community projects.
•UD Arena has been the site of 117 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament games, 34 more than any other tournament host.
#TRENDING
•Dayton returns the fourth-fewest number of minutes played in Division I (1,596). Only Pitt (648), Kentucky (890) and Austin Peay (1,392) have fewer.
•The Flyers finished 2016-17 in the NCAA Top 50 in scoring defense (48th), field goal defense (44th), 3-point field goal percentage (37th), assist-to-turnover ratio (31st), turnover margin (15th), turnovers forced (40th) and steals per game (27th).
•The 24 victories are tied for the 13th-most in a single season at Dayton.
•Dayton is one of 19 schools to have made the last four NCAA Tournaments.
•Since the start of the 2013-14 season, UD is 34-15 in games decided by five points or less.
•UD shot .493 from the floor in victories last year and .384 in its losses.
•The Flyers are 42-1 when limiting opponents to 60 points or less in the last five seasons and 8-0 this past year.
•UD has won 35 of its last 36 games when scoring 80-plus points.
•Dayton has won 43 of the last 50 games when three or more players score in double figures.
•The Flyers forced 10 or more turnovers all but one game this past year.
UP NEXT
•The Flyers host the Ball State Cardinals to open the 2017-18 regular season on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. ET.
GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Blue Jackets trip through Florida continues tonight at Tampa Bay

CBJ ROAD GAME DAY

 

Nov. 4, 2017  ||  Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning  ||  Amalie Arena ||  7:00 pm ET

 

Blue Jackets Broadcast Information
Television: FOX Sports Ohio (Jeff Rimer/Jody Shelley)
Radio: CD102.5 FM (Bob McElligott)

 

GAME INFORMATION

 

The Matchup
Columbus: 9-4-0  (18 pts.)  || 4-2-0  (8 pts.) on Road  || 2nd Metropolitan  || 3.31 GF / 2.54 GA
Tampa Bay: 10-2-2 (22 pts)  || 6-1-1 (13 pts.) at Home  || 1st Atlantic  || 2.86 GF / 2.64 GA
All-Time Series
Columbus: 10-13-3 (4-7-2 on Road)
2017-18: Oct. 19 – TBL 2, at CBJ 0… Nov. 4 at Tampa Bay… Dec. 31 at Columbus
2016-17: Nov. 25 – CBJ 5, at TBL 3… Nov. 29 – at CBJ 5, TBL 1… Jan. 13 – CBJ 3, at TBL 1

*  Jackets have won two-straight at Tampa Bay and three of past five in Florida
*  The winning team has won by two or more goals in six-straight games of the series and nine of the past 10

 

NOTEWORTHY

 

* Columbus’ nine wins is the most through the opening 13 games of a campaign in club history while the 18 points is tied for the most (8-3-2 in 2007-08)
*  The Jackets posted a season-high seven goals on Thursday at Florida and have recorded five or more goals in five of their 13 contests (5-0-0)

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

 

Blue Jackets:
* 11  Matt Calvert - Has points in three-straight contests (1-3-4) and has notched 3-5-8 while collecting points in seven of the past nine games
* 77  Josh Anderson - Tied for the team lead in goals (five) and has posted eight points in the past nine games (5-3-8), including two goals on Thursday at Florida
Opponent:
* 86  Nikita Kucherov - Leads the NHL in goals and ranks second in points with 13-8-21 in 14 contests and has 1-7-8 in 13 career games vs. Columbus
* 91  Steven Stamkos - Leads the league in assists and points with 6-18-24 in 14 games and has 8-7-15 in 13 career contests vs. the Jackets
Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos By Lisa Gansky -CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org
Nikita Kucherov 2014 photo By Resolute – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org
GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

North Coast Athletic Conference announces 2017 Volleyball Team

NCAC Volleyball Special

For Immediate Release
November 3, 2017

ALL-NCAC VOLLEYBALL SQUAD ANNOUNCED; WITTENBERG’S FISCHER NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR

CLEVELAND – Wittenberg senior outside hitter Maddie Fischer (Minerva, OH/Minerva) has been named the Player of the Year and Denison senior Kristin Thewes (Austin, TX/St. Stephen’s Episcopal) was named the Libero of the Year to highlight the 2017 All-North Coast Athletic Conference volleyball selections.

Fischer, who is now the 13th different player in Wittenberg history to earn the NCAC’s top honor, was a repeat selection on the first team this year after leading a 20-2 Tigers squad that was ranked No. 1 in the nation by the AVCA for the majority of the season. In 22 total regular season matches, Fischer ranked third in the NCAC in kills per set at 3.55 (284 kills) and 12th overall in digs with 253 (3.16 dpg). She finished the regular season with 13 double-double performances, which included a 10-dig and season-high 21 kill effort in a 3-1 win over Denison on October 11th, and a 15-kill and season-best 23 dig-performance in a 3-0 win over Clarkson on September 15th. In 80 total regular season sets, Fischer smashed 284 kills and committed 104 hitting errors in 792 attempts for a .227 hitting percentage.

After landing on the first team for the third year in a row, Ohio Wesleyan senior outside hitter Iris Anderson (Elk Grove, CA/Christian Brothers) is the only four-time All-NCAC performer on the 2017 All-NCAC team. She was also a second-team honoree in 2014. Denison senior middle hitter Leah Reinfranck (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) was also named to the top team for the second year in a row after earning honorable-mention accolades in 2015. Wittenberg sophomore middle blocker Aubrey Cox (Tipp City, OH/Tippecanoe), who was the NCAC Newcomer of the Year last fall, joined Fischer and Reinfranck as a member of the top team for the second year in a row. Wittenberg junior setter Karen Wildemann (Columbus, IN/North) elevated to the first team this season from the 2016 honorable mention squad, while the DePauw duo of junior outside hitter Suzanne Peters (Ft. Wayne, IN/Homestead) and sophomore right-side hitter Morgan Stearley (Center Point, IN/Northview) both make their All-NCAC debut on the first team this year.

Thewes, who landed on the All-NCAC honorable mention squad for the second year in a row, was named the 2017 NCAC Libero of the Year after finishing the regular season with a league-leading 593 digs in 103 total sets for an average of 5.76 digs per set. She eclipsed the 25-dig mark in 12 different matches, which included posting a career-high 39 digs in a 3-2 loss at Bluffton on September 28th and then again in another five-set loss at home against Otterbein on October 1st. Her top individual effort in league play was a 37-dig performance in a key 3-2 win over Hiram, also on October 1st.

Ohio Wesleyan freshman setter Molly Jewett (Eagle, CO/Eagle Valley) was named the 2017 NCAC Newcomer of the Year as the league’s top player in her first year of collegiate competition after finishing second in the conference during the regular season with 920 total assists in 89 sets for an average of 10.34 assists per set. She dished out 40 or more assists in 12 different regular season matches, which included a season-best 58 assists in a 3-2 win over Elmhurst on October 14th. She also surpassed the 50-assist mark back on September 23rd with 53 total helpers in a 3-2 league win over Hiram.

Wittenberg head coach Paco Labrador was named the 2017 NCAC Volleyball Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career after leading the Tigers to a perfect 8-0 mark in league play for the seventh year in a row. The Tigers finished the regular season slate win an overall record of 20-2 and held the top spot in the AVCA Top-25 Poll from September 19th through October 31st. Now in his 15th year at Wittenberg, Labrador owns an overall career record of 448-70 (.865), which includes an astonishing 162-2 mark in NCAC regular season matches.

-NCAC-

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Russell Kramer; COURTESY NCAC INFORMATION SERVICES

NFL announces Week 8 Players of the Week

STEELERS WR JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER, BENGALS DE CARLOS DUNLAP &

CHIEFS KICKER HARRISON BUTKER NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 8

Wide receiver JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER of the Pittsburgh Steelers, defensive end CARLOS DUNLAP of the Cincinnati Bengals and kicker HARRISON BUTKER of the Kansas City Chiefs are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 8 (October 26, October 29-30).

OFFENSE: WR JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER, PITTSBURGH STEELERS

DEFENSE: DE CARLOS DUNLAP, CINCINNATI BENGALS

SPECIAL TEAMS: K HARRISON BUTKER, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

2017 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Alex Smith, Kansas City DE Calais Campbell, Jacksonville K Giorgio Tavecchio, Oakland
Wk 2 QB Tom Brady, New England DE Chris Jones, Kansas City K Cody Parkey, Miami
Wk 3 QB Tom Brady, New England S Terrence Brooks, New York Jets K Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo
Wk 4 QB Deshaun Watson, Houston DE Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh K Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo
Wk 5 RB Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers LB Telvin Smith, Jacksonville K Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis
Wk 6 RB Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh CB Johnathan Joseph, Houston K Ryan Succop, Tennessee
Wk 7 WR Amari Cooper, Oakland S Kevin Byard, Tennessee PR Travis Benjamin, Los Angeles Chargers
Wk 8 WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh DE Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati K Harrison Butker, Kansas City


SEAHAWKS QB RUSSELL WILSON, EAGLES CB JALEN MILLS &

COWBOYS DL TYRONE CRAWFORD NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 8

Quarterback RUSSELL WILSON of the Seattle Seahawks, cornerback JALEN MILLS of the Philadelphia Eagles and defensive lineman TYRONE CRAWFORD of the Dallas Cowboys are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 8 (October 26, October 29-30).

OFFENSE: QB RUSSELL WILSON, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

DEFENSE: CB JALEN MILLS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

SPECIAL TEAMS: DL TYRONE CRAWFORD, DALLAS COWBOYS

​2017 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Sam Bradford, Minnesota CB Trumaine Johnson, Los Angeles Rams K Matt Prater, Detroit
Wk 2 WR J.J. Nelson, Arizona CB Desmond Trufant, Atlanta PR Jamal Agnew, Detroit
Wk 3

Wk 4

QB Kirk Cousins, Washington

RB Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

DE Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas

DE Julius Peppers, Carolina

K Jake Elliott, Philadelphia

K Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams

Wk 5 QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay S Earl Thomas, Seattle PR Kenjon Barner, Philadelphia
Wk 6 RB Adrian Peterson, Arizona DE Cameron Jordan, New Orleans KR Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams
WK 7 QB Carson Wentz, Philadelphia S Eddie Jackson, Chicago K Kai Forbath, Minnesota
Wk 8 QB Russell Wilson, Philadelphia CB Jalen Mills, Philadelphia DL Tyrone Crawford, Dallas

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

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