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Media poll picks Akron, Toledo to win Mid-American Conference divisions in Men’s Basketball

 

Media that regularly cover the Mid-American Conference have selected Akron and Toledo to win their respective divisions in the annual preseason poll.

The Ohio Bobcats were picked to finish second in the East. Their best player, Maurice Ndour was selected to the All-MAC East team. The Bobcats have a new head coach in Saul Phillips, who took North Dakota State to the NCAA Tournament last season as a member of the Summit League.

The Akron Zips received 17 first-place votes to win the East. They return four starters from the 21-13 team of a year ago.

Toledo, who just a few years ago was one of the worst teams in the MAC, has been picked to win the conference tournament and go to the NCAA Tournament. The Rockets received 18 first-place votes to win the West and returns four starters from last season where they won a school-record 27 games.

LITTLE CAESARS BOWL preview: Western Michigan vs. Purdue today at 4:30 pm ET on ESPN

 

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The former Motor City Bowl, now named the Little Caesars Bowl, will pit Western Michigan (7-5) of the Mid-American Conference against the Purdue Boilermakers (6-6) of the Big Ten Conference at Ford Field this afternoon (Dec. 27) at 4:30 pm in Detroit, Michigan.

Purdue will be making its first bowl appearance since 2007 and its second in a row to the Motor City. The Boilermakers beat Central Michigan in the bowl when it was the Motor City Bowl.

Western Michigan, while be playing a bowl game in its home state for the first time and fifth bowl game overall.

The Broncos will be getting their pro-ready QB returning from missing the season-finale against Akron because of a shoulder injury.

Carder has passed for 400 yards or more four times in 2011, and the offense operates at a high-level and fast-paced. The Broncos are third in the Mid-American Conference in total offense at 456.2 yards a game.

Western Michigan has the most dangerous passing attack in the MAC, as Carder leads the league with over 312 yards a game and a MAC-high 28 touchdown passes. He is able to throw to three top notch receivers, with the leader being Jordan White, who leads the college football in receptions (127), yards (1,646) and touchdowns (16).

Purdue’s secondary is very experienced has given opposing QB’s trouble all season.

GAME NOTES

*Purdue DT Kawann Short, led the team in tackles for a loss (17 1/2) and sacks (6 1/2) while earning team defensive MVP honors.

*Boilermakers KR Raheem Mostert, is a talented freshman who is dangerous everytime he touches the ball. Averages 31 yards per kick return with a high of 81 against Indiana in the season finale.

*WMU QB Alex Carder is a great passer and runner.

*Broncos WR Jordan White was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist who holds school records for career receiving yards, receptions and 100-yard games.

*WMU DT Drew Novak, was named the MAC defensive player of the year after collecting 83 tackles, including 20 for losses with 8.5 sacks.

 

Info compiled from Western Michigan & Purdue University athletic news

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Daxton Cates, Westerville South High School RB

 

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The Westerville South High School Wildcats always have a top-notch running back. Several years ago, there was Ki-jana Carter. Last year there was Jayshon Jackson, who broke all of Carter’s rushing records.

Jackson made tackles miss and grab air as he ran behind the offensive line. During the past two seasons, Jackson carried the ball 700 + times and surpassed 2,000-yards twice.

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Jackson was only 5’8, 180-pounds but in 2010, he rushed for 2,583 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Jackson is playing this season at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

After last season, Westerville South fans wondered who would fill the shoes of Jackson running the football. They probably forgot that there was a very capable back-up waiting in the wings named Daxton Cates.

Cates was very solid in 2010, rushing for 512 yards and 8 touchdowns on 92 carries.

South head football coach Rocky Pentello said all along that Cates was more than capable of being the next big-time running back for the Wildcats. And he has.

Cates is bigger than Jackson, at 5-feet-10, 215-pounds. He can run around and over tacklers on the field.

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Cates has picked up where Jackson left off. In Week 1 of the 2011 season against Groveport in a 47-18 win, the senior rushed for 229 yards on 17 carries and 2 touchdowns.

In week 2, a 27-14 loss at Dublin Coffman, Cates improved to 236 yards on 30 carries, an 88-yard TD run. He had 216 yards in the first half.

Week 3 at Grove City in a 41-34 loss, Cates carried the ball 31 times, gaining 217 yards with 2 TD’s.

In week 4 at the newest high school in town, Westerville Central, the Wildcats won 28-22 and Cates led the way with 158 yards rushing. He was on a pace to gain 1,000-yards by week 6 of the season.

The Wildcats running attack is in good hands once again!

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Westerville South is in one of the top conferences in the state of Ohio, the Ohio Capital Conference, Cardinal Division. The division has Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Marysville, Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty, Westerville Central and Westerville North. The Wildcats are the kingpins of the division winning the title in 2010 with a 9-3 record overall and a playoff berth. They were 6-1 in their league.

From all of the recruiting reports, Cates is receiving interest from Ohio University, Wisconsin, Akron, Saginaw Valley State, Bowling Green and Ohio State’s name has been mentioned as well.

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The name Cates is familiar around Westerville. His cousin, Wes Cates, was a standout running back at Westerville North and is a Hall of Famer at California University of Pennsylvania where he compiled 5,647 total yards.

We’d like to thank Westerville South head football coach Rocky Pentello for allowing us to watch practice, to take photos and talk to Daxton Cates.

Bearcats ‘zip’ past Akron, 59-14

 

The Cincinnati Bearcats rolled up a 49-0 halftime lead over Akron en route to a 59-14 pasting.

The lopsided win allowed the Bearcats to rest a majority of their starters for the rest of the game.

Akron, who is now 0-3, has lost 16 straight road games dating back to 2008. The Zips have been outscored 142-17 while losing to Ohio State, Temple and Cincinnati.

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Jawon Chisholm rushed for 133 yards on 25 carries to lead Akron’s attack.

Bearcats QB Zach Collaros in one half of action, completed 10 of 16 passes for 157 yards and one TD passing and 1 on the ground.

Info courtesy of UC athletics

TOLEDO AT OHIO STATE GAMEDAY: #18/16 Buckeyes ready for dangerous Rockets today

 

(courtesy of Toledo athletics via wikipedia commons)

The Ohio State Buckeyes will host a second straight Mid-American Conference opponent this afternoon at 12 in the Horsehoe, as the dangerous Toledo Rockets come to Columbus, Ohio.

The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

With the 42-0 win over Akron last Saturday, Luke Fickell became the first Ohio State head coach to record a shutout in his debut since Woody Hayes in 1951.

The Rockets are 1-0 on the young season after a 58-22 win over FCS opponent New Hampshire last Thursday night, September 1 at the Glass Bowl in Toledo.

The Rockets featured a balanced attack on offense in the win accounting for 304 yards passing, including five TD’s, and 287 yards rushing.

Starting QB Austin Dantin completed 15 of 21 passes for 161 yards and three TD’s while sophomore QB Terrance Owens played and added two more scores on 10 of 13 passing for 122 yards.

Running back Adonis Thomas rushed for 115 yards and a score on nine carries while receiver Bernard Reedy compiled five catches for 113 yards and two TD’s.

Tim Beckman, a former Ohio State assistant coach from 2005-06, is in his third year at the northwest Ohio college with a record of 14-12 overall since 2009.

Last season, the Rockets finished 8-5 with a 34-32 loss to Florida International in the Little Caesars Bowl.

Toledo has the ninth-most BCS wins by a non-BCS school (6) since the 2003 season and have defeated five BCS teams in the past five years:

2010: Toledo 31 Purdue 20

2009: Toledo 54 Colorado 38

2008: Toledo 13 Michigan 10

2007: Toledo 36 Iowa State 35

2006: Toledo 37 Kansas 31 in 2 OT’s

Ohio State is 2-0 all-time versus Toledo.

The Buckeyes won the last meeting with Toledo, 38-0 on September 19, 2009 at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

TOLEDO NOTES:

* The Best of Times for the Rockets program came from 1969 to 1971, the Rockets went 35-0, winning three consecutive MAC titles and Tangerine Bowls.

* The Worst of Times for the Rockets, from 1956 to 1964, the team won only 24 games while losing 57 and tying 2.

* The program also had one of the worst beginnings in its history of the game, losing the first three of its inaugural season’s games by a combined 262-0.

* Toledo joined the Mid-American Conference in 1952, and has remained there since that year.

LUKE FICKELL PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO PREVIEWING GAME:

47 747 Luke Fickell on QB play week 1

47 750 Luke Fickell on UT coach Tim Beckman

47 753 Luke Fickell on freshman exceeding expectations

47 760 Luke Fickell on Toledo being giant killers over the years

47 766 Luke Fickell on Joe Bauserman can handle things better at 25 than a 19 year old

(courtesy of OSU athletics via wikipedia commons)

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