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Six former MAC football players got their NFL draft calls Saturday and a number of others will be signing free agent contracts over the next several days.
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By MIKE SMITH
Miami head football coach Chuck Martin loves “chunk yardage.” As long as it’s his team moving the sticks, he’ll take those chunk plays either way – through the air or via runs. If MU can keep improving, Martin might just get some of those big plays from his running game this season. That, to put it mildly, would be a much-welcomed sight.
While the RedHawks found . . .
MUNCIE, Ind. – Both sides of the ball provided several highlights as eight touchdowns were scored during the Ball State Cardinals annual Spring Game Saturday at sun-drenched Scheumann Stadium.
“I’ve been very pleased with the spring,” first year head coach Mike Neu said. “I told our guys, all of them, I love the buy in. The willingness to . . .
BUFFALO, NY - Throughout spring practice, the biggest question surrounding University at Buffalo football was who was going to earn the starting quarterback job. After Saturday's Blue and White Scrimmage at UB Stadium, that question . . .
By MIKE SMITH
Defense carried much of the day Saturday as the Miami RedHawks wrapped up spring practice with a finale at Yager Stadium.
Sophomore-to-be Billy Bahl and classmate Jordan Martin took the majority of snaps during . . .
DeKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University football team wrapped up its 2016 spring practices Saturday at Huskie Stadium with the Black Team claiming a 27-7 victory over the Cardinal Team in Huskie Bowl IV.
The Black Team, coached by NIU offensive line coach Joe Tripodi, spotted the Cardinal a seven-point lead when running back Tommy Mister, who . . .
The University of Toledo and Colorado State University have agreed to play a home-and-home series in football beginning in 2019, according to UT vice-president and athletic director Mike O’Brien. The Rockets will play at Colorado State on Sept. 21, 2019 while the Rams will make the return trip to Toledo on Sept. 25, 2021.
“We are very pleased to add the series with Colorado State to our football schedule,” said O’Brien. “Colorado State has an excellent football tradition and adds another attractive opponent on our future home schedule. It also . . .
Buffalo head football coach Lance Leipold has agreed to a one-year contract extension, according to Director of Athletics Allen Greene announced. The extension will keep the second-year head coach in Buffalo through the 2020 season.
"We are confident in Lance and his staff and are . . .
Bowling Green head coach Michael Huger has announced the addition of Justin Turner to the Falcons basketball program. Turner has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the 2016 recruiting class.
A 6-4 combo guard from just up the road in . . .
The Northern Illinois Huskies wrapped up their third week of spring football Saturday morning at Gately Stadium in Chicago, where the Huskies scrimmaged for almost two hours with the defense getting the best of most of the action, according to NIU Head Coach Rod Carey.
“Today’s scrimmage, I didn’t think it was . . .
PORTSMOUTH, VA - Former Rocket center Nathan Boothe tallied 12 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes on Saturday night in his final game of the 2016 Portsmouth Invitational. Boothe helped . . .
TOLEDO – The University of Toledo football program will add a pair of transfers who will help bolster the Rocket defense in 2016, head coach Jason Candle recently announced. ...
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Some evaluation, some show and some debuts.
Jake Johnson threw for 120 yards and two touchdowns Saturday in leading the Gold to a 21-7 victory over the Maroon in the annual Central Michigan football spring game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
“I thought it was some good, and some bad,” CMU coach John Bonamego said. “Some crisp and a little bit of sloppy. I’m just glad we got through it healthy.”
Bonamego sat out several front liners, including starting quarterback Cooper Rush. That gave him an opportunity to . . .
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Western Michigan football team held its annual Wooden Oar Spring Game on Saturday on a 70 degree sunny day in front of 2,950 people at Waldo Stadium. The Broncos featured about 90 plays in about an hour of real time action.
Backup quarterback Tom Flacco continued his hot play from the end of his rookie season, moving the offense with ease at times on Saturday. He rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and threw the ball for 74 yards and another TD.
Michael Henry, who is one of the many Broncos looking to fill the void left by the departure of Daniel Braverman, led the team with four catches for 63 yards.
Wide receiver Carrington Thompson has received praise this spring for stepping up as a threat opposite Corey Davis, and he showed why on the first play. Thompson caught a 53-yard pass to take it into the red zone for the offense, setting up a touchdown by Jarvion Franklin. Thompson’s catch was one of three on the day for him, totaling 85 yards.
Defensively, Keion Adams led the Western Michigan defensive line with two sacks on the day. He was part of a unit that featured four sacks total and two takeaways, one by Malik Rucker and one by Davontae Ginwright. Ginwright’s was later nullified due to holding away from the play.
“I think we’re a lot tougher. We’re tougher than we’ve ever been,” head coach P.J. Fleck said. “This was a very difficult spring mentally, physically and emotionally. They [student-athletes] have huge visions for this year. They’re the ones to go on the field and accomplish that so we wanted to put pressure on them.”
By EVAN MEYER
AKRON, OHIO – With the victory over Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl last December still fresh in their memory, the Akron Zips finished spring practice Saturday with their annual spring game at InfoCision Stadium.
The game matched up the Blue team, consisting of the first team offense and defense, against the White team ,which had the second team offense and defense. The blue team picked up a 20-17 victory on a beautiful sunny afternoon.
“Going into the game, we know the players at their positions, but we wanted to see . .