11/19/18- Darnell Woolfolk, Sr, Army, 5-09, 218 Army is ranked for the first time since 1996, moving into The Associated Press college football poll at No. 23 on Sunday as it begins preparations to face rival Navy on Dec. 8. The Black Knights (9-2) have been edging toward the Top 25 in recent weeks, and they finally broke through. The rankings were mostly unchanged after a weekend with few big games or surprising results. Led by unanimous No. 1 Alabama, the top six stayed the same as last week. Clemson was No. 2, followed by Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia and Oklahoma. Washington State moved up a spot to No. 7 and UCF jumped three spots to No. 8, season highs for both schools. LSU tied Central Florida at No. 8 and Ohio State was 10th. Also debuting in the Top 25 this season was Pittsburgh at No. 24. - AP College Football
11/18/18- Joe Protheroe, Sr, Cal Poly, 5-11, 230 Khaleel Jenkins passed for five touchdowns and Joe Protheroe set the Cal Poly career rushing record as the Mustangs closed the season with a 38-24 win over Southern Utah on Saturday night. Protheroe ran 34 times for 183 yards and finished his Cal Poly career with 4,271 yards rushing, passing Craig Young (4,205, 1996-99) on a 24-yard run early in the third quarter. Protheroe had set the program's season rushing mark last Saturday and finished with 1,810 yards on the year. Jenkins all but iced it for Cal Poly with his fifth TD pass, a 31-yarder to Quentin Harrison that capped the scoring with 1:22 left in the game.
The Mustangs (5-6, 4-4 Big Sky Conference) scored 17 straight points to lead 31-21 on Alex Vega's 37-yard field goal with 8:40 left in the fourth quarter. Southern Utah (1-10, 1-7) cut the deficit to one touchdown on Manny Berz's 20-yard field goal with 4:54 left. The Thunderbirds led 14-0 late in the first quarter on Tyler Skidmore's 9-yard TD pass to McCoy Hill. Jenkins had three touchdown passes in the second quarter to tie it at 21 before the half. Jenkins finished 9 of 13 for 196 yards and ran for 52 yards on 12 carries. J.J. Koski had four catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns for the Mustangs. Skidmore completed 26 of 38 passes for 260 yards and a touchdown for Southern Utah. - AP College Football
11/17/18- John Lovett, Sr, Princeton, 6-2, 230 John Lovett passed for 255 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 123 yards and a score, and Princeton beat Pennsylvania 42-14 on Saturday for its first perfect season since 1964. It was Princeton's fourth outright Ivy League title, but its first since 1995. Lovett was 20-of-28 passing and carried it 20 times, scoring on the ground for an Ivy-record 20th straight game. All three touchdown passes went to Jesper Horsted, who made eight grabs for 165 yards, while topping a program record with his 194th career reception. Stephen Carlson also made eight catches for 79 yards. Charlie Volker added 85 yards and a touchdown for Princeton (10-0, 7-0), which is ranked ninth in the FCS coaches'poll. Horsted also had a rushing score. Nick Robinson threw for two touchdowns for Penn (6-4, 3-4), which finished with a winning season for the fourth time since Ray Priore became the head coach. - AP College Football
11/17/18- Darnell Woolfolk, Sr, Army, 5-09, 218 Army coach Jeff Monken breathed a sigh of relief after the Black Knights finished their second straight unbeaten season at home. Now, he has three weeks to prepare for archrival Navy. Fullback Darnell Woolfolk rushed for three touchdowns, the 10th time in his career with multiple scores, and Kelvin Hopkins Jr. ran for another score as Army held off Championship Subdivision foe Colgate 28-14 on Saturday to snap the Raiders' 14-game winning streak.
Army (9-2), which just missed breaking into the AP Top 25 this week, has won seven in a row and 13 straight at Michie Stadium over two seasons. The last time the Black Knights accomplished back-to-back unbeaten seasons at home was in the mid-1980s. "I think it's really important to win at home," Monken said. "When we play here, we're going to be hard to beat. Credit to our guys. They have a good defense. They held us down. We didn't run as effectively as we normally do and we certainly didn't stop the run as well as we have this year." This one wasn't so easy against the sixth-ranked Raiders, who had dominated in winning their first nine games with a stalwart, gang-tackling defense that had allowed only 29 points in nine games. That defense limited the second-ranked rushing team in the nation to 261 yards rushing, 46 below its average, as Army only outgained Colgate 286-251. - AP College Football
11/12/18- Kevonta Moses, Jr, Shaw, 6-0, 240 2018 ALL-CIAA FIRST TEAM: Tight End - Kevonta Moses, Shaw,...The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), with its Football Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association, released the 2018 All-CIAA First, Second, and Honorable Mention Football Teams as well as All-Rookie Team on Friday (11/9) afternoon. Moses had 17 receptions for 234 yards and scored two touchdowns this season for the Bears. - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football
11/12/18- Christopher Brooks, So, Fayetteville State, 6-1, 225 2018 ALL-CIAA HONORABLE MENTION: Tight End - Chris Brooks, Fayetteville State,...The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), with its Football Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association, released the 2018 All-CIAA First, Second, and Honorable Mention Football Teams as well as All-Rookie Team on Friday (11/9) afternoon. 15 Bulldogs Earned 2018 All-Conference Honors. Honorable Mention awardees were tight end Christopher Brooks, offensive lineman Jaylan Galloway, defensive lineman Jalen Cousar, and linebacker Nigel Peele. - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football
11/11/18- Joe Protheroe, Sr, Cal Poly, 5-11, 230 Joe Protheroe had 41 carries for a career-best 260 yards and a score and the Cal Poly defense forced four turnovers to help the Mustangs beat Idaho State 37-14 on Saturday night. Protheroe has a single-season school record 1,627 yards rushing this season, breaking James Noble's mark of 1,578, and moved into second on program's career list with 4,088 yards, 117 shy of Craig Young's record. Protheroe's eight consecutive games with at least 100 yards rushing is also a school record.
Protheroe capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring run that gave Cal Poly (4-6, 3-4 Big Sky Conference) the lead for good just before halftime. Then, on the opening possession of the second half, he had run of 3, 5 and 4 that all converted third downs before Khaleel Jenkins hit J.J. Koski for a 36-yard touchdown that made it 20-7. Idaho State (6-4, 5-2), which came in ranked 25th in the FCS coaches poll, answered quickly as Ty Flanagan's 28-yard scoring run came less than two minutes later but Cal Poly outscored the Bengals 17-0 in the fourth quarter. Anders Turner returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown, Koski added a 28-yard TD run and Alex Vega, who made field goals of 31 and 23 yards in the first quarter, made a 29-yarder with 1:27 to play. - AP College Football
11/11/18- John Lovett, Sr, Princeton, 6-2, 230 Collin Eaddy rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns, and Ryan Quigley and John Lovett each had two touchdowns to lead Princeton to an Ivy League championship with a 59-43 win over Yale on Saturday. It was the highest scoring game in the rivalry, which at 141 games is second in the nation behind only Lafayette-Lehigh's 153. The Tigers (9-0, 6-0), who have won nine straight for the first time since 1964, can hold the title outright with a home win over Penn next weekend. With their 12th title, the Tigers have won the Ivy League for the second time in three years, a feat last accomplished in 1966. Eaddy started off his career day with a 75-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. Eaddy, who only carried the ball 25 times en route the Princeton's first 200-yard game in 10 years, added a 17-yard touchdown on the Tigers' next snap after Jeremiah Tyler returned an interception 14 yards on Yale's second play.
Quigley, who also had a career-high 113 yards on just 11 attempts, scored on a 37-yard run on Princeton's third possession. With Quigley getting his second touchdown and quarterback Lovett scoring on the ground and finding Jesper Horsted for a 52-yard score, Princeton led 42-14 at the half. Lovett tied an Ivy League record with at least one rushing touchdown in 19 straight games. The Tigers ended up with 634 yards of total offense, 489 on the ground. Griffin O'Connor, threw for a school record 465 yards, going 20 of 39 with three touchdowns for Yale (5-4, 3-3). He also had four picks. Reed Klubnick had eight catches for a career-high 234 yards and a score and Alan Lamar ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns. - AP College Football
11/11/18- Andre Stoddard, Sr, Wofford, 5-10, 240 Joe Newman ran for touchdowns of 38 and 4 yards and Wofford rallied in the second half to defeat Western Carolina 38-23 on Saturday. Newman rushed 12 times for 93 yards, and Andre Stoddard gained 82 and added an insurance score with 44 seconds left in the game. Tyrie Adams completed 23 of 36 passes for 229 yards and led Western Carolina (3-7, 1-7 Southern) on four unanswered scoring drives - two Will Horton field goals and TD runs by Adams and Connell Young. The Catamounts built a 20-7 lead on conference leader Wofford, which is ranked No. 14 in the FCS coaches poll. The Terriers (7-3, 6-2) cut the gap to 20-14 by the break and led 31-23 in the fourth quarter. George Gbesee intercepted Adams with a minute remaining and Stoddard iced the game with a 12-yard TD run three plays later. - AP College Football
11/10/18- Darnell Woolfolk, Sr, Army, 5-09, 218 Still perfect at home, not so perfect on the field. Army coach Jeff Monken will take it - grudgingly. Darnell Woolfolk rushed for 69 yards and two touchdowns, Calen Holt and Kelvin Hopkins Jr. each scored on short runs, and Army beat Lafayette 31-13 on a windswept Saturday. It was the sixth straight victory for Army (8-2), which has won 12 in a row at home. Lafayette (3-7), which plays in the Championship Subdivision, fell behind early and was doomed by a blocked punt to start the second half.
"I challenged our team this week to try and play our very best football, to play the best that we can play," Monken said. "At this point in the season we really need to be doing that if we're going to accomplish the goals that we've still got out there. I don't think we did that today, but it was good enough to win. We made some plays." Army dominated the opening half, running twice as many plays as the Leopards, outgaining them 256-63, and holding the ball for nearly 22 minutes to gain a 17-6 lead. The margin could have been greater if not for a turnover and two false start penalties in a three-play sequence with the ball inside the Lafayette 10 that forced Army to kick a field goal on the game's first drive. - AP College Football
11/03/18- John Lovett, Sr, Princeton, 6-2, 230 John Lovett ran for two touchdowns and Princeton held off Dartmouth to claim first place in the Ivy League with a 14-9 victory Saturday in a showdown between ranked Football Championship Subdivision squads and the first time two unbeaten conference teams have met in November since 2001. The No. 1-ranked offense in the FCS needed to come from behind to run its win streak to eight games for just the second time in the last 23 seasons. Ironically, Dartmouth ended that streak, 28-24. Jared Gerbino hit Robbie Mangas with a 13-yard touchdown pass to put Dartmouth (7-1, 4-1) up 7-0 in the first quarter.
Lovett bounced off a defender to score on a 3-yard keeper to even it at 7-7, but was sacked in the end zone at the start of the second quarter to put Dartmouth up, 9-7. Lovett finally put the Tigers (8-0, 5-0) in front with a 5-yard run with 6:33 left in the game. Lovett completed 22 of 30 pass attempts for 161 yards, but was picked off in the end zone. He carried 22 times for 53 yards. Rashaad Cooper became the first running back to rush for more than 50 yards against the Princeton defense, gaining 60 on 12 carries, but the Tigers held the Big Green to 213 yards of total offense. - AP College Football
11/03/18- Darnell Woolfolk, Sr, Army, 5-09, 218 Fullback Darnell Woolfolk rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown, Kelvin Hopkins Jr. scored on a 6-yard run, and Army held off service academy rival Air Force 17-14 on Saturday. It was the 11th straight victory at Michie Stadium for Army (7-2), which stayed in the running to keep the Commander in Chief's Trophy, emblematic of supremacy among the three service academies. Army won the trophy last season for the first time since 1996 and can retain it with a victory over Navy next month. Air Force (3-6), which beat Navy 35-7 a month ago, is 33-14 in Commander in Chief's Trophy games against Army since the trophy was first awarded in 1972. Air Force had won 18 of the previous 21 in the series against the Black Knights, but one of those Army victories was 21-0 last year at Air Force. That loss snapped a school-record, 306-game scoring streak by the Falcons dating to 1992. - AP College Football
10/20/18- Andre Stoddard, Sr, Wofford, 5-10, 240 Andre Stoddard and Lennox McAffee rushed for two touchdowns apiece as Wofford snapped East Tennessee State's five-game win streak 30-17 in a Southern Conference clash on Saturday. McAffee rushed for 121 yards on 12 carries and Stoddard added 54 as the Terriers (5-2, 4-1) piled up 295 yards on the ground, scored the first 17 points and didn't let ETSU (6-2, 4-1) get closer than a touchdown. JJ Jerman's 45-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half pulled the Buccaneers to 17-10, but Wofford turned a fumble and an interception into 13 second-half points. Austin Herink threw for 201 yards for ETSU, but was picked off twice, both leading to Wofford touchdowns. The five-game win streak was ETSU's best since stringing seven wins together in the 1996 season. Both teams were ranked in an FCS coaches poll - Wofford, an FCS quarterfinalist last season, rated 12th, ETSU 21st. - AP College Football
10/20/18- Darnell Woolfolk, Sr, Army, 5-09, 218 Darnell Woolfolk scored on a bruising 7-yard run up the middle in the second overtime, sophomore quarterback Cam Thomas rushed for 137 yards and one touchdown in his first career start, and Army held off Miami of Ohio 31-30 on Saturday. Army (5-2) remained unbeaten at home this season and extended its winning streak at Michie Stadium to 10 games. Miami (3-5) had won two straight and three of four after beginning the season with three straight losses. The teams each kicked a field goal in the first overtime and the RedHawks scored a touchdown in the second, but coach Chuck Martin elected to go for the victory and quarterback Gus Ragland nearly stunned the Black Knights. Hit and falling to the turf, he somehow completed a sideline pass to Kenny Young on the right side but he was stopped at the 2.
Army was without starting quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr., who suffered a lower-body injury last week in a win at San Jose State, and safety James Gibson, out with an upper-body injury. Miami had scored 149 points in its previous four games, surpassing 30 in each, but it's hard to score without the ball. Army limited the RedHawks to just three possessions in the first half, taking a 14-7 lead into the halftime break. Army entered the game averaging 313.5 yards on the ground and topped the nation in possession time at just under 40 minutes a game behind Hopkins, who leads the team in rushing. Thomas acquitted himself well in his debut, not committing a turnover. - AP College Football
10/20/18- John Lovett, Sr, Princeton, 6-2, 230 John Lovett ran for one touchdown and threw for another to lead Princeton to a 29-21 win over Harvard on Saturday. Charie Volker added two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including the 49-yard clincher with 2:10 left for the Tigers (6-0, 3-0 Ivy League). After Tom Stewart's second touchdown pass for the Crimson (3-3, 1-2) in the final minute, Princeton recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
Lovett opened the scoring with a 33-yard dash around right end out of shotgun formation and Tavish Rice followed with his first career field goal. Harvard cut the deficit to 10-7 on Aaro Shampkin's 5-yard TD run late in the second quarter. The teams combined for five touchdowns in the fourth quarter with Jesper Horsted's spectacular catch of a 20-yard pass from Lovett and Volker's 1-yard run making it 22-7 with 4:49 to go. Lovett completed 15 of 31 passes for 207 yards with Horsted catching 10 for 126. Stewart was 19 of 35 for 223 with 132 yards coming in the fourth quarter and Shampkin had 123 yards rushing. - AP College Football
10/16/18- Joe Protheroe, Sr, Cal Poly, 5-11, 230 SEPT 17 BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cal Poly fullback Joe Protheroe became the first Big Sky player to eclipse the 200-yard rushing mark when he ran for 228 yards on 43 carries in Cal Poly's 44-15 win over Brown. The fullback added three touchdowns to his resume when he scored from 3, 5 and 1-yard out for the Mustangs. Protheroe's performance ranks him fifth in the FCS in rushing yards in a single game. Other Nominees for ROOT SPORTS Offensive Player of the Week: Tamarick Pierce, EWU; Mitch Gueller, ISU; Samuel Akem, UM; Tucker Rovig, MSU; Keaton Mott, UNC; Davis Alexander, PSU; Elijah Dotson, SAC; Chris Helbig, SUU; Josh Davis, WSU. - Big Sky Conference Football
10/13/18- Tyre McCants, rSr, South Florida, 5-11, 240 Coby Weiss made a 22-yard field goal with 2 seconds left and No. 23 South Florida scored 17 points in the final 7:10 to beat Tulsa 25-24 on Friday night. Blake Barnett set up the winning field goal with a 32-yard strike to Tyre McCants to the 5. Barnett scored on 1- and 12-yard runs to pull the Bulls (6-0, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) within two with 2:10 to go, but was stopped on a two-point conversion run. USF forced Tulsa (1-5, 0-3) into a three-and-out, giving the Bulls the ball back with 1:03 remaining on their own 43 with no timeouts left. Jordan Cronkrite, who set a USF and AAC record with 302 yards last week at UMass, rushed for 151 yards on 25 carries. But outside of a 66-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter that evened it at 10, Cronkrite didn't do a lot of damage. - AP College Football
10/06/18- John Lovett, Sr, Princeton, 6-2, 230 John Lovett threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and Princeton scored eight unanswered touchdowns, burying Lehigh 66-7 on Saturday. Lovett threw for 288 yards and led the ground attack with 111 rushing yards on 12 carries. Ryan Quigley and Charlie Volker each ran for two touchdowns for the Tigers (3-0). Volker broke for a 52-yard touchdown run five plays into Princeton's first drive. Lehigh's Brad Mayes threw an 11-yard scoring pass with 6:50 left in the first to even it up but it was all Princeton after that. Lovett opened the second quarter with a 10-yard touchdown throw to Collin Eaddy, then threw a 70-yard strike to Tiger Bech on first down. Volker ran for his first TD with 4:46 left in the half and Nicolas Ramos kicked a 21-yard field goal to close the half and Princeton led 31-7. Mayes finished with 133 yards passing for the Mountain Hawks (1-3). - AP College Football
09/30/18- Andre Stoddard, Sr, Wofford, 5-10, 240 Andre Stoddard ran for 200 yards and two touchdowns and Joe Newman passed for two scores to help Wofford beat Gardner-Webb 45-14 on Saturday night. Wofford (4-1), ranked No. 6 in the STATS FCS poll, finished with 490 yards rushing on 57 attempts - both season highs. Newman was 4-of-7 passing for 103 yards and Lennox McAfee had 12 carries for 131 yards and a score for the Terriers. TJ Luther had three receptions for 86 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown. On the opening drive, Weston Rountree intercepted a pass from Gardner-Webb's Jordan Smith and returned it 15 yards to the 21.
McAfee had two 7-yard runs and then a 34-yarder before Stoddard scored from 3 yards out to cap an 11-play, 79-yard drive and, after the Bulldogs (1-4) went three-and-out on their next possession, Newman hit Blake Morgan for a 17-yard touchdown that made it 14-0 late in the first quarter. Stoddard had a 54-yard touchdown run and Luke Carter's 21-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter made it 17-point game and McAfee added a 41-yard scoring run that gave Wofford a 38-14 lead early in the fourth. The Terriers finished with 643 totals yards, compared to Gardner-Webb's 203, and had 27 first downs. - AP College Football
09/28/18- John Lovett, Sr, Princeton, 6-2, 230 John Lovett threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores, helping Princeton beat Columbia 45-10 on Friday night to open Ivy League play. Lovett reached the 100-yard rushing mark on a 38-yard sneak in the second quarter. He scored later in the drive to extend Princeton's lead to 20-10. Columbia turned it over on its next drive, with TJ Floyd intercepting a tipped pass, and Princeton added another touchdown on Stephen Carlson's 6-yard grab. The Tigers led 30-10 at halftime, and Collin Eaddy ran for a 66-yard touchdown on the second play of the second half. Lovett was 12-of-22 passing for 135 yards and added 174 yards on the ground for Princeton (3-0), which owns a 71-16-1 edge in the series. Carlson had 86 yards receiving and two touchdowns, and Floyd intercepted two passes. Dillon Davis threw for 112 yards with two interceptions for Columbia (2-1), which had won 11 of its last 13 games. - AP College Football
07/01/18- Ben Miles, rFr, Texas AM, 6-0, 210 The son of former LSU coach Les Miles is transferring from Nebraska to Texas A&M to play for new coach Jimbo Fisher. Ben Miles, a fullback, announced his plans via Twitter on Sunday. "Made it to Campus... I am really excited about my opportunity here in College Station!" Miles' post read. "Once again, thank you to the coaches that recruited me to Nebraska and invested in me for a year. This is my next step. I can't wait to get started!" Miles redshirted his freshman year in 2017 and must sit out this season because of NCAA transfer rules.
03/22/18- Vic Enwere, Sr, California, 6-1, 241 For the second straight year there was plenty of rain for Cal's annual Pro Day at California Memorial Stadium but a large group of 16 former Golden Bears still turned in plenty of notable performances while showing off their skills to front office personnel, coaches and scouts from the majority of the NFL's 32 teams. "I'm not surprised at all with how our seniors from last season performed on their pro timing day." head football strength and conditioning coach Torre Becton said. "Those guys played a great deal of football during their time at Cal and I think they represented themselves well today and gave themselves an opportunity to be recognized by the next level."
Raymond Davison III arguably had the most notable testing performance including 24 bench press reps that would have been fifth among linebackers at the NFL Combine and a consensus time of 4.56 in the 40-yard dash that would have been sixth. Others that had times of marks that would have ranked in the top-10 at their respective positions at the combine included running back Vic Enwere (10' 2" broad jump, T5th; 21 bench press reps, T8th), linebacker Devante Downs (23 bench press reps, T5th), cornerback Marloshawn Franklin Jr. (10' 2" broad jump, T8th; 6.85 3 cone drill, 10th) and wide receiver Jordan Veasy (10' 3" broad jump, T10th). - Cal Football
03/15/18- Garrett Dickerson, Sr, Northwestern, 6-2, 244 All 32 National Football League franchises were represented at Trienens Hall on Tuesday for the 2018 Northwestern Football Pro Timing Day. A total of 14 Wildcats, and a host of local prospects, put their talents on display in advance of the NFL Draft. Northwestern student-athletes that participated fully included Corey Acker, Moe Almasri, Matt Alviti, Garrett Dickerson, Tyler Lancaster, Warren Long, Marcus McShepard, Hunter Niswander, Brad North, Kyle Queiro and Brett Walsh. 2018 Combine invitees Godwin Igwebuike and Justin Jackson, and 2016 graduate Miles Shuler, participated in position drills. - Northwestern Football
03/10/18- Ryan Yurachek, Sr, Marshall, 6-1, 240 The night before Marshall's Pro Day on Wednesday, NFL aspirant Ryan Yurachek shared a conversation with his father about what loomed. Yurachek wasn't a highly sought recruit out of high school, so the prospect of a combine-style workout in front of NFL and other professional scouts seemed like a pipedream. But, along with seven of his former Thundering Herd teammates, Yurachek received that opportunity inside the Chris Cline Athletic Complex. "My biggest thing is I wanted to run well," Yurachek said. "People have always said that I was a little slower, or looked slow on film, so that was my biggest thing that I needed to work on."
Eight former Marshall players participated in various measured workouts, including bench press, vertical, broad jump, 40-yard dash and shuttle. Yurachek exited the Herd program No. 2 in career touchdowns among tight ends, No. 3 in career receptions by a tight end and No. 4 in receiving yards by a tight end. He also tied the school record for consecutive games with a reception with 42. His best 40 time on Wednesday was 4.71, which would have ranked fifth among tight ends who ran at the NFL Scouting Combine. He recorded 18 repetitions on the bench press, which would have been tight for fifth at the Combine, alongside North Carolina State's Jaylen Samuels. Yurachek's 11.89 in the 60-yard shuttle would have been fourth among Combine tight ends. - Marshall Football
03/10/18- Albert Havili, rSr, Eastern Washington, 6-2, 278 With Albert Havili turning in an impressive performance in the bench press, nine former Eastern Washington University football players took part in testing for 15 professional football scouts at EWU's annual Pro Day on Friday (March 9) in Cheney, Wash. Among those participating were Havili, projected as also being a possible linebacker or fullback on the next level. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 29 times for one of the most impressive performances of the day, which began inside in the EWU weight room and then moved outside to sunny, but blustery and chilly conditions at Roos Field. Others taking part were defensive lineman Andre Lino; wide receivers Nic Sblendorio and Keonte White; defensive backs Victor Gamboa, Jake Hoffman and John Kreifels; running back Jordan Laurencio and punter/kicker Jordan Dascalo.
Besides speed, agility and weight-lifting, the tests include height, weight and other measurements. The former players are all hoping for possible professional football opportunities in the weeks ahead leading up to the NFL Draft in late April and subsequent free agent signings. "I think I did pretty well with the testing inside and outside," said Havili, a second team All-Big Sky Conference selection a year ago. "I felt like I met my goals - I wanted to get 31 in the bench press but I'm happy with 29. - Eastern Washington Football