01/29/19 - (RB) - Wes Hills, rSr, 6-1, 209 It may not seem the most vexing of losing streaks, the eighth NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl being an all-star game, but after the American team knocked off their National counterparts 10-7 on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, they celebrated as if they had ended an age-old demon. "You could see a group of guys come together today," said Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, who coached the American squad. "Down seven at the half and come back and pull this thing out. "We talked about it all week, the National team was (7-0) since they started this game. It meant a lot to these kids and it meant a lot to our staff."
The National squad was in familiar position when it took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter on a punishing 4-yard touchdown run my game MVP Wes Hills of Slippery Rock. The game is designed to feature players on the fringes of the NFL draft, and those who might go undrafted and invited to camp. No player may have done more for himself that Hills, who rushed for 78 yards on 10 carries, showing explosiveness and determination. His play during the week of practice earned him an invite Thursday to next week's Senior Bowl. "You dream about calls like that," Hills said. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Hills went under the collegiate radar despite rushing for over 2,100 yards and 35 touchdowns at New Jersey's Wildwood High School. He had only two offers, to Towson and Delaware. - AP College Football
01/12/17 - (RB) - Wes Hills, rSr, 6-1, 209 2016 ALL-COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES): RB Wes Hills, Delaware, Jr.,...Hills, a team co-captain, earned All-CAA honors despite a frustrating season in which he missed all or most of four games due to various injuries. When he played and was healthy, he was one of the top players in the nation. He still led Delaware in rushing, carrying 88 times for a team-high 728 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 8.3 yards per carry. He was one of the few players in the nation to have two 200-yard rushing efforts as he gained 242 yards and scored two touchdowns vs. Maine and had 212 yards and two scores against Delaware State. Had he played enough game to qualify (75 percent), he would rank No. 14 nationally in yards rushing per game (104.0) and No. 2 in yards per carry (8.3). Hills also missed all but one game of the 2015 season with a broken foot. - Delaware Football
01/03/17 - (FB) - Marcus Martin, rSr, 6-1, 240 2016 AFCA NATIONAL DIVISION II SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN (COACHES): DL Marcus Martin, 6-3 245, R-Jr., Slippery Rock (Pa.), Shawn Lutz, West Mifflin, Pa. (West Mifflin),...18.5 tackles for loss for a total of -81 yards ... 9.0 sacks for loss of 59 yards ... 64 total tackles ... 12 additional QB hurries ... 1 blocked kick ... shattered all-time Slippery Rock and PSAC career records for sacks and tackles for loss during junior season ... racked up these numbers against the nation's seventh toughest strength of schedule (.598 cumulative win percentage among 11 opponents) and while consistently seeing double teams. - Slippery Rock Football
11/17/16 - (FB) - Marcus Martin, rSr, 6-1, 240 2016 PSAC WESTERN DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Marcus Martin, Slippery Rock...Martin is the third SRU player to win the award and is a repeat winner. He was named PSAC Freshman of the Year in 2014. Martin finished second in the league in tackles for loss with 18.5 and amassed nine sacks; which was four-best in the PSAC. He is a three-time first-team representative. - PSAC Football
11/07/16 - (RB) - Wes Hills, rSr, 6-1, 209 Wes Hills rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns, Nasir Adderley returned an interception for a score and Delaware beat Albany (NY) 33-17 on Saturday. Hills had 16 carries and scored on runs of 44 and 6 yards as the Blue Hens (4-5, 2-4 Colonial) trailed 17-14 at halftime. Delaware's defense held the Great Danes (5-4, 2-4) to 88 yards rushing, and Bilal Nichols sacked Albany quarterback Neven Sussman for a safety in the fourth quarter. Adderley's 22-yard interception return in the third quarter put the Blue Hens up 28-17. Hills' second score was set up by Troy Reeder, who forced a fumble by Albany's Kjaye Rodgers that was recovered by Tenny Adewusi. Delaware's Thomas Jefferson scored on a 1-yard run and Frank Raggo kicked a 32-yard field goal. Sussman was 6 of 13 for 148 yards passing with a 6-yard TD strike to Nic Ketter. Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks scored on a 33-yard run and Ethan Stark kicked a 36-yard field goal. - AP Sports
10/12/16 - (RB) - Wes Hills, rSr, 6-1, 209 OCT 10 CAA FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Wes Hills, Jr., RB, Delaware (Wildwood, N.J./Wildwood)...Hills rushed for a career-high 242 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in Delaware’s 28-21 setback to Maine. The junior recorded a game-tying 61-yard scoring run with 5:01 left to play and also had a 17-yard TD run. The 242 yards were the fourth-most in UD history and the most since 2007. It was also the 3rd-highest total by any FCS back this season. Hills became only the second player in school history with two 200+-yard rushing games in the same season. - CAA Football
09/06/16 - (RB) - Wes Hills, rSr, 6-1, 209 Wes Hills ran for a career-high 212 yards on 19 carries, including touchdown runs of 59 and 13 yards, and Delaware beat in-state rival Delaware State 56-14 on Thursday night. The Blue Hens (1-0) have won all seven meetings against the Hornets and are 52-12 in home openers dating back to 1952. Jalen Randolph finished with 55 yards and two scores on the ground, and Thomas Jefferson added 70 rushing yards for the Blue Hens. Delaware finished with 395 total yards rushing. Mason Rutherford caught 6 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown for the Hornets (0-1). Daniel Epperson completed 13 of 26 passing for 118 yards and two scores, but was hamstrung by four interceptions. Delaware led 28-0 at halftime and scored the first 42 points of the game. The Hornets have lost 11 of 12 dating back to last season, and has dropped its last four season openers. - AP Sports
10/14/14 - (ILB) - Anthony Zappone, rSr, 6-1, 243 OCT 13 MAC WEST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eastern Michigan LB Anthony Zappone,...Eastern Michigan sophomore linebacker Anthony Zappone (Westlake, Ohio) recorded a career-best 13 tackles in a 37-27 victory over Buffalo to go with a career high three tackles for loss. The redshirt-sophomore currently sits in a tie for first in the MAC in tackles for loss as he is averaging five a game. His 9.5 tackles per contest ranks seventh in the league among linebackers. Zappone's 9.5 tackles per contest also tie for 11th in the conference. - MAC football
08/01/14 - (CB) - *Titus Howard, Jr, 6-1, 182 Pittsburgh sophomore defensive back Titus Howard has been suspended for the 2014 season by coach Paul Chryst. Chryst cited disciplinary reasons when handing out the suspension Friday. Howard played in 11 games as a freshman last year, finishing with 21 tackles and two pass breakups. Chryst said Howard, who is from Clairton, Pennsylvania, will remain with the program and can participate in practice. - AP Sports
01/04/14 - (QB) - Nigel Barksdale, rSr, 5-10, 162 2013 PSAC WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Nigel Barksdale, QB, Slippery Rock...Barksdale has led Slippery Rock to the top of Division II's offensive charts in 2013. The Rock have accumulated 6,228 yards of total offense this season for a league-high average of 566.6 yards per outing. He ranks first in the PSAC and fourth amongst Division II leaders in total offense (372.4ypg). Barksdale holds the Slippery Rock record for single season yards of total offense (4,096), passing yards (3,669yds), passing yards per game (333.5ypg), and touchdown passes (30). - PSAC football
09/16/13 - (QB) - Nigel Barksdale, rSr, 5-10, 162 The Rock have scored 109 points in the first two weeks of the season, which is a school record. The previous best was 107 a year ago. Sr. QB Nigel Barksdale has thrown for a school-record and conference-best 769 yards in back-to-back weeks. Barksdale has also thrown for a PSAC-leading 10 TDs thus far. Barksdale broke the previous school record for most yards passing in back-to-back games held by John Linhart, who threw for a total of 748 yards on consecutive weekends. Sr. WR John Schademan had his second-consecutive triple-digit pass receiving yardage total Saturday with 109 yards on five catches.
Schademan caught six passes for 108 yards and two TDs in the season opener and is the first Rock player to have 100 or more pass receiving yards in back-to-back games since Devin Goda had three straight triple-digit games (Weeks 3-5) in SRU's 2011 PSAC-Western Division championship season. The Rock are unbeaten after two games for the fourth time in the last five seasons. - PSAC football
09/08/13 - (QB) - Nigel Barksdale, rSr, 5-10, 162 SEPT 9 PSAC WESTERN DIVISION CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nigel Barksdale, Slippery Rock (Sr, QB), San Jacinto, Calif./San Jacinto,...Senior quarterback Nigel Barksdale passed for a Slippery Rock-record six touchdowns and 465 yards to lead visiting SRU to a 51-36 season-opening win over Northwood University. Barksdale completed 27-of-48 pass attempts to make-up his 465 yards passing – the most by a quarterback in the PSAC this season. Barksdale shared the wealth amongst his receivers, as four receivers had four or more receptions in the contest. The six touchdown passes eclipsed the previous school single-game record of five touchdown passes previously held by Eric Denton vs. Shippensburg in 1986. - PSAC football
09/08/13 - (WR) - Julian Harrell, rSr, 6-1, 214 Sr. QB Nigel Barksdale set an SRU single-season record with 6 TD passes and recorded the second-highest passing yardage total in school history with 465. Barksdale broke TD passing record set by Eric Denton vs. Shippensburg in 1986 and finished the game 37 yards shy of the school record of 502 set by John Linhart vs. Clarion in 1992. Rock offense ran 110 plays from scrimmage and gained 675 total yards (472 passing, 203 rushing). Rock had four receivers catch four or more passes and gain 96 or more yards on receptions Saturday.
Sr. CB Anthony Saunders recorded INT return for a TD when he took a pick back 28 yards to account for SRU's final points. Sr. P James McCombie averaged 53.2 yards per punt on four punts with a long of 74 yards that matched his personal-best mark and was two yards shy of the school record. - PSAC football