This past weekend marked my fifth pilgrimage to Florence, Alabama for the Division II Football National Championship. It’s always a bit of a whirlwind for me because I travel by car instead of flying from Pennsylvania to Alabama. It’s about a 14 hour ride and most think I’m crazy for doing it (which I do not dispute) but driving affords me the opportunity to visit many other colleges and universities along the way and take self-guided tours of their football stadiums. That’s
Updated 12-19-2012 at 07:26 PM by Chuck Bitner
Shippensburg junior quarterback Zach Zulli won the 27th Harlon Hill trophy awarded this evening in a ceremony in Florence, Alabama. The trophy is awarded annually to the Division II player of the year. In his acceptance speech, Zulli humbly gave credit to his Shippensburg teammates, coaches, administrators, the Red Raider band, family, alumni and fans. His speech was very well thought out and delivered with class and professionalism.
Before speaking, Zulli acknowledged the other
Updated 12-15-2012 at 12:01 AM by Chuck Bitner
Here are my final rankings and analysis for all 16 members of the PSAC. I threw in my preseason ranking as well to see how close each team was to my projections at the start of the season. I also added a quick glimpse at 2013. Enjoy!
16. Cheyney (preseason ranking: 14)
Overall Record: 1-10
PSAC East Record: 0-7 (8th place)
Offensive MVP: QB Blaze Wasserleben
Defensive MVP: LB Isaiah Fleming
Accomplishments: Defeated rival Lincoln
Updated 12-06-2012 at 07:49 AM by Chuck Bitner
Winston-Salem State's All-American candidate quarterback Kameron Smith had not played since the CIAA Championship game on November 10th. The senior injured his shoulder in that game and even a first round playoff bye was not enough time for him to be ready. He dressed, but did not play in the Rams' second round victory over Shippensburg and as the quarterfinal game with IUP went deeper into the second half, it appeared he would once again, be a spectator.
However, Smith did enter
Updated 12-02-2012 at 10:20 AM by Chuck Bitner
The PSAC will be represented by two athletes in this year's presentation of the Harlon Hill Trophy. Shippensburg's Zach Zulli and Bloomsburg's Franklyn Quiteh will be joined by Missouri Western's Michael Hill as the top three nominees for the Division II College Football Player of the Year.
Zulli, the PSAC East Offensive Player of the Year, threw for 4,747 yards and 54 touchdowns (ties the D2 record) and completed 62 percent of his passes. Zulli led the Red Raiders to the PSAC East
Updated 11-30-2012 at 10:53 AM by Chuck Bitner