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Lakers roll August 31, 2007

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In a game of particular interest to Wayne State (the Warriors play at St. Joseph’s next week and at Grand Valley State on Sept. 29), GVSU posted four touchdowns in the first half in this nonconference game and rolled to a 42-14 win.

The game can be seen tape-delayed this Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Comcast Local.

Warren De La Salle alum Jimmy Berezik led the Lakers in rushing – 11 carries, 82 yards, impressive for his first game – and scored his first collegiate touchdown on an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter. 

Brad Iciek has the reins at quarterback for the Lakers, taking over after Cullen Finnerty’s four-year reign.

Preseason D-II All-American quarterback Anthony Lindsey was held to just 159 yards for the Pumas on 24-of-37 passing.

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Apparently Michigan Tech throws the ball too August 28, 2007

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warriors3.jpgmtu.jpgMichigan Tech quarterback Steve Short was his usual dual-threat self during Saturday’s shootout loss to Winona State, averaging 6.1 yards on 12 carries (team-high 73 rushing yards).

He also took to the air, early and often, hitting 27-of-45 for a whopping 431 yards and six (!) touchdowns in Tech’s 47-44 overtime loss.

Let’s put those passing numbers in perspective – Short’s six TDs equaled his total from last season, when he split time with Drew Schaft. The tandem combined to average 19.9 pass attempts per game with a high of 23. MTU doubled that against Winona State, a playoff team last season.

Granted, Tech was behind virtually the whole game, and the teams combined for an insane 1,038 yards and 45 points in the last 10 minutes of the game.

The last time Michigan Tech had a similar ratio of more passes (45) than rushes (41)? Last year’s opener against Wayne State, when the Huskies tossed it 37 times and ran 35.

Winona State started a freshman (Tyler Wegner), two juniors (Tony Hill and Tyler Wegner) and a senior (Craig Martindale) in the secondary. Only Martindale had marginal game experience.

My question to WSU coach Paul Winters last week was whether the inexperienced defensive line needed to grow up in a hurry to stop MTU’s rushing attack. His response was that the entire defense would have to grow up pretty quickly, just because how Tech runs its offense. There are many weapons, starting with the quarterback. A lot of their running comes off quarterback draws. That’s on the linebackers and secondary to be in position to make plays and stops.

Apparently, with a starting secondary similar to Winona State’s (experience-wise), it will take a team effort to limit the Huskies through the air and avoid a repeat 400-yard performance, too.

GVSU tabbed No. 1 in AFCA Poll; no Wayne State August 22, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in GLIAC, News, Wayne State.
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DETROIT – The WSU coaches would shrug it off and say it doesn’t matter. And they are right. Preseason rankings, especially when you get down to lower levels like Division II and III, are more crapshoot than science, sometimes based more on prestige than potential.

Wayne State was slighted, apparently, when the recently released AFCA Division II coaches’ poll mentioned four GLIAC teams – defending national champion Grand Valley State at No. 1, Northwood at No. 14, Saginaw Valley State and Ferris State receiving votes – but right now the Warriors have no business in the top 25. They have lots to prove through the season’s first four weeks and will have to earn their way into the rankings.

Michigan Tech will have revenge on its mind as it makes the 11-hour trek to Detroit for next Saturday’s season opener. The Huskies were thrashed, 36-14, at home by Wayne State to open last season and return a bulk of their defensive stars. Don’t think the Huskies want a repeat of last year’s 0-4 start. They also want to squelch the anticipation surrounding the debut of a much-hyped Tech-transfer – WSU running back Daryl Graham.

WSU hits the road for Weeks 2 and 3 – against St. Joesph’s (Ind.), which beat the Warriors last year and returns All-American quarterback Anthony Lindsey, and Mercyhurst, which gave WSU a scare last year at Adams Field, leading midway through the fourth quarter.

Although the Lakers and Findlay (WSU’s Week 4 opponent) are projected to be GLIAC bottom-feeders, a 4-0 start for WSU would be impressive – it hasn’t happened for WSU since 1967 – and deserving of some national recognition entering the Week 5 neutral-site contest against Grand Valley.

Check back early next week for our GLIAC Preview, which takes a quick look at all 13 teams while previewing the 2007 season.

Colleges: preseason Media Polls August 13, 2007

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As announced by the conferences, 2007 Media Polls for the Big Ten, MAC, GLIAC and MIAA: (more…)

Tough act to follow August 11, 2007

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Ready for some ungodly numbers?

I’m not trying to over-glorify the Grand Valley State program – four national titles in five years speak for themselves – but merely illustrate 1) the collective success of last year’s graduating senior class, including Cullen Finnerty, Eric Fowler, Astin Martin, Mike McFadden and others and 2) the standard that whichever quarterback that takes the reins (likely Brad Iciek or JUCO transfer Kasey Peters) will have to live up to.

Put this in persepctive: GVSU has won 28 straight games, the nation’s longest winning streak. The Lakers are 85-5 in their last 90 games and 86-9 since 2000. Last year’s senior class finished 38-3 overall and 12-1 in the NCAA playoffs. GVSU is 60-3 in its last 63 GLIAC contests. That’s darn impressive for any level of football. It also speaks volumes that the Lakers rely on primarly Michigan players to dominate the Division II landscape.

Even more remarkable is that GVSU won fewer league titles (three) than national championships (four) over that five year strength. That speaks to the strength of the GLIAC.

WSU Notebook: Offseason was the Paul Winters show July 25, 2007

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While Bell, Graham and Co. gear up for new season, Winters and staff have major success

By Kyle Stefan

For fear of becoming complacent, Paul Winters doesn’t like to pause and take stock of his accomplishments.

He’s too focused on what comes next.

Because he is self assuming and won’t take much of the credit, Winters probably won’t overemphasize the importance of this off-season for the Wayne State football program.

But there was more visible progress for WSU off the field – mirroring its on-field ascension – thanks to the vision and plan of its fourth-year head coach. (more…)