Crusaders host Kean University and remain unbeaten
Oct14

Crusaders host Kean University and remain unbeaten

Relax, sports fans. Crusader football is back in action this Saturday as they face Sul Ross State University. The Cru will be traveling to Alpine, Texas, to take on a talented Lobo team.   The Cru is coming off of their bye week, which seemed to come at a perfect time, with injuries starting to creep up on some of the players.   “The bye week was good for us. As a player, we always like having a game to look forward to after a week of practice, but we needed the bye week to rest up and polish things in order to continue to get better,” senior tight end Ben Keilman said.   With the outing The Cru had in their last game, it might look like they wouldn’t have too many things to work on, after they defeated Kean University 73-7, with the help of big plays on offense and defense.   “We played well against Kean but that game is behind us,” Keilman said. “I think we got better during bye week.Everyone is working really hard.”   D3football.com still has the Cru ranked second in their latest polls. That is no surprise, considering the weapons the purple and gold have on both sides of the ball.   Senior Kamray Runnels has broken out as the go-to guy on the outside with four touchdown receptions thus far.   “Kamray has been everything that we know he could be. He has just had more opportunities this year, and he as taken advantage of those opportunities,” senior wide receiver Stanton Holland said.   The Crusader defense is solid again this year, only allowing a total of 36 points in four games. Senior Deshon Kinsey hasn’t dissapointed, tallying 28 solo tackles.   “Deshon is one of the leaders on this team and he sets a good example of how everyone needs to play,” Holland said.   This week starts conference play, and as they face Sul Ross State, the Crusaders understand that they have to be at their best.   Keilman said, “We let Sul Ross stick around too long last year. They are a good team, and we are focused on going down to their place and taking care of them this...

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Cru football runs through Redlands
Sep17

Cru football runs through Redlands

The Crusaders opened the 2014 season with a big win at home in front of a packed house. The 36-0 win against a talented Redlands team pushed the Cru to a 2-0 start.   The defensive play from the Cru was outstanding, giving up only 155 yards total for the game.   “When you are able to shut an opponent out, it is always a good thing. It takes the pressure off of us on the offensive side of the ball and allows us to play freely.  We feed off of the defense, and they are doing a great job right now,” senior offensive lineman Riley Holmes said.   On Saturday it looked as if  Redlands were going to be a match for the Crusaders, as they exchanged field position through punts all throughout the first quarter. After forcing Redlands to a safety though, the purple and gold soon caught their stride and began bulldozing in for scores on the ground.   Blake Jackson converted the first score on a three-yard run to make the score 9-0 late in the first quarter.   “We felt like we were able to control the line of scrimmage, and that is a big thing for us. If we are able to beat them up front, everything else will eventually fall into place for our offense,” Holmes said.   The Cru continued to dominate the game with junior running back Michael Carpenter and senior Kamray Runnels adding to the lead with scores of their own.   Runnels finished the game with 133 yards on nine catches, and asserted himself as the go-to guy on the outside.   There were many positives looking back on the game Saturday against Redlands, but one big injury on the defensive side of the ball put a damper on the game. Junior defensive tackle standout, Lamar Seels was carted off the field due to what looked like a bad leg injury on the opening play of the game.   “Losing him (Seels) isn’t good for the team. He has been so good for us, so hopefully he will be OK and able to get back out there,” senior tight end Eric Nelson said.   Injuries have already made a mark on the season just two games in, but they aren’t letting things like that take their eyes off of the ultimate goal.   “Unfortunately there are always going to be injuries in a football season. It is just one of those things that you have to deal with, and how we respond to that adversity will determine how successful we will be this year,” Holmes said.  “We have...

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Ray Rice: The bigger issue
Sep17

Ray Rice: The bigger issue

  “Ray Rice is a heck of a guy that made a mistake…” a comment from Baltimore Ravens head football coach John Harbaugh shortly after the arrest of his star running back in late July.   Not only did the Ravens organization drop the ball on this incident, but so did the Atlantic City police department and the NFL.   Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner, made the decision to suspend Ray Rice for the first two games of the 2014 season. This immediately raised eyebrows on the lack of repercussions for domestic violence cases within the league. Just as it seemed everything was going to blow over for Rice, the Ravens and the League, TMZ released the whole video of Rice punching his then fiancé, now wife, Janay Palmer in an elevator at the Revel Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The video is hard to watch. Hours after the video was released, the Baltimore front office made the decision to terminate Rice’s contract and cut him from their roster. The NFL quickly followed suit and suspended him from the league indefinitely.   They washed their hands of Rice, trying to say that they hadn’t seen the video until it was released by TMZ.   This brings me to the major issue I have with the NFL. Athletes have been notorious for seeming to be above the law. Although the NFL has become more strict over the last five years, they have failed terribly with their domestic violence policy … or should I say, lack thereof.   Players are getting suspended for an entire season, for violating a very picky and particular substance policy, and then you have notable players getting arrested for domestic violence, only getting a two game suspension.   There is obviously something wrong with this equation.   As big as the NFL is in American culture, it has been a trailblazer when it comes to dealing with issues such as this. They have ultimately dropped the ball. They had a chance to prove to the world that football is more than just a game and how you perform in society means much more than the 60 minutes of play Sunday afternoons.   Since the video was made public, the league has made plans to revise its’ domestic violence policy.   They have already come out and said that a domestic violence infraction will result in a six-game suspension for first time offenders and a possible lifetime ban for repeat offenders.   A more detailed policy is a must for the league. If they want to save face, they need to make a conscious effort to rework...

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Crusaders take the field
Aug27

Crusaders take the field

Cru athletics take the field and court to prepare for their upcoming seasons as autumn‘s chill slowly starts to creep into the summer days.   Football, volleyball and soccer athletes beat the rush to campus in order to begin their fall camp practices. All of the programs were highly successful last year and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to see a drop in the 2014 campaigns.   Senior Cru football player and wide receiver Kamray Runnels said, “I can’t wait for the season to start. We have a lot of work to do, but everyone is excited about the talent we have on the field and the things that this team can accomplish this year.”   The Cru finished last year with a 14-1 record, losing in the semifinals to a talented Wisconsin Whitewater team. For many teams, a loss like that would tear a group apart, but it created an even deeper hunger within the Cru to advance and win a national championship.   “We understand that it’s a long season and its imperative that we take it one game at a time, but I’d be lying if I said we don’t have our eyes on a national championship.  We lost quite a few seniors off of last years team, so that just means other guys will have to work even harder to fill those positions,” senior slot receiver Stanton Holland said.   The Crusader volleyball team is also coming back to the fall season with a successful 2013 run under their belt. They finished with a season record of 29-8, which is the best in program history.   Coach Rob Frost is returning to coach the Cru and looking to take the team even further this year.   “I am excited about what we have accomplished during my time here and I look forward to building on that and growing the program. I feel like we are in the middle of some great things, and there is more that we can do,” Frost said.   The ladies are returning nine talented players from last year’s team. Junior outside hitter Lauren Powell and senior middle hitter Bianca Patterson will lead the attack for the Crusaders. Last year the two tallied up over 650 kills combined, and wrecked havoc on ASC defenses all season.   The men’s and women’s soccer teams have high hopes for their upcoming seasons as well. Both teams were successful last year, but hard work individually and as a team throughout the summer should propel the squads to even bigger things this year.   Coach Bankhead’s men’s team finished the season 5-9-2. Bankhead’s...

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Johnny Football craze continues to NFL
May06

Johnny Football craze continues to NFL

THE BELLS — Love him or hate him, Johnny Manziel has proved over and over again that he has the skill set to elude collegiate defenses. But the question is, can he make that transition to the NFL, where the defensive ends are running faster 40-yard dash times than he is.   Everyone is looking for comparisons to the star quarterback coming out of Texas A&M, names such as Hall of Famer, Fran Tarkenton  Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson have been thrown around. But what it all boils down to is there really is not a  perfect comparison out there in leage right now or a player that has played in the past.   Manziel’s style of play is reminiscent of Tarkenton’s game and his stature matches up well with the Seahawks’ Wilson, but there hasn’t been a player in some time that carries the attention that Johnny Manziel does.  Ever since Manziel won the starting job in College Station, the spotlight has gotten brighter every day.   This reason alone is what makes numerous NFL general managers nervous about adding Manziel to their roster. Unnecessary publicity isn’t always a good thing, and although he has made an effort to shake the “Johnny Football” reputation and convince teams that he will put all of the other stuff aside when it’s time to go to work, the wild side of Manziel continues to be what is talked about.   Talks of Johnny Football staying in the state and playing for the Houston Texans were strong when he first announced he would be entering the draft, but as time has passed, his name has slowly  dropped off  of the draft boards. The Texans, who are, indeed, searching for a quarterback,  but Johnny Football is not the answer for the team.   Houston hired Bill O’Brien as their head coach in the offseason, and he has made it clear that he prefers a more traditional player calling the signals. A quarterback like Manziel doesn’t fit this description. So it is highly unlikely that you will see the Texas football hero continuing his play in the great state.   ESPN reporter Todd McShay said, “From talking to guys I trust, I just don’t think Manziel is the fit for the Texans.”   Although a highly talked about player like Manziel would sell a lot of merchandise and create a buzz not only in Texas but throughout the country, it wouldn’t be the exact type of buzz that the struggling Texans need. Coming off  a horrific 2-16 season the Texans need stability, even if that means starting recently acquired veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and...

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