Monday, August 18, 2014

Team News - Golden Rams #10 in AFCA Preseason Poll

After reaching the national semi-finals last season, West Chester is ranked #10 in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II preseason poll. The Golden Rams return a dozen starters from last year's team that finished 13-2.

West Chester opens the 2014 season on September 6 at New Haven in West Haven, CT.

American Football Coaches Association - Division II Coaches’ Poll – August 18, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Player News - More Preseason Honors for Williams

Senior co-captain and linebacker Ronell Williams has been named to the College Football America 2014 Yearbook Encyclopedia Starting Lineup, which is CFA's equivalent to an All-American team. Williams led the Golden Rams in tackles last season with 110, while registering 9.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, four quarterback hurries, and a fumble recovery.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Player News - More Preseason Player Honors

A couple of Golden Rams have received more preseason All-American honors. Senior co-captains center Derek Schatz and linebacker Ronell Williams were named to the first team Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL) Preseason All-America Football Team. These players are now on the watch list to be invited to the "D2 vs. NAIA Challenge", also sponsored by the CDFL, to be played in Myrtle Beach, SC on Saturday, December 20. In addition, they will be considered for selection to the roster of "Team America" that will represent the United States in scheduled International Bowl Games in 2015.

Collegiate Development Football League - 2014 Pre-Season All-Americans

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Team News - 2014 Roster Changes

Now that the 2014 roster is posted, let’s take note of some of the changes other than departing seniors. From the offense, gone is quarterback Drew Loughery. The 2009 Philadelphia Inquirer Southeastern Pennsylvania football player of the year through for over 5,000 yards and guided LaSalle to the PIAA AAAA state championship, but did not play in 2010 or 2011 and played sparingly for the West Chester in 2012 and 2013. Slotted as the number two signal caller behind Sean McCartney last season, his most significant playing time came at Shippensburg when McCartney was hurt in the first quarter of that game. Although Loughery was 10 of 20 for 136 yards, he threw an interception and was lifted for then redshirt freshman Andrew Derr.

The losses on the other side of the ball are more significant. Edge rusher Kayo Bakare (27 total tackles, 2.0 sacks, 1 fumble recovery) played in all 15 games and was expected to play a more significant role this season. Also no longer listed is defensive linemen Kavon Johnson and Brian Butler. As a redshirt freshman last year, Johnson logged two tackles a sack and a fumble recovery. As a sophomore, Butler tallied five total tackles and a sack. For a defensive line that already lost Anthony McCloskey, Eric Edwers, Chris DiValentino, and Demrick Cook to graduation, these additional losses could be very telling.

Also departed from the defense is linebacker Drew Persa. In 2012, Persa notched 14 tackles before getting injured at East Stroudsburg and missing the remainder of the season. Last year, he registered five tackles, including one tackle for loss, and a fumble recovery.

The roster also shows some incoming transfers. Likely to make a contribution right away is wide receiver Mike Doty. A first-team all-area selection by the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2008 at Central Bucks South, he redshirted in 2009 at Maine with former Golden Ram captain Shawn Krautzel. Like Krautzel, he left Orono for the Delaware Valley after just one season, choosing to go to Temple. He did not play for the Owls in 2010, and in 2011 he served on special teams as the holder. He left the Owls prior to the 2012 season. As a senior in high school, Doty had 11 catches for 210 yards for the North in the Bucks County Lions Club All-Star game. The quarterback for the North in that contest? How about Big Red Sean McCartney.

Also joining the offense is quarterback Alec Werner who comes to West Chester from nearby Kutztown. At Bishop McDevitt High School, Werner threw for 54 touchdowns and almost 7,000 yards. He led the Crusaders to District 3 AAA championships, a PIAA AAA semi-final and final. He garnered third team all-state as a junior and second team all-state as a senior. Last year at Kutztown, he started the first seven games of the season as a true freshman, including the 22-21 last minute loss at West Chester. However, he got lifted on the first drive of the second half of the Shippensburg game and didn’t see the field again for the Bears.

There are a couple of big additions - as in 6'2" - in the secondary, and since they only have one season of eligibility left, expect to see them play right away. Cornerback DeOliver Davis, from nearby Flourtown, graduated this past spring with a degree in economics from Lafayette College. As a freshman in 2010, he played in four games, including two starts, before a toe injury caused him to miss several games. In eight games as a sophomore, he recorded 13 tackles and five pass breakups. Shoulder surgery caused him to miss the 2012 season. But he bounced back last year when he played in all 12 games, including nine starts, finishing seventh on the team in tackles with 38. He also notched two interceptions and seven pass breakups for the Patriot League champion Leopards.

The other is graduate student Cory Scott from Delaware State. Scott redshirted in 2010 and played sparingly in 2011 and 2012. But last season, he finished with 60 tackles which was good for fourth on the Hornets. He also had four tackles for loss, an interception and two pass breakups. Scott also had a 55-yard fumble return for touchdown to put the game out of reach in the Hornets’ 29-21 win over Florida A&M. In high school, Scott was a standout wrestler.

The final transfer is defensive back Russhon Phillips who has two years of college football eligibility remaining. Phillips was Plymouth-Whitemarsh’s leading receiver as a sophomore, but moved to quarterback due to his athleticism and the team’s need at that position. He earned second team All-Suburban One American Conference as a junior and first team as a senior, sharing those honors with current Golden Ram quarterback Andrew Derr. The Colonial team captain, MVP and honor roll student then chose Lehigh over Lafayette, Villanova and West Chester. At Lehigh, Philips was a defensive back and saw action in one game a freshman and the first two games of his sophomore season. However, in the week between the second and third game of the season, Phillips was involved in a fight, arrested and suspended from the team. He subsequently pled guilty to the charges, was sentenced to one to two months in jail and expelled from Lehigh. With the additions of the aforementioned Davis and Scott to the team, expect Phillips to redshirt this season and hopefully this good student and good athlete will find a new beginning with the Golden Rams.

The Hun School/Lafayette
Central Bucks South/Temple
Mt Vernon (NY)/Delaware St
Bishop McDevitt/Kutztown

Monday, August 11, 2014

Team News - Golden Rams Picked To Finish First

The West Chester University Golden Rams were picked to finish atop the division by the conference coaches at the PSAC's annual Football Media Day.

Predicted order with first place votes in parentheses.

Eastern Division
1. West Chester (7)
2. East Stroudsburg (1)
3. Bloomsburg
4. Shippensburg
5. Kutztown
6. Lock Haven
7. Millersville
8. Cheyney

Friday, August 8, 2014

Event News - PSAC Football Media Day

The PSAC will hold its annual Football Media Day on Monday, August 11. The schools from the East Division will be hosted by Kutztown University while the West Division schools will gather at Slippery Rock University. Along with head coach Bill Zwaan, the Golden Rams will be represented by senior captains quarterback Sean McCartney and linebacker Ronell Williams.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Team News - Key Summer Dates

It's August!!!! Here are the key August dates for Golden Ram football fans:

- Wed, August 13 - Team reports for summer camp
- Sat, August 23 - Scrimmage 11:00 am in Farrell Stadium
- Sat, August 30 - Scrimmage 10:00 am in Farrell Stadium
- Thur, September 4 - Golden Ram Football Club meeting 7:30 pm at Timothy's
- Sat, September 6 - Game at New Haven Chargers 1:00 pm
- Thur, September 11 - Bill Zwaan's radio show at 7:00 pm at Timothy's

Please note - Scrimmage dates and times are subject to change.

Also, here's another look at the Golden Rams' 2014 schedule:

September 6
1:00 pm
September 13
12:00 pm
Hall of Fame Day
September 20
6:00 pm
Homecoming & Family Weekend
September 27
6:00 pm
Family Night
October 4
12:00 pm
October 9
7:00 pm
October 18
2:00 pm
October 25
2:00 pm
Family Weekend
November 1
12:00 pm
Senior Day
November 8
1:00 pm
ESU Senior Day
November 15
1:00 pm
IUP Senior Day

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Team News - Assistant Coach Named

West Chester University head football coach Bill Zwaan officially announced the addition of Dan Connor to his coaching staff. Connor, originally from nearby Strath Haven high school, will tap the linebacking skills that he honed at Penn State and in the NFL to guide that group for the Golden Rams. Connor fills the position vacated by Bill Shuey who took the defensive coordinator position at nearby Widener.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Alumni News - DePalma Makes Professional Debut

It's been over three seasons and four teams in three cities, but former Golden Ram wide receiver Dan DePalma has now logged his first professional regular season catch. After spending time on the practice squads of the New York Jets, New York Giants and San Diego Chargers of the NFL and the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL, DePalma saw his first regular season action last night in the Riders' 37-9 win over the Toronto Argonauts. Late in the second quarter, DePalma notched a 56-yard catch and run to the Argonaut two-yard line which led to a touchdown and a 28-6 halftime lead for the Riders.

DePalma was just activated from the Riders' practice squad on Thursday to take the place of Ryan Smith who injured his finger in Thursday's practice and was placed on the one-game injured list. Although DePalma was listed on the depth chart as the team's primary return man, Marshay Green performed those duties in the game. The Riders' are scheduled to play next Saturday at 7:00 pm in Ottawa.

The Regina Leader-Post - Riders swarm Argonauts 37-9