Sunday, April 19, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

Alumni News - McDermott Hitting Homers

Former Golden Ram football captain and fullback Brian McDermott is participating in a fundraiser for Homers for Hope again this year. Homers for Hope's primary mission is to provide financial assistance to families that have suffered a traumatic life event. They were instrumental in supporting Brian and his family after the accident that cost Brian one of his legs in May 2013 and this is his way of paying it forward. Last year, Brian and his teammate John O'Brien finished third in the competition and raised over $2,000 in the effort.

Brian will partake in a home run hitting contest on June 13 at Campbell’s Field in Camden, NJ. Golden Ram fans can sponsor Brian in the event by making a donation on his secure donation page.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Team News - 2015 First Spring Scrimmage Report

  • The spring always provides opportunities for players that were behind seniors on the depth chart the previous season. But injuries can extend those opportunities to the next level of players. Nowhere is this more evident than at linebacker. Mike Labor and Ronell Williams were four year starters and rightfully so. But with Ralph Reeves and Dan Sherry not participating this spring, rising sophomores Sean Steinmetz and Kevin Duggan are getting first team snaps. Both Steinmetz and Duggan received some playing time last season, but the additional time on the field this spring will surely accelerate their development.

  • At 6-3, 230lb, Ryan Fay has shown he can be an effective run blocker. So many of the 100+ spectators were pleasantly surprised to see him streak down the middle of the field for a nice catch. He was stripped of the ball, but fortunately recovered. Fumbles and dropped passes were far too common on the day. Chalk it up to the first scrimmage for the spring.

  • Team captain Andrew Cohen was the most familiar face on the defensive line. Cohen was back inside at tackle along with Ben Smith who was filling in for Barry Lyons. Along with George Shipp and John Dubyk playing end, the first team defensive line dominated the second team offensive line, so much so that it was hard to evaluate Alec Werner at quarterback. Also at defensive end, Byron Cooper looks very athletic and Ch'aim Smith was knocking down passes again this camp.

  • Nydair Rouse made a nice leaping interception of a long Pat Moriarty pass. Rouse is yet another player trying to leverage his speed and athleticism over his youth. But that's what spring ball is for.

The team has a scrimmage tentatively scheduled for Saturday at 10:00 am.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Team News - Spring Practice 2015

  • With Sean McCartney completing his eligibility this past fall and Andrew Derr suspended due to a recent incident, there's a sudden dearth at quarterback. Although James Rusenko is a senior, he's seen limited action in his West Chester career, due to injury and McCartney, and was observed only stretching and running on Saturday. The most experienced signal caller in camp is red-shirt sophomore Alec Werner who was 176-300 for 1,804 yards, 13 TD's and 13 interceptions as a true freshman two years ago at Kutztown and red-shirted last season at West Chester. There's one thing that Rusenko, Werner, red-shirt sophomore Pat Moriarty and red-shirt freshman Dave Fithian all have in common - none has yet to throw a pass in a game as a Golden Ram.

  • The exact opposite problem exists at running back however. Rising senior and captain Brandon Monk was first team All-PSAC East and will no doubt be the top option. But Rhode Island transfer Eerin Young will join speedster Jarel Elder and red-shirt freshman Mike Class who was an All-State ball carrier in high school. Clearing some room in the backfield is Eddie Elliott who worked out with the receivers. Elliott was second team All-PSAC East last season, but was very effective in the slot making 26 catches for 328 yards. He's the second leading returning receiver behind tight end Tim Brown.

  • Two years ago, it appeared that linebacker Justice Smith was coming to West Chester, but then decided to walk on as a Delaware Blue Hen. After red-shirting as a freshman and not seeing game action as a sophomore, Smith transferred to West Chester and is in spring camp with three seasons of eligibility expected.

  • On Saturday it looked as if kicker Blaise Toroni packed on 60 pounds to his 5'7" frame, but then it was learned that his #49 was being worn by Stony Brook transfer Ben Solis. A high school teammate of current Golden Ram captain Andrew Cohen at Council Rock South, Solis was first team All-Southeastern PA as a punter and first team All-Suburban One National as both a punter and a kicker. At Stony Brook, Solis red-shirted his first season and only kicked off in one game over the past two seasons, apparently leaving him with two years of eligibility. Toroni will miss the 2015 season due to an injury.

The team has a scrimmage tentatively scheduled for Saturday at 9:00 am.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Event News - Killinger Foundation Banquet

The 36th Annual Killinger Foundation Football Banquet will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Concord Country Club in Concordville, PA. The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees are:

- Jay Buchanon '88
- Osagie Osunde '06
- Jason Sims '88
- Steve Weaver '92

The Foundation will also be honoring the 2006 team that finished 9-4 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Buchanon was a two-time All-PSAC East and ECAC Division II All-Star at offensive tackle. For his efforts in guiding the Golden Rams to their first NCAA Division II playoff appearance, he was named Associated Press All-American and Don Hansen Football Gazette All-American in 1988. Buchanon also served as an assistant coach for the Golden Rams from 1992-2000.

Osunde was a four-time first team All-PSAC East selection, as a return specialist as a freshman, and at running back his final three years. On the West Chester career rushing lists, he ranks first in touchdowns with 51, third in yards per attempt with 6.4, and fourth in total yardage with 3,846. Also a weapon as a receiver and in the return game, Osunde is third on the West Chester career all-purpose yardage list with 5,844, third in points scored with 342, and second in touchdowns scored with 57. "O" just completed his third season as running backs coach for the Golden Rams.

Sims was a three-time All-PSAC East selection at running back, twice named to the second team and a first team selection as a senior. From 2004-2007, he rushed for 3,058 yards including 272 yards in a 30-3 win over American International in 1987 which was a single game West Chester record at the time. Sims eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing in both his junior and senior seasons and is currently fifth in career rushing yards per attempt with 5.5 and fourth in rushing touchdowns with 40.

Weaver was a first-team All-PSAC East selection at wide receiver as a senior when he notched 59 receptions for 1,157 yards and 13 touchdowns. He finished his Golden Ram career with 101 catches for 1,710 yards and 17 touchdowns. Among his nine 100-yard receiving games was a ten catch, 162 yards and three touchdown effort in a 35-34 win at Kutztown on Halloween in 1992.

On a cold and rainy night at Slippery Rock on the last game of the 2006 regular season, the Rock missed a 48-yard field goal with 43 seconds left to give the Golden Rams a 21-20 victory and the sixth seed in the NCAA playoffs. It was West Chester's third consecutive trip to the postseason under head coach Bill Zwaan. In the first round of the playoffs, the Golden Rams defeated then Northeast-10 member Bryant 31-29 in Rhode Island before falling at Bloomsburg 21-20 the following week. The team was also named ECAC Division II Team of the Year.

Anyone interested in attending or sponsoring the event is asked to use the online ticket sale center.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Player News - Derr, Keyser Arrested

Andrew Derr
Golden Ram quarterback Andrew Derr was arrested and charged with several misdemeanors Sunday evening after an incident at Landmark Americana. Also charged in the incident were former wide receiver Tim Keyser and his younger brother and current defensive back Kyle Keyser. Not involved in the altercation but cited for public drunkenness was former Golden Ram wide receiver Pete Hurley.

Last season, Derr played in ten of West Chester's 13 games as the backup and wildcat quarterback. He was 15 of 27 for 243 yards and four touchdowns on the season to go along with his 60 yards rushing on 20 carries. However his most significant contribution was leading West Chester to a 32-29 comeback victory over Shippensburg in 2013. He entered that game with the Golden Rams trailing 29-21 in the fourth quarter and was 7 of 9 for 105 yards and a touchdown, including 25-yard and 12-yard completions on the final 52-yard drive to setup the game-winning 26-yard field goal. He was expected to be the starting signal caller going into the spring with two years of eligibility left. Derr also received several charges as a result of an incident in May 2013.

The elder Keyser graduated in 2014 after notching 34 catches for 561 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. The younger Keyser played primarily on special teams this past year, logging 16 solo and 8 assisted tackles on the season. Hurley last appeared on the roster in 2012 as a sophomore.

Daily Local - WCU quarterback charged with assault, escape

WCHE 1520 AM Radio - facebook posting

Daily Local - West Chester QB had earlier brush with law

Monday, March 23, 2015

Team News - 2015 Spring Game

The Golden Ram spring football game is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2015 at noon in Farrell Stadium. The Spring Game will be the culmination of four weeks of practice and two scrimmages. The first day of spring practice will be Monday, March 30 with scrimmages tentatively set for Saturday, April 11 and Saturday, April 18.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Alumni News - Leo Still in PIFL, Now with Steelhawks

Next week, former Golden Ram kicker Shawn Leo enters his second season in the Professional Indoor Football League, but he has moved his allegiance back to Pennsylvania. After having a successful 2014 season for the Trenton Freedom, last fall he signed with the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks.

The Steelhawks open their season on Sunday, March 29 at the Erie Explosion. Lehigh Valley has their home opener on Sunday, April 12 when they host non-PIFL opponent Marion Blue Racers at the PPL Center in Allentown. The Steelhawks' regular season runs through June 13 with the top four teams in the league qualifying for the playoffs on the weekend of June 26.

With Trenton last season, Leo was fifth in the league in kick scoring with 6.8 points per game. He converted 47 of 57 PAT attempts (82.5%) which was third in the PIFL. He was 7 of 23 on field goal attempts with a long of 36 yards against goal posts that are 15 feet high and only ten feet wide. Leo is the best kicker in West Chester history and was awarded the Bill Vansant Memorial Special Teams Award the past three years.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Team News - 2015 WCU Football Schedule

September 3
6:00 pm
September 12
September 19
1:00 pm
Family Weekend
September 26
October 3
October 10
1:00 pm
October 17
1:00 pm
Ship's Homecoming
October 24
2:00 pm
October 31
at Cheyney
1:00 pm
November 7
1:00 pm
November 14
12:00 pm
Senior Day

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Player News - Shabazz Draft Prospects

Recently, Bo Marchionte of the College2Pro Platform Show sat down with Golden Ram cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz to discuss Hajj's college playing days as well as his prospects of playing in the NFL.

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