Friday, December 9, 2016

Player News - Gilbert to Receive Another Honor

West Chester left tackle Doug Gilbert (Lenape) will be recognized as the Burlington County NCAA Division II College Player of the Year. The award will be presented by the Bill Gordon-George Masters Memorial Football Club of Burlington County at their 46th annual Awards Banquet to be held at Marco's Restaurant at Indian Spring Golf Club in Marlton, NJ on Thursday, December 15.

Gilbert is a two-time first team All-PSAC East selection and after last season was named first team CCA All-Super Region 1, first team All-ECAC, second team Dan Hansen Football Gazette Super Region 1 and second team USA College Football All-American. He was also named a PSAC Scholar-Athlete for the 2015-2016 academic year. Gilbert was named to the CCA All-Super Region 1 second team after this season and to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Football team. Prior to this season, he was named second team preseason All-Division II by Lindy’s Sports, second team D2Football.com Preseason All-American, and Preseason All-American by FootballGamePlan.com. Gilbert was also nominated for the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® and recently participated in the National Bowl in Daytona Beach, FL.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Player News - Three Players Honored for Academics

Three West Chester Golden Ram players have received honors for their performance on the field and in the classroom this season. For the second consecutive year, senior safety Kyle Keyser (Accounting/Finance) was named to the 24-man team. He is joined by senior left tackle Doug Gilbert (Criminal Justice) and junior running back Jarel Elder (Biology).

The Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Football team is voted on by the sports information directors of the 30 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. In order to be eligible for Academic All-Area honors, an athlete must be in at least his second year at the institution and hold a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Player News - Six Golden Rams Earn ECAC Recognition

The ECAC announced their 2016 Division II year end awards. Named to the All-ECAC First Team offense were left tackle Doug Gilbert and running back Jarel Elder. Named to the All-ECAC First Team defense were shark linebacker Nydair Rouse and strong safety Kevin Malone. Honorable mention recognition was given to wide receiver Tyler Karpinski and offensive guard Tyler Drob.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Alumni News - Texans Sign Shabazz

Just two days after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, former Golden Ram cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz has been signed by the Houston Texans. Hajj, who will wear #37, replaces 5'9" cornerback Charles James who was in his third year out of Charleston Southern. The Texans travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Player News - Gilbert Plays in National Bowl

West Chester left tackle Doug Gilbert played in the 2016 National Bowl Game at Larry Kelly Field at Municipal Stadium in Daytona, FL. His National team fell to the American team by a score of 16-9. National drove to the American 36-yard line with under two minutes left, but an interception ended any attempt at a comeback.

The National Bowl Game showcases All-American and All Conference seniors from over 400 Division 2,3, and FCS schools. It's the only current post-season all star game to focus on players below D1/FBS to give them an opportunity to play in front of several NFL and CFL scouts. The National Bowl is presented by East Preps LLC and founded by Michael Quartey Esq., also a Professor of Sports Law at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, PA.


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Alumni News - Steelers Release Shabazz

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released former cornerback Golden Ram Al-Hajj Shabazz. They did so to make room on the roster for kicker Randy Bullock. Shabazz made his NFL debut in the Steelers' 31-13 victory over the New York Jets, was released on October 15, and was resigned on November 5. In five games this season, he's credited with one solo tackle playing primarily on special teams. It's expected that Shabazz will be signed to the Steelers' practice squad next week.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Player News - Gilbert named All-Region

West Chester left tackle Doug Gilbert has been named to the Division 2 Conference Commissioner's Association All-Super Region 1 second team.

Gilbert is a two-time first team All-PSAC East selection and after last season was named first team CCA All-Super Region 1, first team All-ECAC, second team Dan Hansen Football Gazette Super Region 1 and second team USA College Football All-American. He was also named a PSAC Scholar-Athlete for the 2015-2016 academic year. Prior to this season, he was named second team preseason All-Division II by Lindy’s Sports, second team D2Football.com Preseason All-American, and Preseason All-American by FootballGamePlan.com. Gilbert was also nominated for the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® and will play in the National Bowl in Daytona Beach, FL on Sunday.

The Division II Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Player News - Golden Rams Named All PSAC East

A dozen West Chester Golden Rams were named to the 2016 PSAC East first and second teams. Five members of the offense and five players from the defense were recognized by the conference's coaches, while three players were tabbed for special teams play. Only two of the twelve are seniors.

Named to the first team defense were junior defensive tackle Josh Ganzelli, senior safety Kevin Malone, and sophomore defensive back Nydair Rouse. Named to the second team defense were sophomore defensive end Ch'aim Smith and junior linebacker Kevin Duggan.

Named to the first team offense were junior running back Jarel Elder, senior left tackle Doug Gilbert, junior right guard Tyler Drob, and junior wide receiver Tyler Karpinski. Named to the second team offense was junior left guard Vince Lostracco.

Junior running back Anthony Brown was named to the second team defense as a return specialist. And sophomore Brendan Paulison was named to the first team as a place kicker and to the second team as a punter.

West Chester Athletic Site - Football Earns 12 Players on All-PSAC Squad

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Club News - November 17 Meeting

The Golden Ram Football Club will not be meeting on Thursday. However, the Bill Zwaan Football Show will be held at Timothy's in the Parkway Shopping Center in West Chester starting at 7:00pm. Golden Ram fans unable to attend the show can listen to it live on WCHE1520AM.COM.

According to the Bill Zwaan Football Show, junior defensive tackle Josh Ganzelli and junior quarterback Andrew Derr will be the special guests on Coach Zwaan's show. In addition, tight ends coach Pat Spadaro and wide receiver coach and assistant recruiting coordinator Justin Curry will join the show.

In West Chester's 37-10 win at Clarion, Derr completed 10 of his 17 pass attempts for 188 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score. In seven games this season, Derr completed 146 of 259 for 2,159 yards, 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also ran 59 times for 163 net yards and five touchdowns. Ganzelli registered only one solo tackle at Clarion, but for the season, he's notched 44 total tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss. He also forced a fumble against Lock Haven.

Come out to Timothy's at 7:00pm to participate in the show live. Or send your questions for coach or the players to Bill Zwaan Show.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Player News - Class Named PSAC East Offensive POW

For his efforts in West Chester's 37-10 win at Clarion, sophomore running back Mike Class has been named PSAC Offensive Athlete of the Week. He was the leading ground gainer in the contest, picking up 118 yards on just 15 carries for an average of 7.9 yards per carry. In a West Chester possession that spanned the third and fourth quarters, Class had 9 carries for 83 yards and topped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown run. He also registered a solo tackle on kickoff coverage.