Category: Going Pro

FCS Talent Attempts to Make NFL Rosters Despite Being Ignored

For a second year in a row only six former FCS players were selected in the NFL Draft. This year seemed to be even more small-minded of the NFL as they stuck to drafting five from the Missouri Valley, including three former NDSU Bison, and one from the Southland Conferences. While the NFL was timid […]

Kareem Abdul-Jabaar

Me And Kareem

By David Coulson Executive Editor College Sports Journal   PHILADELPHIA, PA. — It all started with a rather weird profile.   Grantland, the artsy, high-brow sports Internet website had written a piece comparing the public perceptions of O.J. Simpson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.   (Here is the link to that article: http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9367552/an-exclusive-excerpt-chuck-klosterman-new-book-wear-black-hat-kareem-oj)   It got […]

Erik Rockhold Retires On His Own Terms

By David Coulson Executive Editor College Sports Journal   READING, PA. — Erik Rockhold is one of those unforgettable personalities that make following football at any level extra fun.   Of course, one of the things that makes this Appalachian State alumnus a little more interesting is the fact he is a place kicker.   […]

Few FCS Surprises in 2012 NFL Draft

By Josh Buchanan NFL Columnist College Sports Journal   PHILADELPHIA, PA. — There were not a lot surprises for me among Football Championship Subdivision players as the NFL draft unfolded last week.   Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick had long been expected to be the first pick among FCS players and his selection as […]

SCSU’s Thompson Only HBCU Player Taken In NFL Draft

By Donal Ware HBCU Columnist College Sports Journal   PHILADELPHIA, PA. — South Carolina State safety Christian Thompson was the only player from an HBCU taken in the 2012 NFL Draft. Thompson was taken in the fourth round — 130th overall — by the Baltimore Ravens. “This can’t be real,” said Thompson when asked about […]

Montana CB Trumaine Johnson

FCS Looks To Have Impressive NFL Draft

By Josh Buchanan NFL Columnist College Sports Journal   PHILADELPHIA, PA. — The first night of the NFL Draft may have come and gone without a Football Championship Subdivision player being selected in the first round.   But the rest of the weekend should prove to be eventful for FCS performers.   This year as […]

60th Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Draws Top College Talent

By Wayne Otto Basketball Columnist College Sports Journal   PORTSMOUTH, VA. — Portsmouth Sports Club tops the Norfolk Sports Club 88-76.   Cherry, Bekart & Holland bests K&D Rounds Landscaping 85-73.   Roger Brown’s nipped Sales System LTD  74-71 in ovetime.   Portsmouth Partnership beat Mike Duman Auto Sales  85-79.   No, this is not […]

Brian Quick Elevates to Block Kick (Keith Cline Photo)

NFL Combine: Quick’s Success Not A Surprise To Some

By David Coulson Executive Editor College Sports Journal   BOONE, N.C. — I'll never forget the first time I heard the name Brian Quick mentioned.   I was in the football office at Appalachian State's Owens Field House on national signing day in 2007 when I bumped into two Mountaineer assistants, Mark Spier and Dale […]

Test Freaks

Breaking Down The FCS Class At The NFL Combine

  By Josh Buchanan NFL Columnist College Sports Journal   PHILADELPHIA, PA. — Each year around 330 prospects are invited to the annual event and there are always 20-25 small school prospects in that group. I have decided to take a look at those we expect to test well, those who have to answer questions, […]

Presbyterian DB Justin Bethel

NFL Combine Recap: Presbyterian’s Bethel Among Biggest Risers

By Josh Buchanan NFL Columnist College Sports Journal   PHILADELPHIA, PA. — With the NFL combine complete, it’s time to look at those who were helped, others who were hurt, and those that did what was expected at the annual pre-draft, televised extravaganza in Indianapolis in the past week.   RISING Here is a look […]

The FCS Elite Awaits NFL Combine

By Josh Buchanan Columnist College Sports Journal   PHILADELPHIA, PA — The votes have been cast and contrary to popular belief, all-star games really have no bearing on who is selected to the NFL combine.   Since the teams have cast their votes but the list is not public I have decided to sit down […]