Jimmy O'Brien

Jimmy O’Brien is a football and NFL Draft junkie, who went to Penn State to major in pigskin, only to learn that you were required to choose an actual academic course of study. Perplexed, he settled on a career as a writer, eventually (7 years later) earning a B.A. and Masters in English, and a Ph.D. in watching college football. He has written articles for the Pro Football 24x7 network of websites for the Steelers, Redskins, Ravens, and Eagles. His film work, featuring small school college players, can be seen on youtube at phillyjimmyphilms, and he can be found on twitter @phillyjimmy or online at phillyjimmy.com

Sylvester Williams vs Elon (2012)

October 5, 2012

Malcolm Bronson vs MTSU (2012) vs MTSU (2012)

October 3, 2012

Southern Showdown

September 30, 2012

Civil War Cover Shot

A Civil War Between Aaron Mellette & Demetrius McCray

Click Here For Video Of The Match-up

On a crisp late autumn afternoon, in a scene much like the ones played out a century and a half before, on battlefields throughout the North and South, two armies emerged from tunnels at opposite ends of Rhodes Stadium for a Southern Conference showdown.  The November 19, 2011 matchup of Appalachian State versus Elon University was not only a rivalry game between two North Carolina schools, just 130 miles apart, tucked tightly into what had been the cradle of the Civil War, but also an epic battle between two of the FCS’s finest players, Elon wide receiver, Aaron Mellette, and Appalachian State cornerback, Demetrius McCray.

It was a war waged on the Carolina plain all afternoon, in a series of small skirmishes and bigger battles, (read more…)

Aaron Mellette vs North Carolina (2012)

September 21, 2012

Aaron Mellette (WR) Elon vs North Carolina 2012

Brandon Kaufman vs Idaho (2012)

September 19, 2012

Brandon Kaufman 5 Receptions 148 Yards 29.6 Avg.

Nicolas Edwards vs Idaho (2012) vs Idaho (2012)

September 13, 2012

Nicolas Edwards 2 Receptions 62 Yards 31 Yard Avg.

Matt Austin vs Southern Utah (2012) vs Southern Utah (2012)

September 10, 2012

Matt Austin 5 Receptions 119 Yards 23.8 Avg.

Brad Sorensen vs Utah State (2012)

September 5, 2012

Brad Sorensen 12/31 153 Yards 0 TD 1 Int

Blidi Wreh-Wilson vs Rutgers (2011)

September 2, 2012

Blidi Wreh-Wilson (CB) 7 Tackles .5 TFL 1 Int

Tim Flanders: Clark Kent In Cleats

August 25, 2012


Before this gets any further, no, he’s not Barry Sanders.  Despite the similar build, identical number, and rhyming last names, Tim Flanders lacks Sanders’ explosiveness, breakaway speed, and lower body power.  Still, that doesn’t keep the Sam Houston State fanbase and players from calling Flanders “Clark Kent,” for his mild mannered off-field demeanor, coupled with his superhuman efforts between the sidelines.  Recognized by teammates as the most humble player on the squad, Flanders routinely plays the part of the superhero who needs no medal, thanks, or adulation.  Without fanfare, he was the Southland Conference’s 2011 Player Of The Year, and second team All American, while setting conference single season records for rushing yards (1644), points (144), and touchdowns (24).

Faster than a speeding bullet could aptly describe Sam Houston State’s meteoric rise up the FCS ranks since Flanders’ arrival in the East Texas Piney Woods.  The (read more…)

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