Football Hosts Chadron State In Home Opener
Sept. 4, 2007
Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007 • 1:05 p.m. MDT
Nottingham Field (8,500) •
Last Meeting: Nov. 9 1963, NC 41-0
Career Record: 14-15-1 (4th Year)
Career Record: Same
Troy Coverdale, play-by-play
Chris Ott, color analyst
Short Stop At Home
The Bears began playing at their current home, Nottingham Field in 1995, and are 9-3 in season openers. All-time, NC is 49-32-4 in home openers since Jackson Field (current home of Bears' soccer) opened in 1926.
This will be the eighth meeting between Northern Colorado and
1926: W, 20-3 •
1927: L, 0-28 • Chadron 1946: W, 46-8 • Chadron
1935: W, 12-0 •
1936: W, 33-13 • Chadron
Aug. 25 at Washburn W, 34-24
Sept. 8 at
Sept. 22 at
Sept. 29 NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 at
Oct. 20 at Nebraska-Kearney 7:05 p.m.
Nov. 3 at
Proud To Wear Pink
The home opener against
All New Conference Call
For the first time in Big Sky Conference history, the league will sponsor a weekly conference call with the nine head coaches. The call will take place on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon (Mountain) beginning Sept. 5.
10:30-10:38 John Zamberlin,
10:38-10:46 Bobby Hauck,
10:46-10:54 Ron McBride,
10:54-11:02 Rob Ash,
11:02-11:10 Scott Downing, No.
Not Exactly A Walk In The Park
Youth Playing A Part
On the opening kick-off against Hawai'i, Northern Colorado had six players on the field with no previous collegiate playing experience: redshirt freshman kicker Zak Bigelow, true freshman running back Dan Freismuth, true freshman defensive tackle Amal Gumbs, true freshman defensive back Max Hewitt, junior defensive back (and baseball player) Trey Keene and redshirt freshman linebacker Matt King.
Starting On The Right Foot
Senior wide receiver Andy Birkel's 121 kickoff return yards against the Warriors on Saturday ranks just outside the school's top 10 list for a single game. In 10th on the chart is 123 yards by Johnny Watkines against
He Could Be Famous
That's A Lot Of People
At Saturday's game, there was a reported attendance of 40,252 at
New Look Bears
Of the 51 student-athletes who saw action in the game at
The Cristian Crusades
Junior linebacker Cristian Sarmento notched the 100th tackle of his career at the
Both senior quarterback Dominic Breazeale and junior Mike Vlahogeorge saw action in each of the four quarters of the opening contest. Breazeale started the game and completed nine of 16 passes with one interception for 62 yards and a 76.30 passing efficiency, while Vlahogeorge was nine for 13 for 70 yards and a 114.46 passing efficiency. The duo combined to throw for 132 yards (18-for-29) and a 93.41 efficiency. The 18 passes went to eight different receivers with the favorite target being senior Andy Birkel, who caught six. Both Ryan Chesla and Cory Fauver each caught three, while Clint Wright grabbed two.
In a vote by the players,
Trying For Two
Junior defensive back Trey Keene is a rarity among Division I student-athletes in that he is playing two sports for the Bears.
Senior defensive back Aaron Henderson looks like he will not return to the field for action in his senior season.
There are 90 players on the 2007 roster and 70 of them attended high school in
Senior punter Rafael Mendoza enters the season ranked sixth on the school's career records list with an average of 39.4 yards per kick... Aaron Henderson is just out of the top 10 in several career categories, including punt return yards (24 ret, 245 yards), kickoff return yards (24, 437) and pass interceptions (eight)... Andy Birkel is currently tied for 12th in school history with 10 receiving touchdowns... Vinny Pallone has played and started in all 22 games of his career, the only senior to play and start in every game of his career (with multiple seasons at
Fountain Of Youth
True Freshmen: 25
Redshirt Freshmen: 19
Hitting The Books
Senior defensive back Aaron Henderson has already received his undergraduate degree from the
All In The Family
The Bears sport two pair of brothers currently on the roster in Matt (Fr-LB) and Mike (Jr-QB) Vlahogeorge, and Justin (So-RB) and Korey (So-DB) Askew but there are several other members of the team who had brothers on previous year's teams. Senior linebacker Asa Matthew's brother Adam played for the Bears from 1999-2003, while senior nose guard Vinny Pallone's brother Dominic played for the Bears from 1996-00.
During the off season, head coach Scott Downing added five new coaches to his staff. Dan Daniel, Dennis Darnell, Pete Darnell, Jordan Fenner and Kendrick Shaver all joined the Bears as coaches, while Justin Jantz was added to the team as the director of football operations.
Daniel will serve as a defensive assistant coach. He most recently spent time as the defensive coordinator of the Hamburg Sea Devils, which won the World Bowl over
Dennis Darnell was named the team's offensive coordinator and brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the table, including head coaching stints at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma and Missouri Western State and Republic High School and Sullivan High School, both in Missouri.
Pete Darnell will handle the quarterback coaching duties for the Bears. He joins the staff from
Fenner is in charge of the wide receivers and spent last season at Southern Oregon University, where he worked primarily with the tight ends and special teams.
Shaver will be responsible for the secondary after handling the same duties last year at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. He also was the recruiting coordinator and monitored the academics at Northeastern.