Spring game planned April 7
LEBANON -- Cumberland football will begin spring practice on Wednesday, March 15, the first of 15 practices, and will conclude the month-long session with a spring game on Friday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field.
Head coach Donnie Suber and the Phoenix return over 100 players from last year's squad, including 43 letterwinners.
LEBANON -- Cumberland football coach Donnie Suber is promoting from within his existing staff to fill the vacancy created by the recent departure of offensive coordinator Dewayne Alexander.
Alexander resigned last week to take over the offensive line at East Tennessee State.
"I'm promoting Brad Bustle and Nathan Luce to 'co-coordinators'," Suber said Wednesday afternoon.
Will coach O-Line for the Bucs
Cumberland head football coach Donnie Suber is again in the market for an offensive coordinator.
Dewayne Alexander, OC in 2016 and a former Cumberland head coach, signed a contract earlier this week to become the offensive line coach at East Tennessee State University.
Twelve from state of Tennessee
CUmberland University football coach Donnie Suber has announced the signing of 18 players to scholarships for the 2017 season, including 12 from the state of Tennessee.
Hayden Boone, TE, White Bluff -- Creek Wood HS
Markese Brown, LB, Hoover, Ala. -- Hoover HS
Josh Deel, LB, Watertown -- Watertown HS
Signs with NAL expansion team
Former Cumberland University and Mt. Juliet High quarterback Reed Gurchiek has signed a professional contract with the High Mountain Grizzlies -- an expansion franchise in the National Arena League.
The Grizzlies, headquartered in Boone, NC, will open the 2017 season in the spring.
Defensive Player of the Week
Cumberland defensive back Alex Campagne was named the MSC West Defensive Player of the Week Monday.
A junior from Crestview, FL, Campagne recorded seven tackles for the Phoenix in a 23-16 loss to NCAA Division I, East Tennessee State.
One of his seven tackles was for a loss, while he also blocked a PAT and recorded an interception
Defensive Player of the Week
Cumberland University's Justus Dauscha was named the Mid-South Conference West Division Defensive Football Players of the Week, conference officials announced Monday.
A redshirt senior defensive end who prepped at Blackman High in Murfreesboro, Dauscha led Phoenix defense to their first shutout of the season in a 21-0 victory over Pikeville (Ky.) Saturday at Nokes-Lasater Field.
Late field goal decides game
CLINTON, Miss. - Matt Brasher booted a 37-yard field goal at the buzzer lifting NCAA Division II Mississippi College to a 27-26 victory over Cumberland Saturday, Sept. 24 at Robinson-Hale Stadium.
Cumberland missed three extra points in the game - one left, one off the right upright and the last one without an attempt after a bad snap - but converted a two-point conversion in the first quarter to overcome one of the missed points. Brasher also missed a 37-yard field goal attempt on the first play of the final period, but converted a 26-yard try later in the fourth quarter before the final three points on the last play of the game.
Special teams player of the Week
Cumberland University's Matthew Alter earned Mid-South Conference West Division Special Teams Player of the Week honors on Monday after booting the game-winning 28-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of CU's 17-14 victory over the University of the Cumberlands.
The Montgomery, Ala., native missed from 24 yards in the third period, hitting the right upright after a high snap on the play.
Phoenix to celebrate Faith & Family Night
Cumberland University will host Faith and Family Night for its season-opening football game on Thursday, August 25, inviting area youth groups for a free Derek Minor concert as well as testimony from former Tennessee Titan Dave Ball before the Phoenix take on Lindsey Wilson at 7 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field.
With the help of Immanual Baptist Church, Minor will perform a concert beginning at 6 p.m. on the east side (visitor) of the stadium.
LEBANON -- Cumberland football will host a Thursday Night Lights camp on May 26 from 6-9 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field for rising freshmen to rising seniors. Cost is $30 per camper if registered by May 20 and $40 after that date.
Campers will go through drills at their selected positions with Cumberland staffers and current players.
New offensive coordinator
Former Cumberland football head coach Dewayne Alexander is returning to the program as offensive coordinator, effective this week, as announced by Director of Athletics Ron Pavan Monday morning.
The Hendersonville native served as the head coach at Cumberland from 2006-12, winning a Mid-South Conference West Division championship in 2008. Forty-four of his players earned All-Mid-South Conference honors and 101 were named Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athletes accolades.
McGavock tailback Kendall Johnson
Cumberland University football has dipped into Metro Nashville to sign All-City tailback Kendall Johnson of McGavock High School.
A 5-8, 170-pound scatback, Johnson led the Raiders in rushing each of the past two seasons and into the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.
"Kendall has been a great kid to coach," said McGavock head coach Jay Gore. "He's got a great attitude, always a smile on his face, loves to practice, lift and compete.
Cornelius runs for 111, two TDs
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson tossed four touchdown passes and converted three Cumberland turnovers into 21 points in a 55-27 victory over the Bulldogs Saturday at Blue Raider Stadium.
Cumberland (3-8, 0-5 Mid-South West) jumped out to a 14-0 lead only to trail 21-20 at the half as the Blue Raiders climbed back into the game.
6 pm Saturday kickoff -
Cumberland's football team will hit the road Saturday for a MSC West Division game against long-time rival Campbellsville University. Kickoff at Finley Stadium is set for 6 p.m. Central Time. Live radio coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9.
The Bulldogs and Tigers have played every season since CU revived the football program, with Campbellsville leading the all-time series 13-12.
Defensive player of the week --
Cumberland safety Tyler Burr was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after posting nine tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry and one interception in a 54-21 victory over Kentucky Christian.
The Alexandria, Ala., native was the team's leading tackler in the contest, posting five solo stops, and broke up a pass in the end zone on a drive that ended with a missed field goal for the Knights.
DII squad dominates second half
LIVINGSTON, Ala. - Down 8-7 to Cumberland at intermission, West Alabama dipped into the bullpen and scored 27 unanswered poins in the second half to defeat the Bulldogs 34-8 Thursday night at tiger Stadium.
The win moved the NCAA Division II West Alabama squad to 2-0, while CU slipped to 1-1.
Three from Central, 3 from Hoover, Ala. --
Cumberland football coach Donnie Suber released an initial listing of 24 signees who are expected to enroll this fall, including 17 from the state of Tennessee and eight from Middle Tennessee.
Three out-of-state signees hail from Alabama football power Hoover High School.
Former Bulldog football standout
LEBANON -- The family of Tyler McChurch, a former Cumberland University football player who died in an automobile accident in 2013, recently established a scholarship fund in Tyler's memory.
Tyler was a former standout football player at Friendship Christian School and later at Cumberland University.
Bulldogs end season 6-5 overall --
LEBANON -- Alderson Broaddus tailback Brandon Jones ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns ruining Senior Day with a 51-28 victory over Cumberland Saturday, Nov. 15 at Nokes-Lasater Field.
The Bulldogs (6-5) end the season with three straight losses, ending a four-year stretch with at least seven victories. Cumberland committed six turnovers in the loss, its second game in the last three weeks with six miscues.
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