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.
Eagles take early 17-0 lead
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Down 17-0 in the early going, a valiant Cumberland comeback fell short in a 31-28 loss to Faulkner Saturday at John Mark Stallings Field. The Phoenix had their chances, but missed a field goal in the third quarter and fumbled at the Faulkner 30 late in the contest
Shedrick Kirk returned a fumble 90 yards for a touchdown to help the Phoenix (5-5, 2-3 Mid-South) get back into the contest and Kris Parker caught a 13-yard TD pass and also recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score, but the offense was unable to get the tying or go-ahead score on two possessions in the final seven minutes.
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.
12 in-state, two from Alabama
LEBANON -- Cumberland University football coach Donnie Suber has released the names of 14 signees who are expected to enroll this fall.
The list includes one from Lebanon, 11 others from the state of Tennessee, and two from the state of Alabama.
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.
'Dogs run for 410 yards
LEBANON -- Austin Chaplin rushed 31 times for 229 yards and three touchdowns while Moses Cornelius added 116 yards and two TDs off the bench as Cumberland rolled to a 54-21 victory over Kentucky Christian Saturday at Nokes-Lasater Field.
The Bulldogs (3-3) won their second straight contest and played at home for the first time in five weeks.
Fourth straight road game -
Cumberland's four-game road swing ends Saturday as the Bulldogs play at the University of Pikeville.
Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. Central at the Hambley Athletic Complex. Live coverage begins at 12 Noon on WANT FM-98.9.
No. 9 Blazers convert big plays
VALDOSTA, Ga. - Ninth-ranked Valdosta State scored 29 points in the second quarter en route to a 56-22 victory over Cumberland Saturday at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.
"We wanted to get pressure on their quarterback," said CU coach Donnie Suber. "When you do, your secondary gets put in a bind. We popped him a few times, but we wound up giving up a couple of big plays.
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. -- Quarterback Adam Craig rushed for five TDs and threw for two others leading the University of the Cumberlands to a wild 49-41 win over Cumberland Saturday at James H. Taylor II Stadium.
The two teams combined for 972 total yards of offense and an incredible 53 first downs.
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.
Snyder throws for three TD's
LEBANON -- Nashville native Michael Green caught two touchdown passes and threw another while Cumberland's defense made just enough plays to hold off 11th-ranked Georgetown College in a 33-26 Bulldog victory in the season-opener Saturday, Sept. 5 at Nokes-Lasater Field.
"I have to give it to our kids," said CU head coach Donnie Suber.
former WR coach at EKU --
Cumberland's head football coach Donnie Suber has hired Klay Koester away from Eastern Kentucky University as his new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach.
Koester replaces Ryan Locke at the position. Locke resigned earlier this summer to take a high school teaching / coaching position in Alabama.
"Klay has worked with Hal Mumme, and he's worked in a Tony Franklin style scheme as well," Suber said Monday afternoon. "He wants to run kind of a simplified, fast-paced offense and having played the position at Eastern, he will be able to work on mechanics with our young guys."
Suber interviewing for new OC --
Cumberland University football coach Donnie Suber is looking to fill a vacancy on his staff with the recent resignation of offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Ryan Locke. Locke is leaving CU to take a teaching / coaching position at Northridge High -- a 6A school in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
A native of Alexander City, Alabama, Locke spent the past four seasons at Cumberland -- the last two as Suber's offensive coordinator. He is a graduate of Troy University.
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.
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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