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Spring Practice Opens Friday for SOU Football

ASHLAND – With the historic 2012 season in the rearview mirror, the Southern Oregon football team turns its attention to the 2013 season beginning with Friday's first spring practice.

The coaching staff signed a recruiting class of more than 30 student-athletes in February to join the team in 2013 as the Raiders look to build on the success of one of the best seasons in program history. Southern Oregon established a new NAIA record by averaging 642 yards per game last year en route to a Frontier Conference co-championship and a top-five final ranking in the NAIA poll. But head coach Craig Howard and his staff are ready to move ahead.

“We've had a great offseason and the players have worked extremely hard,” Howard said. “Everything we accomplished last year is in the record books. We led the nation in about 16 categories and broke about 30 school records, but none of those carry over into this year. So we're starting fresh and we're excited.”

The Raiders will participate in three practices each week for the next four weeks leading up to the annual Red vs. Black Spring Game on May 3 at 6 p.m. at Raider Stadium. Practice opens Friday, April 5, at 3:30 p.m. at the SOU practice field. Beginning next week, the Monday and Wednesday practices will be at Medford's US Cellular Fields, with the team practicing at SOU on Fridays. Practices will run two hours from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each.

Each week of practice will conclude with a scrimmage as the Raiders will travel around the Rogue Valley. The first scrimmage will be set for April 13 at 8:30 a.m. at Medford's Spiegelberg Stadium. The following Saturday SOU will be at Mel Ingram Stadium in Grants Pass. That scrimmage will begin at 6 p.m. with a free kids clinic taking place an hour before for any local youth. The final two scrimmages will be at SOU, with one at 10 a.m. on April 27 leading up to the Spring Game on May 3. Southern Oregon will host its second kids clinic on May 3 one hour prior to the Spring Game.

The big question for the Raiders going into the spring will be the offensive skill positions. Southern Oregon loses all four starting wide receivers, including 2012 NAIA All-American Cole McKenzie (Red Bluff, Calif./Red Bluff) and fellow record-breaking wide outs Patrick Donahue (Los Angeles, Calif./Franklin) and Mike Olson (Colfax, Calif./Colfax). Justin Otaguro (Honolulu, Hawaii/Roosevelt) is also gone, as is 1,300-yard rusher Manny Barragan (Yreka, Calif./Yreka). While the incoming recruits in the fall will help replace those key contributors, the coaching staff hopes to get a head start in the next month.

“The competition will be key to replace those guys,” Howard said.

Fortunately for the SOU offense, continuity will remain along the offensive line and under center. All-conference lineman Drew Gibson (Medford, Ore./North Medford) leads a core of five returning starters on the line, and unanimous all-conference selection Austin Dodge (Vancouver, Wash./Skyview) returns for his junior year after shattering numerous SOU program records with 5,076 passing yards and 42 touchdowns last season.

The Raiders return eight starters on defense, including second-team all-conference defensive back Josh Leff (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente). Leff led the team and ranked among the NAIA's top 10 last season with six interceptions and 17 total passes defended. The three graduating seniors will be tough to replace, however, as Kalii Robinson (Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey) and Mike Seifert (Springfield, Ore./Thurston) were two of the top three tacklers on the team and Juwuan Brown (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) earned first-team all-conference recognition after picking up a team-best eight sacks on the defensive line. With a lot of experienced players returning, Howard expects to see younger players filling in the gaps and taking the next step forward.

“We hope to see a lot of improvement on defense,” Howard said. “Our defense was young last year. And we're going to see a lot of competition to see who the starters are on both sides, offense and defense.”

Southern Oregon will have a difficult time matching the offensive output of last season, when the Raider's 7,704 total yards were the second-most in NAIA history. But with 45 letter winners returning from a team that fell an overtime possession short of the program's first double-digit win total and national semifinal appearance, the Raiders believe they still have plenty of room for growth.

It all begins Friday on the SOU practice field. The 2013 Raiders will enter the season with a target on their backs after surprising the Frontier Conference with a championship in their first year as league members, and it will be up to the players and coaching staff to push the team forward and take the next step.

“There's a lot of pieces in place, but every spring is like a jigsaw puzzle where we've got to put a team together and find out who the guys are who will be the next edition of the Raiders,” Howard said. “It should be exciting and fun.”
Spring Practice Opens Friday for SOU Football

Thursday, April 4 2013, 06:54 PM CDT

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Wednesday, Oct. 7: Chicago 4, Pittsburgh 0


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American League

Houston 1, Kansas City 0

Thursday, Oct. 8: Houston 5, Kansas City 2

Friday, Oct. 9: Houston (Kazmir 7-11) at Kansas City (Cueto 4-7), 3:45 p.m. (FS1)

Sunday, Oct. 11: Kansas City (Volquez 13-9) at Houston (Keuchel 20-8), 4:10 p.m. (MLBN)

x-Monday, Oct. 12: Kansas City at Houston, 1:07 p.m. (FS1)

x-Wednesday, Oct. 14: Houston at Kansas City, 8:07 p.m. (FS1)

Texas 1, Toronto 0

Thursday, Oct. 8: Texas 5, Toronto 3

Friday, Oct. 9: Texas (Hamels 7-1) at Toronto (Stroman 4-0), 12:45 p.m. (MLBN)

Sunday, Oct. 11: Toronto (Estrada 13-8) at Texas (Lewis 17-9), 8:10 p.m. (FS1)

x-Monday, Oct. 12: Toronto (Dickey 11-11) at Texas (Holland 4-3), 1:07 or 4:07 p.m.(FS1)

x-Wednesday, Oct. 14: Texas at Toronto, 4:07 or 8:07 p.m. (FS1)

National League

All games televised by TBS

St. Louis vs. Chicago

Friday, Oct. 9: Chicago (Lester 11-12) at St. Louis (Lackey 13-10), 6:45 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 10: Chicago (Hendricks 8-7) at St. Louis (Garcia 10-6), 5:37 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 12: St. Louis (Wacha 17-7) at Chicago (Arrieta 22-6), 4:37 or 6:07 p.m.

x-Tuesday, Oct. 13: St. Louis (Lynn 12-11) at Chicago (Hammel 10-7), 4:37 or 8:07 p.m.

x-Thursday, Oct. 15: Chicago at St. Louis, 4:37 or 8:07 p.m.

Los Angeles vs. New York

Friday, Oct. 9: New York (deGrom 14-8) at Los Angeles (Kershaw 16-7), 9:45 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 10: New York (Syndergaard 9-7) at Los Angeles (Greinke 19-3), 9:07 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 12: Los Angeles (Anderson 10-9) at New York (Harvey 13-8), 8:07 or 8:37 p.m.

x-Tuesday, Oct. 13: Los Angeles at New York, 8:07 p.m.

x-Thursday, Oct. 15: New York at Los Angeles, 8:07 p.m.


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American League

Friday, Oct. 16: Texas-Toronto winner at Kansas City or Houston at Texas-Toronto winner (FOX or FS1)

Saturday, Oct. 17: Texas-Toronto winner at Kansas City or Houston at Texas-Toronto winner (FOX or FS1)

Monday, Oct. 19: Kansas City at Texas-Toronto winner or Texas-Toronto winner at Houston (FOX or FS1)

Tuesday, Oct. 20: Kansas City at Texas-Toronto winner or Texas-Toronto winner at Houston (FOX or FS1)

x-Wednesday, Oct. 21: Kansas City at Texas-Toronto winner or Texas-Toronto winner at Houston (FOX or FS1)

x-Friday, Oct. 23: Texas-Toronto winner at Kansas City or Houston at Texas-Toronto winner (FOX or FS1)

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All games televised by TBS

Saturday, Oct. 17: Los Angeles-New York winner at St. Louis or Chicago at Los Angeles-New York winner

Sunday, Oct. 18: Los Angeles-New York winner at St. Louis or Chicago at Los Angeles-New York winner

Tuesday, Oct. 20: St. Louis at Los Angeles-New York winner or Los Angeles-New York winner at Chicago

Wednesday, Oct. 21: St. Louis at Los Angeles-New York winner or Los Angeles-New York winner at Chicago

x-Thursday, Oct. 22: St. Louis at Los Angeles-New York winner or Los Angeles-New York winner at Chicago

x-Saturday, Oct. 24: Los Angeles-New York winner at St. Louis or Chicago at Los Angeles-New York winner

x-Sunday, Oct. 25: Los Angeles-New York winner at St. Louis or Chicago at Los Angeles-New York winner



All games televised by Fox

Tuesday, Oct. 27: at American

Wednesday, Oct. 28: at AL

Friday, Oct. 30: at National League

Saturday, Oct. 31: at NL

x-Sunday, Nov. 1: at NL

x-Tuesday, Nov. 3: at AL

x-Wednesday, Nov. 4: at AL


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Indianapolis 27, Houston 20

Sunday's Games

Chicago at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

St. Louis at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

Buffalo at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Seattle at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Washington at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

New Orleans at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Arizona at Detroit, 4:05 p.m.

Denver at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

New England at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

San Francisco at N.Y. Giants, 8:30 p.m.

Open: Carolina, Miami, Minnesota, N.Y. Jets

Monday's Game

Pittsburgh at San Diego, 8:30 p.m.


Thursday's Games

Philadelphia 115, Cleveland 114

Indiana 97, Orlando 92

Brooklyn 93, Detroit 83

Denver 112, Chicago 94

Portland 118, Golden State 101

Sacramento 95, San Antonio 92

Toronto 105, L.A. Lakers 97

Friday's Games

New York at Washington, 7 p.m.

Atlanta vs. New Orleans at Jacksonville, FL, 7 p.m.

Utah at Phoenix, 10 p.m.


Thursday's Games

Winnipeg 6, Boston 2

Ottawa 3, Buffalo 1

Tampa Bay 3, Philadelphia 2, OT

St. Louis 3, Edmonton 1

Nashville 2, Carolina 1

Dallas 3, Pittsburgh 0

Minnesota 5, Colorado 4

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Winnipeg at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at N.Y. Islanders, 7:30 p.m.

Arizona at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.




Indiana 1, Minnesota 1

Sunday, Oct. 4: Indiana 75, Minnesota 69

Tuesday, Oct. 6: Minnesota 77, Indiana 71

Friday, Oct. 9: Minnesota at Indiana, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 11: Minnesota at Indiana, 8:30 p.m.

x-Wednesday, Oct. 14: Indiana at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

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