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After slow start, former FPC star Jimmie Robinson regaining All-American form for Bethune-Cookman – Sports – Daytona Beach News-Journal Online – Daytona Beach, FL

The senior playmaker has been more of a decoy this season, but that started to change last week against Howard.

— Read on www.news-journalonline.com/sports/20191003/after-slow-start-former-fpc-star-jimmie-robinson-regaining-all-american-form-for-bethune-cookman

September Review – Cats 3-1 with Everything to Play for

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College Football Hall of Famer Lou Holtz use to say something along the lines of ‘teams learn who they are in September, separate themselves in October and play for championships in November’. If Coach Holtz sentiments are true, here is what we learned about our beloved Bethune-Cookman Wildcats through the first month of the season.

 

Quarterback Arkevious Williams is back and he is pretty dang on good

If you were one of those wondering about the health and bounce back of quarterback Arkevious Williams after last year’s devastating injury… R-E-L-A-X. Williams seems fully healed and currently leads the team in rushing with 262 yards through 4 contests. He scored three rushing touchdowns in last Saturday’s 37-29 win over Howard University and would have had a 4th rushing TD from 74 yards out but a penalty nullified William’s spectacular run. The 2nd team All-MEAC performer also had his best game passing the ball this season against HU connecting on 69% of his passes for 199 yards. Williams has earned two MEAC Offensive Player of the Week honors and has led the Wildcats to a 3-1 record to start the season so yeah…we think Arkevious “Fat” Williams is just fine.

 

Stats lie (or at least they don’t tell the whole story)

BCU’s defense ranks in the middle of the MEAC in most significant defensive categories but the eye test suggests the Wildcat D is significantly better than the statistics show. You don’t have to do much excavating to determine the Miami contest is greatly skewing the defensive numbers. The defense is giving up an average of 28 points per contest which is nothing to share with grandma over biscuits. However, if you remove the Miami outlier, BCU’s defense is only yielding 16 points per contest. That’s a huge difference and a lot more indicative of what we expect from the defense since the remaining contests are against FCS opponents.

 

More consistency is needed in the passing game and offense as a whole

The Wildcat offense on the other hand have been a bit of a roller coaster ride. They labored through the first half against Jackson State, were blanked by “The U” and did enough to win against Mississippi Valley. We saw a significantly better performance in last week’s visit to the Nation’s Capital in which the offense amassed its highest point total (37), passing yards (199) and total yards (400) of the season. Is the offense heading in the right direction or did they enjoy one good week? Let’s pray to our lucky stars it is the latter. If not, the slow starts, the sputtering passing game and overall inconsistency could prove disastrous in upcoming games against the likes of North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State and North Carolina Central.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, the Wildcats host their first home game of the season when the Bears of Morgan State roll into Daytona Beach. Kickoff is slated for 4:00pm. As always, HailWildcats will be there bringing you the sights and sounds.

 

 

 

Arkevious Williams named MEAC Offensive Player of the Week

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NORFOLK, Va. – Sept. 2, 2019 – Bethune-Cookman quarterback Akevious Williams was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Football Offensive of the Week, the conference announced today. North Carolina A&T State’s Jermaine McDaniel was selected as Defensive of the Week and South Carolina State freshman B.J. Davis was selected as Rookie of the Week. Earning Offensive Linemen of the Week honors was South Carolina State’s Alex Taylor and picking up Specialist of the Week honors was North Carolina A&T State’s Noel Ruiz.  
 
Williams (QB, 6-2, 188, Sr., Madison County, Fla.) was named Offensive MVP of the MEAC/SWAC Challenge after he led the Wildcats to a 36-15 win over Jackson State. Williams completed 16 of 29 passes with 144 yards passing with a touchdown. He also rushed for 53 yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown. Bethune-Cookman score all 36 points in the second half, with 22 coming in the third quarter alone.
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Freshmen defensive back Devuntry Hampton (B-CU) had four tackles and an interception for the Wildcats in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge.
 

Bethune-Cookman announces game cancellations

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Bethune-Cookman University Vice-President for Intercollegiate Athletics, Lynn W. Thompson has announced today (September 2, 2019) that the Bethune-Cookman University football game against the University of Southeastern Louisiana, scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 4 p.m. at Daytona Stadium, has been canceled.
 
In accordance with university emergency management procedures, the campus was closed on Friday, August 30, 2019 and will remain closed until Sunday, September 8, 2019.
 
“With the threat of Hurricane Dorian bearing down on the entire east coast, and the danger and damage from this catastrophic and historic storm already being reported, the university is closed all week. In the best interest of public safety we felt the need to make this decision promptly so that our fans, supporters and the visitors from Southeastern Louisiana could also make the adjustments in their travel plans,” Thompson said. “After consultation with our public safety officials, we understand that the priority is on more important things in our community than a football game and we support that.”
 
The university leadership will provide updates of a rescheduled game if one is reached.

All university athletic events scheduled for this week have been canceled – including the inaugural Bash at the Beach Women’s Volleyball Tournament featuring teams from Georgia Southern, South Carolina Upstate, Texas Southern and BCU scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 6-7, 2019. 
 
Fans who purchased tickets for the game against Southeastern Louisiana, or who have season tickets have options from which to choose prior to a September 30, 2019 deadline.

1.    Single game ticket holders may exchange their ticket for a different game, if tickets are still available for that game.  
2.    Season ticket holders may get credit towards a ticket to another 2019 BCU football game by contacting the BCU ticket office. 

“We want to make sure our fans have every opportunity to utilize their tickets to see the Wildcats in action in 2019,” Thompson said. “Our ticket staff stands ready to assist them.”
 
Please feel free to contact the ticket office by calling (386) 481-2465, or e-mailing bcuboxoffice@cookman.edu. Please understand that due to the unforeseen weather conditions, the university may experience power outages which may delay response time to requests for service and/or information. A ticket office staff member will respond to requests as soon as they are able upon return to campus.

Behind Enemy Lines – 5 Insights from a Jackson State Fan

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Each week, Hail Wildcats will venture behind enemy lines and bring you insights from fans of Bethune-Cookman’s opponents.

This week, we hear from a Jackson State fan who is affectionately known as NastyD. Before you ask, the answer is “no”, we did not ask what the D stands for. The interesting moniker notwithstanding, NastyD is a passionate JSU fan, graduate and supporter who was kind enough to provide us with his insights on the Tiger program and this weekend’s matchup against our beloved Wildcats.

 

HW Question 1. Jackson State sported one of the nation’s top defenses (24.5 ppg) in 2018 but suffered through a less than stellar offensive campaign (16.5 ppg). Have there been any signs coming out of Fall camp that point to the defense maintaining their high standard and the offense improving?

JSU Fan:

“The defense will definitely maintain its dominance. We (JSU) finished 2nd in the SWAC in total defense with an offense that finished 9th overall. Just think how much better we would be as a football team when (not if) we start sustaining drives on offense. Regarding the offense, there have been many signs from Fall camp that suggest they should be much improved. The RBs were the strength of the team the past few years but now we finally guys at QB who (passed the ball) effectively throughout camp.

In addition to 4 star transfer QB Jalon Jones, we brought in two 4 star receivers, DD Bowie and Daniel Crowell, who both had strong camps. Not only that, we will run a RPO offense which better suits our personnel. We also upgraded our offensive coaching staff with additions like Ron Dickerson Jr (OC), TC Taylor (QB coach) and Otis Ridley (offensive line coach).”

 

HW Question 2. The University of Florida 4 star transfer, Jalon Jones, has a lot of hype surrounding him at the quarterback position. However, Derrick Ponder is the only guy at the position to start a college football game and Matt Little, Western Michigan transfer, is fighting for playing time as well. Two questions: (a) who is likely to be the primary signal caller come Sunday against Bethune; and (b) what do you anticipate from the quarterback position overall?

JSU Fan:

“Matt Little is no longer in the equation. However, JSU brought in a 3 star QB from the Memphis area named Quinn Casey who’s pushing both Ponder and Jalon for playing time. My thoughts are Ponder will start because he has more collegiate experience and a better grasp of the offense since he went through spring training, summer workouts, and fall camp but Ponder will be given a very short leash. Jalon will be the starter (in due time). Our offensive line is much improved which should benefit the quarterbacks. The QB position has been one of the reasons we have been unsuccessful the past few years. I feel (that position has been) addressed and it will be a strength this season.”

 

HW Question 3. Is there a player or perhaps a position on the field you expect to have a breakout year in 2019?

JSU Fan:

“I expect wide receivers Warren Newman and DD Bowie (Ole Miss transfer) to have  breakout seasons. Jalon Jones will be newcomer of the year. On defense, 4 star recruit Demetrice Vance Jr will have a monster season at safety. And I expect mid year transfer Vincent McIntosh to have a breakout season at DT.”

 

HW Question 4. We all know sophomore Keonte Hampton is a stud at linebacker. For those MEAC and BCU fans who have only read about him, how good is Keonte and how high is his ceiling? Are there any other players on the defensive side of the ball you expect to shine and perform at a really high level?

JSU Fan:

Keonte Hampton is a gem. We are talking about a guy who completely balled out as a freshman last year and led the team in tackles. He has a knack for sniffing out the football and blowing up plays. He is a student of the game. We brought in a new strength and conditioning coach this season who has been absolutely phenomenal for the program. Keonte has put on more muscle so I’m excited to see how he wreaks havoc this season. Other guys to look out for on defense are Khalil Johnson and CJ Anderson on the defensive line and Ryan Theyard and CJ Holmes in the secondary.

 

HW Question 5. Answer the following, Jackson State will defeat Bethune-Cookman if …

JSU Fan:

Jackson State will beat BCU if the offense shows signs of improvement from last year. If we are able to get first downs (which I believe we will) and give the defense recovery time, there is no doubt we will win this game. People forget we beat teams like FAMU and Prairie View last season whom most thought were very dynamic offensively.

Cookman doesn’t perform well against teams with good defenses so my prediction is JSU 27 BCU 13.

A special thanks to NastyD for taking the time to provide his insights.

The Hailwildcats.com X’s and O’s Show

GREETINGS WILDCAT FANS!

Back by popular demand for another season is your Hailwildcats.com X’s and O’s Show!

The “Hailwildcats.com X’s and O’s Show” hosted by the Hailwildcats.com Arm Chair QB’s airs Thursday evenings at 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Joy 106.3 on your FM dial and online at http://www.joy1063fm.com! First show is Thursday August 29th, 2019!

The “Hailwildcats.com X’s and O’s Show” is a live one and a half hour fan interactive , no holds-barred sports radio talk show with a large focus on Bethune Cookman Football Past and Present, upcoming BCU football matchups, news around the MEAC, local Volusia county High School football activities and keeping BCU fans updated with the latest information from the gridiron including recruiting. The Arm Chair QBs, engage and provide the latest information to keep you in the game. With over 50 years of combined coaching and football experience, the Arm Chair QB’s are the creators, radio hosts, and voices of the “Hailwildcats.com X’s and O’s Show”and  maintain a solid and expert approach to each show. Got a question or want your opinion heard, join us for our Fans “TURN UP THE VOLUME” live call in segment from 9:05-9:30 by dialing (386) 463-CATS (2287)!

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BCU and JSU prepare for season opener in MEAC/SWAC Challenge

For the second consecutive year, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) season will kick off in Atlanta.  

All eyes will be on Georgia State Stadium on Sept. 1 as representatives from the Mid-Eastern Conference and the Southwestern Conference compete in the 15th annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge.  

The MEAC has won nine of the 14 games played. Last year, Prairie View A&M defeated North Carolina Central to open the 2018 season.  

This season, an old rivalry is renewed as the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats square off against the Jackson State Tigers. The schools will meet for the first time since 1989. The Tigers hold a 4-2 series lead.  

Bethune-Cookman is making its fourth appearance in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge. This is Jackson State’s first appearance since 2008.  

Read on…