2011 Carson-Newman Football News

April 27, 2012
Carson-Newman's Van Bruggen named CUATC’s 2012 Head Athletic Trainer of the Year
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Carson-Newman head athletic trainer Mike Van Bruggen has been named the 2012 Head Athletic Trainer of the Year for NCAA Division II schools. The award is given by the College & University Athletic Trainers Committee (CUATC) of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). Van Bruggen is in his 12th year as Carson-Newman’s Head Athletic Trainer. He primarily serves as athletic trainer for C-N’s football and softball teams, while overseeing all aspects of health care for C-N's 450 student-athletes in 16 sports.

March 15, 2012
Douglas' Two TDs Lifts White Past Orange in C-N Spring Game, 14-9
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — A shorthanded Carson-Newman Eagles team took the field in its annual Orange and Blue game Thursday at Burke-Tarr Stadium. Injuries once again took their toll through spring practice, with only four of Carson-Newman’s projected seven quarterbacks entering the game.

March 9, 2012
Sparks wanting more improvement as Eagles enter final week of spring practice
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — It was far from perfect, but head coach Ken Sparks liked a lot of what he saw in the second Orange and Blue full scrimmage for the Carson-Newman College football team. Friday inside Burke-Tarr Stadium, players were hitting each other hard and according to Sparks, a guy that’s willing to hit can play for him.

March 1, 2012
Eagles move first spring Orange and Blue Game to 6 a.m. Friday morning
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - The Carson-Newman Eagles have moved their first scrimmage of spring practice to 6 a.m. on Friday morning in Burke-Tarr Stadium. The Orange and Blue Game, the first of three scheduled in the next two weeks, hass been moved because of severe storms expected in the area at the originally scheduled time, Friday afternoon.

February 27, 2012
2012 Carson-Newman Coaches' Clinic: Ole Miss Head Coach, Hugh Freeze
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — When new University of Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze began his one-hour class at the 2012 Carson-Newman Coaches’ Clinic, the first thing he wanted to talk about wasn’t football. It was his faith.

February 26, 2012
2012 Carson-Newman Coaches' Clinic: LSU Defensive Coordinator, John Chavis
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Louisiana State University defensive coordinator John Chavis had a message to deliver to the attending coaches and their wives to open his class at the 2012 Carson-Newman Coaches’ Clinic, and it wasn’t about coaching football.

February 18, 2012
Sparks, Eagles open spring practice as QB battle starts anew
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The Carson-Newman College football team held its first full-contact, full-pad scrimmage Saturday morning inside Burke-Tarr Stadium and they made it count. According to Ken Sparks, who will begin his 33rd season as the Eagles’ head coach, it was the longest football practice in team history, at three hours and 56 minutes counting the team meetings that morning.

February 14, 2012
Freeze, Chavis headline 2012 Carson-Newman Coaches’ Clinic (Updated Speaking Roster)
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – University of Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze and Louisiana State University defensive coordinator John Chavis will headline the 2012 Carson-Newman Football Coaches’ Clinic.

February 1, 2012
Eagles' signing class now at 59
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The Carson-Newman Eagles have signed 56 student-athletes to their 2012 football recruiting class on National Signing Day, C-N head coach Ken Sparks announced Wednesday.

November 15, 2011
Seven Eagles earn All-SAC football honors
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Carson-Newman running back Nate Inman (Fitgerald, Ga.), defensive end Zeke Andrews (Eastman, Ga.), and Larry Lumpkin (Grand Bay, Ala.) have all been named to the 2011 Football All-South Atlantic Conference first team, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

November 12, 2011
Eagles wrap up season with 23-20 loss at Mars Hill
MARS HILL, N.C. — Ken Sparks’ quest for 300 wins will have to continue next season as the Carson-Newman College football team dropped a heartbreaker to No. 23-ranked Mars Hill 23-20 at Mears Stadium Saturday.

November 10, 2011
Sparks eyes career win No. 300 at Mars Hill; Eagles face Lions in season finale on Saturday
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Carson-Newman College head coach Ken Sparks will go for his 300th career coaching win Saturday against what may be the toughest team the Eagles have faced all season, No. 23-ranked Mars Hill. Kick off is set for 1 p.m. at Mears Stadium in Mars Hill, N.C.

November 8, 2011
Sparks’ milestones have come near and far as Eagles’ head coach goes for No. 300 on Saturday
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Carson-Newman head coach Ken Sparks (299-79-2) will try to become only the 12th coach in college football history to win 300 career games. Carson-Newman (5-5, 3-3 SAC) faces No. 23 Mars Hill College (7-2, 5-1 SAC) in its regular season finale at Meares Stadium at 1 p.m. in Mars Hill, N.C.

November 7, 2011
Eagles' Inman named SAC Offensive Player of the Week
ROCK HILL, S.C. – After each putting up impressive numbers in Week 10 of SAC football, Carson-Newman’s Nate Inman, Tusculum’s Terrence Smith and Lenoir-Rhyne’s Michael Green have been named the league’s Players of the Week.

November 5, 2011
Sparks wins No. 299 as Eagles grind out win against Tusculum, 35-27
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Carson-Newman College head coach Ken Sparks took one more step towards history Saturday at Burke-Tarr Stadium. With a 35-27 victory over South Atlantic Conference rival Tusculum College, Sparks is now just one win away from reaching 300 career victories.

November 4, 2011
Sparks at 298 as Eagles host Tusculum on Saturday in home finale
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The 2011 home finale will be a grudge match for the Carson-Newman College football team. South Atlantic Conference rival Tusculum College makes the trip down the 11E Highway to Burke-Tarr Stadium Saturday. Both teams need the win to create some good news in what have been injury-plagued, disappointing seasons.

October 31, 2011
Eagles’ Andrews named SAC Defensive Player of the Week, Lopez earns Special Teams honors
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Carson-Newman defensive end Zeke Andrews (Eastman, Ga.) and kicker Carlos Lopez (Seymour, Tenn.) have been named the South Atlantic Conference Defensive and Special Team Players of the week, respectively, after leading the Eagles to a 27-24 win over visiting Brevard College on Saturday. A historic rushing performance earned Mars Hill’s Jonas Randolph SAC Offensive Player of the Week honors, league officials announced on Monday.

October 29, 2011
Eagles overcome miscues, boot Brevard as time expires, 27-24
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Junior kicker Carlos Lopez (Seymour, Tenn.) connected on a 25-yard field goal as the buzzer sounded to give Carson-Newman College a 27-24 victory over Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match up at Burke-Tarr Stadium Saturday.

October 28, 2011
Eagles host Brevard in South Atlantic Conference action on Saturday
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The Carson-Newman College football team is on the wrong side of the record books this season, but has a chance to end a frustrating and injury-plagued season on a positive note. It all begins with the first of their final three games of the season Saturday at Burke-Tarr Stadium. The Eagles host Brevard College in a South Atlantic Conference match up. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

October 22, 2011
Eagles' struggles continue as UNCP tops short-handed C-N on homecoming, 42-14
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The University of North Carolina-Pembroke showed why the have one of the top offenses in the country Saturday at Burke-Tarr Stadium. The Braves rolled up nearly 500 yards of offense, with sophomore quarterback Luke Charles accounting for 394 yards of it through the air in 42-14 victory over Carson-Newman.

October 20, 2011
Eagles begin three-game home stand with UNC Pembroke on Saturday
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The Carson-Newman College football team still has a lot to play for Saturday when they welcome the University of North-Carolina-Pembroke Braves to Burke-Tarr Stadium Saturday.

October 15, 2011
North Greenville rallies past C-N, 34-27
TIGERVILLE, S.C. — The Carson-Newman College and North Greenville football teams fought each other to a standstill for most of three quarters Saturday at Younts Stadium, but a late turnover and mishandled snaps on the field goal unit were the difference as the Eagles fell 34-27 to the Crusaders.

October 14, 2011
Eagles face tough test at North Greenville on Saturday; Sparks at 297
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The Carson-Newman College football team will face its toughest test of the season according to head coach Ken Sparks when they travel to Tigerville, S.C. to take on the University of North Greenville in Younts Stadium Saturday at 2 p.m.

October 13, 2011
Eagles start fall break with practice, Children’s Hospital visit
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Carson-Newman Eagles spent the first day of their fall break with a two-hour morning practice in a light rain, before heading to Knoxville for an afternoon of hospital visits and free labor in the Knoxville area.

October 8, 2011
Eagles veer in right direction; Run through Catawba, 55-21
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The Carson-Newman College football didn’t make up for three straight bad performances against South Atlantic Conference opponents, but did make an example out of Catawba Saturday at Burke-Tarr Stadium.

October 6, 2011
Eagles in rare spot when they face Catawba on Saturday
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The Carson-Newman College football team welcomes an old foe to Burke-Tarr Stadium this Saturday. South Atlantic Conference rival Catawba comes to Mossy Creek to take on the Eagles in a key game for both teams.

October 1, 2011
Eagles fall to Wingate on Saturday, 33-21
Wingate, N.C.----The Wingate University football team took advantage of early Carson-Newman mistakes to race a 20-0 lead and withstood a Carson-Newman College rally to take a 33-21 South Atlantic Conference victory in Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field Saturday afternoon.

September 29, 2011
Eagles aim to get back on track at Wingate on Saturday
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The Carson-Newman College football team will try to pick of their first South Atlantic Conference win of 2011 when they travel to Wingate University to take on the defending conference champion Bulldogs Saturday at Irwin Belk Stadium in Wingate, N.C. Kick off is 1:30 p.m.

September 24, 2011
Carson-Newman/Newberry Live Video/Audio Webcast Available
Saturday's Carson-Newman/Newberry SAC showdown in Jefferson City is available online. You can watch a live webcast of the game by following the link below.

September 24, 2011
Eagles punchless against Newberry, 24-3
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The No. 25-ranked Carson-Newman College football team was shut out of the end zone Saturday. The visiting Newberry Wolves defeated the Eagles 24-3 at Burke-Tarr Stadium.

September 22, 2011
Eagles seeking first SAC win of 2011, host Newberry on Saturday at 1 p.m.
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — A week after dropping their second consecutive game to Lenoir-Rhyne University for the first time in 33 seasons, the No. 25-ranked Carson-Newman College football team must regroup as they host South Atlantic Conference rival Newberry Saturday at 1 p.m. at Burke-Tarr Stadium.

September 20, 2011
Carson-Newman's Byron Bell named to 2011 AFCA Good Works Team®
NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Sept. 20, 2011 – Carson-Newman senior defensive end and Knoxville West High School product Byron Bell has been named to the 2011 AFCA Good Works Team, the AFCA and Allstate announced on Tuesday.

September 18, 2011
Eagles drops SAC opener at L-R, 20-7
HICKORY, N.C.- Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears held 17th ranked Carson-Newman to 121 yards on the ground in route to upsetting the Eagles, 20-7, on Saturday night in Hickory, North Carolina. With the loss Carson-Newman falls to 2-1 on the year and 0-1 in South Atlantic Conference play and Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 2-1 and 1-0 in SAC play.

September 16, 2011
Gameday Central for C-N/Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday; Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Follow the link below for gameday infomation and Gameday Central for Carson-Newman's 2011 South Atlantic Conference opener against Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday night in Hickory, North Carolina.

September 15, 2011
Eagles open SAC play at Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday Night
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The 17th-ranked Carson-Newman Eagles open their 32nd South Atlantic Conference season under head coach Ken Sparks on Saturday when they travel to face Lenoir-Rhyne University. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Moretz Stadium in Hickory, N.C.

September 12, 2011
Eagles climb three spots to No. 17 in AFCA Poll
WACO, TEX.– The Carson-Newman Eagles climbed three spots to No. 17 in this week’s American Football Coaches Association Poll, released Monday afternoon. Carson-Newman ran past visiting Fayetteville State (N.C.) on Thursday night in their home opener, 56-7.

September 8, 2011
Video Webcast of C-N / Fayetteville State Available Tonight
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - A live video webcast is available for tonight's game between Carson-Newman and Fayetteville State. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Burke-Tarr Stadium. The game is also broadcast on air on WNOX-FM 100.3 (Knoxville) and WPFT-FM 106.3 (Sevierville). Carson-Newman has partnered with Stretch Internet to provide a quality webcast for all C-N home football games and athletic events.

September 8, 2011
No. 20 Eagles overwhelm Fayetteville State, 56-7
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn.— The No. 20-ranked Carson-Newman College football team dismantled visiting Fayetteville State Thursday night. The Eagles defense recorded five sacks and the offense scored eight touchdowns on its way to a 56-7 victory over the Broncos at Burke-Tarr Stadium.

September 6, 2011
Carson-Newman/Fayetteville State broadcast moved to WNOX 100.3-FM on Thursday night
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Carson-Newman’s Thursday night matchup with Fayetteville State (N.C.) will be broadcast on WNOX-FM 100.3 (Knoxville). The game was moved to WNOX after a programming conflict. WNOX is a 100,000-watt FM station that can be heard throughout east Tennessee and in southeast Kentucky.

September 6, 2011
Carson-Newman/Fayetteville State Game Notes Available
Game notes for Carson-Newman's home opener on Thursday night against Fayetteville State are now available online. Kickoff is at 7 p.m in Burke-Tarr Stadium.

September 6, 2011
Eagles look to return “mystique” to Mossy Creek against Fayetteville State on Thursday Night
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Of all the frustrations to come from a 7-4 season in 2010, one that still stings Carson-Newman head coach Ken Sparks was the Eagles’ inability to take care of business in Burke-Tarr Stadium...

September 5, 2011
Eagles climb into AFCA Poll; Debut at No. 20
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – After missing out on the AFCA Preseason Coaches’ Poll for the first time in the poll’s 11 years, the Carson-Newman Eagles jumped into the poll at No. 20 after a season-opening win.

September 2, 2011
Eagles overcome early miscues; Beat Glenville State in season opener, 45-20
Glenville, W. Va. — The Carson-Newman College football team battled back from a disastrous first quarter to put forth a complete team effort in a 45-20 win over Glenville State at Morris Stadium Thursday night. The Eagles (1-0) used all three quarterbacks they dressed for the game, but the offensive hero was sophomore QB Johnny Foster (Roebuck, S.C.) who entered the game in the second quarter to score 31 unanswered points against the reeling Pioneers.

September 1, 2011
Gameday Central: Thursday Night, Carson-Newman at Glenville State (W.Va.)
Follow the link for multimedia information on Carson-Newman's 2011 season opener at Glenville State (W.Va.). The Eagles and Pioneers kickoff at 7 p.m.

August 30, 2011
Sparks opens 32nd season as Eagles’ head coach at Glenville State (W.Va.) on Thursday night
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – When Carson-Newman takes the field on Thursday night to open its 2011 season, it will mark the beginning of what could be a historic season for Eagle head coach Ken Sparks and the Carson-Newman program. C-N kicks off against Glenville State (W.Va.) in Glenville, W.Va. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. in Morris Stadium.

August 28, 2011
Carson-Newman/Glenville State Game Notes Available
Game Notes for Carson-Newman's Thursday night opener at Glenville State are now available online.

August 24, 2011
Eagles Hold Final Scrimmage of Fall Camp; QB, Kicking Battles Rage On
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The Carson-Newman College football team took the field in full pads for its third full team scrimmage Wednesday night. The first half was dominated by the Orange squad, loaded with Carson-Newman starters and primary back-ups. The positional battles were still going strong with the quarterbacks taking stage once again. Junior Brandon Haywood and sophomores Johnny Foster and Jason Brown all rotated into the offense.

August 19, 2011
Defense Steps Up in Second Scrimmage: QB Battle Continues
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The Carson-Newman Eagles held their second scrimmage of fall camp on Friday morning, working out for about 90 minutes in Burke-Tarr Stadium.

August 19, 2011
Lending a Hand: Eagles become 165-man moving crew for new students
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - The Carson-Newman Eagles, 165 in all, spent their post-scrimmage afternoon helping their fellow C-N students move into the campus dorm.

August 17, 2011
Eagles Hold Media Day; Inman Shines in First Scrimmage
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — The 2011 Carson-Newman College football team was unveiled Wednesday morning at the team’s annual media day event inside Burke-Tarr Stadium. Head coach Ken Sparks begins his 32nd season in command of the Eagles in a rare position, that of underdog.

August 15, 2011
Eagles Don Full Pads For First Time; First Scrimmage Set for Wednesday
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The Carson-Newman Eagles went full contact for about 25 minutes as part of Monday morning’s practice on the Gary Wyatt Practice Field. The Eagles worked out for just under two hours in full gear for the first time since opening fall camp last Wednesday. The Eagles went full contact for 10 minutes in their “Victory Drill,” which Eagle head coach Ken Sparks stopped twice to applaud his team’s effort.

August 10, 2011
Sparks begins preparations for 32nd season as Eagles report to camp
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – The Carson-Newman Eagles and head football coach Ken Sparks began preparations for the 2011 football season, as the C-N football team opened fall camp on Wednesday morning in the Carson-Newman campus. The Eagles, 175 in all, will be the 32nd edition of a Sparks-coached C-N team.

August 2, 2011
Eagles report date set for Aug. 9
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - The Carson-Newman football team's official report date has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 9.

July 29, 2011
Jones inks rookie free agent deal with Dallas Cowboys
ARLINGTON, Texas — Former Carson-Newman punter Chris Jones has signed a rookie free agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

July 28, 2011
Eagles Lead Way with 11 Preseason All-SAC Selections
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Carson-Newman College, picked to finish second in the South Atlantic Conference preseason football coaches’ poll, leads the way with 11 student-athletes on the 2011 preseason All-Conference Team. Senior running back Nate Inman (Fitzgerald, Ga.), center Kevin Day (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.), senior placekicker Carlos Lopez (Seymour, Tenn.) and Lucas Mathis (Greenwood, S.C.) were the Eagles’ four first-team offense selections. Senior defensive end Zeke Andrews (Eastman, Ga.) and cornerback Tarvin Jones (St. Petersburg, Fla.) were both named to the first-team defense.

July 27, 2011
Eagles picked second in SAC Football Preseason Coaches’ Poll
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Carson-Newman head coach Ken Sparks will find himself in unfamiliar territory when C-N opens the 2011 football season Sept. 1, for the first time since1986, the Eagles are not the preseason favorite in the South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released Wednesday. Defending South Atlantic Conference champion Wingate has been tabbed by league coaches as the preseason favorite to win the 2011 SAC title.

July 26, 2011
Carson-Newman’s Bell nominated for AFCA Good Works Team®
NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Carson-Newman senior defensive end Byron Bell (Knoxville, Tenn.) has been named a nominee for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, officials announced last week. The 6-1, 230-pound Bell started 10 games for the Eagles in 2010. He recorded 42 tackles, including 10 for a loss, and 6.5 sacks for a unit that ranked second in the conference in scoring defense and rushing defense.