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09.13.06: Pirate punter Dougherty on Guy watch list ... ECU golfers finish ninth at Mid Pines ... East Carolina sweeps Campbell in volleyball
09.12.06: WVU, Pirates to be shown on ESPN 2 ... UAB's Felder honored for game- saving strip ... C-USA volleyball accolade for Pirates' Krug
09.11.06: Buckeye cheerleader drinks, drives, hits veep ... Houston's Kolb sets school mark in rout ... Krug sets ECU volleyball assists mark
09.10.06: Aundrae Allison on Biletnikoff watch list ... SEC's artificial noise penalties reinstated ... ECU volleyball falls to North Florida
09.09.06: UAB focuses on covering Aundrae Allison ... Ga. Southern mourns death of Erk Russell ... Shelby named to ECU women's hoops staff
09.08.06: NCAA's Brand calls for 80 percent grad rate ... ECU women's soccer gets regional ranking ... Soccer Buzz recognizes ECU's Nicole Moore ... Pirates get volleyball sweep over UNCW
09.07.06: Tigers, Pack, Deacs highlight ECU hoops slate ... Record contradicts Tressel's poll vote claim ... Winston- Salem State coach gets extension
09.06.06: Holland featured speaker at power lunch ... College games shorter after rule changes ... Full day in
C-USA includes Pirates vs. Blazers ... C-USA names football players of the week
09.05.06: Holtz discusses loss to Navy, challenge at UAB ... UAB pleased with performance vs. Sooners ... U of L's Bush has surgery for broken leg
09.04.06: Ole Miss survives Memphis in Sunday opener ... Blazers narrowly miss upset bid at Oklahoma ... Early showdown tonight for 'Canes, 'Noles ... Cavaliers turn back Pirates in volleyball final
09.03.06: NCAA president Brand at Elon on Wednesday ... Pirate volleyball 2-0 after topping Georgetown ... National honor for Memphis soccer player
09.02.06: Miners prevail over Aztecs in season opener ... East Carolina has Wright stuff in volleyball ... ECU women's soccer gets another shutout
09.01.06: UAB game off limits to Peterson's Dad ... Tulsa rolls past Stephen F. Austin in opener ... Pirates announce nine women's track signees
08.31.06: Ex-Buc Witter hits home run to complete cycle ... Herd player helps team to international win ... UAB takes aim on opener, plans to honor Tuck
08.30.06: Army six wins away from San Diego trip ... Rivers will get starting assignment for Chargers ... With Campbell in goal, ECU shuts out Camels
08.29.06: Holtz indicates Pirates are ready ... C-USA teams face stiff season-opening tests ... Three C-USA QB's on O'Brien watch list
08.28.06: Herd loses top receiver Moore for WVU opener ... Memphis puts more walk-ons on scholarship ... Hokies claim title in ECU volleyball event
08.27.06: Butkus watch list features seven from C-USA ... UAB substitution scrimmage pleases Brown ... Host ECU volleyball team falls to Furman
08.26.06: Top Pirate units overwhelm scout teams ... Coach Holtz ready to take to the air ... waves ... ECU volleyball wins season opener
08.25.06: ECU announces Metcalf in compliance post ... ECU women's soccer starts season at ODU ,,, Pirate volleyball hosts invitational
08.24.06: Former ECU standout joins Godwin staff ... It's not the Fort Worth Bowl anymore ... Brown lightens up on banged up Blazers
08.23.06: Camp behind them, Pirates refocus on Navy ... ECU checking student body for diamond talent ... Buckeyes' bank account $wells
08.22.06: End of preseason camp in sight for Pirates ... ECU's Ray gets honor for summer league play ... Miami, Northwestern set tribute to Walker
08.21.06: Irish 'bump' into possible NCAA infraction ... Offense produces in ECU's second scrimmage ... Herd extends Snyder's contract through 2013 ... ECU nipped in women's soccer scrimmage
08.20.06: No updates on this day while implementing site network changes
08.19.06: Note to readers: Sunday content to be limited ... Pirates set to scrimmage, meet fans today ... Marshall hires NCSU aide as baseball coach ... Stitt leaving WSSU for hometown post
08.18.06: Goal line work livens up flat ECU practice ... 'Pack third sacker defects to Cowboys ... Indiana's Sampson sanctioned by NABC
08.17.06: ECU kicker Lee selected to Groza watch list ... Another Pinkney gets plaudits for Pirates ... Individual ECU game tickets go on sale
08.16.06: Bucs have depth chart heading into scrimmage ... Calipari assistant named UTEP hoops coach ... Clemson gives Leggett new five-year contract
08.15.06: Get ready to "Meet the Pirates" ... Depth chart looms as Bucs continue drills ... Red Raiders dedicate season to fallen coach
08.14.06: New thumbnails: Freeney, McNeil, Perryman ... Blazers hold first scrimmage on Sunday ... NCAA clears Snider to play this season at Tulsa ... Kansas officials undergo NCAA grilling
08.13.06: Dye goes into college football hall of fame ... ECU scrimmage helps shape depth chart ... Memphis works out at Liberty Bowl
08.12.06: ECU recruiting thumbnail: Ben Herlocker ... Pirates tune up for Saturday scrimmage ... Blazers preparing for opener with Oklahoma ... SMU golfer qualifies for U.S. Amateur
08.11.06: Pirates dodge heat with nighttime drills ... ECU's Thorsen claims Norwegian amateur title ... Manning pledges $1 million to Vols
08.10.06: Thursday 'Nuggets' sacked by network glitch
08.09.06: Lou's book says Skip was promised USC job ... Humid weather doesn't dampen ECU drills ... 'Bright House' will be home for Golden Knights
08.08.06: Pirates shifting to full-gear practice mode ... Hattiesburg pro takes over USM golf program ... Sooners turn to Thompson to fill QB void
08.07.06: Pirates strap on shoulder pads ... Ex-Duke lacrosse coach has new program ... NIT will trim field from 40 to 32 teams
08.06.06: Media day no day off for Pirates ... Drew-Skip check goes to Greenville Rec. Dept. ... Coordinator of ACC refs hanging up whistle
08.05.06: Holtz likes what he sees as camp starts ... Buckeyes pegged as team to beat; WVU #7 ... Groh reinstates senior safety Tony Franklin ... Four from C-USA on Thorpe Award watch list
08.04.06: Judge: Buckeyes owe ex-coach big bucks ... Marshall takes preseason volleyball accolades ... Conference USA adds administrator to staff
08.03.06: Four Hurricanes will miss opener with FSU ... Report says Sooners QB canned ... Tigers' Tate takes aim on Women's Amateur
08.02.06: Kragthorpe lassoes new pact, new transfers ... ACC champ to Orange; makeup policy defined ... Blazers launching prep baseball league
08.01.06: C-USA releases schedule of televised games ... 'The Voice' adds morning duties on local AM's ... Huskers, Huskies set dates in 2010, 2011

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NFL rosters filled with C-USA alums


A total of 85 players from Conference USA schools appeared on opening day rosters of NFL teams as the league opened its 87th season this past weekend.

All 12 C-USA football programs are represented, with at least two players appearing from each of the schools. Southern Miss has the most former players on current NFL rosters with 15, while Central Florida has 13 and Marshall and Memphis each have 11. Included are 13 players that have made at least one Pro Bowl appearance in their NFL careers.

All but four NFL teams — the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers and Seattle Seahawks — have at least one player from a C-USA school. The Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams have the most players from C-USA schools with six apiece, according to a release on the C-USA website.

For the second straight season, Conference USA produced the highest number of starting quarterbacks among all conferences. Buffalo's J.P. Losman (Tulane), Green Bay's Brett Favre (Southern Miss), Jacksonville's Byron Leftwich (Marshall), Miami's Daunte Culpepper (UCF) and the New York Jets Chad Pennington (Marshall) all started under center on opening week. Pennington was the week one AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

After standing alone with seven starting quarterbacks in 2005, the Atlantic Coast Conference tied C-USA with five starting QB's in 2006.

A pair of highly-successful NFL head coaches also have ties to C-USA schools. Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, the 2005 NFL Coach of the Year, was a two-time All-American defensive back at Tulsa, while Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, a two-time NFL Coach of the Year, served as an offensive line coach for three seasons at Texas-El Paso.

C-USA players on opening day NFL rosters:

Rod Coleman DT Atlanta Falcons
Terrance Copper WR New Orleans Saints
David Garrard QB Jacksonville Jaguars
Vonta Leach FB Green Bay Packers
*Brian Rimpf OT Baltimore Ravens
Guy Whimper OT New York Giants

Rex Hadnot OG Miami Dolphins
Hanik Milligan FS Arizona Cardinals
Stanford Routt CB Oakland Raiders

Mike Bartrum TE Philadelphia Eagles
Troy Brown WR New England Patriots
Chris Crocker FS Atlanta Falcons
*Johnathan Goddard DE Indianapolis Colts
Chris Hanson P Jacksonville Jaguars
Byron Leftwich QB Jacksonville Jaguars
Chris Massey LS St. Louis Rams
Randy Moss WR Oakland Raiders
Chad Pennington QB New York Jets
John Wade C Tampa Bay Buccaneers
#Butchie Wallace RB Atlanta Falcons

*Idrees Bashir FS Detroit Lions
Marcus Bell DT Detroit Lions
Tony Brown DT Carolina Panthers
Isaac Bruce WR St. Louis Rams
Stephen Gostkowski K New England Patriots
Artis Hicks OT Minnesota Vikings
Reggie Howard DB Carolina Panthers
Mike McKenzie DB New Orleans Saints
Wade Smith OT Miami Dolphins
DeAngelo Williams RB Carolina Panthers
Tony Williams DT Jacksonville Jaguars

#Patrick Dendy S Green Bay Packers
Brandon Green DE St. Louis Rams
Larry Izzo LB New England Patriots
N.D. Kalu DE Houston Texans
Terrence Melton LB New Orleans Saints
Ryan Pontbriand LS Cleveland Browns

Kevin Garrett CB Houston Texans
*Keylon Kincade RB Dallas Cowboys

Michael Boley LB Atlanta Falcons
Jeremy Bridges OT Carolina Panthers
Greg Brooks CB Cincinnati Bengals
Antoine Cash LB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rod Davis LB Minnesota Vikings
Brett Favre QB Green Bay Packers
#John Eubanks CB Washington Redskins
Bobby Hamilton DE New York Jets
Todd Pinkston WR Minnesota Vikings
Jeff Posey LB Washington Redskins
T.J. Slaughter LB San Francisco 49ers
Patrick Surtain DB Kansas City Chiefs
Adalius Thomas DE/LB Baltimore Ravens
Chris White C Green Bay Packers
Chad Williams FS San Francisco 49ers

Anthony Cannon LB Detroit Lions
J.P. Losman QB Buffalo Bills
Mewelde Moore RB Minnesota Vikings
Patrick Ramsey QB New York Jets
Jerald Sowell FB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Roydell Williams WR Tennessee Titans

#Romby Bryant WR Baltimore Ravens
Gus Frerotte QB St. Louis Rams
Garrett Mills FB New England Patriots
Sam Rayburn DT Philadelphia Eagles
Kevin Shaffer OT Cleveland Browns

Bryan Thomas DE New York Jets
Roddy White WR Atlanta Falcons

#Atari Bigby S Green Bay Packers
Paul Carrington DE Atlanta Falcons
Daunte Culpepper QB Miami Dolphins
Travis Fisher CB St. Louis Rams
Doug Gabriel WR New England Patriots
Michael Gaines TE Carolina Panthers
Cornell Green OT Denver Broncos
#Alex Haynes RB Carolina Panthers
Rashad Jeanty LB Cincinnati Bengals
#Darcy Johnson TE New York Giants
Brandon Marshall WR Denver Broncos
*Elton Patterson DE Jacksonville Jaguars
Asante Samuel CB New England Patriots

Trey Darilek C Miami Dolphins
#Chris Francies WR Green Bay Packers
Thomas Howard LB Oakland Raiders
Paul Smith FB St. Louis Rams
Brian Young DT New Orleans Saints

#Practice squad
*Injured reserve

Southern Miss coach Bower calls Pack "scary"

Southern Miss hosts N.C. State on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Golden Eagles coach Jeff Bower discussed the matchup at his weekly news conference, according to a release on the Southern Miss athletic website.

N.C. State took a 21-17 win over Southern Miss last season in Raleigh.

"They are a scary football team," Bower said. "They're athletic and talented. They are playing very well on defense. They're only giving up 257 yards per game. They are physical and athletic. It will be a physical game, I assure you of that.

"They are probably not feeling too good about themselves after the loss to Akron. We'll see a good football team coming in here with a lot of talent. They will make you prepare very hard this week in order to win. We've got to do some things better and play a physical game against them. I'm impressed with them. Their running back is a big time player. He's averaging 7.5 yards per carry. He got banged up in the last game and didn't play a lot. I don't know the extent of his injury, but he's very talented."

Rice goalkeeper McClintock gets national honor

Rice senior goalkeeper Amy McClintock earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America player of the week recognition for the week of Sept. 13. McClintock recorded a career-high 10 saves to propel the Owls to a 1-0 victory over No. 8-ranked Texas.

The senior also held Houston Baptist scoreless in a 4-0 contest on Friday. She made 10 stops against the Longhorns to set a new career high. McClintock has maintained a 0.35 goals against average (29th nationally) and .944 save percentage (tied for 16th nationally) this season.

News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from other sources. Copyright 2006 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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