CLINTON, S.C. - WLBG Real Radio 860 along with PC College station WPCX-FM 97.1 will kick things off on the Blue Hose football season at 4 p.m. with tailgate coverage from Paladin Stadium. In Laurens PC fans should tune their dials to 860 AM to hear the voice of the Blue Hose John Avery along with color analyst and former PC Football player Stan Reid break down PC's inaugural NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision contest. The duo will be joined by former Western Carolina standout and former Thornwell High School coach Walter Geary, who will prowl the sidelines for the Presbyterian College Sports Network during the 2007 football season.
In the Clinton area Blue Hose fans should turn their dials to 97.1 WPCX, the official student radio station of Presbyterian College to hear the Presbyterian College Sports Network broadcast.
The broadcast can also be heard online at www.wlbg.com, which can also be linked to directly or from www.gobluehose.com. To link to the broadcast from GoBlueHose.com click on the WLBG Real Radio 860 logo on the main page of the website to the far right.
In addition to the many options that Blue Hose fans that can not attend the game at Furman’s Paladin Stadium will have on Saturday, fans in attendance on Saturday night can also listen to PC’s official radio broadcast inside Paladin Stadium via an in-stadium transmitter provided by WLBG. Blue Hose fans inside Paladin Stadium should tune to 101.5 FM to hear the Presbyterian College Sports Network broadcast.
The “Bobby Bowl” game will also be televised throughout the southeast and will be broadcast locally in the Upstate on WHNS (Ch. 21) and simulcast around the Southeast on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS, Ch. 58 on Charter cable). Chuck Hussion will handle play-by-play for the contest, while Dan Bubany will provide analysis.
For ticket information please visit FurmanPaladins.com.
Presbyterian College at Furman University
Date: Saturday, September 1, 2007
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Paladin Stadium
Series: 51st meeting
(Furman leads 38-11-1)
Last Meeting: 11/04/04 • Greenville, S.C.
Last Result: Furman 52, PC 7
Radio: WLBG Real Radio 860
TV: CSS/Fox Carolna
Play-by-Play: Chuck Hussion
Analysis: Dan Bubany
SATURDAY’S GAME: Presbyterian College opens its inauguaral NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision season against Upstate rival and perennial FCS national power Furman at Paladin Stadium.
THE COACHES: Presbyterian — Head coach Bobby Bentley is in his first season in charge of the Presbyterian College football program. A 1990 alumnus of PC, Bentley will coach the first intercollegiate game of his career against Furman. Furman — Bobby Lamb is in his seventh year in charge of the Paladin football program, compiling a 43-19 mark at the helm of Furman’s football program since accepting the job in December of 2001. A 1987 graduate of Furman, Lamb is eighth among active FCS head coaches with at least five years of head coaching service with a winning percentage of .694.
SERIES: Furman leads the all-time series at 38-11-1. The Blue Hose own a 5-3 all-time record against the Paladins in Clinton, but the Paladins own an all-time record of 33-8-1 when the two teams tangle in Greenville.
INSIDE BLUE HOSE FOOTBALL: The first edition of the Inside Blue Hose Football Television show will premiere at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. The show will feature Coach Bentley along with host Brian Hand analyzing highlights from PC games.
BENTLEY RADIO SHOW: Presbyterian College and Real Radio 860 WLBG, the flagship station of PC athletics, debuted the Bobby Bentley Show live on Monday, Aug. 27 from FATZ Café on I-26 at Exit 54 next to the Hampton Inn. For the rest of the season the show will be heard live from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. It will feature WLBG’s John Avery joining Coach Bentley and several members of the team and coaching staff. The show can be heard throughout Laurens County on Real Radio 860 WLBG. It will also be simulcast on WLBG’s website, www.wlbg.com.
FURMAN RADIO COVERAGE: WLBG along with PC College station WPCX-FM 97.1 will kick things off on the Blue Hose football season at 4 p.m. with tailgate coverage from Paladin Stadium.
ALL-INDEPENDENT: The Blue Hose had seven players named NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision All-Independent in Phil Steele’s national college football preview magazine. Steele’s preview placed two Blue Hose on the All-Independent first team offense in senior wide receiver Justin Durant and redshirt sophomore running back S.J. Worrell. Senior captain and defensive lineman Sherman Burnett was named to the first team All-Independent defense along with fellow captain and junior middle linebacker Antwan Thomas. The defensive duo was joined on the first team defense by junior defensive lineman Adam McKinney and junior defensive back Antoine Carter. Junior Bryson Summers was named to the first team as a punter.
BIG SOUTH TELECONFERENCE: The Big South Conference will hold their weekly coaches teleconference every Tuesday throughout the football season. Coach Bentley is scheduled to discuss Blue Hose football every Tuesday from 11-11:10 a.m. If you are an accredited media member and you would like to learn more please contact the Presbyterian College sports information office or the Big South Conference Public Relations Office.
THREE IS A CHARM: PC’s move into NCAA Division I marks the third classification of football that the Blue Hose have been a part of in the last 20 years. The Blue Hose along with the South Atlantic Conference left the NAIA in 1992 to join the NCAA Division II ranks.
SPRING GAME: In the first spring football game under Bobby Bentley’s direction, Presbyterian’s Grayson Mullins racked up 282 total yards, passing for 223 yards and rushing for another 59 at Bailey Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 14, 2007. Mullins was 20-for-29 on his passes on the day, throwing for two touchdowns and scampering 53 yards on the ground for another on the offense’s first possession of the spring game. He was not the only Blue Hose player to make his mark in the spring game. The wide receivers seemed to especially thrive in Bentley’s spread offense. Terrance Butler led the way for the receivers, hauling in five catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Clinton native Chetyuane Reeder put on a display for the Blue Hose faithful, catching 13 balls for 96 yards and one touchdown. Larry Thomas was the third Blue Hose receiver in the contest with 90 yards or more receiving, catching six passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. In total, four Blue Hose wideouts caught touchdowns as Justin Durant also found the end zone on one of his four catches on the day. Mullins was not the only proficient quarterback either for the Blue Hose with Tim Webb completing 14 of his 21 pass attempts for 137 yards. Webb also threw for two touchdowns. Continuing on his strong end to the 2006 campaign, S.J. Worrell led PC’s ground attack, rushing for 67 yards and two touchdowns. Middle Linebacker Antwan Thomas led the Blue Hose defensive charge, recording a game-high eight tackles and a game-best five solo stops. Thomas also had one tackle-for-loss. Terrance Blake was stout on the defensive line for PC, tallying six tackles and one sack on the day. PC Football’s 2007 Spring Game consisted of two separate segments; the first part was a 65-play scrimmage that placed the offense against the defense in a variety of different circumstances. The second part was the continuation of a new tradition for PC Football – the Cyrus Bowl, which was played on Tuesday, April 10 at Bailey Memorial Stadium. The Cyrus Bowl was designed by the coaching staff and gave the seniors the chance to draft players and coaches with Bentley and other members of his staff on each sideline. The two teams were named PC and Blue Hose. PC was coached by Bentley and they garnered a 29-10 victory on Tuesday over Blue Hose. The Blue Hose wanted a rematch so a game-situation 15-minute quarter was played after the conclusion of the 65-play Spring game scrimmage. This time Blue Hose took a narrow 7-6 victory.
ALL-CONFERENCE: The Blue Hose will not be eligible for conference awards in the upcoming season, but they return three players who earned All-SAC plaudits at the end of last season. Wide receiver Justin Durant was named to the all-conference first team offense for the second consecutive season. The Florence, S.C. native led PC in receptions on the 2006 season for the second consecutive year. The junior corralled 37 catches for 607 yards, averaging 16.4 yards-per-catch. The South Florence high school product had a team-best six touchdown catches. A preseason All-America selection prior to the 2006 season, Antwan Thomas was named to the all-SAC first team as a linebacker for the second consecutive season. The redshirt sophomore led the Blue Hose with a team-high 79 total stops in 2006. The takedowns were the sixth-most in the league at the end of the regular season. A native of Hawkinsville, Ga., Thomas garnered a team-best 34 solo takedowns in 2006. Thomas also had a team-high eight quarterback hurries and acquired 4.5 sacks and 7.0 tackles-for-loss. A junior from Roswell, Ga., Sean Foley made the second team as a long snapper for the second consecutive year.
DEFENSIVE: As a team, Presbyterian for the second consecutive season finished the South Atlantic Conference season as the No. 1 scoring defense in the league with an average of 13.2, besting last year’s mark (14.2) in the process. Presbyterian’s defense had the best total defense in the league, holding opponents to 233.5 yards-per-game. The Blue Hose defense posted two shutouts in 2006, including a 10-0 shutout victory over SAC top scoring offense winner Newberry.
PRO STYLE: Former Presbyterian football standout Ryan Bowers played the spring of 2007 with the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League. A four-year letterman for the Blue Hose, Bowers was originally signed in the AFL by the Indiana Firebirds during the 2004 season. He was then signed as a free agent by the Predators on Oct. 11, 2005. After the Predators placed him as an NFL exempt he was signed by the Falcons on January 4, 2006 and was quickly allocated to NFL Europe where he played in the spring of 2006. The safety/return specialist was assigned to the Berlin Thunder before ending his season by participating in NFL Europe’s World Bowl with the Amsterdam Admirals. In 2006 in NFL Europe, the former All-American finished fifth in the league in kick returns with a 23.7-yard per return average. Bowers began his professional career by playing for the Green Bay Blizzard of AF2 during the 2003 season. Bowers finished the season for the Blizzard by recording 102.5 total tackles, including 86 of the solo variety. He finished third in the league that season with 10 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. The Evans, Ga. native was a standout safety at PC, earning All-America accolades after his senior season by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette publication.
LETS KEEP IT INDOORS: Bowers was not the only former Blue Hose football player to play professional indoor football as former PC standout Tim Pope was signed by the Colorado Ice of the fledgling United Indoor Football League on April 4, 2007. Pope, who is currently listed at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, hauled in 132 receptions and 20 touchdowns in 38 games during his career with the Blue Hose. A captain in 2004 for the Blue Hose, Pope’s career was capped off after his senior season when he was selected as the MVP of the Cactus Bowl (an All-Star game for Division II players) after catching six passes for 101 yards. The Ninety-Six, S.C. native also set a Cactus Bowl record in the game with a 50-yard touchdown reception.
TOUGH ROAD SCHEDULE: The Blue Hose do not get any breaks in their 2007 road schedule as it will go down as one of the hardest road schedules in program history. The Blue Hose open the season against perennial national championship contender and Southern Conference power Furman and then two weeks later take on new SoCon member Samford on a Thursday night. In fact, three of PC’s first four games will be against SoCon competition as PC’s fourth game of the year will be against Western Carolina in Cullowhee, N.C. The Blue Hose close out the month of September with a game against a tough North Carolina Central squad before playing three of their four games in October against Big South teams. PC will face off against Virginia Military, Liberty and defending Big South champion Coastal Carolina in October. PC closes out the its season and the month of November with a game against 2005 Big South co-champion Charleston Southern.
STRONG HOME SLATE: Things are not especially easy for the Blue Hose at home either as PC faces a strong trio in the friendly confines of Bailey Memorial Stadium. The Blue Hose begin their 2007 home slate with a Sept. 8 contest against Pikeville College of the NAIA and the Mid-South Conference. The Bears finished 4-6 overall last season and 2-3 in the strong Mid-South Conference. Presbyterian College will then face off against North Greenville University on Homecoming day at PC at 2 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2007. The Crusaders enter the 2007 season coming off one of the best years in program history. NGU finished the year as the top offense in NCAA Division II, averaging 472.2 yards-per-game. The Crusaders also downed the Malone College Pioneers 56-28 to win the National Christian College Athletic Association’s 2006 Victory Bowl. The first college football bowl game ever to be played in the Palmetto State gave the Crusaders a school record 10 wins in the 2006 season. The Blue Hose close out their 2007 home schedule with a 1:30 p.m. game on Saturday, Nov. 3 against NCAA Division II’s Chowan University.
IT’S A FIRST: PC Football will face six teams in the 2007 campaign that they have not squared off against on the gridiron before. The Blue Hose will take on Chowan, Coastal Carolina, North Carolina Central, Pikeville College, Samford and Virginia Military Institute for the first time in the upcoming season.