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Langston followed by SAGU in Central States Football League Preseason Poll

Contributed by admin on Aug 21, 2015 - 03:44 PM
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Waxahachie, Texas- August 5, 2014 – Langston University was voted as the top team in the 2015 Central States Football League (CSFL) preseason poll, which marks the third consecutive season the Lions have been favored as the No. 1 team in the league’s preseason poll. Langston received a total of 60 votes, including 12 first place votes. Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) received the second place vote in the preseason picks. 

“It’s a great compliment to our seniors who have worked hard and earned the respect of conference coaches,” says first-year head coach Frank Tristan. 

Langston was eight points ahead of second-ranked SAGU, who received 52 total points and a pair of first place votes. SAGU’s placement in the preseason poll corresponds to last year’s finish for the Lions.  SAGU placed second in the CSFL behind Langston after a 38-10 loss to the number one team. 

Bacone College (Ok.) sewed up third place with 37 points, as only one point separated Arizona Christian University and Wayland Baptist University (Tex.), who finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Lyon College (Ark.) received 19 points to rank them in the sixth spot and Texas College rounded out the poll as the number seven team with 17 points.

During the 2015 season, seven teams will compete for the CSFL title, including three teams from Texas, two schools from Oklahoma, one University out of Arizona and one from Arkansas. The CSFL is comprised of Arizona Christian University, Bacone College, Langston University, Lyon College (Ark.), Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Tex.), Wayland Baptist University (Tex.), and Texas College.

The 2015 season is the inaugural season for both Arizona Christian University and Lyon College.  The poll is compromised of the league’s coaches and sports information directors. 
 

2015 CSFL Preseason Poll
 
Rank      School                                                                  Points (1st place votes)
1.            Langston University                                                        60 (12)
2.            Southwestern Assemblies of God (Tex.)                     52 (2)
3.            Bacone College                                                               37
4.            Arizona Christian University                                          34
5.            Wayland Baptist University (Tex.)                                33
6.            Lyon College (Ark.)                                                         19
7.            Texas College                                                                  17

About SAGU:
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Press Release by Ryan Hintergardt
Edited by Natalie Tristan 


SAGU football loaded with veteran leadership for 2015 season

Contributed by admin on Aug 31, 2015 - 10:05 PM
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Waxahachie, Texas- August 29, 2015- In the 2015 season, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) football team will have a completely different look.  From over 50 new players to a different coaching staff, the team is ready to begin a new era of SAGU football. 

“The players are responding really well to the new energy of the coaches,” explains first year head coach Frank Tristan, “Players are drawn to energy and enthusiasm and our new coaches bring both.”

In 2014, the Lions ended 4-6 and in second place behind Langston University in theCentral States Football League (CSFL).  The biggest loss from that squad was graduating five offensive linemen, four of which were starters.  According to Tristan, filling those positions was of upmost priority, “When it came to recruiting, we wanted to secure our offensive line after losing so many players to graduation." 

 

Senior Derius Griffin and junior Javier Lopez are returning starters for the offensive line.  Two freshmen; Dayne Maclin and Malik Garrett, will see significant playing time in the o-line position. 

The Lions return sophomore quarterback CJ Collins.  As a freshman, Collins led the CSFL in passing, averaging nearly 200 yards per game.  Tristan expects even bigger things for Collins this season, “CJ is definitely more comfortable this year and is picking up the new offense well.  He has been very accurate during preseason camp.”

Wide Receiver Andrez Brewster was Collins’ favorite target in 2014.  Brewster returns for a final season.  Sophomore Toras Hill will look to replace Dylan Moore.  Moore was a two-time CSFL pick. 

First-year assistant coach Paul Hansen will be leading the offense.  This year the offense will have a different tempo, “Coach Hansen likes to run a fast-paced game.  You can guarantee he will be getting more guys involved,” explains Tristan.

Pre-Season All-American Ethan Eastwood will be back in the linebacker position for SAGU.  Last season Eastwood averaged over 10 tackles a game.   Senior linebackerJeremiah Maat will be returning to the lineup after sitting out last season due to injury.  In 2013, Maat averaged nearly eight tackles a game. 

Defensive end Matt Lighter led the Lions in sacks last season and will be returning for his sophomore year.  Sophomore Carl Morgan, senior Shakeem Taylor and juniorDeonte Morrison all were starters as defensive backs, all three players will be returning. 

Kicker Chadd Dearen will be returning for a junior season.  Dearen was named as theCSFL Special Teams Player of the Year in 2014.  He was also picked as a NAIA Pre-Season All-American. 

In the CSFL preseason poll, SAGU was picked to once again end in second place, behind Langston University.  Tristan agrees Langston has earned number one pick, “From our performance last year, this is a very fair ranking.  Langston deserves to have that top spot as they have been the team to beat the last several years.”

 

SAGU will kick-off the 2015 season on Saturday, September 5th.  The Lions will hostWestminster College (Fulton, MO).  The game will be played at Midlothian ISD Stadium at 11am.  You can watch the game live at SAGU.tv.  This is the first time SAGU and Westminster College have played. 

About SAGU:

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, ntristan@sagu.edu