2011 Carson-Newman Football News

  • Carson-Newman's Van Bruggen named CUATC’s 2012 Head Athletic Trainer of the Year
    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.
  • Douglas' Two TDs Lifts White Past Orange in C-N Spring Game, 14-9
    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.
  • Sparks wanting more improvement as Eagles enter final week of spring practice
    March 09, 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.
  • Eagles move first spring Orange and Blue Game to 6 a.m. Friday morning
    March 01, 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.
  • 2012 Carson-Newman Coaches' Clinic: Ole Miss Head Coach, Hugh Freeze
    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.
  • 2012 Carson-Newman Coaches' Clinic: LSU Defensive Coordinator, John Chavis
    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.
  • Sparks, Eagles open spring practice as QB battle starts anew
    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.
  • Freeze, Chavis headline 2012 Carson-Newman Coaches’ Clinic (Updated Speaking Roster)
    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.
  • Eagles' signing class now at 59
    February 01, 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.
  • Seven Eagles earn All-SAC football honors
    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.
  • Eagles wrap up season with 23-20 loss at Mars Hill
    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.
  • Sparks eyes career win No. 300 at Mars Hill; Eagles face Lions in season finale on 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.
  • Sparks’ milestones have come near and far as Eagles’ head coach goes for No. 300 on Saturday
    November 08, 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.
  • Eagles' Inman named SAC Offensive Player of the Week
    November 07, 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.
  • Sparks wins No. 299 as Eagles grind out win against Tusculum, 35-27
    November 05, 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.
  • Sparks at 298 as Eagles host Tusculum on Saturday in home finale
    November 04, 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.
  • Eagles’ Andrews named SAC Defensive Player of the Week, Lopez earns Special Teams honors
    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.
  • Eagles overcome miscues, boot Brevard as time expires, 27-24
    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.
  • Eagles host Brevard in South Atlantic Conference action on 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.
  • Eagles' struggles continue as UNCP tops short-handed C-N on homecoming, 42-14
    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.
  • Eagles begin three-game home stand with UNC Pembroke on Saturday
    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.
  • North Greenville rallies past C-N, 34-27
    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.
  • Eagles face tough test at North Greenville on Saturday; Sparks at 297
    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.
  • Eagles start fall break with practice, Children’s Hospital visit
    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.
  • Eagles veer in right direction; Run through Catawba, 55-21
    October 08, 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.
  • Eagles in rare spot when they face Catawba on Saturday
    October 06, 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.
  • Eagles fall to Wingate on Saturday, 33-21
    October 01, 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.
  • Eagles aim to get back on track at Wingate on Saturday
    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.
  • Carson-Newman/Newberry Live Video/Audio Webcast Available
    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.
  • Eagles punchless against Newberry, 24-3
    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.
  • Eagles seeking first SAC win of 2011, host Newberry on Saturday at 1 p.m.
    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.
  • Carson-Newman's Byron Bell named to 2011 AFCA Good Works Team®
    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.
  • Eagles drops SAC opener at L-R, 20-7
    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.
  • Gameday Central for C-N/Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday; Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
    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.
  • Eagles open SAC play at Lenoir-Rhyne on Saturday Night
    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.
  • Eagles climb three spots to No. 17 in AFCA Poll
    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.
  • Video Webcast of C-N / Fayetteville State Available Tonight
    September 08, 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.
  • No. 20 Eagles overwhelm Fayetteville State, 56-7
    September 08, 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.
  • Carson-Newman/Fayetteville State broadcast moved to WNOX 100.3-FM on Thursday night
    September 06, 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.
  • Carson-Newman/Fayetteville State Game Notes Available
    September 06, 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.
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