The Weekend Wire: Attendance, Lions in The Pros, Soccer News, and other random things.

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The NCAA published their attendance figures for the 2016 season. TAMUC has the 4th highest game attendance in the LSC and the 11th best in the entire country. Here is a list of the top programs.

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So, we can make a few assumptions about this. First, TAMU-Kingsville is still a huge draw and their fans expect a big season all of the time. Midwestern State has an average of about 8,400, while Permian Basin has some very good numbers for a first year program. If you look at Commerce, it has a few disadvantages. First, it is by far the smallest town in the conference. Also, being so close to Dallas, you probably have quite a bit the student population that would rather spend a fall Saturday in Dallas then in Commerce, which is a shame still. Either way, it is pretty amazing that Commerce produces this much, but in the 60’s the average was a sellout crowd of 10,000. Still a little way to go.

Lions In The Pros:

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Huge props and well wishes are in order for Danny Mason (2009-2012) who has made the Denver Broncos Roster, and is looking to be the primary back up to Super Bowl MVP and former Texas A&M All-American Von Miller. A true accomplishment for a great Lion.

Per the Denver Post: The Broncos brought Mason back to Denver to provide depth to the Linebacking crew. Burning Von Miller out is something the coaches want to make sure does not happen. 

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Congrats to Charlie Tuaau who signed with IBM Blue in the Japanese X-League. A lot of people do not realize that this is one of the more popular American Football Leagues that are oversees. Tuaau has been in NFL camps with the Dolphins and Kansas City. A native of Hawaii, he started his college career at Oregon State and was an All-American during the 2014 season.

 

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Former Lion QB Deric Davis (2012-2013) is absolutely dominating the Alberta Football League in Canada. He thrown for 25 touchdowns and ZERO interceptions. His team, the Fort McMurray Monarchs, are 8-0 and in firm command of the 9 team league. He has also thrown for 1,762 yards. The Monarchs are the big favorite to win the AFL title, so send some good thoughts north for Deric.

Perez, Macharro, Preseason All-Americans.

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HERO SPORTS 2017 PRESEASON DIVISION II FOOTBALL ALL-AMERICANS
FIRST TEAM

QB Luis Perez A&M-COMMERCE
RB Marty Carter Grand Valley State
RB Max Mickey Sioux Falls
WR Brody Oliver Colorado School of Mines
WR Damon Gibson Minnesota-Moorhead
TE Tanner Hudson Southern Arkansas
OL Jared Machorro A&M-COMMERCE
OL Lavonte Hights Shepherd
OL Alex Cappa Humboldt State
OL Taylor Nikithser California (Pa.)
OL Gavin de los Santos Harding

 

DL Marcus Martin Slippery Rock
DL Zach Sieler Ferris State
DL Myles Humphrey Shepherd
LB Kyle Kitchens Catawba
LB Kevin Haynes Central Washington
LB Osband Thompson Tuskegee
LB Collin Schlosser Grand Valley State
DB Joshua Simmons Limestone
DB Drew Hebel Black Hills State
DB Jay Watkins Indiana (Pa.)
DB Dustin Rivas Colorado Mesa

 

K Ryan Sheehan Colorado Mesa
P Jonathan King Carson-Newman
AP Paul Revis Western Oregon

Congrats to both Luis and Jared On this big time honor!

Finally, and certainly not least, the Lions Soccer team checks in at number 15, here is the full poll.

Rank School Prev. W-L-T
1 Western Washington 1 24-0-1
2 Grand Valley State 2 23-2-1
3 Columbus State 3 21-3-0
4 Kutztown 4 20-5-0
5 Central Missouri 5 21-2-0
6 Colorado School Of Mines 6 20-3-1
7 Bridgeport 7 18-4-0
8 West Florida 8 19-5-0
9 West Chester 9 19-1-1
10 California-San Diego 10 19-3-0
11 Truman State 11 15-2-4
12 Adelphi 12 16-4-1
13 North Georgia 13 15-3-3
14 Fort Hays State 14 15-5-3
15 A&M-COMMERCE 15 15-6-1
16 Barry 16 11-4-2
17 Saint Leo 17 13-4-1
18 LIU Post 18 15-4-2
19 Minnesota State-Mankato 19 16-3-3
20 East Stroudsburg 20 16-5-2
21 Limestone 22 18-2-0
22 Sonoma State 23 12-3-3
23 St. Edward’s 24 15-1-3
24 Charleston (W. Va.) 25 15-4-0
25 Carson-Newman RV 17-4-1

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Snip from HC Neil Piper regarding the ranking:

“It’s nice to be ranked in the preseason, but we have a lot of work to do to improve on that ranking with a tough schedule,”

 

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