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2014 UU Football Season Preview
For the first time since the 2009 season, All-American quarterback D.J. Mendenhall won’t be taking snaps for the Urbana University football team. The Mountain East Conference’s reigning Offensive Player of the Year graduated, leaving the Blue Knights with a question mark at quarterback for the first time in five years. Many may be contemplating how the Blue Knights will replace Mendenhall’s almost 12,000 career yards and 132 career touchdowns. Meanwhile, seventh year Head Coach Dave Taynor and his squad are trying to figure out how to take the next step, capture an MEC Championship and make the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs this November.
Click 'Read More' for a full 2014 Season Preview, as well as links to live coverage for the Blue Knights home opener on Saturday, September 6th vs. Virginia-Wise. Read More
Club 16 to Host Youth Football & Cheer Day on Sep. 6Aug. 29th, 2014
The Urbana University Athletic Department and Club 16 are inviting all area youth football players and cheerleaders to attend the football team's home opener on Saturday, September 6th. Any youth football player or youth cheerleader in uniform will receive FREE admission, a free gift from Club 16, and be invited onto the field at halftime to participate in an activity with UU football players and cheerleaders. Kickoff is set for 12:00 p.m. The Blue Knights will battle the Cavs from the University of Virginia-Wise. Read More
Football Picked 6th Again in Preseason MEC Coaches' PollAug. 8th, 2014
The Shepherd Rams have been picked to repeat as Mountain East Conference football champions after a vote conducted by the league’s coaches. Shepherd collected 95 points in the poll and was picked to finish first on seven ballots.
Concord was picked second with 91 points and collected three first-place votes. Charleston was chosen third with 84 points and received the remaining first-place vote. Glenville State placed fourth (67), followed by West Virginia Wesleyan (60) and Urbana (58). Notre Dame and West Liberty were predicted to finish in a tie for seventh with 44 points, and Fairmont State (33), UVa-Wise (15) and West Virginia State (14) rounded out the poll.
Urbana (7-4, 7-2) returns more than half of its starters on offense from last season, but will need to replace the MEC Offensive Player of the Year D.J. Mendenhall. Running back David Hill will lead the offense after rushing for 875 yards and seven scores in 2013, and receiver Alvin Busbee is back after catching 39 passes for 568 yards last year. The Blue Knights welcome back several key returners on defense, including D’Gary Wallace who led the MEC in tackles for a loss last year with 20, and Kevin Chapple who is the leading returning sack man in the league with nine in 2013. The Blue Knights were also picked 6th in last season's inaugural MEC Coaches' Poll. Urbana surprised much of the field, finishing 2nd. Their lone losses came at nationally ranked Shepherd by 7 points and on the road at West Virginia Wesleyan late in the year. Read More
2014-15 Ticket Prices Announced for UU Home GamesAug. 4th, 2014
Ticket prices have been announced for the 2014-15 school year at Urbana University Athletics' home games. The cost for Urbana's 6 home football games remains the same at $8 for adults, $6 for youth and senior citizens. Also remaining the same is the cost to attend Blue Knight basketball games at $6 for adults, $4 for youth and senior citizens. New in 2014 is a $5 admission charge for home volleyball matches.
As always, current UU students, staff and faculty are free with a valid UU I.D. There is no charge for attending any other home sporting event on the campus of Urbana University. This includes home soccer matches, baseball and softball games, swim meets, golf tournaments and women's lacrosse games. Read More
MEC Football Media Day Set for August 8thJul. 30th, 2014
The Mountain East Conference football media day will be held on Friday, Aug. 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in Bridgeport, W.Va. Coaches and select players from each of the 11 schools will be present to meet members of the media. The MEC preseason poll will also be revealed on that day.
Each coach will make a few brief remarks to start the session before being available for one-on-one and television interviews. The 2014 football season starts with Notre Dame at Fairmont State on Thursday, Sept. 4, with the rest of the league in action on Saturday, Sept. 6. Read More