April 12, 2012

Rams To Close Out Spring Drills with Red & White Game


WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- The Winston-Salem State University Rams are set to conclude spring football drills with the Annual WSSU Red and White Spring Football Game, Saturday, April 14th, at 12:00 p.m. at Glenn High School in Kernersville, N.C.

The game is free and open to the public and concessions will be available for purchase.

Winston-Salem State University is coming off of the most successful football season in HBCU history, as the Rams finished the 2011 season with a 13-1 overall record.

The teams will be coached by: Connell Maynor, Kienus Bouleware, John Eder and Jason Mai will coach the White Team, while Michael Ramsuer, Duane Taylor, Daren Hart and Artis Smith will coach the Red Team.

The team had their mock draft on Monday to decide who will play for each team.

Winston-Salem State will return 15 starters from last season's National Semi Final team, led by All-CIAA quarterback, Kameron Smith (5-11, 180, R-Jr, Garner, NC). Smith passed for 2706 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2011, while also rushing for 226 yards and two scores. Jamal Williams (5-8, 175, Jr, Raleigh, NC) caught 28 passes (3rd on team) for 357 yards and two touchdowns, and Juhuann Butler (6-0, 190, Jr, Charlotte, NC) caught 18 passes for 459 yards and four touchdowns. The Rams also return All-CIAA offensive lineman, Markus Lawrence (6-4, 290, Jr, Charlotte, NC), along with Winston Hill Jr.(6-2, 310, So, Brooklyn, NY), Daven Gray 6-3, 310, So, Kernersville, NC) and Chris Beardon (6-7, 315, So, Decatur, GA).

Defensively, the Rams return the three of the top five tacklers from '11 in linebacker Carlos Fields (6-2, 220, R-Jr, Henderson, NC) finished last season 2nd on team in tackles with 81 and 4.5 sacks to go with two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Fields was a second team All-CIAA selection last season.  Malcolm Rowe (6-2, 200, Jr, Fayetteville, NC) was third on the team in 2011 with 66 tackles, four interceptions, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. Khendra Reid (6-2, 215, Jr, Pikeville, NC) was fifth on the team in tackles last season with 54, and Donnie oens (6-3, 295, Jr, Fayetteville, NC) was eighth on the team with 35 tackles and four sacks.  Jermaine Kesler (6-2, 303, So, Lumberton, NC) was 10th in tackles in 2011, and finished the season with 25 tackles, and 1.5 sacks, while Barry Tripp (6-0, 290, R-Sr, Snow Hill, NC) was 14th in tackles with 21 in 2011.

WSSU Also returns Landon Thayer and Alejandro Suarez on special teams. Thayer (6-0, 200, Jr, Clemmons, NC) was third in the CIAA last season with a 41.0 punting average, while Suarez (5-6, 145, Fr, Liberty, NC) was a second team All-CIAA selection and member of the All-Rookie team last season.

Some of the accolades the 2011 WSSU Rams took possession of include: 2011 CIAA Southern Division Champion; 2011 CIAA Champions; 2011 Super Region One Champions; 2011 NCAA DII National Semi Finalist; 2011 Sheridan Broadcasting Black College National Champions; 2011 Boxtorow.com HBCU National Champions; 2011 NBTV Black College National Champions; 2011 HSRN Conaway Cup DII HBCU National Football Champion; 2011 Pigskin Club of Washington, D. C. National Black College Champions; 2011 HSRN (Heritage Sports Radio Network) Conaway Cup Winner - DII National Black College Champions.