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September 15, 2012

Week #3 Preview for WSSU: The Cleveland Classic

Week #3 for the WSSU Rams
The Winston-Salem State University Rams (2-0), coming off of a 30-22 road win over Concord University, a 2011 DII playoff team, travel to Cleveland, Ohio to take on the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College in the 2012 Cleveland Football Classic at Cleveland, Brown  Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 12:00 pm.

Morehouse enters the game with a 1-1 record, after defeating Edward Waters College  39-18 Saturday.

The Series
This is the third meeting between these two schools., dating back to 1946.

Since 1946: 2-0
Largest WSSU Win: 39 (42-3), 1990
Largest Morehouse Win: N/A (Winless vs. WSSU)
Longest WSSU Win Streak: 2, 1990-91
Longest Morehouse Win Streak: N/A (Winless vs. WSSU)
1990     Away     42-3     Win
1991     Home     28-13     Win

Maynor, Smith and Massey Earn CIAA Weekly Honors
For the second straight week, WSSU players have earned conference honors. Winston-Salem State University players Kameron Smith and Jameze Massey, along with head football coach Connell Maynor, have been announced this as this week's CIAA Offensive Back, Wide Receiver and Coach of the Week respectively for their play against Concord University.

Kameron Smith (Quarterback, R-Senior, 6-1, 187, Garner, NC) helped lead the Rams to a win after passing for 229 yards and two touchdowns, on 12 of 23 throwing with one interception.  In the win, Smith became WSSU's All-Time leading passer (4,647 yds), surpassing Tory Woodbury (1997-00; 4,493 yds).

His favorite target on the afternoon, Jameze Massey (Wide Receiver, Senior, 5-8, 170, Monroe, NC), had a monster game for WSSU, with six catches for 173 yards and one touchdown, including a 73 yard score in the win.

Connell Maynor, is his third season at the helm of the #8 ranked WSSU Rams, is 23-3 in his tenure at Winston-Salem State University.

Maurice Lewis Earns CIAA Honors
Winston-Salem State University running back, Maurice Lewis, has been named the CIAA Offensive Back of the Week for his play in #9 WSSU's 28-23 season opening win over the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Lewis (5-11, 190, So, Lumberton, NC/Lumberton HS), led the Rams rushing attack with 134 yards on 27 carries with two rushing touchdowns Saturday vs. UNC-Pembroke.

Picking and Grinning
DB Larry Hearne is ranked t-6 in interceptions in NCAA DII through the first two weeks of the season. Hearne has two interceptions.

Stout Rushing Defense
The WSSU Ram rushing defense is ranked 10th overall in the DII football, giving up a meager 48.5 yards per game. They are coming off of a game against Concord University where they gave up -3 yards rushing on 19 carries.

Best in the Land
The WSSU Rams lead the NCAA DII in kickoff returns, averaging 41.33 per return.

Top 25 Rusher
WSSU's Maurice Lewis is ranked 24th in the NCAA DII in rushing through the first two weeks. Lewis is averaging 114 yards per game.

Ram Keys To Victory
The Winston-Salem State University Rams will get a stern test Sautrday in Cleveland, Ohio against he Morehouse Maroon Tigers.  Morehouse brings in a solid rushing attack, which has produced 632 rushing yards in two games.

WSSU has gotten off to slow starts in each of its first two games, and needs to correct that mistake from the very outset.  Ball control and the ability to move the chains on 3rd down, as well as getting off the field on 3rd down, will be key for the Rams this week.

Last Week For The Morehouse Maroon Tigers
Concord University defeated Lenoir-rhyne 24-21 on On the way to becoming the all-time leading rusher in Morehouse history, running back David Carter rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns, powering the Maroon Tigers to a 39-18 lead over the Edward Waters College Tigers.

Carter, now with 3,848 yards, surpassed the previous career rushing record of 3,669 yards by John David Washington (2002-2005), in the second quarter.

In a game, marred by driving rain and two long lightning delays, the Maroon Tigers kept the ball on the ground, punishing the EWC defense with six rushing touchdowns. Of Morehouse's 444 yard, 414 came on the ground.

Sophomore running back Shelton Hamilton had a career day, rushing for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Quarterback Donnay Ragland also got into the running game, scoring two one-yard touchdowns. His back-to-back quarterback sneaks, at the start of the second quarter, put Morehouse ahead, 27-7.

Richard Sanders and Latavius Watts paced the Morehouse defense with eight tackles apiece.

Antoine Easterling and Justin Oliver each picked off a pass. Oliver returned his interception for 50 yards.

WSSU Rams Picked to Repeat
The WSSU Rams place seven student-athletes on preseason team

The CIAA has released the 2012 All-CIAA Football Preseason team and Predicted Order of finish as voted on by the CIAA Football Coaches Association, and the Winston-Salem State University Rams were picked to repeat as CIAA Southern Division Champions and to repeat as CIAA Champions.

This year's press conference featured the 2012 season theme, "One Century Down," a tribute to the continued celebration of the conference's 100th Anniversary.

"We had a great run last season", says third year head coach, Connell Maynor. "But last season is last season. We can't live off of that. That season is over and we have to work to prepare for those teams in front of us this season, and that starts with UNC-Pembroke", says Maynor.

The WSSU Rams placed seven (7) players on the preseason All-CIAA team. The WSSU contingent is led by senior quarterback, Kameron Smith (5-11, 190, Sr, Garner, NC), who was the All-CIAA quarterback in 2011, as he passed for 2,706 yards and 33 touchdowns, while rushing for 226 yards and two scores. Joining Smith on offense is linemen Markus Lawrence (6-4, 290, Sr, Charlotte, NC) and Daven Gray (6-3, 310, Jr, Kernersville, NC).  Lawrence was an All-CIAA selection in 2011 for the Rams at the center position, while Gray was a second team selection last fall.  Kicker Alejandro Suarez (5-6, 145, So, Liberty, NC) rounds out the WSSU offensive selections on the preseason team. Suarez was the member of the All-rookie team in the fall of 2011, as he connected on 57 of 61 PAT attempts and one of three field goal attempts to finish second on the team in scoring.

Defensively, Carlos Fields, Jr (6-2, 220, Jr, Henderson, NC) was selected as a linebacker on the preseason team. Fields was a second team selection in the fall of 2011.  He finished the season as the second leading tackler on the team last fall with 81 total tackles (51 solo). He also has 12 tackles for losses, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, 11 pass breakups and two quarterback hurries.  Joining Fields on the defensive team is free safety, Malcolm Rowe (6-2, 200, Sr, Fayetteville, NC). The hard hitting defensive back was third on the team in tackles last season with 66 total tackles (42 solo). Rowe also had 2.5 tackles for losses, one sack, four interceptions, six pass breakups, one blocked kick, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. The Rams final selection on the 2012 CIAA Preseason Team is punter, Landen Thayer (6-0, 200, Sr, Clemmons, NC). Thayer was a special team weapon for WSSU last season, as he averaged 41 yards per punt (3rd in the CIAA). Thayer also doubles as the Rams long distance field goal kicker.

The Head Ram
The Rams are coached by third-year coach, Connell Maynor, a veteran of more than 22 years of football experience both as a player and coach - and most recently as the offensive architect of the 2009 CIAA Champion Fayetteville State University Broncos offense, serving as both Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach - who was named the eighth head football coach at Winston-Salem State University on Dec. 15, 2009. Maynor is 21-3 as a head coach.

Predicted Order of Finish
**As selected by the CIAA Football Coaches Association

2012 CIAA Predicted Order of Finish
Winston-Salem State University
Elizabeth City State University
Saint Augustine's College
Fayetteville State University
Shaw University
Bowie State University
Virginia State University
Johnson C. Smith University
Virginia Union University
Chowan University
Lincoln University
Livingstone College

Northern Division
1)      Elizabeth City State University
2)      Bowie State University
3)      Virginia State University
4)      Virginia Union University
5)      Chowan University
6)      Lincoln University of PA
 
Southern Division
1)      Winston-Salem State University
2)      St. Augustine's College
3)      Fayetteville State University
4)      Shaw University
5)      Johnson C. Smith University
6)      Livingstone College

Ram Record Book(er)
Kameron Smith will become the all-time leading passer in WSSU history with 75 more yards passing. Smith already holds most of the passing marks at WSSU.

Tory Woodbury holds the career passing yard mark with  4,493 yards to Smith's 4,228.

The Polling Place
D2Football.com Top 25 Poll Results
September 11, 2012
    Team        Rec    LW
1.     Pittsburg State     2-0    1
2.     Minnesota Duluth     2-0    2
3.     Grand Valley     2-0    4
4.     CSU-Pueblo     2-0    6
5.    Missouri Western     2-0    7
6.    California         2-0    10
7.    Minnesota State     2-0    11
8.     Winston-Salem State    2-0    12
9.     Saginaw Valley     2-0    14
10.     New Haven     2-0    13
11.     Northwest Missouri     1-1    3
12.     West Alabama     1-1    8
13.     Texas A&M-Kingsville     2-0    23
14.     Bloomsburg     2-0    19
15.     Washburn         2-0    21
16.     Abilene Christian     1-1    9
17.     Hillsdale         1-1    17
18.     Midwestern State     0-1    5
19.     West Texas A&M     1-1    20
20.     Valdosta State     1-1    22
21.     Humboldt State     2-0    25
22.     IUP         2-0    24
23.     Kutztown         1-1    15
24.     Central Missouri     1-1    NR
25.     Ouachita Baptist     2-0    NR

2012 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches' Poll – September 10, 2012
Rank    School (1st votes)     Rec.     PW
1.     Pittsburg St. (Kan.) (29)     2-0     1
2.     Minnesota-Duluth     2-0     2
3.     Colorado St.-Pueblo     2-0     6
4.     Grand Valley St. (Mich.)     2-0     7
5.     Winston-Salem St. (1)    2-0     8
6.     California (Pa.)     2-0     10
7.     New Haven (Conn.)     2-0     12
8.     Missouri Western St.     2-0     14
9.     Washburn (Kan.)     2-0     15
10.     Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.) 2-0     18
11.     Humboldt St. (Calif.)     2-0     17
12.     Bloomsburg (Pa.)     2-0     19
13.     Northwest Missouri St.     1-1     3
14.     Texas A&M-Kingsville     2-0     24
15.     Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)     2-0     21
16.     Midwestern St. (Texas)     0-1     4
17.     Indiana (Pa.)     2-0     23
18.     Valdosta St. (Ga.)     1-1     20
19.     Wayne St. (Mich.)     0-1     5
20.     Abilene Christian (Tx)     1-1     9
21.     Kutztown (Pa.)     1-1     11
22.     Ashland (Ohio)     2-0     NR
23.     Col. School of Mines     2-0     NR
24.     West Alabama     1-1     13
25.     Delta St. (Miss.)     1-1     22

HSRN HBCU Football Poll - 09/10/12
Division II
    School (First Place Votes)     Record     LW
1. Winston-Salem State Rams (11) 2-0     1
2. Morehouse Tigers (1)         1-1     3
3. Virginia Union Panthers     2-0     4
4. Albany State Rams         1-1     2
5. Miles Golden Bears         1-1     5
6. Langston Tigers         1-1     9
7. Bowie State Bulldogs         2-0     NR
8. Kentucky State Thorobreds     0-1     6
9. Elizabeth City Vikings         0-2     8
10. St. Augustine's Falcons     1-1     NR

Sheridan Broadcasting HBCU
1. Norfolk State    Spartans    276 (18)    2-0
2. Bethune Cookman    Wildcats    249 (11)    2-0
3. *Winston-Salem St.    Rams    194 (1)    2-0
4. Tennessee State    Tigers    187    2-0
5. Alabama A&M    Bulldogs    164    2-0
6. South Carolina State     Bulldogs    149    1-1
7. Alabama State    Hornets    93    1-1
8. Jackson State    Tigers    68    0-2
9. Grambling State    Tigers    53    0-2
10. Fort Valley State    Wildcats    37    1-1

Wings To Go/USN Black College Football 2012 Poll: Week 2
Rank    Team        Record    
1. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats    2-0
2. Norfolk State Spartans        2-0
3. Winston-Salem State Rams    2-0    
4. Alabama A&M Bulldogs        2-0    
5. Alabama State Hornets        1-1
6. Tennessee State Tigers        2-0
7. UAPB Lions        1-1
8. Texas Southern Tigers        1-1
9. Morehouse Maroon Tigers    1-1
10. South Carolina State Bulldogs    1-1

Dr. Cavil's HBCU Mid-Major Division Football Top 10 Poll Rankings
Name            Rec    PWR
1.  #-Winston-Salem State Rams    (2-0)(11)        1
2.  Bowie State Bulldogs        (2-0)        4
3.  Virginia Union Panthers    (2-0)        5
4.  Concordia-Selma Hornets    (1-0)        3
5.  Morehouse Maroon Tigers    (1-1)        6
6.  Langston Lions        (1-1)        7
7.  Tuskegee Golden Tigers    (1-1)        8
8.  Miles Golden Bears        (1-1)        9
9.  Albany State Golden Rams    (1-1)        2
10. Fort Valley State Wildcats    (1-1)        NR

Beyond Sports College Network D2 TOP 25
    Team        Record    
1.    Pittsburg State    (2-0)
2.    Minnesota Duluth    (2-0)    
3.    CSU-Pueblo        (1-1)
4.    Winston Salem State    (2-0)
5.    California (Pa)    (2-0)
6.    New Haven        (2-0)
7.    Grand Valley St.    (1-1)
8.    Missouri Western    (1-1)
9.    Northwest Missouri St    (1-1)
10.    Midwestern State    (0-1)
11.    West Alabama    (1-1)
12.    Humboldt St.    (2-0)
13.    Washburn        (2-0)
14.    Delta St.        (0-2)    
15.    Minnesota St.    (2-0)
16.    Saginaw Valley St.    (2-0)
17.    Abilene Christian    (1-1)
18.    Valdosta St.        (1-1)
19.    Hillsdale        (1-1)
20.    Kutztown         (1-1)
21.    Wayne St. (Mi)    (0-1)
22.    West Texas A&M    (1-1)
23.    North Alabma    (1-1)
24.    St. Cloud St.        (1-1)
25.    Central Missouri    (1-1)
NC Is Where The Heart Is
The 2012 WSSU Rams know a thing about staying close to home and playing in front of family and friends. WSSU had 67 players on the 2011 roster that call the Tar Hill state home.

WSSU earns top 10 preseason pick after historic season
The Winston-Salem State Rams were picked ninth in the American Football Coaches of America (AFCA) Division II Coaches' Poll. After posting a 13-1 record in 2011 and finishing at #3 in the final AFCA poll of the 2011 season, the expectations remain high for the Rams heading into this season.

Though the team will head into the season with a top-10 ranking, the team still has a lot to prove after finishing the season ranked third and coming just one game shy of competing for the NCAA Division II National Championship.

The Rams will begin their quest to move up the rankings on September 1st when the team hosts the UNC-Pembroke Braves in a 6:00 p.m. game at Bowman-Gray Stadium. For more information on Rams football, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2152 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.

2012 Cleveland Classic to Feature Winston-Salem State Rams & Morehouse College Maroon
Tigers at Browns Stadium
The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will host the second annual Cleveland Classic HBCU football game presented by McDonald's on September 15, 2012 where Morehouse College will battle Winston-Salem State University at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Cleveland Classic is an entire weekend full of dynamic activities and events for all ages while celebrating premier historically black universities. Festivities will include a College Readiness Fair presented by McDonald's and College Now Greater Cleveland, Greek Step Show, Tailgate Party presented by University Hospitals, KeyBank Marching Band Half-time Show and the Cleveland Classic game presented by McDonald's.

The Cleveland Classic is one of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission's proprietary events that will serve as a vehicle to bring the community together through exciting sports, educational and cultural activities.

"We are thrilled to once again host the Cleveland Classic. We have two high-caliber schools playing in the game and have enhanced the offering of cultural and educational weekend activities in which the Cleveland community can participate. It's our goal to continue to build an exciting tradition and economic generator for our region," stated David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. "This year, the Cleveland Classic weekend is expected to infuse an estimated $3 million of economic activity."
•   The weekend will begin on Friday, September 14 with a College Readiness Fair presented by McDonald's and College Now Greater Cleveland.  The College Readiness Fair offers an opportunity for the Cleveland Municipal School District and surrounding suburban area students to prepare for life after high school by learning the different options for post-graduate education and methods to achieve their learning goals. An estimated 1,500 select students will be transported free of charge to Cleveland Browns Stadium where lunch will be provided.
•   The festivities continue Friday evening with a Greek Step Show at Quicken Loans Arena from 7:00pm-10:00pm. This exciting competition will celebrate the cultural art of stepping as nine nationally recognized HBCU fraternities and sororities showcase their talents and compete to be named the 2nd Annual Cleveland Classic Greek Step Show Champion. Kym Whitley, actress and comedian, along with Ahmaad Crump of the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the evening once again. The Greek Step Show is free to attend with a Cleveland Classic game ticket which will be available for purchase at the event.  
•   On Saturday, September 15th, before entering the stadium for the main event, fans can show their spirit by attending the official Tailgate Party presented by University Hospitals on the north side of Cleveland Browns Stadium. Admission to the Tailgate is free with a Cleveland Classic game ticket.  This family-friendly event will feature live entertainment, health screens, vendors, food, beverages, games and more.  
•   The Cleveland Classic football game presented by McDonald's will kick off at noon on Saturday and will feature Morehouse College versus Winston-Salem State University at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Tickets to the Cleveland Classic football game are now on sale through Ticketmaster and are $15 for general admission seats or $40 for reserved seating (processing fees are additional). Groups of 20 or more individuals can purchase tickets for $10 general admission or $35 for reserved seating.

"It is an honor and a privilege to play in the 2012 Cleveland Classic. We look forward to coming to Cleveland, Ohio to face a very formidable Morehouse College Tiger football team.  This is a great opportunity for Winston-Salem State University to face a tough opponent in a professional football venue and we look forward to putting on a great show," said Connell Maynor, Head Football Coach for the Winston-Salem State University Rams.

"Radio One is honored to partner with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to build the Cleveland Classic into a pillar of Cleveland's rich history. This year, we are thrilled to welcome Tom Joyner back to Cleveland and his live national broadcast from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame preceding the Cleveland Classic that will showcase this great city and event," stated Jeff Wilson, Regional Vice President of Radio One, Inc.

TJ Ward, starting safety for the Cleveland Browns, has been named honorary chair for the 2012 Cleveland Classic. He is a fan favorite that is known for his hard-hitting, aggressive playing style on the field and his commitment to inspiring youth in the community. Ward is slated to attend the Greek Step Show on Friday, September 14th and participate in various promotional efforts leading up to the event.

For more information on the Cleveland Classic weekend, visit www.clevelandclassicfootball.com.

Program History
The 2012 season is the 70th in Winston-Salem State
University history. Through 70-plus years of play, WSSU owns a 383-290-25

About Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is a public university founded in 1892 in Winston-Salem, NC. WSSU is a historically black university that today is a recognized regional institution offering baccalaureate and graduate programs to a diverse student population. U.S. News and World Report has ranked the university among Top Public Comprehensive Colleges in the South -- Bachelor's Category for the last nine years (2001-2009). WSSU currently offers more than 40 baccalaureate and 10 master's degree programs to a student population of more than 6,400.

Working Credentials
All requests for working credentials, scouting passes, and photographer passes should be made at least two days (48 hours) in advance of any scheduled game.  The WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations reserves the right to deny requests made past that time constraint.  All requests, made in writing (via email or fax) on company letterhead should be directed to:

WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations
WSSU Department of Athletics
200 CE Gaines Center
Winston-Salem, NC 27110
Office:  (336) 750-2909, 2152
Mobile: (336) 529-0867 (Manns);
(336) 416-7220 (Goodwin)
Fax:  (336) 750-2144
E-Mail:  mannskj@wssu.edu, goodwintq@wssu.edu

Should requests be made in advance, passes will be mailed, with time permitting.  A will-call window is located at the South entrance of Bowman Gray Stadium.  Priority is given to daily newspapers, radio/TV sports directors, and other media members who cover WSSU Athletics and their opponents on a regular basis, in addition to national print and electronic media.  Spouses, dates, non-workers, and anyone 16 years-of-age and younger are not permitted in any working media area.  Guests are not permitted in any working media area.  If you wish to bring a guest to any game, contact Kevin Manns or Trevin Goodwin regarding the availability of reserved seat tickets.

WSSU Football Practices
The WSSU football team practices at the dual-field practice facility located adjacent to the Bowman Gray Stadium Fieldhouse (at the former Civitan Park site).  The new state-of-the-art practice facility officially opened in the spring of 2009.  Practices are open to the media and are the opportune time for lengthy print or television interviews.  Practice times vary according to academic schedules, so please contact the Office of Athletic Media Relations and Assistant Director of Athletics, Kevin Manns for the specifics.

Weekly Football Press Conferences
The Winston-Salem State University football team will hold a weekly press conference/media day every Wednesday during the season at 11:00 a.m. in the Media and Hospitality Lounge of the WSSU Athletic Fieldhouse, located on the upper level of the WSSU Athletic Fieldhouse.  The weekly press conference is open to any member of the working media.  The first press conference of the season will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 30th with the remainder of the weekly press conferences to be held every Wednesday prior to a Saturday game.  At all weekly press conferences head coach Connell Maynor and select players will be on hand to give general comments and field questions.  Requests for the attendance of specific players must be made no later than Monday at 11:00 am prior to the upcoming press conference.  Following the press conference, a complimentary lunch will be served to all members of the working media.

Student-Athlete Contact
Home and cellular telephone numbers for student-athletes will not be provided and players have been instructed not to accept calls from media members without prior notice from the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations.  Please do not attempt to make contact with WSSU student-athletes or coaches without scheduling the interview through the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations.

Injury Information
Winston-Salem State University's Department of Athletics abides by HIPAA, a federal privacy act with regard to the release of injury information.  WSSU athletes are required to sign a waiver before injury information is released to the media.  If the athlete chooses to withhold that information, WSSU officials will be restricted to informing media members of their playing status (playing, probable, doubtful or out).
Postgame Procedures
The WSSU locker room is closed to the media.  At all home games, the post-game interview format will be as follows: After a 10 minute, NCAA mandated cooling off period the visiting coach will be escorted to the media room/area.  After all visiting interviews are completed, WSSU Head Coach Connell Maynor and all requested WSSU players will report to the media room/area.  The media room is located on the upper level of the WSSU Athletic Fieldhouse which is located in the north end zone of Bowman Gray Stadium (contact a WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations staff member for additional information).  If the visiting team's locker room is closed to the media, interviews with opposing-team players are generally held outside the locker room in the hallway (contact the opposing team's SID for additional information).

Media Services
A media packet including, but not limited to, a game program, game notes, lineups, roster cards and statistics will be available for each media member before the game.  During the game, quickie statistics will be distributed after each quarter of play.  Complete play-by-play, scoring summaries, individual, and team statistics will be distributed following each half and at the conclusion of the game in the postgame package.  A media meal is provided and is usually served 60 minutes prior to kick-off.  Only credentialed media will be allowed in the media dining room.  A fax machine will be provided for media use on a first-come, first-serve basis.  There is no charge for this service.  Statistical monitors will be provided for live TV, both radio stations, the Winston-Salem Journal, and the Associated Press.  High-speed Internet access is available in the media room and in all press areas.

Official Website
Parents, fans, and alumni from around the world can tune into Winston-Salem State University football on the official Internet site of Winston-Salem State University athletics, WSSURAMS.com.  In addition to having all the up-to-date information on WSSU athletics, all games that are streamed live (select games) on the web with a real-time statistical broadcast being available as well.

WSSU Athletics & Advanced-Online Combine For New Rams Online Store
Winston-Salem State University Athletics and Texas based, Advanced-Online are pleased to announce the formation of a new and exciting online apparel and gift store for the WSSU Department of Athletics.

www.GoRamsGear.com is the official online store for Winston-Salem State University Department of Athletics. A new home for parents, students and alumni to purchase all their branded merchandise.  The store will feature a wide product range near 800 and will continue to add new merchandise to provide you with a fresh variety.

WSSU's Kameron Smith, Markus Lawrence Earn Boxtorow Preseason All-American Nods
FUQUAY-VARINA, NC -  Winston-Salem State University's Kameron Smith and Markus Lawrence highlight the 2012 Boxtorow Preseason All-American team as announced yesterday.  The preseason team is made up of 27 of the top HBCU football players in the country. The voters are comprised of some of America's writers and media members who cover HBCU football.
    Winston-Salem State quarterback Kameron Smith gets the nod in a very close vote for preseason honors. In 2011, Smith completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,706 yards with 33 touchdowns, while registering a pass efficiency of 147.7. Smith helped to lead the Rams to the Boxtorow HBCU National Championship (media).
    Joining Smith in the backfield is Mayhew and Morehouse's David Carter. A 2011 Boxtorow All-American, Mayhew followed up a 1,000-yard sophomore season with a 1000-yard junior season last year, leading the MEAC in rushing (1,120 yards) on 231 carries with nine touchdowns. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry. Carter, who was named the SIAC preseason Player of the Year, has also rushed for over 1,000 yards each of the last two season and led all HBCU players in rushing yards per game (149.5) Carter rushed for 1,495, leading the SIAC and averaging 6.1 yards per carry, while coring 19 touchdowns.
    The offensive line is led by two Boxtorow All-Americans from a year ago. Grambling's Sanford Banks, a two-time Boxtorow All-American. helped running back Dawrence Roberts rush for a SWAC-leading 110.2 yards per game (1,102 yards and eight touchdowns). It was the second-straight year that the Tigers had a 1,000-yard back. Norfolk State guard Blake Matthews was the anchor of the Spartans offensive line that ranked second in the MEAC in total offense (393.8) and helped quarterback Chris Walley to MEAC Offensive Co-MVP honors last season.
    Joining Banks and Matthews on the offensive line is Jamal Johnson-Webb of Alabama A&M, Terren Jones of Alabama State, Markus Lawrence of Winston-Salem State, and Steven Robinson of Florida A&M.
    2011 Boxtorow All-American Xavier Boyce of Norfolk State and Jackson State's Rico Richardson makeup the wide receiver corps. Boyce was instrumental in the Spartans run to the MEAC Championship last year, recording 68 receptions for 750 yards and four touchdowns. Richardson had just 36 receptions but for 853 yards and he caught 11touchdown passes. His 23.7 yards per reception led the SWAC.
    The tight ends are E.J. Drewery of Jackson State and Joseph Hawkins of Norfolk State. Drewery recorded 26 receptions for 356 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 13.6 yards per reception. Hawkins had 17 receptions for 236 yards and 3 touchdowns and averaged 13.9 yards per reception.
    Defensively, Howard linebacker Keith Pough leads the defensive unit. A Boxtorow All-American last year, Pough tied for lead in the MEAC in tackles (120) and stopped opponents behind the line of scrimmage 21 times, while also registering three sacks. Pough has registered more than 100 tackles the last two seasons and is on the prestigious Buchanan Award Watch List for the most outstanding defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.
    Joining Pough is Prairie View A&M linebacker Raheem Cardwell and Bethune-Cookman linebacker Jarkevis Fields. Cardwell registered 66 tackles (44 solo) and seven tackles for loss, while Fields registered 76 tackles (31 solo) and six tackles for loss.
    The players on the defensive line had 42 sacks between them in 2011. Leading the unit is LeBeau who is the SWAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and is also on the Buchanan Award Watch List. LeBeau registered 15.5 sacks last year which was second in the SWAC, 24.5 tackles for loss, and 75 tackles (44 solo).
    Justin Blah of Albany State was first team All-SIAC in 2011 when he registered six sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss, 43 tackles (24 solo) and four pass breakups. Lincoln's (Pa.) Tim Green had a dominating year in the CIAA as he led the league in sacks (15.5), tackles for loss (22), while also registering 56 tackles (42 solo). Carlton Jones of Alabama State rounds out the defensive line, having recorded 38 tackles (18 solo), 11 tackles for loss and five sacks in 2011.
    Riley is the headliner of a very talented secondary. A Boxtorow All-American in 2011 he is also on the Buchanan Award Watch List. Riley led all HBCU players in interceptions (9), while registering 75 tackles (46 solo) and four pass break-ups.
    Joining Riley in the defensive backfield is Qua Cox of Jackson State who had nine pass breakups, three interceptions, 34 tackles (24 solo) and 2.5 tackles for loss, DeVontae Johnson of Florida A&M who led the MEAC with five interceptions, registered five pass breakups and 32 tackles (25 solo), and Vernon Marshall of Alabama A&M who 75 tackles (44 solo), 9.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and broke up three passes, round out the secondary.
    The specialists are all newcomers to the team. Norfolk State kicker Everett Goldberg and punter Bobby Wenzig of Alabama State.
    Tennessee State's Weldon Garlington embodies the term return specialist. He led the OVC in punt return average (19.4) and returned a punt for a touchdown, while also averaging 20.9 yards per kick return and scoring a touchdown.
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2012 Boxtorow Preseason HBCU All-American Team
Offense
QB: Kameron Smith, Winston-Salem State, 6-0, 180. Sr., Garner, N.C.
RB: David Carter, Morehouse, 5-10, 225, Sr., Marietta, Ga.
RB: Mike Mayhew, North Carolina A&T, 5-10, 205, Sr., Charlotte, N.C.*
OL: Sanford Banks, Grambling State, 6-4, 319, r-soph., Columbus, Ga.**
OL: Jamal Johnson-Webb, Alabama A&M, 6-6, 306, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
OL: Terren Jones, Alabama State, 6-7, 320, Sr., Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
OL: Markus Lawrence, Winston-Salem St., 6-4, 280, Sr., Charlotte, N.C.
OL: Blake Matthews, Norfolk State, 6-4, 315, r-Sr., Manassas, Va.*
OL: Steven Robinson, Florida A&M, 6-3, 300, r-Sr., Tallahassee, Fla.
TE: E.J. Drewery, Jackson State, 6-6, 220, Sr., Chesapeake, Va.
TE: Joseph Hawkins, Norfolk State, 6-3, 245, Sr., Chicago, Ill.
WR: Xavier Boyce, Norfolk State, 6-4, 220, r-Sr., Virginia Beach, Va.*
WR: Rico Richardson, Jackson State, 6-1, 185, Sr., Natchez, Miss.

Defense
DL: Justin Blah, Albany State, 6-5, Sr., Alma, Ga.
DL: Tim Green, Lincoln (Pa.), 6-0, 225, Jr., Plainfield, N.J.
DL: Carlton Jones, Alabama State, 6-3, 230, Jr., Shreveport, La.
DL: Joseph LeBeau, Jackson State, 6-1, 245, Sr., New Orleans, La.*
LB: Raheem Cardwell, Prairie View A&M, 6-2, 225, r-Jr., Alexandria, Va.
LB: Jarkevis Fields, Bethune-Cookman, 6-0, 230, r-Jr., Sanford, Fla.
LB: Keith Pough, Howard, 6-3, 225, r-Jr., Orangeburg, S.C.*
DB: Qua Cox, Jackson State, 6-0, 185, r-Sr., Tuskegee, Ala.
DB: DeVontae Johnson, Florida A&M, 6-0, 183, Soph., Tallahassee, Fla.
DB: Vernon Marshall, Alabama A&M, 5-11, 188, Sr., Birmingham, Ala.
DB: Kejuan Riley, Alabama State, 6-0, 182, Jr., Wetumpka, Ala.*

Specialists
PK: Everett Goldberg, Norfolk State, 6-4, 210, Sr., Mesa Ridge, Col.
P: Bobby Wenzig, Alabama State, 6-2, 180, Jr., San Diego, Calif.
RS: Weldon Garlington, Tennessee State, 5-10, 160, Soph., Antioch, Tenn.

*2011 Boxtorow All-American
**2010 and 2011 Boxtorow All-American