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June 23, 2010

Ross named Offensive Rookie of Year in IFL

Former Huntsville star helps San Angelo Stampede clinch playoff spot

HUNTSVILLE — Derrick Ross is trying like crazy for another shot at the NFL. He may get it if he continues the kind of work he’s turned in this year in San Angelo.

On Wednesday, the former star running back from Huntsville High School and Tarleton State was named Offensive Rookie of the Year in the Indoor Football League.

A rookie running back with the San Angelo Stampede Express, Ross rushed 164 times for 824 total yards. He averaged 58.9 yards a game and five yards per carry. Ross also rushed for 26 touchdowns this season, leading the Stampede Express to a 10-4 record and a spot in the IFL playoffs.

The first-year running back also contributed to his team’s passing game, making 11 catches for 64 yards and two TDs.

Ross played for a short time with the Kansas City Chiefs, but after leading the NFL Europa in rushing in 2007, the undrafted free agent was cut just before the Chiefs opened the season against the Texans in Houston.

 

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  • Phillips holding his own at Junior PGA Championship

    Over at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Huntsville Hornet Chandler Phillips has put in two solid rounds (70-72) for an even-par total of 142 and is positioned within the top 10 at the prestigious junior golf tournament.

    July 30, 2014

  • RODEO INSIDER: Frost’s legacy lives on

    A quarter-century ago, a 25-year-old bull rider named Lane Frost dropped down a bull named Taking Care Of Business on a dark, cloudy and drizzly Sunday afternoon at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming.
    At the final performance of the sport’s equivalent to a Wimbledon stage, the 1987 world champion bailed off the bull after 8 seconds and rolled onto the soggy soil. Taking Care Of Business then charged and plunged his ivory horn into Frost’s back. The hit caused internal injuries, ending Frost’s life within minutes, medical officials said.

    July 30, 2014

  • 7-29-King.jpg BEARKAT FOOTBALL— Ready to rumble

    At the end of the Sam Houston State football team’s first preseason practice Monday at Bowers Stadium, new head coach K.C. Keeler told his players that they “did O.K.” There were dropped passes, missed assignments and errant throws from starters and backups alike. But there were also incredible displays of athleticism, as well as a sense of urgency from players hoping to win a starting job.
    The fate of Sam Houston’s season could rest on the arm of whoever emerges as the team’s starting quarterback. On Monday,  sophomore Don King III played with the first team, but sophomore Jared Johnson and redshirt freshman John Roderique each saw a comparable number of reps.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-28 Hill.jpg BEARKAT FOOTBALL— Road to redemption

    There were no footballs at the Sam Houston State football team’s first day of preseason camp. The team didn’t take the field, and the slew of questions facing the Bearkats this season remained unanswered.
    Regardless, after losing by a point to Southeastern Louisiana in last season’s FCS playoffs, senior running back Keshawn Hill seized Sunday’s series of team meetings as an opportunity to begin taking the Bearkats back to national prominence.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-28 Small.jpg BEARKAT FOOTBALL— Small named SHSU football operations coordinator

    Jonathan Small has joined the Sam Houston State University athletic staff as football operations coordinator for Bearkat head coach K.C. Keeler’s program.
    Small comes to Huntsville after heading up football operations for the Elon University Phoenix since May 2013 and the previous three seasons at The College of William and Mary.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-28-gerald-thomas-TD-catch.jpg BEARKATS FOOTBALL — Pondering the possibilities For 2014 season

    It’s been 232 days since the Sam Houston State football team fell in gut-wrenching fashion to Southeastern Louisiana in last season’s FCS playoffs. Since then, change has been constant.
    Willie Fritz is gone and K.C. Keeler is now attempting to lead the Bearkats to the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Sam Houston will need to replace 13 starters from last year’s squad, including record-setting running back Timothy Flanders and the program’s all-time winningest quarterback  Brian Bell.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • 12-08 hill long run.jpg Questions to be answered

    Uncertainty isn’t always a precursor to unmitigated disaster. The Sam Houston State football team will enter the 2014 season with a new coaching staff, new offensive and defensive schemes and a plethora of new faces competing for starting jobs that were vacated by players who helped lead the program to three consecutive playoff appearances.
    The schedule is daunting, but  it’s not out of the question for the Bearkats to go undefeated in conference play this fall. The roster is young and relatively inexperienced, but there are talented players on the depth chart who have not yet had an opportunity to showcase their skills. There are plenty of reasons to temper expectations for 2014, but also many reasons to hope the Bearkats can win the games they are supposed to win and find their way to the playoffs again.
     

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rodeo: Brazile looking for another championship

    Trevor Brazile is attempting to earn a record 12th world all-around title on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.
    In the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, he currently is ranked No. 1 in the all-around race with regular-season earnings of $149,420, $46,345 ahead of his brother-in-law, Tuf Cooper.
    Brazile and Cooper are traveling partners. They hit the road together in late June while competing at the Reno Rodeo in Nevada, the PRCA’s first major summer event.

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25-Gilbert-CP.jpg Justin Gilbert signs with Browns

    A few days before of the start of training camp, former Huntsville Hornet Justin Gilbert officially became a member of the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday when he signed his first NFL contract.

    Now that he’s got his contract with the Browns, he needs a starting job.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-25-Derrick-ross-1.jpg Another record for Derrick Ross

    In his short career in the Arena Football League, Huntsville’s Derrick Ross has left his mark.

    Playing in his fourth season in the league and his third with the Philadelphia Soul, Ross notched another record.
    Along with being the all-time leading rusher, a mark he sat last year, Ross now also owns the record for most career rushing touchdowns after scoring three TDs on June 7.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

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