Ncaa Football: Bahamian Players In Spotlight


Tribune Sports Reporter


NCAA football moved into week two and several Bahamian players saw their teams move to 2-0 on the season.

Mike Strachan had another standout game for the University of Charleston, Chris Ferguson continued in the starting lineup for Cincinnati, Mavin Saunders and Kansas broke a road losing streak and Rondre Knowles-Tener recorded a career high tackles for Virginia-Wise.

Strachan finished with two catches for 68 yards and one touchdown in the Cougars’ 42-21 win over Concord. He caught a 19-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and added another 49-yard reception as he continues to establish himself as the team’s top deep threat.

The 6’5”, 205-pound redshirt sophomore wide receiver finished with four receptions for 159 yards and one touchdown in the Cougars’ 35-31 win over West Virginia State.

He was a redshirt in his true freshman season and saw the first playing time of his collegiate career last year. He recorded stats in just one game when he caught the first reception of his career for them in a 19-16 loss to the Fairmont State Fighting Falcons.

Ferguson, the senior offensive lineman for the Bearcats, helped his team to a 21-0 win in the historic interstate rivalry over Miami (Ohio), to win their 13th consecutive Victory Bowl. The “Victory Bell”, a travelling trophy that the winner gets to keep for the year, stays with the Bearcats. The first game between the two universities, 40 miles apart started on December 8, 1888. Miami still holds the advantage in the series at 59-57-7.

The Bearcats offensive line led the team to 233 total yards, 188 yards rushing and 45 yards passing.

Ferguson, a 6’5” 303-pound senior offensive lineman, won the job at starting right tackle for a 26-17 win over the UCLA Bruins in week one.

Saunders was a late scratch from the starting lineup due to an undisclosed injury, but his Jayhawks collected their first win of the season 31-7 over Central Michigan.

With the win, the Jayhawks snapped a 46-game road losing streak.

The win over the Chippewas was also Kansas’s first against any FBS opponent since it beat Texas at home in 2016.

Saunders had two receptions for 10 yards in an addition to a two-point conversion, but his Jayhawks suffered a week one upset 26-23 overtime loss to Nicholls State of the FCS.

Jayhawks receiver Steven Sims also completed a reverse pass to Saunders for the successful conversion to give Kansas a 20-17 lead with 4:26 left to play in regulation.

The NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A, is the top level of collegiate football. The FBS is the most competitive subdivision of NCAA Division I, which itself consists of the largest and most competitive schools in the NCAA. The Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) was formerly known as Division I-AA.

The 6’6”, 258-pound tight end has already been named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award - doled out to the top tight end in all of collegiate football.

Knowles-Tener had three tackles for the Virginia-Wise Cavaliers but the team fell to 0-2 in a 33-12 loss to Virginia State.

The 6’1”, 295-pound defensive lineman finished with three tackles.

After struggling to earn playing time over the last two seasons with the James Madison Dukes, he transferred to Virginia-Wise this season and also joined Strachan in the Mountain East conference. The pair were former high school teammates at Liberty Christian Academy in Virginia.

He finished with one solo tackle in a 17-7 opening week loss to Glenville State.

Coming out of high school, Knowles-Tener originally committed to the East Carolina Pirates but eventually chose to join the programme at James Madison.


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