The University of the Cumberlands (UC) football team is anxiously awaiting the start of the 2013-14 season. After a 2012-13 campaign which saw the Patriots return to form of dominance in Mid-South Conference (MSC) play, as well as the NAIA, camp week can’t start soon enough for the Patriots. UC has another thing this season to be proud about before the season even starts, as they were picked 8th in the College Football America 2013 Yearbook Encyclopedia polls.
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The members of the College Football America staff each have a nomination later in the year for the Football Writers Association of America team. One of five teams used to determine unanimous and/or consensus All-American status, the CFA staff also votes on the Nagurski Award for Defensive Player of the Year. This is quite an honor for the Patriots as the NAIA National Preseason poll will also be released this coming week, which is one of the top preseason polls in the country for the NAIA.
That was not the only thing UC was picked for. Senior standout’s Terrance Cobb (Knoxville, TN) and Adrian Hightower (Macon, GA) were also chosen as preseason All-Americans. This should come as no surprise to anyone as Terrance and Adrian were two of the top football players in the NAIA last season. Hightower, who was able to have a school record 10 interceptions last season, led the way for the UC secondary and looks to do the same this season. It seemed like anytime the Patriot defense needed a big play it was Hightower who stepped up with a key interception. As for Terrance, he will try to be even more dominant than he was last season where he ran for a school record 1,991 yards on 259 carries for 26 touchdowns. If both these players can have any kind of season like last year, as well as the rest of the Patriots, look for UC to go even further than last season.
Coach Bland and his team are ready for the season to start. As players report today, look for hopefully a season to remember for the Patriots. UC will be having a media day for the public for a chance to meet the Patriot football team on Sunday, August 18th at 6:00 pm at James H. Taylor, II Stadium. If you are unable to make that event, UC will be kicking off the season on August 31st against Union for the Battle of the Brass Lantern. That game will begin at noon at James H. Taylor, II Stadium. That game will be televised locally on WYMT and broadcasted on 104.3 WEZJ radio. If you are not able to attend, you can always watch Patriot football home games on www.cumberlandspatriots.com.