College football corner: Brumfield debuts before packed house at Michigan

By DAVE KURTZ

pac-10sports.com

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Ryan Brumfield always seemed to have a flair for the dramatic.

The former Owen J. Roberts running back piled up 8,484 rushing yards and 111 touchdowns during a brilliant career that left him second on the all-time state running charts.

Considering Brumfield’s penchant for the bright lights, where else would you expect the Eastern Michigan University freshman to finally take his first collegiate handoff?

Why, Ann Arbor, of course, before 114,000 fans at the Big House – the palatial home of Michigan Wolverines football.

Brumfield ripped off a 12-yard carry among his five attempts, finishing with 12 yards in the Eagles’ 31-3 loss to the No. 22 Wolverines. Those pedestrian numbers aside, Brumfield now has a taste of the big time and an everlasting memory of the Saturday afternoon where he made his collegiate debut before a packed house.

The loss was the first of the season for Eastern Michigan, which had opened with a pair of wins. Brumfield had appeared in Week 2’s 14-7 victory over Alabama State, but had no rushing attempts.

SHIPPENSBURG

Sophomore quarterback Zach Zulli (Perkiomen Valley) threw for 207 yards and ran for another 61, finding the end zone twice, as the Raiders reached 2-1 with a 54-24 shellacking of Clarion. For the season, Zulli has hit 57-92 passes for 782 yards and two touchdowns.

Cody Fleming (Upper Perkiomen), a 6-foot-1, 212-pound junior linebacker, has done it all for the Raiders’ defense this season. Through three games, Fleming has 14 tackles (11 solo), 3.5 tackles-for-loss, one sack, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Fleming’s brother, 6-0, 212-pound redshirt freshman linebacker Chase Fleming (Perkiomen Valley), is also rostered with Shippensburg along with Phoenixville’s Will Killeen, a sophomore wideout.

TEMPLE

Senior linebacker Steve Johnson (Methacton) had seven solos tackle and an assist for the Owls’ in Saturday’s 14-10 loss to Penn State. For the season, Johnson has 12 tackles (11 solo) and a forced fumble.

NAVY

Junior running back John Howell (Lansdale Catholic) broke a 27-yard touchdown for the first score in a 24-21 loss to South Carolina. Howell finished with 4 carries for 32 yards, and now has 9-158 and three rushing TDs this season.

VANDERBILT

The Commodores are 3-0 following a 30-7 romp over Ole Miss, and junior defensive tackle Rob Lohr (Phoenixville) has been a big reason why. The 6-4, 290-pounder collected 3½ tackles (2 solo, 1½ for loss) in win over Ole Miss, and now has 11 tackles (6 solo, 5½ for loss) and two sacks on the season.

ILLINOIS

Junior offensive guard Tyler Sands (Boyertown) has played in all three games for the Illini, who improved to 3-0 this past week with a 17-14 victory over Arizona State.

LEHIGH

Senior Keith Schauder (Boyertown) has moved from left tackle to starting right guard this season for the Mountain Hawks (2-1), who handled Princeton 34-22 last weekend. Schauder helped free up quarterback Chris Lum on a 384-yard passing game against the Tigers.

PRINCETON

Junior defensive tackle Brad Megay (Owen J. Roberts) assisted on one tackle in the Tigers’ season-opening loss to Lehigh.

Steve Verbit (Pottstown) began his 27thseason as the longest tenured member of the football coaching staff. The Associate Head Coach, Verbit continues to guide the defensive line at Princeton.

WAGNER

Starting junior offensive lineman Steve Ciocci (Spring-Ford), a Temple transfer, helped the Seahawks pile up 221 rushing yards in last week’s 28-21 loss to Central Connecticut State.  

MILLERSVILLE

Junior quarterback Dan Miller (Owen J. Roberts) finished with 27 rushing attempts for minus 14 yards and hit 7 of 13 passing attempts for 48 yards with a pair of interceptions as the Marauders suffered a 47-0 loss to Gannon to fall to 1-2 on the season.

Millersville has two PAC-10 products starting on its offensive line – Chase Godfrey (Perkiomen Valley) and Kevin Bohl (Phoenixville). Godfrey is a 6-1, 275-pound junior guard while Bohl is a 6-4, 265-pound redshirt freshman tackle.

Senior linebacker Craig Gardner (Methacton) had four tackles (one solo) in the loss to Gannon, and now has 10 tackles (four solo) on the season in three games.  

BLOOMSBURG

Senior defensive back Andrew Glover (Pottsgrove) has four tackles (two solo) on the season for the 3-0 Huskies, coming off a 20-16 triumph over IUP.

Sophomore defensive tackle Chris Kennedy (Phoenixville) had six tackles (two solo) in the win over IUP, and now has 11 tackles (4 solo) for the season.

Sophomore wideout Cole Parkinson (St. Pius X) has contributed on special teams for the Huskies with three tackles (2 solo).

KUTZTOWN

Junior right guard Nick Maloney (Pottstown) has been a driving force for a prolific offense that has averaged 576 yards in three straight wins. Also rostered with the Golden Bears, ranked No. 16 in the most recent AFCA Division II poll, are two other offensive linemen – freshman Mike Nowak (Owen J. Roberts) and Chris Nester (Pottsgrove). Freshman quarterback Casey Perlstein (Upper Perkiomen) has taken a redshirt this season.

WEST CHESTER

Junior wide receiver Jim Kelly (Lansdale Catholic) has two receptions for 14 yards this season. The Golden Rams got their first win in three starts last Saturday, beating Slippery Rock 20-13.