The dream season got even better for two members of the ETSU football team on Tuesday when senior center Matt Pyke and sophomore safety Tyree Robinson made the AP FCS All-America team.
“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Quay Holmes. Quay Holmes is a great player and he’s going to continue to be a great player. It stinks that that happened.”
Jacksonville State rallied to beat ETSU 34-27 in the first round of the FCS playoffs Saturday night at Burgess-Snow Field, taking advantage of a late and fatal turnover.
Just four seasons into football’s return at the school, ETSU is one of 24 Football Champion-ship Subdivision teams still standing. The Bucs play at Jacksonville State in the first round Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The next time ETSU’s Austin Herink takes a snap from Matt Pyke, he’ll be doing so from an award-winning center. Earlier this week, Pyke was named the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Award.
Twelve ETSU players claimed SoCon honors, including seven as first-team members of the two all-conference teams picked by the league’s coaches and media.
The awards, given by STATS, will be presented at a banquet on Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas, site of the FCS national championship game.
Hours after the Bucs learned they would be in the FCS playoffs for the first time since 1996, they were happy their magical season was still going, saying they still have some unfinished business.
Behind record-breaking QB Devlin Hodges, Samford ruined ETSU’s championship party with a 38-27 victory Saturday at Greene Stadium.
A huge crowd is expected at Greene Stadium when the 17th-ranked Bucs entertain Samford in a game that will determine the Southern Conference champion. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
Austin Herink has been the frontman for the East Tennessee State football team’s resurgence, but his storybook senior season almost didn’t happen.
If the Bucs manage to beat Samford on Saturday, they would clinch the outright Southern Conference championship for the first time ever and earn the league’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.
Quay Holmes scored three touchdowns, Artevius Smith had two interceptions and ETSU beat Mercer 21-18 on Saturday.
Game 10 for Randy Sanders’ Bucs comes Saturday when ETSU visits Mercer. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
Senior quarterback Austin Herink has engineered eighth fourth-quarter or overtime comebacks during his East Tennessee State career.