Football At Campbell In Final Non-Conference Game Saturday At 2:00 PM
Buies Creek, NC – One week after recording a school-record six touchdown passes at Monmouth, the Wagner College football team will make the 515-mile trip to meet the Fighting Camels of Campbell University for the first time in program history on Saturday, October 6 in a 2:00 p.m. start at Baker-Lane Stadium. Linta, Massei Throw Three TDs Apiece at Monmouth In Wagner's wild 54-47 shootout loss at Monmouth last Saturday, Seahawk quarterbacks T.J. Linta and Luke Massei combined for 377 yards passing and a school-record six touchdowns (three TDs each), including three to eventual NEC Offensive Player of the Week, wide receiver D'Erren Wilson, who matched his career high with 10 receptions for 127 yards. Fulse Hits 2,000-Yard Rushing Mark In Just 16th Game; Enters All-Time Rushing Top-10 Senior All-American running back candidate Ryan Fulse became the 10th Seahawk to eclipse the 2,000-yard career rushing mark at Monmouth, while also breaking into the Seahawks' all-time top-10 rushing list. n moving into 10th-place on the Wagner all-time rushing list, Fulse passed John Campbell (1,973 yards from 1998-2001) and now stands at 2,038 yards for his career, which have come in just 16 career games, with former Seahawk dual-threat QB Nick Doscher next on the list in eighth place with 2,088 yards. For the season, Fulse is now up to 732 rushing yards for the season, which ranks No. 2 in FCS football. What They're Saying About Fulse "There's a bigger feel on the small campus of Wagner College in Staten Island these days...during the 6th round of the 2018 NFL Draft, offensive tackle Greg Senat became the first Seahawks' player drafter in 53 years. Given the great patience, vision and burst I've seen from Ryan Fulse, don't be surprised if Wagner sees another player drafted." - Rick Serritella, NFL Draft Bible "That Fulse kid is a player. He's faster than I thought he was. When he got in space, man, I mean, he's a next-level talent in my opinion. He was a problem for us, clearly." - Jeff Choate, Montana State Head Coach "He''s probably the best running back in all of FCS." - Mark Nofri, Sacred Heart Head Coach Fulse Named to @HeroSportsFCS Walter Payton (National Offensive Player of the Week) Watch List
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First-Ever Meeting with an Opponent from North Carolina Surprisingly, Saturday's matchup at Campbell will mark the first time ever that Wagner will face an opponent from the state of North Carolina. Seahawks Sweep Offensive and Defensive NEC Player of Week Honors Senior wide receiver D'Erren Wilson and junior outside linebacker Cam Gill were named the Northeast Conference (NEC) Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for their efforts in Wagner's wild 54-47 loss at Monmouth on Saturday. The 6-3, 200-pound Wilson had his way with Monmouth's secondary vs. the Hawks as the veteran receiver caught a career-tying 10 passes for a season-high 127 yards and three touchdowns in the contest. Those 127 receiving yards are the third-highest single-game total by a NEC athlete against a Division I opponent this season. Gill, meanwhile, continued his super season as he consistently injected himself into the Monmouth backfield, applying pressure on quarterback Kenji Bahar several times during the shootout at the Jersey Shore. The veteran linebacker logged 2.5 sacks and was responsible for a quarterback hurry that forced a first-quarter interception. He finished with four total tackles and was also credited with a pass break-up. With Monmouth holding a 2-0 lead and facing a 2nd-and-10 from its own 40, the Douglasville, GA native forced Bahar into a hurried throw that junior cornerback Daryl Gamble intercepted. For the game, the 6-3, 230-pound Gill finished with four tackles and those 2.5 sacks. Wagner Head Coach Jason Houghtaling Former Wagner associate head coach/offensive coordinator Jason Houghtaling (hO - Tail- Ling), was elevated to head football coach on November 25, 2014 and enters his fourth season at the helm of the Seahawk program in 2018. In his three previous seasons on Grymes Hill, Houghtaling is 7-11 in NEC play an 11-22 overall, highlighted by a 6-5 season in 2016, which included a 4-2 mark in the Northeast Conference (NEC). That season, the Seahawks had the distinction of being the only NEC team to defeat eventual NEC Champion Saint Francis U. Under Houghtaling's tutelage, offensive lineman Greg Senat developed into a sixth-round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft when he went in the sixth round to the Baltimore Ravens, becoming just the third Seahawk in program history to be drafted by the NFL. Houghtaling took over for Walt Hameline, who served in the dual role as Seahawk athletic director and head football coach for 34 years, before announcing that he is stepping down from his role as head coach. Hameline remains as Wagner's athletic director. Prior to his appointment as head coach, Houghtaling spent seven seasons on the Wagner sidelines, serving as offensive coordinator during Wagner's 2012 and 2014 Northeast Conference (NEC) title runs, while in-between, spending the 2013 season as offensive coordinator at Cornell. Second Straight Big South Opponent Campbell, which is in its inaugural season as a member of the Big South Conference, will be the second straight Big South opponent for Wagner, as the Seahawks came up short by a 54-47 count in a wild shootout at Monmouth last Saturday. Heading into the 2018 season, the Hawks, a former longtime NEC rival of the Seahawks, were the only current Big South opponent that Wagner had ever faced as the Seahawks and MU have now faced each other 25 times. Campbell and Monmouth will meet next week in West Long Branch, NJ in their first-ever meeting as league rivals. About Campbell Campbell is in its first year as a member of the Big South Conference after competing in the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League from 2008-2017. The Camels are coached by former Carolina Panthers' defensive back and Nebraska All-American Mike Minter, who compiled a 24-32 in his first five seasons heading into 2018 and has the Camels out to a 4-1 star this year. All five of Campbell's games this season have been at home. Last month, with Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolina region, the Camels' Sept. 15 contest vs. Coastal Carolina, was moved up to Sept. 12. Campbell Head Coach Mike Minter Former Carolina Panthers standout and a member of two national championship teams at Nebraska, Mike Minter completed his fifth season as head football coach at Campbell University in 2017. Over the last five seasons, Campbell has reset nearly every school record in the books. 23 Camels have been named first or second team all-conference, while 37 have been tabbed honorable mention all-league. Campbell finished the 2017 campaign with a 6-5 overall record and 5-3 in PFL play, matching the program's best overall and conference records in its 10 year history. The Camels also set a record for road wins (3).Ten Camels earned All-Pioneer Football League (All-PFL) recognition, with safety Carolos Merritt and defensive end Emmanuel Olenga taking First Team nods. Minter, who played 10 years in the NFL (including the Panthers' 2003 Super Bowl squad), joined the Fighting Camel program after serving as assistant coach at Liberty University in 2012 and Johnson C. Smith University in 2011. He also brought head coaching experience from First Assembly Christian School in Concord, where he guided his teams to 33 victories and two state titles in three seasons.