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MILES GOLDEN BEARS FOOTBALL 2016 GAME NOTES

GAME 4 Miles vs. Albany State October 1, 2016 ASU Coliseum, Albany, GA 6 p.m. TV: None Radio: None

Date Opponent Time/Score

Sept. 4 ^!FORT VALLEY STATE W, 34-21

Sept. 10 #2 WEST GEORGIA L, 29-0

Sept. 24 ^at Morehouse W, 31-7

Oct. 1 ^at Albany State 6 p.m.

Oct. 8 CENTRAL STATE 1 p.m.

Oct. 15 at Kentucky State 1 p.m.

Oct. 22 at Lane 2 p.m.

Oct. 29 ^at Clark Atlanta 1 p.m.

Nov. 5 TUSKEGEE 5 p.m.

Nov. 12 SIAC Championship TBA

Nov. 24 $Alabama State 3 p.m.

Home games are in CAPS

SIAC West Division games in bold

^ - SIAC games ! Labor Day Golden Classic, Birmingham, AL

$ - Turkey Day Classic, Montgomery, AL

2016

SCHEDULE

MILES-ALBANY STATE: THE SERIES

CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH ON TAP AS

MILES VISITS ALBANY STATE

T eams that win championships the previous year are often targeted the next sea-son by every team on the schedule. Chances are that the Golden Bears will face that

scrutiny this week when they travel to take on Albany State. The Golden Bears, the

defending Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions, defeated the

Golden Rams in last seasons SIAC Championship game and are looking to build on a

31-7 win last week over Morehouse. Albany State is currently 1-3 after losing an ear-

ly, slim lead in a 27-23 loss to West Georgia, the current No. 3 team in Division II.

Albany State is led by Dan Land, who is in his second season at the helm of the

Golden Rams. Defense has been the teams calling card this season, holding three of

its four opponents under 70 yards rushing and 300 yards of total offense. When they

have the ball, the offenseled by the top passer in the SIAC, quarterback Caleb Ed-

monds has done a nice job racking up yards. But a 30 percent conversion rate on

3rd down has led to the lowest time of possession in the conference. They were also

victimized last week by having a kickoff and interception returned for touchdowns.

The Golden Bears know how to get the ball into the end zone. Last week, they

scored on offense, twice on defense, and special teams in the win over Morehouse.

Running back Jamarcus Nance has had a solid start, averaging 90 rushing yards per

game. He ran for 145 yards in last seasons championship game and eclipsed the

1,000-yard career mark last week. The defense will look to stay opportunistic as it

leads the SIAC in turnovers forced per game (3.67)

Today marks the 56th meeting be-tween Albany State and Miles, a series

that began in 1942. The Golden Rams

have certainly held the upper hand in this

series with a 36-16-3 mark, but two of

those 16 wins for the Golden Bears were

the biggest in school history.

Albany State won the initial contest

13-0 but in four of the next five years,

the Golden Rams did not score a single

point. Miles won the second meeting 52-

0, still the largest shutout win in the se-

ries, and an 8-8 tie in 1949 was the only

blemish during that time.

Both teams were fairly competitive

over the next 12 years but the series took

a big change after Miles earned a 26-12

win over Albany State in 1961. From

1962-1995, the Golden Rams went 17-

1-1 against the Golden Bearsthe

lone Miles win being a 7-0 victory in

1967. It included a 70-6 shellacking in

1992, the biggest margin of victory in

the series, which came during a 22-

game losing streak. The Golden Bears

won 26-24 in 1996 but from 2003-

2011, Albany State would win all nine

contests, continuing its dominance.

That all changed in the 2011 sea-

son. New head coach Reginald Ruffin

helped Miles avenge a 34-27 loss from

earlier in the season with a 20-17 win

over the Golden Rams in the inaugural

SIAC Championship Game. Since

Ruffins arrival, the teams have split

six contests. Albany State downed

Miles in the 2013 SIAC Championship

game 17-14, shutting the Golden Bears

out in the second half to erase a 14-7

deficit.

Miles returned the favor last season.

Albany State took advantage of several

Miles mistakes in the second half to

earn a 29-16 win in Fairfield. But in the

SIAC Championship Game, the Golden

Bears defense controlled the contest

from the start and used a big goalline

stand in the first half to take a 20-7 win

and the schools second conference title

in five seasons.

MILES GOLDEN BEARS FOOTBALL 2016

How Miles has fared in 2016

When Miles scored 20+ points 2-0

When Miles scored 30+ points 2-0

When Miles allowed 20+ points 1-1

In home games 0-1

In road game 1-0

In neutral site games 1-0

In day games 2-1

In night games 0-0

When leading after first quarter 1-0

When trailing after first quarter 1-1

When tied after first quarter 0-0

When leading at halftime 1-0

When trailing at halftime 1-1

When tied at halftime 0-0

When leading after third quarter 2-0

When trailing after third quarter 0-1

When tied after third quarter 0-0

When outgaining opponents on ground 1-0

When outgaining opponents in air 0-0

In games decided by 1-3 points 0-0

In games decided by 4-7 points 0-0

In games decided by 8-10 points 0-0

In games decided by more than 10 pts. 2-1

When Miles has plus-turnover margin 1-0

When Miles has minus-turnover margin 0-1

When Miles has zero turnover margin 1-0

MILES HEAD COACH REGINALD RUFFIN

5

Field goals needed by junior

kicker Nick Christiansen to set

the school record for career 3-

pointers.

18

Games Miles has held teams to

one touchdown or less since

2011, including seven times dur-

ing the 2015 season.

7

Yards needed by senior running

back Jonathan Clark to surpass

1,000 career rushing yards.

BY THE NUMBERS

Reginald Ruffin has led one of the most success-

ful eras in Miles College football history. He en-

ters his sixth season as the head football coach for

the Golden Bears with two Southern Intercolle-

giate Athletic Conference championships as well

as an additional SIAC Championship game ap-

pearance. Over five seasons, Ruffin has won near-

ly 62 percent of his games, going 34-21 overall.

Last season, Miles went 7-5 overall and a per-

fect 5-0 in West Division play. A six-game win

streak culminated with a 20-7 win over Albany

State to secure the SIAC title. Ruffin earned SIAC

Coach of the Year honors as nine players earned

All-Conference selections while two were named

All-Americans.

In 2014, Miles went 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the

SIAC Western Division, which followed a 2013

campaign that saw Ruffin led the Golden Bears to

a second SIAC Championship appearance in three

years. In 2011, Ruffins first season, he led the

Golden Bears to their first Division II SIAC

Championship and was named SIAC Coach of the

Year by his peers. The 2012 season brought a

second place finish in the SIAC Western Division

but Ruffin led Miles to its first berth in the NCAA

Division II Playoffs, finishing 8-3 overall.

Ruffin has continued to burgeon his reputation

as a winner at Miles. Prior to his stint with the

Golden Bears, he spent seven seasons at Tuskegee

as their defensive coordinator and linebacker

coach. As the defensive coordinator, Ruffin had

the SIACs best defense from 2007-09, leading the

way in several categories.

Prior to his first stint with the Golden Tigers in

2002, Ruffin served as athletic director and head

football coach at Choctaw County High School in

Butler, Alabama. Other stops included times at

West Georgia, his, alma mater, North Alabama,

and Jackson High School in Jackson, Alabama.

Ruffin is a 1997 graduate of the University of

North Alabama and holds a masters degree in

Education Administration from Nova Southeastern

University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During his

playing days at the UNA, he became the Lions

second three-time All-American and is the only

Lion to be named All-America at two different

positions: as a defensive end in 1995 and 1996, and

as a linebacker in 1997. A four-year starter, he es-

tablished a school record with 34 career sacks and

the school single-season sack record with 11 in

1994. The Lions went 43-9 during his career and

won two Division II National Championships.

In 1994, Ruffin was selected Gulf South Confer-

ence Freshman of the Year. In 1995, he was selected

first-team All-Gulf South Conference, first-team

CoSIDA NCAA Division II All-South Region, third

-team CoSIDA NCAA Division II All- American,

third-team C. M. Frank All-American and honorable

mention Football Gazette All-American in 1996.

Ruffin was selected second-team All-American in

1996 by the Associated Press, CoSIDA and Football

Gazette, as well as All-Gulf South Conference and

first-team CoSIDA All- South Region. In 1997, he

was selected first-team All-American by the Associ-

ated Press, Football Gazette, American Football

Coaches Association and second-team All-

American pick by Daktronics as a linebacker.

Ruffin is married to Monica and they have one

son, Gabriel.

MILES GOLDEN BEARS 2016 DEPTH CHART

GOLDEN BEARS OFFENSE

QB 17 David Whipple (6-1, 175, Sr.)

10 LiJon Cordier (6-0, 200, So.)

TB 12 Jamarcus Nance (5-8, 175, Sr.)

25 GerKerry Jackson (5-7, 170, So.)

X 88 Trey Smith (6-2, 175, R-So.)

84 Denzel Mooney (6-2, 190, Fr.)

Y 82 Earnest Bell, Jr. (6-4, 180, Sr.)

83 Rodarius Houston (5-10, 170, Sr.)

H-B 46 Devon Denson (5-10, 245, Sr.)

49 Carlos Taylor (6-1, 214, Fr.)

LT 70 Curtis Mack (6-2, 280, Jr.)

79 Roger Womack (6-0, 305, Fr.)

LG 79 Roger Womack (6-0, 305, Fr.)

63 Haston Coates (6-4, 335, So.)

C 75 Chris Ruffin (6-0, 280, Jr.)

67 Thomas Jackson (5-11, 230, R-Sr.)

RG 66 Derrick Tucker, Jr. (6-0, 270, Sr.)

65 JaKobe Sanders (6-3, 300, Fr.)

RT 78 Reginald Patrick (6-3, 305, Jr.)

72 Naffe Toure (6-6, 297, Jr.)

TE 7 Vincent Davis (6-2, 220, Jr.)

48 Montavious Tinch (6-4, 219, Fr.)

GOLDEN BEARS SPECIALTY

PK 36 Nick Christensen (6-3, 238, Jr.)

87 Evan Oldaker (6-0, 230, Fr.)

P 87 Evan Oldaker (6-0, 230, Fr.)

36 Nick Christensen (6-3, 238, Jr.)

KR 1 Cedric Poole (6-0, 196, Sr.)

8 Devin Brown (5-7, 175, Jr.)

PR 8 Devin Brown (5-7, 175, Jr.)

1 Cedric Poole (6-0, 196, Sr.)

GOLDEN BEARS DEFENSE

DE 40 Kaelan Bonds (6-2, 250, R-Jr.)

92 Justin Ward (6-0, 215, So.)

DT 69 Gregory Matthews (6-0, 255, So.)

58 Ashton McKenzie (5-10, 245, Sr.)

NG 44 Josephus Smith (5-8, 270, Fr.)

93 Deshawn Burgess (6-2, 250, R-Sr.)

JACK 94 Jarmari Ford (6-3, 225, Sr.)

91 Demontae Haigler (6-1, 250, Fr.)

SAM 41 Anthony Hardy (6-3, 225, Jr.)

42 Molik Slade (6-2, 225, R-Sr.)

MIKE 35 Nicc Dance (5-11, 240, Sr.)

55 DeAnthony Philon (5-11, 227, Fr.)

WILL 23 Emmanuel Ray (6-3, 210, Sr.)

50 LaBarron Rodgers (5-8, 202, So.)

LCB 2 Andreus Warthen (6-2, 190, Sr.)

20 Kendrell Walker (5-8, 160, Fr.)

SS 1 Cedric Poole (6-0, 196, Sr.)

29 Ravarius Rivers (6-0, 175, So.)

FS 4 Jawaski Randle (5-9, 180, R-Jr.)

31 Stevie Woods (5-9, 170, Jr.)

RCB 24 Caleb Duncan (5-10, 195, Sr.)

21 Cedric Powell (6-0, 185, Jr.)

MILES GOLDEN BEARS 2016 ROSTER

# NAME POS HT WGT CLASS HOMETOWN/PREVIOUS SCHOOL

1 Cedric Poole DB 6-0 196 SR Birmingham, AL/Mississippi Delta CC

2 Andreus Warthen DB 6-2 190 SR Sparta, GA/Paine College

3 Tyree Leonard WR 5-10 165 SO Tuscaloosa, AL/Central Tuscaloosa HS

4 Jawaski Randle DB 5-9 187 R-JR Albany, GA/Monroe HS

5 Jourdan Walker WR 5-11 180 JR Birmingham, AL/ Shades Valley High School

6 Christian Mays WR 5-7 175 SO Prattville, AL/Prattville HS

7 Vincent Davis TE 6-2 220 JR Tuscaloosa, AL/Central Tuscaloosa HS

8 Devin Brown WR 5-9 175 JR Cincinnati, OH/Toledo

9 Jonathan Clark RB 5-8 170 R-SR Birmingham, AL/Huffman HS

10 LiJon Cordier QB 6-0 200 SO New Orleans, LA/Stillman

11 Antonio Dunn WR 6-0 180 JR Montgomery, AL/G.W. Carver HS

12 Jamarcus Nance RB 5-8 175 SR Muscle Shoals, AL/Muscle Shoals HS

13 Jairius Shade DB 5-9 180 R-FR Stockbridge, GA/Stockbridge HS

14 Timmie Gibson DB 5-9 165 FR Tuscaloosa, AL/Central HS

15 Taryon Baker DB 6-0 170 FR Huntsville, AL/J.O. Johnson HS

16 William Kelly WR 5-9 180 SO Tallahassee, FL/Rickards HS

17 David Whipple QB 6-1 175 SR Gordon, GA/Wilkinson County HS

18 Tommy Neeley QB 6-2 185 SO Birmingham, AL/Parker HS

19 LeeOtis Washington DB 6-3 200 SO Livingston, AL/Troy

20 Kendrell Walker DB 5-8 160 FR Tuscaloosa, AL/Central HS

21 Cedric Powell DB 6-0 185 JR Birmingham, AL/Alabama

23 Emmanuel Ray LB 6-3 210 SR Mount Olive, MS/Pearl River CC

24 Caleb Duncan DB 5-10 195 SR New Orleans, LA/Fresno CC

25 Ger'Kerry Jackson RB 5-7 170 SO Montgomery, AL/Jefferson Davis HS

26 Jonathan Esther RB 5-7 170 SO Thomasville, GA/Stillman

27 Alfred King DB 5-10 182 FR Monroe, GA/Monroe Area HS

28 Terrance Slaughter DB 5-10 210 R-SR Fairfield, AL/South Alabama

29 Ravarius Rivers DB 6-0 175 SO Lithonia, GA/Martin Luther King HS

31 Stevie Woods DB 5-9 170 JR Dora, AL/Dora HS

32 Sean Long RB 5-9 190 FR Saraland, AL/Saraland HS

33 Wade Streeter RB 5-9 182 FR Hoover, AL/Spain Park HS

34 Joshua Rice RB 5-9 198 FR Birmingham, AL/G.W. Carver HS

35 Nicc Dance LB 5-11 240 SR Nashville, TN/Tennessee-Martin

36 Nick Christiansen K/P 6-3 238 JR Clayton, NC/Clayton HS

37 Michael White LB 6-0 205 SO Gainesville, FL/Dutchtown HS

39 Ruben Sartin DB 5-10 175 SO New Orleans, LA/Stillman

40 Kaelan Bonds DL 6-2 250 R-JR Florence, AL/Russellville HS

41 Anthony Hardy LB 6-3 225 JR Demopolis, AL/Demopolis HS

42 Molik Slade LB 6-2 225 R-SR Fort Lauderdale, FL/Missouri Southern

43 Terrance Beard RB 5-8 218 R-FR Mobile, AL/Baker HS

44 Josephus Smith DL 5-8 270 FR Leeds, AL/Leeds HS

45 Larry Scott LB 5-10 205 SR Sebring, FL/Sebring HS

46 Devon Denson H-B 5-10 245 SR Lakeland, FL/Stillman

47 Austin Stephens LB 5-11 210 FR Munford, AL/Munford HS

48 Montavious Tinch TE 6-4 219 FR Elberton, GA/Elbert County HS

49 Carlos Taylor H-B 6-1 214 FR Tuscaloosa, AL/Central HS

50 LaBarron Ro...

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