St. Aug’s Nelson, Gilford earn CIAA football honors

From News ReleasesSeptember 25, 2013 

Shonquez Nelson of Saint Augustine’s University was named CIAA defensive lineman of the week, and Falcons’ quarterback A.J. Gilford was chosen CIAA rookie of the week.

Nelson finished with three sacks and a quarterback hurry in a 35-7 win over Stillman College. He helped lead a defense which held high-scoring Stillman to 27 rushing yards.

Gilford threw two touchdown passes and ran for another against Stillman. He completed 15 of 27 pass attempts for 162 yards. This is the second CIAA rookie of the week award for the redshirt freshman.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack football program is the subject of a new one-hour special on Fox Sports South. “Driven: NC State Football, 1Pack1Goal” will debut this Friday night at 11 p.m. and will re-air several times on the network.

The show chronicles the Wolfpack’s progress under first-year head coach Dave Doeren, from spring practice until the opening game of the season.

Men’s basketball

Duke: The Blue Devils’ open practice Saturday will be broadcast live on from 10-11:30 a.m.

Duke, ranked among the top five teams in the country by all major preseason publications, begins practice Friday before hosting the open practice the following day. The Blue Devils return two double-figure scorers from a year ago in third team All-ACC pick Quinn Cook (11.7 ppg.) and All-ACC Freshman Team selection Rasheed Sulaimon (11.6 ppg.). Head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s unit also features four other players with starting experience as well as transfer Rodney Hood and three freshmen in Matt Jones, Semi Ojeleye and Jabari Parker.

St. Augustine’s: Saint Augustine’s University added Gordon Gibbons as assistant men’s basketball coach.

Gibbons comes to St. Augustine’s as one of the all-time winningest coaches in Division II. For the past 12 seasons, Gibbons was head coach at Clayton State University, where he is the school’s career leader in wins (221) and winning percentage. Prior to coaching at Clayton State, Gibbons was the head coach at Florida Southern College, where his teams compiled 246 wins in 10 years.

High Point: Alum Corey Law was signed by the Harlem Globetrotters after the team’s annual training camp in New York on Wednesday. Now known as Corey “Thunder” Law, he played for High Point from 2009-13 and is one of four newcomers to the team.

Law led High Point University in rebounding three times in his four seasons and was part of the Panthers’ Big South regular season co-champion team in 2012-13. He was drafted by the Globetrotters in June after participating in the 2013 College Slam Dunk Championship.

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