College notebook: CFL team signs St. Aug's Wells; soccer, tennis, track results

From News ReleasesApril 30, 2014 

Former Saint Augustine’s University standout Justin Wells signed a contract with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, the franchise announced this week.

Wells, a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman, played six games for the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League (AFL) this season. As a rookie in 2014, Wells helped produce the AFL’s top-ranked total offense (320.3 yards per game) while protecting quarterback Jason Boltus, who ranks first overall in total offensive touchdowns (53). Wells was placed on the AFL’s “Other League Exempt List” with this week’s signing.

Prior to entering the Arena Football League, Wells was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and 2013. He was assigned to the Arizona Rattlers of the AFL before being acquired by the Predators via trade on Jan. 16.

Wells was a starting offensive guard on one of the best Saint Augustine’s University teams in school history. A native of Baltimore, Md., he was a key member on an offensive unit which set modern school single season records for points (28.3) and total offensive yards (318.5) at the time in 2010. Both marks have since been surpassed. That season, the Falcons won the Pioneer Bowl, defeating nationally-ranked Fort Valley State 20-9. It was their first bowl win in school history.

Wells earned All-CIAA and All-Region honors as a senior in 2010. He graduated from Saint Augustine’s University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Political Science.

Wells hopes to follow the footsteps of another former Saint Augustine’s University standout. Drafted in 2008 by the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, Alex Hall emerged as a premier pass rusher in the Canadian Football League the past two seasons before signing with the Carolina Panthers in April 2014.

Campbell: Three Campbell football student-athletes – Chad McMichael, Kurt Odom and Michael Rudisill – have been named to the 2014 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, announced by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF).

The 2014 NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A total of 838 players from 267 schools qualified for membership in the society’s eighth year, setting a new record for the number of members in the history of the program, which began in 2007.

McMichael, a wide receiver from Sterling, Va., became the first Camel to earn PFL Academic Honor Roll accolades five times. The redshirt senior caught two passes, one for a touchdown, in an injury-shortened 2013 campaign.

Odom became the Camels’ first All-America selection in 2013, earning Third Team honors at fullback from the Sports Network. Odom, a Robbinsville, N.C. native, was also named First Team All-PFL while seven Camels took home honorable mention nods. Odom, along with Adam Lutz, Ben Bolling and Hunter Somerville were First Team Academic All-PFL selections.

Rudisill, a linebacker from Charlotte, along with defensive lineman Lucas Smith, earned Second Team Academic All-PFL honors this season, as well as PFL Academic Honor Roll accolades. Rudisill made 35 tackles this season, including four for a loss.

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF’s current National Scholar-Athlete program greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization’s leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide.

Women’s Soccer

Duke: Sophomore Christina Gibbons, sophomore Toni Payne and incoming freshman Morgan Reid each have received invites for the final U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team training camp from May 11-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. The U.S. team is preparing for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that will take place in Canada in August.

Coach Michelle French will choose a 20-player roster following the camp to travel to France in June for two matches against the France Under-20 Women’s National Team. After the trip to Europe, the USA will have a final domestic training camp in July before heading to Canada for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which runs from Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto. The U.S. will face Germany, China PR and Brazil in Group B play.

Women’s Tennis

East Carolina: East Carolina sophomore’s Nicoline Engstroem Skaug and Frida Gustafsson Spang were named First-Team All-Conference USA, while senior Fanny Wolte took home second-team honors. The trio’s selection marks the 12th straight year the Pirates have had multiple golfers earn all-league honors dating back to the 2002-03 campaign.

Men’s Tennis

Duke: Senior Fred Saba and junior Jason Tahir will represent Duke at the NCAA Singles Championship May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Both Blue Devils received at-large bids to compete in the 64-player field. Saba will make his second consecutive appearance in the singles championship while Tahir will make his first appearance after earning an at-large bid to the doubles championship in 2013.

East Carolina: Senior Joran Vliegen has been selected to participate in the upcoming NCAA Singles Championship, beginning May 21 in Athens, Ga. Vliegen becomes the first individual from ECU to participate in the NCAA Singles Championship, just a year after becoming one of the first two players invited to compete in the doubles championship.

Vliegen posted a 31-7 overall record this season as the Pirates’ top singles player and is currently ranked No. 26 in Division I Men’s Singles by the ITA. He defeated players from 11 ranked teams, including five top-15 opponents and compiled an 8-4 record versus ranked players.

Track & Field

N.C. Central: N.C. Central University will be competing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) 2014 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships scheduled for Thursday through Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State in Greensboro. Admission to the event is free of charge.

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