2012 Drake Bulldogs Football Quick Facts and Prospectus
Name: Drake University
Location: Des Moines, IA, 50311
School Colors: Blue & White
Facility (Capacity): Drake Stadium/Johnny Bright Field (14,557)
Affiliation: NCAA Div. I-Football Championship Subdivision
Conference: Pioneer Football League
President: Dr. David Maxwell
Faculty Athletics Rep.: Renae Chesnut
DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS
Director of Athletics: Sandy Hatfield Clubb
Associate AD/SWA: Megan Franklin
Athletics Department Phone: (515) 271-8889
Ticket Office: (515) 271-3647
Assistant AD/Athletic Communications (Football): TBD
Office Phone: (515) 271-3014
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications: John Meyer
Contact: (515) 271-3740 / email@example.com
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications: Sean Palchick
Contact: (515) 271-4147 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Press Box Phone: (515) 271-3729 / 3794
Fax Number: (515) 271-3015
Twitter: @DrakeBulldogsFB, @DUBulldogs
Facebook: DrakeAthletics / DrakeFootball
Head Coach: Chris Creighton (Kenyon College, 1991)
Record at Drake (4 yrs.): 30-14 (.682)
Record, career (15 yrs.): 125-38 (.767)
Asst. HC/Spec. Teams Coord: Rick Fox (Wheaton, '86), 5th yr.
Defensive Coordinator: Brad McCaslin (Hastings, '94), 1st yr.
Defensive Line: Dain Taylor (Drake, '11), 1st yr.
Running Backs: Bill Charles (Iowa State, '62), 29th yr.
Receivers: Jeff Martin (Drake, '77), 21st yr.
Tight Ends/J-Backs: Mark Nicolet (Hillsdale, '08), 3rd yr.
Defensive Line: George Sypniewski (Drake, '72), 21st yr.
Cornerbacks: Kahlil Carter (Arkansas-Little Rock, '00), 1st yr.
Recruiting Coord./Defensive Backs: Todd Frakes (Centre College, '98), 1st yr.
Football Office Phone-Kara Kelley: (515) 271-2104
First season of competition: 1893
All-Time Record: 572-485-29 (.540)
Pioneer Football League Championships (since '93): 5 (1995, '98, '00 tie, '04, '11 tie)
2011 Record: 9-2 (6-0 home; 3-2 away)
PFL Record (Finish): 7-1 (T-1st)
Primary Offense: Multiple
Primary Defense: 4-3
Lettermen Returning/Lost: 38/18
Offensive Starters Returning/Lost: 6/7 (*2 starters return from injury)
Defensive Starters Returning/Lost: 6/6 (*1 2010 starter returns)
Special Teams Starters Returning/Lost: 1/3
STARTERS RETURNING--OFFENSE (6*)
QB Mike Piatkowski (231-354, 65.3%, 2,934 yds., 25 TDs, 12 Int...No. 11 FCS passing efficiency, 151.4)
Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of Year...1st-Team All-PFL...No. 2 all-time Drake passer
WR Joey Orlando (32-382, 11.9, 6 TDs)
LT Matt Purdom* (started 10 games at left tackle in 2010)
RG Zach Bosch (started final four games at RG)
RT Avery Fuhs* (started first seven games, 1 at LG, 6 at RG)
2nd-Team Academic All-PFL
TE Kevin Marshall (33-280, 8.5, 3 TD)
Honorable mention All-PFL
*Returning from injury
STARTERS LOST--OFFENSE (7)
WR Drew Blackmon (52-694, 13.3, 6 TDs)
Two-time honorable mention All-PFL
S-Back Patrick Cashmore (195-862, 4.3, 7 TDs rush; 20-282, 14.1, 1 TD rec.)
Honorable mention All-PFL...2nd-Team Academic All-PFL
J-Back Nathan Paddock (48-737, 15.4, 6 TD)
Honorable mention All-PFL
LG Stephen Flynn (started all 11 games at LG)
Honorable mention All-PFL 2011, 2nd-Team All-PFL 2010
C Chris Wilson (started 9 games at center)
RG Dan Clinton (started all 11 games, 1 at RG, 10 at LT)
Honorable mention All-PFL
RT Evan Lawrence (started all 11 games, 9 at RT, 2 at C)
Two-time 1st-Team All-PFL, one honorable mention...2nd-Team Academic All-PFL
STARTERS RETURNING--DEFENSE (6*)
DE Brandon Coleman (12.0 sacks, 16.5 TFL, 51 tackles, 2 FR)
2nd-Team All-PFL...ranked No. 10 FCS (No. 4 PFL) in sacks
DE Anthony Gianaras (5.0 sacks, 9.5 TFL, 41 tackles)
SLB Tyler Moorehead (team-leading 78 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 21.0 TFL, 3 FF, 2 INT)
Two-time 1st-Team All-PFL...two-time 1st-team Academic All-PFL...2011 CoSIDA Academic All-District)
MLB Travis Merritt (66 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR)
2011 PFL Freshman Defensive Player of the Year...2nd-Team Academic All-PFL)
WLB Seth Hedman* (25 tackles, 3,0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 2 Int.)
SS Michael Ratelle (63 tackles, 1 Int., tied team-leading 8 PDs)
STARTERS LOST--DEFENSE (6)
DL John Sawhill (42 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 blocked kick)
DL David Witkiewicz (44 tackles, 5 TFL, 4 sacks, 1 blocked kick)
Honorable mention All-PFL
WLB Jeff Grovak (60 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 FR)
Honorable mention All-PFL
CB Michael Lahart (19 tackles, team-leading 5 Int., tied for team lead with 8 PD)
2nd-Team All-PFL...2nd-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American
CB Lyndon Crawford (25 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1 Int., 4 PD)
FS Nick Chenier (45 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 3 Int., 2 FF, 2 PD)
2012 PRESEASON NOTES
- The 2012 Bulldogs will seek to win back-to-back Pioneer Football League championships for the first time. Drake's previous titles came in 1995, '98, 2000 (co-champions) and '04.
- Five Bulldogs who earned All-PFL recognition in 2011 return in 2012, including first-team All-PFL QB and Offensive Player of the Year Mike Piatkowski and Freshman Player of the Year LB Travis Merritt. Also back are two-time first-team All-PFL LB Tyler Moorehead, second-team DE Brandon Coleman and honorable mention TE Kevin Marshall.
- Coleman, Marshall, Moorehead and Piatkowski also have been named to preseason Watch List at their positions by the College Football Performance Awards.
- Moorehead, Piatkowski and OL Avery Fuhs have been chosen as the Bulldogs' team captains for 2012.
- QB Mike Piatkowski, the 2011 PFL Offensive Player of the Year, enters the season needing just 942 passing yards to become the No. 1 passer in school history. With 6,927, he trails only Ira Vandever (7,868; 1999-2002), after a 2011 season in which he passed for 2,934 yards, second most in school history.
- Piatkowski, the school record-holder in completions (595) and completion percentage, also needs just 14 touchdown passes to become No. 1 in that category as well (Vandever, 67; 1999-2002). Last year he threw 25, second-most in a season in school history.
- Though the Bulldogs lose 52% of their pass-catching targets from 2011, they return the QB who threw 97% of those pass completions.
- Tight end Kevin Marshall has earned 2012 preseason Watch List status from the College Football Performance Awards after emerging as a new favorite target of Piatkowski's in 2011. He caught a career-high 33 passes for 280 yards (8.5) and three touchdowns to earn honorable mention All-PFL honors last year.
- Four Bulldogs who earned Academic All-PFL accolades in 2011 return this season, including one first-teamer (Moorehead) and three second-teamers (Fuhs, Coleman and Merritt).
- Each of the top three tacklers, and four of the top five, return in 2012 from a defensive unit that ranked No. 2 in the FCS (No. 1 PFL) in rushing yards allowed (77.2) and No. 7 (No. 1 PFL) in points allowed (17.8). The four are: Moorehead (78 tackles), Merritt (66), Michael Ratelle (63) and Coleman (51).
- In addition, a defense that led the PFL and ranked No. 13 in the FCS in tackles for loss returns the top three players in that category, in Moorehead (21.) Coleman (16.5) and Anthony Gianaras (9.5), and the personnel who recorded 61.0 of the team's 85.0 TFLs.
- The Bulldogs were one of the nation's top defenses in quarterback sacks (5th FCS, 3rd PFL), and return the top three players in that category, including Coleman (12.0; 10th FCS), Moorehead (10.0) and Gianaras (5.0). Overall, players who accounted for 30.5 of Drake's 39 sacks in 2011 are back in 2012.
- The Bulldogs welcome an old friend back to Des Moines on Saturday, Sept. 8, when Montana State comes to Drake Stadium for a 6 p.m. (CT) kickoff, led by sixth-year head coach Rob Ash, the winningest head coach in Drake football history. Ash left Drake in 2007 after 18 seasons-and 125 victories-to take over the Bobcats' program. A year later, Drake hired Chris Creighton as head coach, and Creighton has now registered the highest career winning percentage by a Bulldogs head coach, at .682 (30-14), just above Ash's percentage of .655.
- Creighton, who was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson FCS Coach of the Year Award in 2011, has coached his team to wins in 28 of their last 38 games, and has a home record of 20-3 (.870), including an active streak of 10 consecutive wins at Drake Stadium.
- Drake's defensive coaching staff takes on a new look in 2012, including a new coordinator in Brad McCaslin, formerly the defensive coordinator and associate head coach at Nebraska-Omaha, where he coached for 14 seasons.
- Also new to the coaching staff is defensive backs coach/recruiting coordinator Todd Frakes, an 11-year coaching veteran who spent nine seasons on the staff at Centre College in Danville, Ky; defensive line coach Dain Taylor, the former Drake star who was an All-American in 2010; and cornerbacks coach Kahlil Carter, who played 11 seasons in the Arena Football League, Canadian Football League and NFL Europe.
2012 NEWS STORIES
Former Barnstormer Carter joins Drake's defensive coaching staff (Des Moines Register/July 2)
FCS playoff expansion takes next step (FoxNews.com/April 30)
2011 NEWS STORIES
Piatkowski healthy, hopeful (Des Moines Register/Aug. 10)
Moorehead hopes Bulldogs finish close games this season (Radio Iowa/Aug. 10)
Pioneer Football League preseason coaches poll released (Des Moines Register/Aug. 8)
Drake Football: Veteran players trying to reach one final goal (Des Moines Register/Aug. 8)
Local boy, Drake football players build chicken coop for Tanzanian orphanage (Sioux City Journal/July 23)
Drake football players earn preseason honors (Newton Daily News/July 21)
A life-altering football game for Drake (ESPN.com/May 30)
Burgos brothers join forces at Drake (Skokie Review/July 16)
Drake football players' blogs from Africa (Des Moines Register/May 2011)
Drake wins first college football game in Africa (AP-USA Today/May 21)
Drake football team going the distance for Kili Bowl (AP-USA Today/May 13)
Africa's first organized football game (ESPN The Magazine/April 18)
Matt Acree (AY-cree)
Alex Cecena (se-SANE-ya)
Brad Duwe (DOO-ee)
Avery Fuhs (FOOSE)
Anthony Gianaras (juh-NARE-us)
Dan Hohenstein (HO-en-STINE)
John Hugunin (HYEW-guh-nin)
Kolby Knuth (kuh-NOOTH)
Ezekiel Okeleye (OKE-lee)
Adam Peterka (puh-TER-ka)
Mike Piatkowski (PEE-et-KOW-skee)
Michael Ratelle (ruh-TELL)