By DAVE COLLINS
August 6, 2022
Fall practice begins at 2:00 Monday afternoon for Chadron State football. The Eagle offensive line is returning some key veterans but is also looking to fill some big departures.
Fortunately junior center Michael DeCamillis will be back to anchor things in the middle of the line of scrimmage. He's hoping to get the younger players to develop the tough mentality that has been part of the success for several recent stars up front.
Along the lines of building team chemistry during the offseason Decamillis explains the process of bringing everyone together.
Traditionally the Eagles will move a veteran lineman into the left tackle spot when the position needs to be filled. That should be the case again this fall with Juan Estrada-Sanchez sliding over from the right side. The Eagles will then have to fill his former area, and also both guard positions with Austin Rapp and Jake Norris moving on.
BY: DAVE COLLINS
August 4, 2022
🔊 Peele eager to return to strong Eagle defense as fall camp opens Monday
With the biggest question to answer for CSC football in the pre-season being who will man the quarterback position, one of the Eagles top returning defensive players is already noticing some changes on the other side of the ball.
During Tuesday's RMAC Media Day Conference senior defensive back Bobby Peele says the trio vying for the starting job is giving defenses something different to prepare for, and they're showing leadership traits.
The quarterback battle began during spring ball with the graduation of Dalton Holst, and the Eagle defense will get its first official looks at the new trio in pads again once fall camp kicks off on Monday.
Meanwhile, Peele and the defense are returning a lot of talent and a strong mix of veterans that could make it among the RMAC's best overall units this fall. After last season's final game at Black Hills State it looked like the senior had played his final snap but Peele took some time and decided to come back for a final year of eligibility, giving a huge injection of energy and excitement into the defense looking forward. Peele can't wait for fall camp to open up and get in more work.
Maybe the biggest question for the CSC defense this fall is, which opposing RMAC quarterback will have the guts to throw it Peele's way...? He finished with six interceptions in 2021 and was on pace early to break the CSC single-season record of 10 set by Randy Bauer in 1973. He'll surely be matched up against the opponent's top receivers again this fall, which could make for some big opportunities to take the ball away.
Peele has created his success on the field through a pretty simple, yet very effective way to prepare.
Check in here and in my morning sports reports on Double Q Country radio for more CSC coverage throughout the pre-season!
BY: DAVE COLLINS
August 3, 2022
🔊 CSC Football opens season with RMAC Media Day Appearance Tuesday
Tuesday was CSC’s time to take the microphone for RMAC Football Media Day. Head Coach Jay Long, senior Defensive Back Bobby Peele and junior Center Michael DeCamillis shared insights on the offseason and expectations of what they see coming on the field this fall.
Coach Long joked about the one question everyone seems to be asking him right now – how will you fill the departure of record setting quarterback Dalton Holst?
Whomever takes the snaps this season the coaches will be counting on the QB to lead a team capable of winning close games inside the rugged RMAC landscape.
The Eagles finished the 2021 fall campaign at 6-5 with two of the early season losses coming by a touchdown or less, and the pressure will be on early with an intriguing first month of games that opens at Lone Star Conference favorite Angelo State.
That challenge will be followed by a Week 2 trip to Utah Tech (formerly Dixie State) now in Division I FCS. RMAC play begins with a rivalry showdown against Black Hills State in Chadron in Week 3 and September closes out with defending RMAC co-champion Western Colorado in Gunnison, the third of four road games to start the year.
I’ll have thoughts from the players who spoke at Media Day coming up in our Double Q Country morning sports reports and right here on the Fall Camp Coverage Page this week.