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2015 Red Zone Golf Tournament

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Click the image before saving/printing the higher resolution image. If you see only six photos, click here for many more from the tourney.

2015 Raider Red Zone Golf Shootout

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Today was the annual SOU Football Alumni Club event at Eagle Point Golf Course. I’ll post dozens of additional photos here later. You will want a fast internet connection and large screen to view these. If you want to print any, be sure to click on the image and then save the higher resolution photo for printing.

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Signing day party

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Coach Craig Howard – 2014 NAIA Coach of the Year

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Tomorrow (2/4/15) is the annual SOU football signing day party. Details here.

Ten more of the champs

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2014 SOU football team @ Daytona International Speedway finish line

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2014 Rawlings NAIA Coach of the Year – Coach Howard

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Aldrick Rosas had eight kickoffs that went for touchbacks in addition to being a perfect 7-7 in PATS and 2-2 in field goals including a 48 yarder

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Walking on sunshine after another Melvin Mason touchdown

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Alex Stork and Heston Altenbach

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JJ Latu

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Austin Dodge celebrates his final collegiate game

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2014 NAIA Championship Game scoreboard and trophy

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Coach Ken Fasnacht enjoys bus ride after the victory

“What size ring do you wear?”

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Coach Craig Howard on phone with Stan Smith “Mr. Raider” just prior to taking the field in Daytona

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Coach Howard had a quick conversation with Stan Smith a few minutes before the game began in which the Raiders won the NAIA National Championship. I’m not sure if Stan answered Coach Howard’s question and gave him his ring size then, but he better tell him now.

P.S. I still have many more photos from the game that I will be posting here. They are now spilling over onto additional pages. To see all of the photos I have posted so far click here, here, and here. For photos from Florida not necessarily directly tied to the game (but sometimes containing SOU football players) click here and here.

Coach Howard makes good on his promise

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After the bus ride back to the hotel, the post-game recap took place in the Hilton rather than the normal location of on the field.

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Max Proudfit and Coach Howard

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SOU football post game in Hilton Daytona with Sean McShane, Sean Tow, and Grant Torgerson

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Before the game, Coach Howard came out to the tailgate to give the fans a speech. ESPNU later aired his words in the first half of the game. Part of what he said included, “Let’s all jump in that ocean together after this game.” He kept his promise.

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Coach Howard coming out of the Atlantic Ocean after claiming the 2014 NAIA Championship

Coach Howard coming out of the Atlantic Ocean after claiming the 2014 NAIA Championship

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Coach Howard shakes hands with Athletic Director Matt Sayre as President Roy Saigo looks on with friends, fans, and family – Sloppy Joe’s Daytona Beach

125+ more photos from the 2014 NAIA Championship can be found here.

Ready for 10 more pics?

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2014 NAIA Player of the Year Austin Dodge

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defensive line

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Kelii Padello

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Coach Greg Stewart and the running backs

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Alex Stork, Mylz Blake, and Tyler Rogers

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Coach Nathan Chin and the defensive backs

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Senior Bubba Rylance and Coach Howard

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outside linebackers

More championship photos (and videos)

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pregame speech by Coach Howard to the future national champions

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Dylan Young’s final TD catch – he holds the SOU record with 33 in just two years

Matt Retzlaff has 21 TD catches and will be a junior next year

Matt Retzlaff has 21 TD catches and will be a junior next year

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apologies that everyone isn’t in this–things were chaos and getting this many in wasn’t easy

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Julius Rucker Jr.

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Michael Bryant

Michael is an Emerging Media and Digital Arts student who is also on the football team. He has helped make some incredible videos. Here is the one shown before the game in Chicago:

Here is the one shown before the game in Daytona:

He will be graduating soon so if your company needs someone who can create masterpieces like these, contact him.

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This last photo was explained in this post. My favorite part of it is the smile on Jim Nagel’s face. Coach Nagel has won many state and national championships so I’d be curious to hear from him how this bus ride compared to others he has experienced after winning the big game.

Bus of champions (and more)

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Today’s first photo requires a bit of explanation. These were the players’ bus drivers for the entire week. I took this at Tuesday’s practice as our bus drivers watched from the sidelines. That’s CJ on the left and Ean on the right. I asked them how it felt to be the bus drivers of the future NAIA Champions, and they smiled and said I should probably get a photo of them. All week long I asked them how the bus drivers of champions were doing. Perhaps this planted a seed in Ean’s head? More on this possibility below.

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The coaching staff at SOU is second to none. Although Coach Howard is not eligible for the NAIA Coach of Character Award, as he hasn’t been at SOU for five years yet, if NAIA officials could have witnessed everything he has done they would certainly make an exception.

I had the unique opportunity of standing on the opposing sidelines for seven of our games this year. I do this so that the SOU sidelines and crowds are in the background of most of my photos. Anyway, I can tell you from first-hand experience that the interactions between our players and coaching staff are very different than they are on other teams. The love, honor, and respect the SOU team has is incredible and a major contributing factor to the team’s success in my opinion.

Coach Howard gets the fact that coaching is about developing better people, better student athletes, and not just about how many TDs someone has. Of course, the former leads to the latter as demonstrated by this team.

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Daniel Breaux with the sack

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Dylan Young’s fourth catch of the evening would be his last as a Raider and the 159th during his two years in Ashland

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Austin Dodge enters the bus after winning the championship and immediately takes photo of championship trophy sitting in Coach Howard’s seat

After the game everyone was in an absolute state of euphoria. We’ve all seen championship celebrations on TV. Sometimes you even get to experience them as a fan at the stadium. But to actually be there, with the players, takes things up several notches.

Back to my first point about our bus drivers…

I boarded Ean’s bus after the game. Spirits were high. As we pulled out of the stadium, without warning, Queen’s “We Will Rock You” pounded out of the stereo speakers, and the bus erupted into a celebration well beyond what I’ve witnessed before, anywhere.

I don’t know if Ean always does this, or if my constant reminders during the week that he was driving the future champions possibly sparked this idea in his head to make sure he had “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions” at the ready, but either way, thank you Ean for making a special moment that much more memorable for these guys.

P.S. He also hooked up Austin Dodge’s iPod to the bus’s stereo to play “Sweet Caroline” after Queen.

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Austin Dodge singing Queen’s “We Are The Champions” on the bus after the game

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Coach Howard may not have sung as much as the players, but he still enjoyed the moment with his well-deserved trophy

10 more of the champions

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SOU fans showing some muscle

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I have had lots of people asking for photos to print. I will be adding about 20 photos (from last Friday) a day to this blog. If you want to print any photos click on the photo first to get a higher resolution version, and then save the original for printing.

If you want to print any of the photos on Facebook, and they aren’t here yet, leave a comment letting me know which photo, and I will upload the original file within 24 hours. Do not print any photos off of Facebook. They will come out looking like crap, and I don’t want one of my photos hanging on your wall looking like crap.

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Coach Howard talking to ESPN while Dylan Young, Drew Gibson, Max Proudfit, and Austin Dodge hold the championship trophy

Ryan Retzlaff after scoring a touchdown

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Florida sunset behind the NAIA Championship game

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beginning of another Melvin Mason touchdown

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Alex Stork recovers the fumble and the crowd goes wild

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Max Proudfit

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All-American Daniel Breaux #47 🙂

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Jaylenn Hart with his third interception of the night

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