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Fifteen football players earn Academic All-MSC accolades

LEBANON, Tenn. – Fifteen Cumberland football players were named Academic All-Mid-South Conference this week by the league office. Student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.25 grade-point-average to be eligible for the award.


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Nine football players earn All-MSC Bluegrass honors

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland seniors Chandler Peeples, Donovan Norfleet, Jason Smith, Cody Carr and DeAnthony Patrick along with sophomore Kimlee North were voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division while senior Nick Bodden and sophomores Kris Parker and Denarius Toliver were named Second Team All-MSC, as announced Thursday by the league office.


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Phoenix record 62-23 Senior Day victory

LEBANON, Tenn. – Dezmon Huntley passed for 234 yards and four touchdowns, Kimlee North rushed for two TDs and Cumberland piled up 604 yards of total offense, posting a 62-23 victory over Kentucky Christian on Senior Day here Saturday at Nokes-Lasater Field.


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Big plays hurt Phoenix in 52-34 loss

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dezmon Huntley passed for 391 yards and four touchdowns, but 21st-ranked Campbellsville University scored 38 unanswered points in the middle of the game en route to a 58-34 victory over No. 22 Cumberland in football action here Saturday at Finley Stadium.


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North voted MSC Offensive Player of the Week

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland running back Kimlee North accounted for 199 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns Saturday against Lindsey Wilson, garnering his second straight Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division Offensive Player of the Week accolade, as announced Monday by the league office.


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Frantic comeback falls short for CU

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Kimlee North rushed for 131 yards and two touchdowns and added a 38-yard TD reception, but 22nd-ranked Cumberland could not dig out of an early hole and dropped a 44-41 decision to No. 5 Lindsey Wilson here Saturday in football action at Blue Raider Stadium.


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Football up two spots to No. 22

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland moved up two spots to 22nd in this week’s NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll following a 52-21 victory over Bethel University, released Monday by the national office.


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North garners MSC Player of the Week accolades

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland running back Kimlee North was named the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, rushing for a career-high 154 yards and two touchdowns in CU’s 52-21 win over Bethel University, as announced by the league office.


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Phoenix rush past Wildcats, 52-21

LEBANON, Tenn. – Kimlee North scored twice in the fourth quarter on TD runs of nine and 62 yards and 24th-ranked Cumberland posted the last 24 points of the game, racking up 564 rushing yards in a 52-21 victory over Bethel University in football action here Saturday at Nokes-Lasater Field.


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Football moves back into NAIA Top 25

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s record-setting-performance on Saturday helped the Phoenix move back into the Top 25 on Monday, coming in at No. 24 in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll released by the national office.


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Tate garners Defensive POW accolades

LEBANON, Tenn. – Sophomore Tyler Tate posted six tackles and returned a fumble for a touchdown in Cumberland’s win Saturday against Cincinnati Christian, earning Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division Defensive Player of the Week honors, as announced by the league office.


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Football soars over Eagles in Homecoming win

LEBANON, Tenn. – Kimlee North ran for two touchdowns, Cumberland’s defense accounted for a pair of scores and Joseph Rushin posted two TDs, one rushing and one passing, in a 58-0 victory over Cincinnati Christian in football action on Homecoming here Saturday at Nokes-Lasater Field.


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Second-half comeback falls short at Georgetown

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Joseph Rushing threw for 304 and two touchdowns, both to Denarius Toliver, while running for another TD and Josh Bates returned a fumble 64 yards for a score, but Daric Pugh’s 43-yard TD run in the last two minutes helped 12th-ranked Georgetown College to a 38-28 win over No. 22 Cumberland in football action Saturday here at Toyota Stadium.


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Phoenix drop one spot to 22nd in NAIA Coaches' Poll

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland football dropped one spot to 22nd after a 27-20 loss to NCAA Division I FCS Presbyterian College in this week’s NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, as announced late Monday by the national office.


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Patrick named MSC Football Player of the Week

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s DeAnthony Patrick was named the Mid-South Conference Football Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after registering a career-best 14 tackles in CU’s 27-20 loss at NCAA Division I FCS Presbyterian College.


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Late touchdown sends CU to 27-20 loss

CLINTON, S.C. – DaShawn Davis’ 49-yard touchdown catch-and-run, avoiding tacklers before finding a crease and racing to the end zone with 2:40 remaining helped Presbyterian hold off Cumberland, 27-20, in football action here Saturday night at Bailey Memorial Stadium.


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CU football ranked 21st in NAIA Coaches' Top 25

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland made its first appearances in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll on Monday, coming in at No. 21 after posting a 4-0 start to the 2017 season.


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Big first half carries football to 38-16 win

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Telvin Rucker rushed 20 times for 140 yards and one touchdown and Cumberland scored 35 points in the first half in a 38-16 victory over Edward Waters College here Saturday at University Christian School.


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Change of venue set for Saturday's football contest

LEBANON, Tenn. – Due to concerns about weather and field conditions this weekend, Cumberland’s football game venue for Saturday’s contest at Edward Waters College has been moved to University Christian School in Jacksonville, Fla..


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Edward Waters confirms football game for Saturday

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s football game this Saturday at Edward Waters College will be played at Andrew Jackson High School’s stadium in Jacksonville, as confirmed Wednesday by the Edward Waters administration.


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Huntley named MSC Offensive Player of the Week

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s Dezmon Huntley passed for a touchdown and ran for two TDs in less than a quarter of action, garnering Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday, as announced by the league office.


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Travecedo garners second MSC weekly honor

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s Pablo Dongarra Travecedo collected his second Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, connecting on five extra points plus a field goal in a 38-24 win over Webber International, as announced by the league office.


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Emanuel earns MSC Defensive POW accolades

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s David Emanuel was named the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after returning an interception for a touchdown in CU’s 38-24 win over Webber International, as announced by the league office.


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Fast start carries Phoenix to 38-24 win

LEBANON, Tenn. – Dezmon Huntley posted TD runs of 13 and 55 yards and tossed a 24-yard touchdown, as Cumberland scored 31 unanswered points to start the contest in a 38-24 victory over Webber International in football action Friday night at Nokes-Lasater Field.


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Huntley named TSWA Offensive Player of the Week

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s Dezmon Huntley accounted for 392 yards of total offense and two touchdowns in CU's 42-40 win at the University of the Cumberlands, earning the Offensive Player of the Week award from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association on Wednesday.


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Football game moved to Friday night

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University’s football game scheduled for this weekend against Webber International has been moved to Friday at 6 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field, necessitated by the expected landfall of Hurricane Irma in south Florida on Sunday and Monday.


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Defensive stand preserves 42-40 road win for CU

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Dezmon Huntley passed for 291 yards, rushed for 101 and two touchdowns and Joseph Rushin added four TDs on the ground, but the Cumberland defense made a stop on a two-point conversion with 1:33 remaining to preserve a 42-40 victory over the University of the Cumberlands here Saturday night at James H. Taylor II Stadium.


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Campagne named TSWA Player of the Week

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s Alex Campagne was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Defensive Player of the Week on Thursday, collecting 11 tackles and one tackle for loss in CU’s 24-17 victory last weekend against Bluefield College.


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Travecedo garners MSC Player of the Week accolades

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s Pablo Dongarra Travecedo was voted Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday after hitting three extra points and one field goal in CU’s 24-17 season-opening victory over Bluefield College this past weekend.


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Big third quarter leads football to opening victory

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland scored 17 consecutive points in the third quarter, including six-yard TD runs from Joseph Rushin and Dezmon Huntley, and the Phoenix defense allowed just 116 yards in the second half in a 24-17 season-opening victory over Bluefield College here Saturday at Nokes-Lasater Field.


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Community events set for 2017 football games

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University Director of Athletics Ron Pavan announced community events for the 2017 football season this week, which includes faculty and staff appreciation for all Cumberland employees, a black-out game for Homecoming as well as a day to honor the Empower Me Center in Lebanon.


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Construction forces alternate traffic route for 2017 football

LEBANON, Tenn. – Construction for the Wilson County School Board offices, located at the old Lebanon High School facility, have closed streets and will re-route traffic for Cumberland football during the upcoming 2017 football season at Nokes-Lasater Field.


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Football gearing up for first day in pads, scrimmage

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland football continued preseason practice this week with nearly 140 players in uniform, ramping up for Wednesday’s first day in full pads and the team’s first scrimmage this Saturday at Nokes-Lasater Field.


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Football picked fifth in MSC Bluegrass Division

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland football was picked fifth in the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division in a vote of league coaches announced today by the conference office.