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Here’s why there are more questions than answers for struggling Charlotte 49ers

By David Scott

UNC-Charlotte 49ersIf games are close – and the 49ers have lost their first two C-USA games by an average of 6.0 points – then special teams can often come into play. Kicker Nigel Macauley has been anything but dependable, making just 2 of 7 field goal attempts (although one was tipped against Marshall). Arthur Hart has developed into one of the league’s top punters, averaging 42.9 yards per punt. His ability to drop the ball inside the 20 (he’s done it 10 times) is a valuable weapon.

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/college/article178751376.html

Source: The Charlotte Observer

Union football prepares for unique opponent in Gallaudet

By Ken Schott

Union CollegeSCHENECTADY — The Union College football team’s schedule features four first-time opponents. With that, it means learning more about them and more film study.

But the first-time team the Dutchmen face Saturday is different. They will be facing Gallaudet University at noon in Washington. Gallaudet’s team is almost entirely comprised of players who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Read more: https://dailygazette.com/article/2017/09/15/union-football-prepares-for-unique-opponent-in-gallaudet

Source: The Daily Gazette

What it’s like to be a player and coach for the country’s only deaf football team

By Mary Hui

GallaudetShelby Bean lives between two worlds.

As a hard-of-hearing football coach at D.C.’s Gallaudet University – the nation’s leading university for the deaf and hard of hearing – Bean constantly switches between the hearing world and the deaf world.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2017/09/15/what-its-like-to-be-a-player-and-coach-for-americas-only-deaf-football-team/?utm_term=.a328d10037a0

Source: The Washington Post

Atlanta Falcons fullback Derrick Coleman has likely made the team

By James Rael

Atlanta FalconsAtlanta Falcons fullback Derrick Coleman did not play in the fourth preseason game. Because he’s not injured, that probably means something, and for Coleman, it probably means the world.

Coleman’s story is well-documented, so I’ll just reiterate the highlights. He’s the NFL’s only deaf player. A single indiscretion kept him out of the league in 2016. From Super Bowl Champion to just another criminal defendant, he was found guilty 10 months ago of felony vehicular assault. It was an enormous fall from grace for a man that is widely admired for both his character and his abilities as a football player.

Read more: https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2017/9/1/16238906/atlanta-falcons-fullback-derrick-coleman-has-likely-made-the-team

Source: SB Nation - The Falcoholic

Unfazed by disability, Lopez thrives for Storm

By Jake Mendel

Southern Vermont StormBENNINGTON — As long as football has been around, coaches have preached playing to the whistle — finishing the play.

Even though Joanel Lopez can't hear the whistle, it hasn't stopped him from becoming a force on the Southern Vermont Storm defense.

Lopez, 32, is deaf and cannot speak. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended the St. Francis School for the Deaf in Crown Heights.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2wceWmR

Source: Bennington Banner

Unable to hear clearly on the field, this college kicker uses his other senses to succeed

By Steve Wiseman

Duke UniversityDURHAM - William Holmquist can’t hear his teammates calling out signals. He can’t hear his coaches shouting instructions from the sidelines, and he can’t hear what the screaming crowd surrounding him is yelling while he’s on the football field.

When he punted for Tufts, the play clock – not the snap count – dictated everything his special teams unit did. Holmquist, who was born almost deaf, only knew the ball would be snapped when the clock hit a predetermined time.

Read more & view video: http://www.heraldsun.com/sports/college/acc/duke/article166425742.html

Source: The Herald Sun

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