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Stacey Bedell and Jordan Gowins have quite a bit in common: they both play prominent roles on the Stony Brook Seawolves football team, they’re both running backs and they’re both having solid seasons. What most people may not know is that the two are cousins. Gowins, a sophomore, joined the Seawolves this season after playing his freshman year at Boston College. His decision to come to Stony Brook was due in large part to the opportunity to play with Bedell, a redshirt junior who joined the Seawolves a couple of years earlier. “I grew up watching him and my brother,” Gowins said about his cousin “I never really expected to be playing on the same level and reaching for the same goals [as Bedell], so when the opportunity came, it was something I had to take. I don’t regret it at all.” Naturally, Bedell shared the sentiment and was pleased…

The Stony Brook Seawolves (5-5, 4-3 CAA) attempted a valiant comeback attempt, but came up just short in its final home game of the season against the Maine Black Bears (6-4, 5-2 CAA). The Seawolves, down 27-21, started a late game bid to emerge victorious on their own 21 yard-line with 1:36 remaining. On the first play of the drive, Stony Brook sophomore quarterback Pat Irwin threw a short pass to junior running back Donald Liotine. Maine junior defensive back Najee Goode was all over Liotine and stripped the ball away from him for an interception. A review of the play upheld the turnover, and brought an end to the Seawolves’ playoff aspirations. “I probably could have caught that ball and should’ve tucked it in,” Liotine said. “No excuses. It was a good play by [Goode]. It was a hell of a play to make.” Prior to that, Liotine, who…

The Seawolves had a subpar season in 2015, finishing 5-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association. They finished seventh in the conference at 3-5 in conference play. The Seawolves’ problem last season was consistency, which was evident when they lost five straight games in the latter half of the season. Now, they’re focused on this year, and are hoping that they can put it all together for a strong 2016 campaign. Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore is entering his 11th season with the Seawolves. He has a combined 62-52 record at Stony Brook and 101-61 in his 16-year head coaching tenure. He felt that the spring practices in the offseason helped the team find their niche for the season ahead. “It helps us develop an identity,” Priore said about spring practices. “You want to develop a great work ethic and habits. We also need to do some fundamental teaching and…

Steals Todd Gurley- St. Louis Since coming back from an injury that cost him the first two games of the season, Gurley has been on fire with over 700 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. Allen Robinson- Jacksonville Robinson has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners, putting up double-digit fantasy points consistently. He already has seven receiving touchdowns. Gary Barnidge- Cleveland Barnidge is a steal at tight end and already has seven touchdowns. He has put up over 10 fantasy points in seven of the first 10 weeks. Devonta Freeman- Atlanta Perhaps the biggest steal in the league, the running back is currently ranked as the best fantasy player on Yahoo. He has nine touchdowns. Philip Rivers- San Diego The quarterback is having an excellent year with a 19:7 touchdown:interception ratio and 3,033 passing yards over 10 weeks. Larry Fitzgerald- Arizona Just when you thought he had hit his…

Stony Brook (2-5) freshman quarterback Joe Carbone threw a season-high four interceptions in a 21-7 loss against the Elon Phoenix (3-5) on Saturday at Lavalle Stadium. Stony Brook has now lost five consecutive games with two of them being at home. “I will take responsibility for that loss,” Carbone said in the post-game press conference. Carbone also threw the ball a career high 41 times today but only completed 18 passes for 142 yards. His longest pass of the game was for 15 yards. Stony Brook’s top wide receiver Ray Bolden caught nine passes for 64 yards and said that the offense definitely struggled today. “Execution,” Bolden said. “That’s the been the story all season. Coaches are putting us in a perfect position to make stuff happen and we’re not executing.” Elon’s quarterbacks Daniel Thompson and Connor Christiansen both threw a touchdown. Thompson had 106 yards passing on 10 completions…

In February of 2016, the Lombardi Trophy will be making its long awaited return to San Francisco. It will be raised victoriously at midfield, in the former home of Jerry Rice and Joe Montana, except it won’t be raised by the home team. The once great, and quite recently great, San Francisco 49ers will likely be competing for a high draft pick rather than a high place in the standings. Over the course of the last five years, San Fran had nearly ascended to the peak of the NFL mountain, but is currently reporting live from the gutter. In January of 2011, Jim Harbaugh was hired as the head coach of the long-time basement dwelling 49ers. Harbaugh’s move from Stanford to the pros left some skeptical, but he proved his worth in under a year. The former NFL quarterback led San Francisco to the NFC Championship Game in his first…

It’s early in the season for the Stony Brook Seawolves football team as they’re still in the process of discovering their niche this season. According to their statistics at home, they’re looking to defend their home turf in LaValle Stadium this fall. The team has faced a tough schedule four games into the season facing two ranked opponents in their division on the road with James Madison and William & Mary. They gave up 59 points combined in their first two road games (21 against James Madison and 38 against William & Mary). However, it’s a different story when the Seawolves play at home. They dominate offensively and defensively averaging 34.5 points on offense and allowing 7.5 points on defense. Heading into his 10th season as head coach of the Seawolves, Chuck Priore intends on achieving another winning season in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). This will be the 17th…

Photo Courtesy of the NFL We’re only a few weeks into the 2015-16 NFL season, and already there are a plethora of long and short-term injuries to key players on popular teams. Not only do these injuries hurt, or in some cases, cripple their teams, the NFL itself is also adversely affected. After all, not all football fans are hardcore and will watch every game if they don’t think their team is capable of making the playoffs. Injuries that severely hamper their team’s chances of making it out of the regular season this early could be a turnoff to fair weather fans. The Dallas Cowboys are arguably the team suffering from injuries the most in the first two weeks. In Week 1, their star wide receiver, Dez Bryant, went down with a broken foot early in the second half. A week later, the team’s quarterback, Tony Romo sustained a broken…

After their loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, the New York Giants failed to convert in the clutch on Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons, losing 24-20 at home at Metlife Stadium. Despite his poor decision-making late in games, Eli Manning, performance wise, did alright with two touchdowns on 292 passing yards with no interceptions. He was successful with one of the league’s best wide receivers in Odell Beckham Jr., who had seven receptions for 146 receiving yards and a touchdown. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a terrific game, but his statistics don’t really stand out. He had one touchdown on 363 yards passing and also had no interceptions. He connected with his top wide receiver Julio Jones 13 times. Jones had 135 receiving yards and was targeted 15 times. With about a minute remaining in the game, The Giants were leading 20-17. Matt Ryan launched a…