2011-12 Football News

  • Three Willamette Football Players Chosen for Hampshire Honor Society
    June 15, 2012
    SALEM, ORE. -- Three Willamette University football players have been chosen for the sixth annual class of the Hampshire Honor Society, which was formed by the National Football Foundation in 2007. The Hampshire Honor Society recognizes college football players from all divisions who are seniors and have maintained a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better during their collegiate careers.
  • Bearcats Add Game Versus Sewanee to 2012 Schedule
    May 31, 2012
    SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University football team has added a game against Sewanee: University of the South to its 2012 schedule. Willamette and Sewanee will play each other on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Sewanee, Tennessee. Sewanee will complete the home-and-home series by playing at Willamette in 2013.
  • Willamette and Menlo Cancel Football Game
    May 23, 2012
    SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University and Menlo College (Calif.) have decided to cancel the football game between the two teams originally scheduled for Sept. 29 at McCulloch Stadium.
  • Willamette Announces 2012 Football Schedule
    April 17, 2012
    SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University's Glen Fowles has announced the 2012 football schedule in what will be his first season as the team's head coach. The schedule features five home games, as well as five games on the road.
  • Willamette Hires Sheppard as Offensive Coordinator for Football Team
    March 23, 2012
    SALEM, ORE. -- Brian Sheppard has been hired by Willamette University as the offensive coordinator for the Bearcat football team, Head Coach Glen Fowles announced today. Sheppard also will serve as the team‚??s quarterbacks coach.
  • Willamette Promotes Glen Fowles to Head Football Coach
    January 17, 2012
    SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University has promoted Glen Fowles to be the head football coach of the Bearcats, Athletic Director David Rigsby announced today. Fowles previously was the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Bearcats. He replaces Mark Speckman, who resigned last week to become the head football coach at Menlo College.
  • Willamette to Hold Press Conference to Introduce New Head Football Coach
    January 16, 2012
    SALEM, ORE. ‚?? Willamette University will hold a press conference to introduce its new head football coach on Tuesday, January 17 at 12 p.m. (PST) in the Kremer Board Room in Ford Hall (Room 102) on the Willamette campus. Athletic Director David Rigsby will introduce the new coach.
  • Full Access Sports Interviews David Rigsby
    January 13, 2012
    SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University's official web streaming partner, Full Access Sports, set up a telephone interview with WU Athletic Director David Rigsby on Friday, Jan. 13. Rigsby and Craig Spivey of Full Access Sports discussed the departure of long-time head football coach Mark Speckman and the search for his replacement.
  • Head Football Coach Mark Speckman Resigns
    January 11, 2012
    SALEM, ORE. -- Long-time Willamette University football Head Coach Mark Speckman, who has been with the Bearcats since being hired as the offensive coordinator in 1995, has resigned to take on a coaching position at another institution. A public announcement regarding his new position will be made on Thursday, Jan. 12. An updated story will be posted once additional information is available.
  • Head Football Coach Mark Speckman is Hired by Menlo College
    January 11, 2012
    SALEM, ORE. ‚?? Willamette University football Head Coach Mark Speckman, who has been with the Bearcats for 17 seasons, including 14 years as the head coach, has resigned to become the head football coach at Menlo College, in Atherton, Calif. Speckman attended Menlo as a student and graduated in 1977 when it was a junior college. Menlo is now a four-year college that competes in the NAIA.
  • Abney Plays in Tazon de Estrellas
    December 17, 2011
    PUEBLA, MEXICO -- Jamiere Abney (Sr., TB, Bremerton, WA/Bremerton HS) from Willamette University played in the 2011 Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars), but didn't record any statistics, as the CONADEIP All-Stars from Mexico defeated Team Stars & Stripes, 45-27, on Saturday, Dec. 17.
  • Abney Selected to play for Team Stars & Stripes in Tazon de Estrellas
    December 09, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University senior tailback Jamiere Abney (Bremerton, WA/Bremerton HS) has been selected to play for the NCAA Division III All-Star team that will take on the CONADEIP All-Stars from Mexico in the 2011 Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) on Saturday, Dec. 17 in Toluca, Mexico. Abney and the other U.S. players will compete for Team Stars & Stripes.
  • San Francisco Chronicle Features Speckman in Article about 49ers
    December 09, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University football Head Coach Mark Speckman is generally considered the nation's expert on the Fly Offense. After all, it's Speckman who took a few plays involving a flanker going in motion and turned them into a complete offense, which he has used throughout his career as a high school and college head coach.
  • Pacific Lutheran Defeats Willamette in Defensive Battle, 13-6
    November 12, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Pacific Lutheran University held Willamette University to just two field goals, as the Lutes defeated the Bearcats, 13-6, in a defensive battle at McCulloch Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 12. The Lutes concluded their season at 6-3 overall, 4-2 in the Northwest Conference. Willamette ended the year with a 4-6 record, including 3-3 in the NWC.
  • Rosselli Selected for D3football.com Team of the Week
    November 11, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University sophomore inside linebacker Jaden Rosselli (Santa Rosa, CA/Santa Rosa HS) has been named to the D3football.com Team of the Week for his defensive play in the Bearcat's 57-28 win over previously undefeated Lewis & Clark College on Saturday, Nov. 5.
  • Rosselli is Chosen as NWC Football Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week
    November 09, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University sophomore inside linebacker Jaden Rosselli (Santa Rosa, CA/Santa Rosa HS) has been chosen as the Northwest Conference Football Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for his efforts in the Bearcat's 57-28 win over previously undefeated Lewis & Clark College on Saturday, Nov. 5.
  • Bearcats to Honor Willamette's Pearl Harbor Football Team from 1941
    November 08, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University will honor the 1941 Bearcat football team and its contributions at Pearl Harbor during the season finale against Pacific Lutheran University on Saturday, Nov. 12 at McCulloch Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. (PST) for the Northwest Conference game.
  • Willamette Offense Rolls in 57-28 Victory over Lewis & Clark
    November 05, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University offense was on a roll against Lewis & Clark College on Saturday, Nov. 5, as the Bearcats recorded their highest score of the season in a 57-28 win over the Pioneers. It was the first loss of the season for L&C.
  • Whitworth Defeats Willamette, 25-24, in Two Overtimes
    October 29, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Whitworth University was successful on a two-point conversion attempt in the second overtime period, as the Pirates defeated Willamette University at McCulloch Stadium on Saturday, October 29. Quarterback Bryan Peterson of Whitworth threw the winning conversion pass to Austin Ehlo.
  • Willamette Battles Portland State of Division I in 36-10 Loss to Vikings
    October 22, 2011
    PORTLAND, ORE. -- Willamette University gave Portland State University a solid battle in their first-ever football meeting on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Jeld-Wen Field, but the Bearcats couldn't overcome two fumbles that were lost in the first quarter, as the Vikings prevailed, 36-10. PSU upped its record to 4-3, while Willamette dropped to 3-4.
  • Widing Chosen NWC Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week
    October 18, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University junior quarterback Brian Widing (Canby, OR/Canby HS) has been chosen as the Northwest Conference Football Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week for his efforts against the University of Puget Sound on Saturday, Oct. 15. Widing helped the Bearcats defeat the Loggers, 49-31.
  • Bearcats Intercept Five Passes in 49-31 Win over Loggers
    October 15, 2011
    TACOMA, WASH. -- Willamette University built a 42-14 lead midway through the third quarter, and then held off the University of Puget Sound for a 49-31 victory over the Loggers on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Baker Stadium. The Bearcats improved to 3-3 on the season, 2-1 in the Northwest Conference. Puget Sound remained winless at 0-6, including 0-3 in the NWC.
  • Bearcats Host Boxers at McCulloch Stadium at 1:30 p.m.
    October 08, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University football team will take on Northwest Conference rival Pacific University this afternoon (Sat., Oct. 8) at McCulloch Stadium. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. The game will complete Willamette's season-opening, 5-game homestand.
  • Seven Bearcats Score Touchdowns as Willamette Rolls Past Pacific, 49-7
    October 08, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University received touchdowns from seven different players and gained 464 yards of total offense, as the Bearcats defeated Pacific University, 49-7, on Saturday, Oct. 8 at McCulloch Stadium. The Bearcats upped their record to 2-3 on the season, 1-1 in the Northwest Conference, while Pacific fell to 0-5 overall, 0-2 in the NWC.
  • Bruno Selected NWC Football Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week
    October 05, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University senior outside linebacker Harmon Bruno (Danville, CA/San Ramon Valley HS) has been selected as the Northwest Conference Football Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for his accomplishments in the game between the Bearcats and #6-ranked Linfield College on Saturday, Oct. 1.
  • Rowan Earns NWC Football Special Teams Honor
    October 05, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Senior Mitch Rowan (PK/P, Cotati, CA/Rancho Cotate HS) of Willamette University has been named the Northwest Conference Football Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week for his efforts as a kicker and a punter against #6-ranked Linfield College on Saturday, Oct. 5. Rowan stood out for his successful kicking although Linfield won the game, 20-10.
  • Linfield Scores Early in Each Half, Holds off Willamette's Rally, 20-10
    October 01, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Linfield College scored a touchdown on its first possession in each half on its way to a 17-0 lead, but the Wildcats had to fend off a rally by Willamette before defeating the Bearcats, 20-10, on Saturday, Oct. 1 at McCulloch Stadium. Linfield, ranked #6 in the D3football.com Top 25, improved to 3-0 on the season. Willamette fell to 1-3 overall, with all three losses to nationally ranked teams.
  • Bearcats Take on Wildcats at 4 p.m. on Saturday at McCulloch Stadium
    September 30, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University will take on their nationally-ranked archrivals from Linfield College at 4 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, Oct. 1 at McCulloch Stadium. Game time is in late afternoon because the Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational in cross country will be held at the stadium and Bush's Pasture Park earlier in the day.
  • Speckman to be Interviewed on KPAM Radio on Sept. 28 at 7:45 p.m.
    September 28, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University football Head Coach Mark Speckman will be interviewed this evening by radio host Ron Callan on KPAM 860AM in the Portland metropolitan area tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 28). The interview is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. (PDT).
  • Knecht Honored as NWC Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week
    September 22, 2011
    SALEM, ORE. -- Junior wide receiver Jake Knecht (Issaquah, WA/Skyline HS/Illinois State Univ.) has been selected as the Northwest Conference Football Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week after providing several big plays on Saturday, Sept. 17, as Willamette defeated Southern Oregon University 31-9. Knecht contributed 213 all-purpose yards during the game.
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