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There are many places we have been recommended to see while in Copenhagen. This laundry list of good places for photo-ops to make Mom happy includes sites like Christiana, the Round Tower, Tivoli Amusement Park and the Carlsberg Brewery. However, there is one big name that will be sorely missing on everyone’s Copenhagen Bucket List this Fall – The Little Mermaid. She was stolen by none other than the Chinese. Well, I use the term “stolen” loosely.




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Discover all that Immigration debate Vesterbro can offer confirms doubts in struggling policy TYLER O’NEILL Wednesday, October 20, 2010

West of the city center, past Tivoli and beyond the pastel peacock that is the Palads movie house, there seems to be little to distinguish Vesterbro from the rest of Copenhagen proper. Tourists and natives bustle and halt in CPH’s usual stuttered flow. But once beyond the central vein of Vesterbrogade, the streets are no longer peopled with hornrimmed, slick-haired hipsters. READ MORE

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West of the city center, past Tivoli and beyond the pastel peacock that is the Palads movie house, there seems to be little to distinguish Vesterbro from the rest of Copenhagen proper. Tourists and natives bustle and halt in CPH’s usual stuttered flow. But once beyond the central vein of Vesterbrogade, the streets are no longer peopled with hornrimmed, slick-haired hipsters.



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Opposing immigration policy contenders, in a debate filled with sensationalism and few facts, agreed that the 2012 presidential election will have lasting impact on the nation’s border control plan. Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, and Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels, READ MORE


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As university departments across American campuses attempt to accommodate next year’s 2 percent decrease in operational funds, some programs have scaled back their student work force to meet the tighter university budget requirements.




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Cotton of the Carolinas produCes Conventional Cotton t-shirts that are grown, made and sold in north Carolina.

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ronnie Burleson is the farmer who grows the cotton for the cotton of the carolina shirts. “i feel good about (Cotton of the Carolinas). Not only is it good for everyone involved, but that it’s a product that we can produce and use here in the state,” Burleson said.

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ake a look at the label of your T-shirt. Does it say “Made in China” or “Made in Bangladesh?” Well Eric Henry of TS Designs in Burlington, N.C., has launched a T-shirt project that will sell shirts made entirely in North Carolina. Cotton of the Carolinas is designed as a collaboration between farmers and manufactures, producing T-shirts that support the local economy and have a low transportation footprint.

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Food And FiBer Locally produced goods offer additional advantages for societal independence. “Food and fiber, to me, is a national defense issue,” said Wes Morgan of Rolling Hills Gin in New London, N.C. “If something does happen and we can’t get stuff around the world, we need to be able to feed and clothe our population, that’s a very basic necessity of life,” Morgan said. According to the Berry Amendment, the Department of Defense is required to give preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured or home grown products, including “cotton and other natural fiber products, clothing and the materials and components thereof and food.” These products are required to be of 100 percent domestic origin. “I think it’s important that we keep our infrastructure so we can do that if we need to, and on a normal basis. Everyone can’t have office high-rise jobs in New York City shuffling paper, we need to keep everything else going, too,” Morgan said, emphasizing the importance of maintaining agricultural and manufacturing infrastructure in the United States.

LocAL cotton production Ronnie Burleson is the cotton farmer for the Cotton of the Carolinas cooperative. Burleson, a third generation farmer, has been farming in Stanley County, N.C., his whole life. His family was the first to bring cotton farming back to the Piedmont region in 1991 after it disappeared because of the boll weevil 40 years ago. Burleson’s farm, Thurman Burleson & Sons Farm, is the first step in the Cotton of the Carolinas project that TS Designs of Burlington launched to reconnect locally, producing conventional cotton T-shirts that are grown, made and sold in the Carolinas. When the cotton is ready, it travels less than a mile, down a street barely wide enough for a truck, to Morgan at the Rolling Hills Gin. One of the goals of Cotton of the Carolinas is to leave a small transportation footprint. A typical T-shirt can travel 17,000 miles, while a Cotton of the Carolinas T-shirt only travels 700 miles, according to Henry, president of TS Designs. “It’s just wasteful in my opinion,” Morgan said. “You’re wasting resources to haul cotton all the way around the world and back to make a T-shirt.” In 2007, there were 565,060 acres of cotton harvested in North Carolina, making it the sixth highest cotton and cotton seed producing state in the United States, according to the agricultural census. “Keeping it closer in, you don’t waste all of that transportation fuel, energy and natural resources. You’re also keeping people employed here,” Morgan said.

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HeLping your neigHBor According to Morgan, in the last six months it has been more important to keep people employed in the local community. “You hear more friends and neighbors getting laid off, things are downsizing,” he said. “It’s a world economy, we all know that now, but I think people are realizing that our money going overseas it not necessarily a good thing, and they don’t mind supporting their neighbor,” Burleson said. Burleson said he thinks people will want to help their neighbors stay in business, even though it might cost them a few cents more. “In the long term, you may expect your neighbor to help you one day,” Burleson said. He is optimistic that Cotton of the Carolinas could “help hold, produce and develop more job opportunities here in the Carolinas.” Henry said Cotton of the Carolinas has reconnected 700 people who are involved with the finished product, many of whom were previously excluded from production when the product went overseas. According to the U.S. Agricultural Census, there were 77,400 hired farm workers in North Carolina in 2007. Henry believes that if he wants people in the local community to be his customers, then he also needs to support them with jobs. reconnecting LocALLy “The most important thing you can do for the economic stimulus is to reconnect locally,” Henry said. “Ultimately, creating a product that is grown domestically, made domestically and sold domestically will be our best long-term impact for jobs and economic development.” The Rolling Hills Gin separates the cotton fibers from the cotton seeds. Once the cotton is grown by Burleson, it goes down the street to the Rolling Hills Gin to separate the cotton from the seed. From there the cotton is spun, knitted, finished, cut and sewn all in the state of North Carolina before it gets to TS Designs in Burlington where it is printed and dyed. “Fifty years ago, we could have done this in Stanley County, we could have grown it, ginned it, produced T-shirts – the whole nine yards. Now, no shirt is done like that in the United States, period,” Morgan said. The “Harvest ‘08” product was entirely produced in North Carolina, but Henry said Cotton of the Carolinas plans on expanding to South Carolina in the future. The first two batches will also be sold entirely in North and South Carolina through retail and wholesale channels. TS Designs now makes two different kinds of T-shirts. Its original product is called Clothing Facts and is made from organic cotton, free from pesticides and all other chemicals. Cotton of the Carolinas is made with conventional cotton from North Carolina. The Cotton of the Carolina T-shirts cost $8 to $12, depending on the dye and printing of the shirt. Brian Morrell of Mortex Apparel, who is responsible for the knitting, cutting and sewing steps of the T-shirts, works with Henry and Eric Michel of TS Designs. “The biggest challenge is definitely education,” Michel said. “You say organic and automatically people get it. They might not know what it means, but they get that it’s going to be more

cotton BLoSSom the cotton plants of the cotton of the carolina’s cooperative is some of the few plants grown in the u.S. that stay within the country during the entire t-shirt manufacturing process. HAndFuL oF SeedS Batches of raw cotton seeds like these make t-shirts that sell from $8 to $12. in A roW Spinning the cotton into thin fibers is the third out of the nine step process to turn raw cotton into a t-shirt. tHorougH inSpection After the cotton is ginned, it is spun, using a series of machines that turn the cotton into yarn. cotton of the carolinas cotton is spun at patrick yarns in Kings mountain, n.c.

expensive. But when they think of a conventional cotton shirt that’s made with a very small transportation footprint, they’ll probably think cheaper so it’s just about the education on why it’s more expensive.” Elon student Sarah Babcock, who owns three TS Designs shirts, said, “more companies need to start running their businesses like TS Designs. While it may be hard to pay higher prices for shirts as college students, I believe that it is an investment in our future.”

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Villanova, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Michigan or Connecticut? Just three games stand between one of these school’s men’s basketball teams and the 2009 NCAA Championship. Those same three games separate sports gambling enthusiasts from billions of dollars wagered on the outcome of brackets filled out at the tournament’s beginning in a college basketball phenomenon known as March Madness. The NCAA estimates that one in 10 Americans will complete an NCAA Tournament bracket this year. At Elon, nearly 68 percent of students reported filling out a March Madness bracket in a voluntary online survey of 100 students conducted by The Pendulum March 23-27. “Whether or not you’re a sports fan, March Madness is a national sensation. Personally, it is one of my favorite sporting events during the year,” freshman Steven MacDougall said. “The excitement is undeniable when filling out the brackets with friends and family.” RACKING UP THE DOUGH The Nevada Gaming Commission estimates legal wagering on March Madness at $80 to 90 million, and Nevada is the only place where sports gambling is legal. In Nevada, bets are placed on the NCAA tournament not only by filling out the popular brackets but also on the outcome of each game. Legal March Madness bets pale in comparison with the more than $7 billion that sports gambling analyst Danny Sheridan estimates trades hands illegally through office pools, bets with friends, online betting and betting with bookies, according to Fox Business. The NCAA Basketball Tournament is just one of numerous sporting events on which people place bets. While March Madness focuses media attention on the issue of sports gambling, bets are placed on all sports ranging from professional to pick-up games. Every year, as much as $380 billion is bet illegally on sports, according to the National Gaming Impact Study Commission. BREAKING DOWN THE BRACKETS March Madness brackets are a beginner-level variety of sports gambling. Bettors pick teams to win each game in the tournament, advancing their favorites to the finals and selecting an NCAA champion and then submit their brackets to pools. Winnings are determined based on which bracket in the pool is the most correct, thus earning the most points. Points are awarded for each correct pick, with more points awarded for correct picks at higher levels as the teams are narrowed down from the original 65 to 32, then to the Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight, the Final Four and the championship game. E-TV’s “One on One” sports program aired its own “bracketology,” picking winners for all 63 tournament games and debating the merits of each pick. “A lot of people do it for the social aspect,” said co-host Chris Bunn. “Picking brackets doesn’t require a deep knowledge (of sports wagering), and a lot of people want to try and outsmart their friends. It’s a lot of luck and chance.” Filling out a bracket is not illegal itself, as long as it is submitted to a pool that is purely for sport and not for money. Popular media networks like ESPN and Elon’s Pendulum sponsor legal March Madness pools. BEATING THE ODDS Sports betting, though, encompasses much more than March Madness brackets. There are bets placed on every game, with money riding on the games’ outcome. It starts with the “Vegas odds” that decide which team is the favor ite, s and

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and which is the underdog. Then the “point spread” is decided. The point spread is the number of points by which the underdog is supposed to lose. When gamblers “take the points,” it means they think the underdog will be within the spread, while “giving the points” means they expect the underdog will not be within the spread. Outside of March Madness, the Super Bowl and the World Series are top draws for bettors. And sometimes that can interfere with the game itself. A SORDID PAST Gambling and sports have a messy history dating back to the 1919 Black Sox scandal, when bettors bribed members of the Chicago White Sox to throw the World Series. Perhaps most famously, former baseball player Pete Rose voluntarily accepted a permanent ban from Major League Baseball in 1989 for allegedly betting on Cinicinnati Reds games while managing the team. Rose’s gambling, confirmed in his 2004 autobiography, “My Prison Without Bars,” stripped him of a spot in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In June 2007, the FBI announced it was investigating Tim Donaghuey, a NBA referee from 1994 to 2007, for making calls that affected the point spread of games, one of which he was refereeing. Donaghuey pleaded guilty to charges and was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Rick Neuheisel, a former Washington Huskies football coach, lost his job after he was caught betting on the 2003 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. BANNING BETS The NCAA vehemently opposes sports gambling and punishes collegiate athletes’ participation in such activity with ineligibility. The association’s manual states, “The NCAA opposes sports gambling because it undermines and carries the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contests and because it sends the wrong message concerning the purpose and meaning of ‘sport.’” Elon students that were polled were split 50/50 on whether they felt coaches, players and officials should be penalized for their involvement in sports gambling. “I think that it is comparable to cheating on a test," freshman Frank Stiefel said. “It is your job and gambling on sporting events damages the integrity of the game and those who play it. Coaches and refs should be fired and players should be banned from playing and become ineligible for the Hall of Fame. However jail time can be excessive, depending on the degree of the crime.” GAMING GOES ON Although sports leagues publicly discourage gambling on sports, there doesn’t seem to be much they can do to stop people outside the organizations from placing bets on the games. “I fill out a bracket nearly every year, usually a bunch of them,” MacDougall says. More than 41 percent of college students report participating in some form of gambling each year, according to the Indiana Problem Gambling Awareness Program at Indiana University. Eleven percent of Elon students reported gambling at least $25 per year on sports, with 3 percent wagering $100 or more. “I like making bets with my friends, even without money. You can gamble with different things – it can just be friendly,” Elon freshman Scott Immel said.

WAGERING DANGEROUSLY “Most people can gamble responsibly and never develop a problem. For some, gambling develops into a problem for which they have little to no control,” said Mary Lay, project manager of the Indiana Problem Gambling Awareness Program, in a press release. “Problem gambling can lead to financial devastation, crime and poor physical and mental health, including an increased risk of substance abuse, depression and suicide.” Problem gambling among college students is more than double that of the general population, with an estimated 3 to 4 percent of college student gamblers developing into problem gamblers, according to Lay,. She attributes increased gambling in part to students’ easy access to credit cards and more than 2,000 betting Web sites available. A simple Google search for “March Madness betting” returns nearly 80 million hits featuring everything from online gambling clubs to wagering odds to news articles on the proliferation of people placing bets on the NCAA’s Basketball Tournament. The popular socialnetworking site Facebook has more than 500 groups dedicated to the tournament. Sixty-three percent of Elon students polled said they think online gambling is legal, when in reality it is not. While nearly 91 percent said they had never gambled online, this lack of knowledge can lead to unknowingly participating in illegal activity. Friendly March Madness pools challenging friends to predict this year’s NCAA champions may not be completely harmless, even if there’s no money at stake. It may be a gateway to problem gambling. BREAKING THE BANK Thirty-seven percent of Elon students surveyed said they had gambled on sports, legally or illegally. “Many students participate in online gambling and do not understand that it is a (honor code) violation that can have serious consequences,” Coordinator for Judicial Affairs Whitney Pack Gregory said. Pack Gregory said many cases of gambling go unreported, as the victim in the instance is the bettor. Two cases of gambling were reported to judicial affairs in 2008. “In the two cases that were reported to us last year, the violation came to light because students had stolen money or credit cards from roommates/ suitemates who were not gambling in order to gamble online or pay for gambling debts,” Pack Gregory said. Elon’s sanctions for a first-time gambling violation range from probation to suspension, with the possibility of an additional educational program or project and/or a counseling assessment and completion of recommendations, according to the student handbook. Problem gambling among college students is characterized by spending more time or money on gambling than intended, lying to friends and family about gambling and missing class and grades dropping due to preoccupation with gambling among other things, according to the Indiana Problem Gambling Awareness Program. Lay said college students and anyone else who bets on sporting events should remember that sports betting is illegal in every state, except Nevada, and that there are risks involved with gambling.

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ALL-TIME RECORD VS. DAVIDSON Davidson leads 16-1 RECORD LAST SEASON 4-7 overall, 3-5 in Pioneer League HOW ELON FARED LAST SEASON This will be the first game Elon has faced Davidson since 1954.

ALL-TIME RECORD VS. FURMAN Furman leads 10-2 RECORD LAST SEASON 7-5 overall, 4-4 in SoCon HOW ELON FARED LAST SEASON Elon defeated Furman 31-10 at home.

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RECORD LAST SEASON 4-8 overall, 1-4 in Big South Conference

RECORD LAST SEASON 8-5, 4-4 in Atlantic Coast Conference

HOW ELON FARED LAST SEASON Elon defeated Presbyterian at home by the score of 66-12.

HOW ELON FARED LAST SEASON This game will be the program’s secondever game against an FBS opponent. Last time they played was 1939.



RECORD LAST SEASON 4-8 overall, 2-5 in SoCon

RECORD LAST SEASON 1-11 overall, 0-8 in SoCon

FAST FACT The Citadel is led by one of the top wide receivers at the FCS level, senior Andre Roberts.

FAST FACT Chattanooga will be in a rebuilding year after a 1-11 season. New head coach Russ Huesman will bring back 16 starters from last season.

ALL-TIME RECORD VS. GEORGIA SOUTHERN Georgia Southern leads 7-2 RECORD LAST SEASON 6-5 overall, 4-4 in SoCon HOW ELON FARED LAST SEASON Former kicker Andrew Wilcox led the Phoenix with five field goals in a 22-20 victory.

ALL-TIME RECORD VS. WOFFORD Wofford leads series 10-22 RECORD LAST SEASON 9-3 overall, 7-1 in SoCon FAST FACT Last season Wofford finished second in the conference. Wofford was defeated by James Madison in the first round of the FCS playoffs last season.









RECORD LAST SEASON 3-9 overall, 1-7 in SoCon

RECORD LAST SEASON 11-3 overall, 8-0 in SoCon

HOW ELON FARED LAST SEASON Elon won 33-14 on Nov. 8 at home.

FAST FACT Appalachian State is the defending Southern Conference Champions.

ALL-TIME RECORD VS. SAMFORD Elon leads 5-2. RECORD LAST SEASON 6-5 overall, 4-4 in SoCon HOW ELON FARED AGAINST LAST SEASON Elon defeated Samford 23-17 last season in the Bulldogs’ first Division I football game at Rhodes Stadium.



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It’s not often that a true freshman quarterback is named a starter in Division I football. But when now-junior quarterback Scott Riddle was named the starter of the Phoenix team at the start of the 2007 season, a new phase of Elon football began. “I heard he was cocky to be honest with you," senior wide receiver Terrell Hudgins said. "But you have to give everyone a chance. Don’t read the book by its cover. After talking with him and watching him, he’s become one of my best friends.” Even before Riddle began his Elon career, Hudgins was a First Team All-Southern Conference selection by the media and a Second Team All-Southern Conference pick by the league’s coaches in his freshman season. But when the two took the field together for the first time in 2008, a new excitement was in the air. “I was coming to games before I played here and got a chance to see him play,” Riddle said. “I was excited to play with him.” In, 2007, their first season together both players had career seasons. Hudgins led the Football Championship Subdivision in receptions per game with 10.6 and receiving yards per game with 134 yards. As a freshman, Riddle averaged 347 yards of total offense, good enough for a SoCon single-season mark as well as an NCAA freshman record. “We didn't really have a starting quarterback when (Scott) came in,” Hudgins said. “We had a (offensive) coordinator that threw the ball 90 percent of the time. We had a bond then, on the field. We’re like Batman and Robin.” Last season was the duo’s second season together and the expectations continued to rise. As a junior, Hudgins became Elon’s and the SoCon’s alltime leader in receptions with 272, and also set the same records in touchdown receptions and receiving yards with 36


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and 3,617 respectively. Riddle became Elon’s all-time leader in completions, 609, passing attempts, 935, and passing yards, 6,688. He also set the same record with touchdown passes, 55, and total offensive yards with 6,615. Their chemistry is a testament to the success the two have had. “We’ve been clicking a little better than the other guys since we’ve been doing it for three years,” Riddle said. This season will be the duo’s last together, and the expecations are greater than ever. In his senior year, Hudgins has taken more of a leadership role. “He has taken more ownership being part of the receiving core,” Riddle said. Earlier this summer, Hudgins said he tried to help the defensive backs out during practice showing them different schemes to look for when guarding wide receivers. For Riddle, Hudgins and the rest of the Phoenix team, the expectations are high this season. “We feel like we’re players that have big roles on the team, and can do big things for us and take us where we need to go,” Riddle said. The goal is simple for both players — to win every game. Personal accolades are irrelevant for the two players on a mission. “I'm focused on winning and getting a championship,” Hudgins said. “I think I broke enough (records) for a career so I'm focused on us winning and executing what we have to do.” Regardless of the outcome this season, Hudgins and Riddle have cemented themselves in the record books of Elon football. “I try not to think about it being all over,” Hudgins said. “Sometimes I’m sitting in the room thinking and I realize this is my last year with Scott. It’ll be sad at the end, but if we go out on top … it’ll be perfect.”

Combination of new members and consistent starters will fuel team this season Pam Richter Sports Editor

When Elon seniors David Harrison and Walker White took the field their freshman season, the Phoenix had an overall record of 5-6 and 2-5 in the Southern Conference. Now as seniors, both Harrison and White have witnessed a turnaround of the Phoenix program. In their second season at Elon the team posted a 7-4 record, with a 4-3 mark in league play. The third season the Phoenix went 8-4, 6-2 in the conference and narrowly missed the playoffs. In this, their final season, Harrison and White make up a veteran Elon team that returns eight starters on offense and nine on defense. “This is my last time,” Harrison said. “I can’t really afford to stall out again because I don’t have another season at Elon.” Balancing veterans team and a team of newcomers to the program is presenting somewhat of a challenge for head coach Pete Lembo. “You don’t want to move ahead too far too fast because the veteran guys can still get more detail in their approach in even the basic things we do,” Lembo said, “while those young players are learning how to get lined up and conduct themselves as an Elon player.” On the offensive line, second-year captain Harrison rejoins a group that is returning all starters. He said the team has depth in the backup positions on the line as well. As for White, he will be part of a set of defensive backs led by seniors Karlos Sullivan, Cameron McGlenn and Nolan Ward. “When you are a senior, you realize that you are getting old and this is your last go around and that you want to make the best opportunity and the best out of what you got,” White said. “There’s a sense of urgency.” Coming into the 2009 season, the Phoenix is ranked in the top-15 in four preseason polls, including The Sporting News, Any Given Saturday, Athlon Sports and Lindy’s. Most recently, Elon was ranked No. 11 by the Football Coaching Subdivison Coaches poll. Last year’s records are a testament to the strong preseason rankings. It was the first time in nine years the team had eight wins. The team also knocked off three FCS top-25 teams for the first time in program history. Despite this success, the Phoenix missed the playoffs last season. A 26-3 loss in the last week of the season to No. 20 Liberty eliminated the team from playoff contention. For the past two seasons, the offensive attack has been led by junior quarterback Scott Riddle and senior wide receiver Terrell Hudgins. It should be no different this season with both players returning with even more experience. “It’s a matter of continuing to bring all of them along and

figuring out who can help us,” Lembo said. Junior Brandon Newsome and sophomores A.J. Harris, Jamal Shuman and Dontay Taylor will all be battling for significant time carrying the ball. With a balanced offensive attack, Elon will face the same tough competition it did last season in the SoCon, with both Appalachian State and Wofford making the FCS playoffs. Elon also has a notable game in its nonconference schedule at Wake Forest. On Sept. 19, the Phoenix will travel to Wake Forest to play the Demon Deacons. Last season, Wake Forest went 8-5 overall. This is only the second time in the history of the Elon program the team will play a school in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The previous time, Elon faced the University of South Florida during the 2007 season. The Phoenix will finish its home schedule in a matchup against Applachian State on Nov. 14. This season, the Mountaineers will be strong once again led by senior All-American quarterback Armanti Edwards. For White and the rest of the Phoenix, only one goal is in mind - to win a championship. “My main goal is to stand up with a SoCon championship and hopefully go on to do great in the playoffs,” White said.

FILE PHOTO Junior running back Brandon Newsome is one of four tailbacks competing for time at the position. Last season Newsome was selected to the Second Team All-SoCon.

There’s no question the Phoenix offense will receive a lot of attention. After a significant improvement from the 2007-2008 season, the defense is beginning to receive attention as well. But one part of the 2009 Elon football team that may be overshadowed is special teams. “The thing about special teams is that it really controls a lot of different things,” Elon special teams coach Dave Ungerer said. “The biggest thing is field position. When the ball is kicked there’s a lot of real estate that is being captured one way or the other because the ball is in the air a long time.” Last season, the Phoenix special teams were led by, now alumni, placekicker Andrew Wilcox and punter Brandon Lane. Wilcox led the Football Championship Subdivision and the Southern Conference in field goals, averaging 1.83 per game during the 2008 season. He nailed five field goals last season in a Sept. 20 game against Georgia Southern, including a game-winner. Lane finished his Elon career second in school history in punting average. He averaged 41.4 yards per kick during his fouryear career at Elon. This season, the Phoenix special teams will be faced with the challenge of replacing both Wilcox and Lane. When Ungerer was at Oregon State University last season, he was faced with the same challenge – replacing the kicker and punter in the same season. He said that experience helps him for the challenge that will be in front of him with the Phoenix. “I feel a lot better (this season), because I went through it last year with two true freshmen,” Ungerer said. “Here, at least the kids aren’t true freshmen.” Sophomores Eric Carstens and Andy Leffler are competing for the punting job. “Any time you have young kids, young guys are going to make a mistake and are going to have some growing period and you have to be patient with them,” Ungerer said. As for a placekicker, redshirted freshman Adam Schriner has been doing a “solid job” according to Lembo. He said freshman Kenton Beal and Carstens are competing for time in that position as well, and the team has “healthy competition” in both jobs. “We’ve got guys who have given us great effort,” Lembo said. “Now we’ve got to figure out who can be the most consistent for us.” Looking beyond the kicker and the punter, the Phoenix has depth in other positions in the special teams. “I think we have a really good core group of kids that have a chance to be a very fast coverage team,” Ungerer said. Ungerer said sophomore running back Jamal Shuman is a player he sees as a good candidate for a return man. The coach also mentioned junior wide receiver Lance Camp and sophomore running back Dontay Taylor. Sorting out the punting and kicking situation at Elon is just one challenge Ungerer has faced in his coaching career in college football programs across the nation, including University of Maryland, Alabama University and Oregon State University. “Hopefully there are no surprises,” Ungerer said. “Because of the places that I’ve been and the experiences I’ve had, I can prepare the players when they get out there. They have the answer to the question.”


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