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10407989_864896286905314_4278800280338809763_nArguably one of the greatest defense backs to ever play in the National Football League, Darrell Ray Green paid a visit to students and staff at Texas A&M University-Kingsville not just to talk about his legacy, but on the impact his former school had on him in his pro football career.

Born in Houston, Green attended Jesse H. Jones High School where he was an All-State selection in track and an All-City pick in football before he would go on to play college football and track at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M-Kingsville).

“There was so much freedom to grow and develop at A&I,” Green said.

Green played 19 years in the NFL before being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

“People told me the truth and stuck to their word and that played a huge impact on my career. The leadership that is still present today whether it has been successful or not, has had good people with a good head on their shoulders.”

In 1982, Green was selected by his teammates as captain and was named first team All-American, grabbing the Most Valuable Player award in the Lone Star Conference.

During his senior year, Green had 56 tackles, four interceptions and two punt returns for touchdowns.

He was selected to the Lone Star Conference Team of the Decade for the 1980s.

“I got most of my experience playing here at A&I,” Green said. “The Lone Star Conference was very competitive when I played and most guys went on to play in the NFL.”

Green was the last player selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.

The first time he touched the ball, during a pre-season game against the Atlanta Falcons, he returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown and during his first regular-season game, he made his first big play when he ran down running back Tony Dorsett of the Dallas Cowboys to prevent a touchdown.

Green started all 16 regular season games during his rookie season and finished fourth on the team in tackles with 109 and led the team in solo tackles with 79.

Green was runner-up for the Associated Press NFL Rookie of the Year Award.

“It’s good to be back where it all started and I hope now I can have an impact on others and our students,” Green said.

“All around the country there are issues but I hope we can have that impact through mentoring and I’m sure glad that we can be here today,” he said.

Green said it was good to visit his “old stomping grounds” again.

Green also was on campus to  promote Leadership with the THINK Summit, which promotes the importance of self-confidence for youth. More than youth participated.

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Javelina football players break from spring practice.
Javelina football players break from spring practice.

With spring football wrapping up, first year head coach Daren Wilkinson and the Texas A&M University-Kingsville football team will wrap up practices at the Make A Wish Spring Game at Javelina Stadium on Saturday.

“We are looking for guys giving good effort,” Wilkinson said. “The players need to understand that they have to keep fighting harder from first snap to last whistle.”

The Javelinas will have their first spring tailgate with every student on campus invited to attend.

“I think it is great to have football back in general,” business major and Javelina football fan Marissa Torres said. “The tailgates are always fun and it always gets everyone ready for the season. I hope our team is better since we have a new coach and I just hope the weather doesn’t ruin the tailgate.”

The Javelinas are coming off a 3-13 season that not only put them out of contention early, but it was to bring the change at head coach giving Wilkinson and his new coaching staff the nod. David Brown II, Phil Serchia and Ronnie Palmer will join Wilkinson for the first time this season.

Brown II takes over as defensive coordinator after a season as the secondary and safeties coach at the University of Wyoming.

“We are starting with a clean slate,” said Wilkinson. “We have not plugged in a player as the starter in any position. Everybody has the opportunity to show us what they’ve got and prove to us why they belong here.”

The first tailgate of 2015 will begin at 3 p.m. with kickoff set to begin at 6.

“I am expecting a good game, we drafted teams today and I am excited about my team,” quarterback Trey Mitchell said. “What excites me the most is that I just get to have fun playing my last spring game.”

Daren Wilkinson is the 10th head coach in TAMUK's history.

Less than 48 hours after winning the Division II National Championship as the offensive coordinator of Colorado State University-Pueblo, Daren Wilkinson was introduced to a jam-packed McCulley Hall as the 10th head coach in Javelina Football history.

Wilkinson has 17 years of experience in coaching in college football, from Division II to Division I. In his last two seasons with the Thunder Wolves of CSU-Pueblo, his teams ranked in the top ten of total offense. In 2013 his Thunder Wolves offense averaged 509.3 yards per contest with 42.7 points per game.

This past season, the Thunder Wolves put up 406.6 yards per game and 35.1 points per contest.

Wilkinson said that he wants to bring the winning tradition back to Kingsville, he noted that it’s going to take hard work in the offseason with a commitment to team football.

“To be able to have the privilege to lead this program, and to be the face of this program it’s an unbelievable honor. I’m excited for that challenge,” Wilkinson said. “It takes a commitment from everybody, in terms of work ethic, in terms of belief and in terms of trust with each other.”

Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation Scott Gines said that the hiring of Wilkinson is one that has superstar potential written all over it. Gines went on to say that Wilkinson’s strong Division II ties, player development and successful rebuilding experiences were key to hiring Wilkinson.

“I am confident we hired a great fit leader, who’s going to have comprehensive success in the classroom, scoreboard, community and on campus with our fans and donors.” Gines said.

Wilkinson went on to elaborate the importance of playing as a true team. He went on to say that this year’s team will be one that others will be cautious of playing this season.

“I promise you we’re going to play team football, we’re going to play football the way it is meant to be played. We’re going to be the hardest working crew on that schedule. We are going to be tough, we’re going to hit, block and tackle. That’s what football is.” Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson said that when it comes to changing the attitude with the current team coming off of two straight losing seasons, it’s going to take a total effort from the staff and the players beginning with the new year.

“Championships are not built in August or September, they’re built in January. That’s where the foundation is laid. Getting the team gelled as a unit starting in January In terms of winning games in December when you make a run in the playoffs.” Wilkinson said.

“Being accountable, that’s going to be a huge word our players are going to learn to understand, what it means to be accountable.” Wilkinson added.

Wilkinson’s first game as head coach of the Javelinas will come when they visit San Antonio to take part in a non-conference match up with NCAA FCS member University of the Incarnate Word on Sept. 5 at 7 p.m.

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Quarterback Trey Mitchell went 16-28 for 174 yards passing and added 93 yards rushing with two touchdowns in the Javelinas 41-16 victory over McMurry University.
Quarterback Trey Mitchell went 16-28 for 174 yards passing and added 93 yards rushing with two touchdowns in the Javelinas 41-16 victory over McMurry University.

The Javelina football team ended a season of disappointment on the right note, picking up their first conference win in their final game of the season with a 41-16 victory over the McMurry Warhawks on Nov. 15 for a seventh place finish in the 2014 season.

The Javelinas broke their eight game losing streak in the process while exacting revenge on the Warhawks who defeated the Javelinas earlier in the season at Wilford Moore Stadium 27-21.

Interim head coach Jaime Martinez said that he is proud of the way the team handled the game, especially the seniors.

“It is a great feeling to end the season with a win, especially for our seniors that have been influential for a number of years,” Martinez said. “Offensively, we were able to stick to our game plan and run the ball and control the clock.”

The Javelinas got on the board countering the Warhawks first touchdown of the evening, Joe Te’o scored in a 21 yard run to even the game up at 7-7 with 3:06 left in the first quarter. The drive took five plays, 35 yards and 1:49 off the clock.

The Javelinas went on to score 20 consecutive points against the Warhawks and took a 20-7 lead going into halftime.

Trey Mitchell added a seven-yard touchdown run on a two play, 17-yard drive with 8:20 left in the second half.

Chaz Adams scored his first career touchdown as time expired before heading into halftime off an 11-yard pass from Mitchell to make the score 20-7.

Joe Te’o added his second touchdown of the evening with a one yard run off a four play, 24 yard drive that gave the Javelinas a commanding 27-7 lead with 2:37 left in the third quarter.

Mitchell added his second touchdown run of the game with a six yard run in the middle of the fourth quarter to give the Javelinas a 34-9 lead to virtually put the game out of reach.

Martinez said that he was impressed with Trey’s performance against McMurry.

“Trey played well and our special teams forced a ton of turnovers,” Martinez said. “The defensive coaches really emphasized on playing physical and our guys played well.”

The Javelinas scored their final touchdown of the season when Shawn Vasquez rushed in for nine yards after a six play; 55-yard drive gave the Javelinas a 41-16 lead.

The Javelinas for the season averaged 17.5 points per game, they also averaged 176.1 yards per game and had a total rushing yardage of 1,937.

The Javelinas averaged 154.5 passing yards per game with a total passing yardage of 1,700. The team averaged 330.6 yards per game total and amassed 3,637 of total offense for the 2014 season.

Shawn Vasquez led the team in total rushing yards with 585; he had five rushing touchdowns on the season with 117 attempts.

Jordan Thomas led the team in receptions with 41 total and also led the team in receiving yards with 547 and touchdowns with three receptions.

Trey Mitchell on the year went 116-224 with 11 interceptions for 1,134 yards with three touchdowns. Mitchell added eight touchdown runs on the year and rushed for 582, second best on the behind Vasquez respectively.

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Javelinas' wide receiver Deondric Loftin catches a pass and attempts to blaze down the field.
Javelinas’ wide receiver Deondric Loftin catches a pass and attempts to blaze down the field.

BLACKWATER DRAW, N.M.—The Javelina football team now sits with a 1-9 overall record after bringing back another loss to Javelina Nation when they were defeated by Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Stadium, with a 61-7 loss on Nov. 8.

The Greyhounds were able to score their first touchdown with 7:50 left in the first quarter when Javelina defensive linemen Braedon Robinson received two penalties which helped the Hounds gain 10 yards. Then with 2:06 left, the Hounds scored again with a 7-yard E’lon Spight run.

In the beginning of the second quarter, the Hounds fumbled and the Hogs’ defensive back Tre Oliver gained his first fumble recovery of his two-year career as a Javelina. During that fifth possession, of the game the Javelinas still weren’t able to make it past the Hounds defensive line and the Greyhounds were able to put up three more touchdowns.

By the end of the first half the Javelinas found themselves in distress when ENMU’s E’lon Spight put up four of his five touchdowns with 103 rushing yards. He also broke a record for the Hounds by getting his 19th rushing touchdown of the season while the Hogs have 20 as a team.

Junior wide receiver Jordan Thomas said the defensive line had a tough time stopping Spight and the Greyhounds and the team just has to work on the little details in the game to propel to the next level.

“He’s pretty good, he broke two records. I feel like tonight our defense had a tough time but I feel like they did a good job of trying to contain him for as long as they can but the triple option that they run is pretty hard to stop throughout a whole game,” Thomas said.

After coming back from halftime the Hogs still weren’t quite ready to deal with the Hounds letting them put up two more touchdowns to give the Greyhounds a 34-0 lead.

Finally, late in the third the Javelinas found themselves scoring with a 13- play, 70- yard drive from Greg Pitre making the score 47-7 with 1:20 left.

This was the first time that the Javelinas scored against the Greyhounds all season but that one touchdown didn’t faze the Hounds one bit.

When the fourth quarter came the Greyhounds added two more rushing touchdowns defeating the Javelinas and leaving them in the dirt with a score of 61- 7.

This leaves the Javelinas with a 0-8 Lone Star Conference record and an eight game losing streak. However the season is not over for the Javelinas. They will play in their final game of the season against No. 7 McMurry University. Earlier in the season the Hogs had a close game with the War Hawks but still fell behind with a 27-21 loss.

Interim Head Coach Jaime Martinez said he is proud of his team because they are hanging in and trying but at the end of the day the Hogs have to start somewhere and they start with little things.

“At the end of the day pressure is something I really don’t consider, I care about the kids and I’m just trying to find a way to get these guys in a position to win a football game,” Martinez said.

“We got to go back next week and work; we got to go back and see what we did wrong against them the first time and I think they have a pretty good quarterback and we got to make sure that we are putting the ball in the end zone.”

The game against McMurry will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Wilford Moore Stadium in Abilene, Texas. The game will begin at 7 p.m.

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The last time the two teams played, the War Hawks beat the Javelinas 27-21
The last time the two teams played, the War Hawks beat the Javelinas 27-21

The Javelina football team is entering their final game of the 2014 season with another rematch, this time against the McMurry University War Hawks.

The Javelinas return to Abilene, the site of the first meeting when they lost to the War Hawks by a score of 27-21 on Sept. 27. This time, both teams will be fighting for the seventh place spot in the Lone Star Conference.

The Javelinas enter this game with an overall record of 1-9 and an LSC record of 0-7. The Javelinas will be looking to exact revenge on their opponents, considering this will be the last time these two teams meet in football for quite a long time.

Last time against the Javelinas, the War Hawks took advantage of three interceptions: Two from starting quarterback Alex Rios, and one from Sebastian Taylor that sealed the deal and stopped the Javelinas attempt at a comeback victory with less than two minutes left in the ball game.

The War Hawks rushed for 170 yards total as a team and averaged five yards per carry against the Javelinas. The War Hawks also put up 213 passing yards and averaged 11.8 yards per pass.

McMurry overall had put up 383 total yards on 64 plays.

Quarterback Matt McHugh, a native from Ingleside, TX burned the Javelinas with his ability to scramble and improvise with his feet. McHugh went 17-29 for 202 yards and three passing touchdowns.

Chris Simpson led the War Hawks with 15 carries for 99 yards and averaged 6.6 yards per carry on the Javelina defense.

Paxton Grayer caused havoc against the Javelinas in the run and receiving department.  He had six rushed for 39 yards and one touchdown while adding five receptions for 24 yards and one touchdown.

Jeret Smith led the receivers with 65 yards and three receptions for one touchdown while Charles Agugua added 64 yards total receiving off three receptions and one touchdown, respectively.

The Javelinas as a team put up 227 yards rushing while averaging 4.5 yards per carry. They put up 177 yards passing for one touchdown from Jordan Thomas coming off the arm of quarterback Taylor. Overall they put up 404 total yards on 82 plays from scrimmage.

The Javelinas and the War Hawks kicked off this Saturday, Nov. 15 for seventh place in the LSC. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

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The Javelinas started strong, but ultimately could not stop the Mustangs’ explosive offense.

The Javelinas trailed 10-7 at halftime this past Saturday against the Midwestern State University Mustangs, but unfortunately for them the Mustangs offense woke up and exploded for 38 straight unanswered points en route to a 48-7 blowout victory over the Javelinas.

The Javelinas saw their overall record fall to 1-8 on the season and their Lone Star Conference regular season record finish at 0-7 on the season. The Javelinas are currently on a seven game losing streak and a 13 game LSC losing streak and haven’t won a conference game since Nov. 10, 2012.

Senior wide receiver Musa Mahmud said that the team needs to keep their heads up as they head to the final two weeks of the season.

“At the end of the day we got to stay the course and continue to fight,” Mahmud said. “That’s one of the biggest things this season has taught me. At the end of the day I’m a Javelina with pride, despite everything happening, I’m playing for my teammates.”

The Javelinas started out the game trailing 3-0 before they found the end zone off a Shawn Vasquez five yard run gave the Javelinas a 7-3 lead with 12:53 in the second quarter.

The Mustangs started the second half trailing 10-7 and started the scoring with a Chauncey Harris 60 yards touchdown run that took two plays and 65 yards and gave the Mustangs a 17-7 victory with 14:28 left in the third quarter.

Just a couple minutes later receiver Statron Jones caught a 30-yard pass from Jake Glover that took three plays and 65 yards and took 1:31 seconds to give the Mustangs a 24-7 lead.

The Mustangs added their third touchdown in less than five minutes into the third quarter with a Don Jerry 19 yard run that took four plays, 56 yards and 0:43 seconds to give the Mustangs a commanding 31-7 lead.

The Mustangs added three more touchdowns on the evening to eventually take the game and earn them a playoff spot for the LSC championship.

The Javelinas as a team amassed a total of 96 rushing yards on 38 attempts and averaged 2.5 yards per carry.

The Javelinas passed for 51 total yards on 7-19 passing and averaged 2.7 yards per pass attempt.

The Javelinas put up a total of 147 offensive yards on 57 total plays run from scrimmage.

Midwestern State put up 351 yards on 54 attempts with Chauncey Harris leading the way with 17 carries on 171 yards and one touchdown. Chaz Adams led the receivers with three receptions for 26 yards on the evening.

Interim Head Coach Jaime Martinez said that mistakes caused the Javelinas to drop off from their play from the first half and that can’t happen against a team like the Mustangs.

“We let a couple things affect our play, we fumbled the kickoff and we let it snowball on us real quick,” Martinez said. “We can not let those things happen. We played good football in the first half. When you’re trailing it throws you off your gameplan.”

The Javelinas head to Eastern New Mexico for the first round of the LSC consolation playoffs; kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.


PORTALES, NM- Javelinas suffered another defeat while facing off against the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds, 56-31. The game was delayed at the start, kickoff was...