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St Stephen's College admissions: Delhi HC to decide on Sep 12

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court may pass judgement on September 12 on two petitions concerning the issue of admission procedure at St Stephen's College of Delhi for its unreserved seats category in undergraduate courses for the academic session 2022-23. The Delhi High Court was examining two petitions, one was moved by Stephen College challenging the order of the Delhi University to grant admission in undergraduate courses through the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) and to withdraw the prospectus issued by the college...

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court may pass judgement on September 12 on two petitions concerning the issue of admission procedure at St Stephen's College of Delhi for its unreserved seats category in undergraduate courses for the academic session 2022-23. The Delhi High Court was examining two petitions, one was moved by Stephen College challenging the order of the Delhi University to grant admission in undergraduate courses through the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) and to withdraw the prospectus issued by the college and the second plea was moved by Monika Poddar, a law student, through a PIL challenging the college's decision to continue with interviews for admission to its general seats. The bench of Justice Satish Chander Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad on August 30, 2022, had kept the order reserved in that matter after the conclusion of the submissions by all parties. The Court while keeping the order reserved on Stephen's college petition also reserved the order on the PIL of the student, who had challenged the decision of St. Stephen's college to conduct an interview round for admission to the unreserved category for the academic session 2022-23. Both matters were heard by the bench together. Recently in an affidavit filed in the matters, Delhi University stated that the National Educational Policy recommends to hold Common University Entrance Test (CUET) has to be uniformly accepted by St Stephen's College. The Delhi University further stated that the Law is well settled that aided "Minority Educational Institutions cannot admit students under the Unreserved Category as per its own whims and fancies." During the hearing, the counsel for the petitioner Kanika Poddar said that when there is a 50 per cent reservation then the colour of the minority has already been given. He added that the college does not require any extra selection procedure for the general. Meanwhile, Delhi University has also supported the petition of students and said that the college could not be allowed to bring "subjectivity bias and discrimination" through the conduct of interviews for students belonging to non-minority communities. Earlier, Delhi HC had issued notice to all respondents in both matters. The petitioner college has challenged the DU order to withdraw the prospectus issued by it and to grant admission through CUET. It is stated by the petitioner that they are conducting interviews of students seeking admission to the college. This practice has been for so many years and it was allowed. The PIL of the student had challenged the decision of St. Stephen's college to conduct an interview round for admission to the unreserved category for the academic session 2022-23. The petition filed through Advocate Akash Vajpai stated that taking interviews where the award of marks is left to the subjective satisfaction of the selection committee gives ample room for discrimination and manipulation. The PIL stated that DU policy specifically says that admission in the general category seats in its minority colleges like St Stephen's will be done only on the basis of marks obtained in CUET while in admission on reserved seats those colleges can give 15 per cent weightage to the interview and 85 per cent weightage to the CUET score at the time of admission. It is sought that admission should be granted according to the DU's recommendations. (ANI)

2022 UCF Knights Football Roster

0 Johnny Richardson, RB, 5-7, 170, Junior, Lake Wales (Fla.) High School1 Javon Baker, WR, 6-1, 207, Junior, Atlanta (Ga.) McEachern/Alabama2 Kobe Hudson, WR, 6-1, 200, Junior, Pine Mountain (Ga.) Troup County/Auburn2 Lee Hunter, DT, 6-4, 320, R-Fr, Mobile (Ala.) Blount/Auburn3 Ja’Cari Henderson, CB, 6-0, 165, Sanford (Fla.) Seminole3 Xavier Townsend, WR, 5-11, 185, Freshman, Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep4 Ryan O’Keefe, WR, 5-10, 175, Austin (Texas) Round Rock4 Koby Perry, S, 6-0, 185...

0 Johnny Richardson, RB, 5-7, 170, Junior, Lake Wales (Fla.) High School

1 Javon Baker, WR, 6-1, 207, Junior, Atlanta (Ga.) McEachern/Alabama

2 Kobe Hudson, WR, 6-1, 200, Junior, Pine Mountain (Ga.) Troup County/Auburn

2 Lee Hunter, DT, 6-4, 320, R-Fr, Mobile (Ala.) Blount/Auburn

3 Ja’Cari Henderson, CB, 6-0, 165, Sanford (Fla.) Seminole

3 Xavier Townsend, WR, 5-11, 185, Freshman, Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep

4 Ryan O’Keefe, WR, 5-10, 175, Austin (Texas) Round Rock

4 Koby Perry, S, 6-0, 185 Fifth-Sr, Covington (Ga.) Alcovy/Austin Peay/Dodge City CC

5 Ricky Barber, DT, 6-3, 295, Louisville (Ky.) Doss/Western Kentucky

5 Isaiah Bowser, RB, 6-1, 224, Fifth-Sr., Sydney (Ohio) High School/Northwestern

6 Mark Antony-Richards, RB, 6-1, 215, R-Jr., Wellington (Fla.) High School

7 Davonte Brown, CB, 6-2, 185, Junior, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage

7 Joey Gatewood, WR, 6-5, 220, Jacksonville (Fla.) Bartram Trail/Auburn/Kentucky

8 Kemore Gamble, TE, 6-4, 236, Fifth-Sr., Miami (Fla.) Southridge/Florida

8 Demari Henderson, S, 6-0, 165, Freshman, Sanford (Fla.) Seminole

9 Jordan McDonald, RB, 6-1, 220, Freshman, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton

9 Divaad Wilson, S, 6-0, 195, Fifth-Sr, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern/Georgia

10 Terrence Lewis, LB, 6-3, 190, Opa-Locka (Fla.) Miami Central

10 John Rhys Plumlee, QB, 6-0, 200, Senior, Hattiesburg (Miss.) Oak Grove/Ole Miss

11 Will Bohn, QB, R-Fr, 6-1, 194, Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola

11 Jeremiah Jean-Baptiste, LB, 6-2, 230, Senior, Florida City (Fla.) South Dade

12 Thomas Castellanos, QB, 6-0, 198, Freshman, Waycross (Ga.) Ware County

12 Justin Hodges, DB/Knight, 6-2, 175, Junior, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Western

13 Mikey Keene, QB, 5-11, 180, Sophomore, Chandler (Ariz.) High School

13 Landon Woodson, DE, 6-6, 235, R-Sr., Fredericksburg (Va.) Stafford

14 Andrew Dickson, WR, 5-10, 165, R-Fr., Silverdale (Wash.) Klahowya

14 Corey Thornton, CB, 6-1, 190, Junior, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington

15 Jason Johnson, LB, 6-2, 200, Matteson (Ill.) Rich Central/Eastern Illinois

15 Jordan Johnson, WR, 6-2, 185, R-So., St. Louis (Mo.) De Smet Jesuit

16 TJ Bullard, LB, 6-1, 190, Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep

16 Brock Hansel, QB, 5-10, 160, Freshman, Lake Worth (Fla.) Park Vista

17 Amari Johnson, WR, 5-10, 160, Senior, Miami (Fla.) Carol City

17 Travion Shedrick-Harris, DB, 6-2, 195, R-Jr., Stockton (Calif.) Tracy

18 Jaylon Griffin, WR, 6-3, 185, R-Jr., Huntsville (Texas) High School/Kilgore CC

18 Dyllon Lester, DB, 6-0, 200, R-Sr., Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage

19 Ah’Mare Lee, DB, 6-0, 200, R-Fr., Miami (Fla.) North Miami Beach

20 Anthony Williams, RB, 6-0, 215, R-Fr., Altamonte Springs (Fla.) Lake Brantley

21 Nikai Martinez, Knight/CB, 6-0, 170, Freshman, Apopka (Fla.) High School

22 RJ Harvey, RB, 5-8, 195, R-Jr., Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater

22 Daniel McCullon, DB, 5-10, 205, R-So., Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Benjamin School

23 Demarkcus Bowman, RB, 5-10, 193, R-So., Lakeland (Fla.) High School

23 Jaiden Francois, DB, 6-0, 190, R-So., Florida City (Fla.) South Dade

24 Jarvis Ware, CB, 6-1, 190, R-Sr., Apopka (Fla.) Wekiva/Missouri

25 Camden Vining, LB, 6-0, 225, R-Fr., Bradenton (Fla.) St. Stephens Episcopal

26 Chris Bowerfind, RB, 6-0, 210, R-Fr., Fort Collins (Col.) Fossil Ridge

27 Jarrad Baker, WR, 5-11, 170, R-Jr. Eau Gallie (Fla.) High School

27 Walker Yaites III, LB, 6-1, 220, R-Sr., Gulf Breeze (Fla.) High School

28 Quade Mosier, LB, 6-2, 225, Junior, Fayetteville (Ark.) High School

29 William Wells, S, 6-2, 185, Sophomore, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Suncoast

30 Kam Moore, LB, 6-1, 215, Freshman, Sanford (Fla.) Seminole

31 Brandon Adams, CB, 6-3, 180, Sophomore, Atlanta (Ga.) Arabia Mountain

31 JaJuan Forte, WR, 6-1, 195, R-Sr., Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman

32 Alex Ward, LS, 6-4, 240, Fifth-Senior, Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) Choctawhatchee

33 Trillion Coles, RB, 5-8, 170, R-Sr., Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore

33 Tre’mon Morris-Brash, DE, 6-2, 245, Senior, Richmond (Va.) St. John’s College

34 Garin Binoil, PK, 6-0, 180, R-So., Starkville (Miss.) High School

34 Terrell Jackson, DB, 6-1, 170, Freshman, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian

35 Colton Boomer, PK, 5-10, 175, Freshman, Lake Mary (Fla.) High School

35 Keenan Cupit, DE, 6-2, 255, R-So., Lynchburg (Va.) Jefferson Forest

36 Andrew Osteen, P, 6-1, 180, R-Sr., Enterprise (Ala.) High School

37 Quadric Bullard, S, 6-0, 170, Junior, Dania Beach (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna

38 Dionte Marks, WR, 6-2, 190, R-Jr., DeLand (Fla.) High School

40 Kervins Choute, DT, 6-3, 285, R-So., Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School

40 Mitch McCarthy, P, 6-5, 214, Freshman, Australia

41 Tre’Von Moore, LB, 6-2, 230, Sophomore, Opelika (Ala.) High School

42 Aidan Fedigan, LS, 6-0, 195, Freshman, DeLand (Fla.) High School

43 Zach Rodriguez, S, 6-1, 200, R-Jr., Oviedo (Fla.) Master’s Academy

44 Branden Jennings, LB, 6-3, 230, Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood/Maryland/K-State

45 Ryker Casey, PK, 6-0, 205, R-Jr., New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) High School

46 Philjae Bien-Aime, DB, 5-9, 180, R-So., North Miami (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas

47 Stephen Martin, WR, 6-5, 210, R-So., Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore

48 Stone Boss, LB, 5-11, 205, Freshman, Lake Mary (Fla.) High School

49 Max Holler, TE, 6-4, 245, R-So., Winter Park (Fla.) Trinity Prep

50 Patrick Barnett, OL, 6-6, 300, R-So., Key West (Fla.) High School

51 Malachi Lawrence, DE, 6-4, 270, R-Fr., Louisville (Ky.) duPont Manual

52 Keenan Hester, DT, 6-4, 305, R-Jr., St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic

52 Caden Kitler, OL, 6-3, 295, Freshman, Plano (Texas) John Paul II

54 Cameron Kinnie, OL, 6-4, 315, R-So., Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill

55 Karlis Bailey-Vice, DE, 6-1, 200, R-Fr., Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore

55 Matthew Lee, C, 6-4, 295, Junior, Oviedo (Fla.) Hagerty

56 Matthew Alexander, DT, 6-3, 280, R-Fr., Buford (Ga.) High School

57 Derek Burns, LB, 6-3, 200, R-Jr., Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage

57 John Harris, OL, 6-4, 298, R-Jr., Hoschton (Ga.) Mill Creek

58 Dallaz Corbitt, DE, 6-5, 240, R-Jr., Columbia (S.C.) Gray Collegiate Academy

64 Shaheem Hill, OL, 6-4, 342, Freshman, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater

66 Chidoziri Maghiro, OL, 6-5, 325, R-Fr., Alike, Nigeria/ Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas

69 Paul Rubert, OT, 6-10, 330, R-So., Frankfurt-Oder, Germany

70 Edward Collins, OL, 6-6, 315, R-Sr., Birmingham (Ala.) Ramsay

71 Tylan Grable, OT, 6-7, 290, R-Sr., Gordon (Ga.) Wilkinson County

72 Nate Brady, OL, 6-4, 270, R-Jr., Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood

72 Ryan Swoboda, OT, 6-10, 325, R-Sr., Clermont (Fla.) Windermere Prep

73 Samuel Jackson, OL, 6-5, 325, 6th-Yr., Bradenton (Fla.) Lakewood Ranch

74 Ethan Mort, OL, 6-6, 290, R-Fr., Venice (Fla.) High School

75 Miguel Maldonado, OL, 6-5, 325, Freshman, Lakeland (Fla.) High School

76 Adrian Medley, OL, 6-5, 305, R-Jr., Pensacola (Fla.) High School

77 Lokahi Pauole, OL, 6-4, 305, Senior, Kapolei (Hawaii) Kamehameha

81 Tyler Griffin, WR, 6-5, 205, Freshman, Brooklet (Ga.) New Southeast Bulloch

82 Alec Holler, TE, 6-3, 230, R-Sr., Winter Park (Fla.) Trinity Prep

83 Garrett French, TE, 6-3, 235, R-So., Venice (Fla.) High School

84 Keahnist Thompson, DE, 6-3, 255, Freshman, Lakeland (Fla.) High School

84 Thomas Wadsworth, TE, 6-3, 222, Freshman, Melbourne (Fla.) High School

85 Zach Marsh Wojan, TE, 6-5, 245, R-Sr., Vacaville (Calif.) Will C. Wood

86 Jordan Davis, TE, 6-4, 250, R-So., Sanford (Fla.) Seminole

87 Dwartney Wortham, WR, 6-0, 169, Freshman, LaGrange (Ga.) Troup County

88 Josh Celiscar, DE, 6-4, 260, Winter Haven (Fla.) High School

88 Grant Stevens, TE, 6-4, 225, Freshman, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) Nease

89 Cullen Smith, WR, 6-2, 180, R-Fr., Mooresville (N.C.) South Iredell

90 Keshaun Hudson, DT, 6-1, 307, Freshman, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard

92 Austin Camden, DT, 6-3, 290, Fifth-Sr., Altamonte Springs (Fla.) Lyman

94 Anthony Montalvo, DT, 6-3, 290, Fifth-Sr., Tampa (Fla.) Sickles

95 Tyler Paul, LS, 6-1, 215, R-Jr., Clearwater (Fla.) Clearwater Central Catholic

96 Trace O’Hara, DE, 6-2, 235, R-So., Orlando (Fla.) East River

98 Daniel Obarski, PK, 6-2, 200, Senior, Chandler (Ariz.) High School

99 Jamaal Johnson, DE, 6-2, 250, Freshman, Miami (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna

99 Quan Lee, WR, 6-0, 175, Freshman, Gainesville (Fla.) Buchholz

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Wolves, Iron Horses set to battle in Week 3

The lone high school football game in Week 3 involving Berkeley County School District programs going toe to toe will be at Philip Simmons High School.The Iron Horses host Timberland High School in a matchup of two teams formerly in the same region. While Timberland stayed in Class AA, Philip Simmons was bumped up to Class AAA in the most recent South Carolina High School League realignment.Last year, the squads went to battle to determine the Region 6-AA champion and Philip Simmons came away with a 24-13 victory in St. Stephen...

The lone high school football game in Week 3 involving Berkeley County School District programs going toe to toe will be at Philip Simmons High School.

The Iron Horses host Timberland High School in a matchup of two teams formerly in the same region. While Timberland stayed in Class AA, Philip Simmons was bumped up to Class AAA in the most recent South Carolina High School League realignment.

Last year, the squads went to battle to determine the Region 6-AA champion and Philip Simmons came away with a 24-13 victory in St. Stephen. The region crown was the first for Philip Simmons, which flung its doors open in 2017.

The Iron Horses scored three touchdowns in the first half to build a 21-0 lead and coasted home with their eighth victory of the season. Philip Simmons went on to win two playoff games as the No. 1 seed out of the region.

The series is tied 2-2, with Timberland winning the first two and Philip Simmons the last two.

In addition to Philip Simmons, Cross and Stratford are also at home Friday. Stratford hosts Class AAAAA power Dutch Fork and Cross welcomes Scott’s Branch into town.

Dutch Fork had won five straight Class AAAAA crowns before losing to Gaffney in last season’s title game. Silver Foxes coach Tom Knotts is one of the best to ever lead a football program, having won 13 state titles. Knotts had seven crowns in North Carolina and has six with Dutch Fork.

Cross has won six of seven against Scott’s Branch.

Berkeley, Goose Creek and Hanahan are on the road. The Stags and Gators are on long win streaks against their Week 3 foes. Berkeley has won all nine meetings against West Ashley and Goose Creek has won eight in a row against Beaufort.

Sept. 9 Games

Berkeley at West Ashley

Notes: Berkeley leads the all-time series, 9-0… The teams last played in 2018, with the Stags coasting by a score of 46-7… Berkeley has won all but two games in the series by at least 20 points, with the widest margin of victory being 52-7 in 2000.

Philip Simmons vs. Timberland

Notes: Philip Simmons has won two in a row over the Wolves, including 24-13 last season… The Iron Horses also won, 3-0, in 2020… Timberland won the first two meetings, 58-0 and 48-14… Philip Simmons was in Timberland’s Class AA region but has moved up to Class AAA.

Cross vs. Scott’s Branch

Notes: Cross has won six of the last seven meetings between the two schools… They last played in 2019, a 20-0 win for Cross… The shutout was Cross’s third in the series since 2014... Each team has topped 60 points against the other one time in the last seven meetings… Scott’s Branch won, 67-20, in 2018 and Cross won, 65-16, in 2012.

St. John’s Christian at Thomas Heyward

Notes: Thomas Heyward is 4-0 in the series since 2010 and won last season, 34-7… The Rebels have four straight SCISA championships.

Goose Creek at Beaufort

Notes: Goose Creek has won eight straight in the series, including the last meeting in 2013… The Gators won, 48-7, that season under former coach Chuck Reedy… Goose Creek has won by average of just under 21 points in the current win streak over the Eagles… Beaufort played for the Class AAAA title last season and is now a Class AAA school.

Stratford vs. Dutch Fork

Notes: The two teams have played twice since 2005, with each team winning once … Dutch Fork won, 77-20, in the first round of the 2017 playoffs… Stratford won, 21-18, in the second round of the 2005 playoffs… The Silver Foxes had won five straight Class AAAAA titles and 62 games in a row before falling to Gaffney in the 2021 championship game… Dutch Fork coach Tom Knotts has 13 state titles, seven in North Carolina and six in South Carolina.

Hanahan at Lucy Beckham

Notes: First meeting between the two schools… Hanahan had an open date Sept. 2 after edging Berkeley, 22-17, with a defensive stand inside the 10-yard line on the last play of the game… Hawks coach Art Craig is eight wins away from 250 for his career… Lucy Beckham opened its doors in 2020

To begin her college volleyball career, Emma Halter gives No. 1 Texas a defensive boost

It would be hard to argue that this volleyball season at Texas could have gotten off to a better start.Following a 25-18, 25-18, 25-20 steamrolling at Stanford this past weekend, the Longhorns (4-0) are the country's clear-cut No. 1 team in the AVCA Top 25 poll. Texas has dropped just two sets all season, has won three times on the road and has beaten four ranked teams.On Tuesday, outside hitter Logan Eggleston secured the Big 12's offensive player of the week award. Last week, libero Zoe Fleck was honored as the...

It would be hard to argue that this volleyball season at Texas could have gotten off to a better start.

Following a 25-18, 25-18, 25-20 steamrolling at Stanford this past weekend, the Longhorns (4-0) are the country's clear-cut No. 1 team in the AVCA Top 25 poll. Texas has dropped just two sets all season, has won three times on the road and has beaten four ranked teams.

On Tuesday, outside hitter Logan Eggleston secured the Big 12's offensive player of the week award. Last week, libero Zoe Fleck was honored as the conference's top defender.

So yes, the present looks pretty good for No. 1 Texas, which hosts UC Davis (4-2) on Wednesday night and then Denver (3-3) on Friday afternoon. But the future doesn't look that bad, either.

Freshman defensive specialist Emma Halter has contributed to UT's strong start. She's averaging 1.62 digs per set with just two receiving errors. Her .939 receiving percentage ranks second on the team.

"Man, Emma is a freakin' gamer," Fleck said. "She comes in and makes plays. Nerves of steel. I can't believe she came in her freshman year that first match of the season (at No. 7 Ohio State) and got massive digs, back-to-back, back-to-back. Those only happen if you are actually physically loose. So for her to be able to come in and just be such a stable presence, it's really, really encouraging for her future."

The Longhorns knew they had to address the play of the back row after last season ended in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Halter had already signed with Texas, but Fleck (UCLA), defensive specialist Keonilei Akana (Nebraska) and outside hitter Madisen Skinner (Kentucky) arrived through the transfer portal.

Through four games, UT's four opponents have hit just .189. Defensively, Texas is averaging 1.21 receiving errors per set. Last year, that average was 1.27.

Before this season started, Texas coach Jerritt Elliott predicted that "the level of defense that we can play, I think it's going to be significantly better." Following a 3-1 win over Minnesota last Wednesday, Fleck joined Eggleston at a press conference to talk about what was working on that side of the net.

"It's so awesome to play on a team full of such scrappy players," said Fleck, who earned All-America accolades at UCLA last season. "I really think being a good defensive team is an energy, and I think Emma brings that energy. Keonilei brings that energy, Logan brings that energy, Madi brings (that energy), all of our defensive players ..."

"Zoe brings energy," Eggleston interrupted.

"It all comes together in such a cohesive, scrappy unit that just makes the game so much fun," Fleck concluded.

In front of a large crowd, No. 1 Texas puts on a show in its beating of No. 4 Minnesota

Halter was the first player to commit to UT's 2022 recruiting class, back in July 2020. Two years later, Elliott said that "Emma Halter has been probably our best freshman we've ever had coming in and playing."

Considering that Elliott has been at Texas since 2001, that's some high praise. He made those comments during a preseason press conference on Aug. 22 in which he also shared his thoughts on two of Halter's classmates.

Outside hitter Devin Kahahawai has played sparingly so far. The first kill as a Longhorn, though, came at a big moment in the fourth set of the Minnesota match. She also teamed with Asjia O'Neal for a key block of Minnesota's Taylor Landfair in that set.

"She's been playing really well in practice. She's been lighting it up and putting up big numbers," Elliott said afterward. "I think the upperclassmen have a ton of confidence in her, and yeah, she's pushing for one of those spots as everybody else is."

When Halter and Kahahawai signed, they were regarded as the best recruits from the states of Indiana and Hawaii. Middle blocker Marianna Singletary was the top prospect from South Carolina. After seeing her play for a state championship last October, South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley tweeted that her university's volleyball program needed to get Singletary in a Gamecocks jersey.

The awestruck Staley later realized that Singletary was Texas-bound, but game recognizes game.

Singletary has yet to appear in a match for Texas, but there is also a logjam at her position. Nebraska transfer Kayla Caffey has been an All-American before, and Elliott believes that O'Neal and Bella Bergmark have All-America talent.

"A little bit more challenging (for Singletary) to get the blocking game, but she has such great role models in front of her," Elliott said. "We're really excited about it."

Outside hitter Kenna Miller and setter Marina Crownover round out UT's freshman class. Miller was a high school All-American in 2021. Crownover earned all-conference honors while playing for Texas Hall of Honor inductee Juliann Faucette Johnson at St. Stephen's High in Austin.

Wednesday's match

UC Davis at No. 1 Texas, 7 p.m., LHN

FCS College Football Preview and Predictions: Week 0

It’s time to put conference realignment, the transfer portal and NIL deals on the backburner because the best part of college football is here.The 2022 Division I season kicks off on Saturday with Week 0 matchups, which usually serve as tasty appetizers before the main course is served over the extended Labor Day weekend.On the FCS level, a record 130 schools will field teams this season, and the seven Week 0 games which involve 10 subdivision squads are the most ever.Here’s the Week 0 schedule of FCS college...

It’s time to put conference realignment, the transfer portal and NIL deals on the backburner because the best part of college football is here.

The 2022 Division I season kicks off on Saturday with Week 0 matchups, which usually serve as tasty appetizers before the main course is served over the extended Labor Day weekend.

On the FCS level, a record 130 schools will field teams this season, and the seven Week 0 games which involve 10 subdivision squads are the most ever.

Here’s the Week 0 schedule of FCS college football games (all times ET; team records are 2021):

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Notable: While the significance of the FCS Kickoff showcase has declined in recent years, this is an attractive matchup. SFA’s veteran lineup is coming off its first FCS playoff appearance since 2014 and seeks its first conference title (now ASUN-WAC Challenge) in 12 years. Trae Self’s 242.5 career passing yards per game are highest among active FCS quarterbacks with at least 25 games, and a lot is due to Xavier Gipson, whose 3,142 receiving yards and 30 touchdown catches also lead active players. JSU begins its final FCS season before a move into the FBS. New coach Rich Rodriguez, the former West Virginia, Michigan and Arizona mentor, seeks to lift a squad whose 22-point average was its lowest since 2002, which also had been the Gamecocks’ previous losing season (5-6). Still, JSU edged SFA 28-24 in the head-to-head matchup.

The Pick: Stephen F. Austin

Kickoff: Noon (CBS Sports Network)

Notable: Austin Peay, which has departed the Ohio Valley Conference for the ASUN, hasn’t defeated an FBS opponent since 1987 (Kansas State), but at least it doesn’t have to deal with last year’s WKU quarterback, Bailey Zappe, and his Division I single-season records for passing yards (5,967) and TD passes (62). Like last season, the Governors seek to create turnovers – their 27 forced tied for the fifth-most in the FCS, and cornerback Shamari Simmons had five of the takeaways. Former Jacksonville State running back Josh Samuel is one of the team’s additions.

The Pick: Western Kentucky

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Notable: Another Big Sky program, Eastern Washington, defeated UNLV to open the 2021 season, but Idaho State is under a rebuild with new coach Charlie Ragle (the Bengals have only two winning seasons in last 18 years). Roshaun Johnson, who rushed for a school-record six touchdowns in a win over Southern Utah, will attack a UNLV rush defense that ranked 93rd in the FBS.

The Pick: UNLV

(Conference Preview: Big Sky)

Kickoff: 5 p.m. (ACC Network)

Notable: Duquesne beat Ohio U. last September for the Northeast Conference’s first win over an FBS opponent, and later that day Florida State fell to Jacksonville State. Darius Perrantes led the win over Ohio, but the Dukes also return Joe Mischler, who was the 2021 season-opening quarterback before he was lost to injury. After only 15 games, running back Billy Lucas needs just four rushing yards to reach 1,000 in his career.

The Pick: Florida State

(Conference Preview: Northeast)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Notable: The MEAC leads the SWAC 11-4 in the Challenge, although its representative, Howard, is making its first appearance (Alabama State is 0-2). ASU won the only previous nonconference meeting in 2004. Offensive fireworks are possible with Howard quarterback Quinton Williams coming off a strong season and new Alabama State coach Eddie Robinson Jr. dropping in Auburn transfer Demetrius Davis behind center.

The Pick: Howard

Kickoff: 7 p.m. (ESPN+)

Notable: Pioneer Football League teams went 1-22 in nonconference FCS games over the 2021 spring and fall seasons, so it’s a difficult assignment for a Morehead State squad that lost seven of its nine all-league first- and second-team selections. New QB Grady Cramer faces a Mercer defense that returns its top three tacklers, including linebacker Isaac Dowling (163 stops in 20 career games). Bears signal caller Fred Payton has big-play wide receivers in Ty James (23.5 yards per catch) and Devron Harper (16.4).

The Pick: Mercer

(Conference Previews: Pioneer League and Southern)

Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. (ACC Network)

Notable: Heading into this first-ever meeting, FAMU coach Willie Simmons has reloaded his lineup with 34 transfers, including starting QB Jeremy Moussa (Vanderbilt) and 6-foot-7 left tackle Jalen Goss (Florida State). Edge rusher Isaiah Land, who received the 2021 Stats Perform Buck Buchanan Award, was one of a number of Rattlers players who were ruled ineligible for the season opener. UNC is replacing three-year QB Sam Howell with redshirt freshman Drake Maye.

The Pick: North Carolina

(All-time FCS National Awards winners by school)

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