We are now at playoffs time in Division 2, Hello this is Justin Berendzen (@jrberendzen on Twitter) with my top 5 first-round division 2 matchups.
1.Slippery Rock University at Notre Dame College
- This is a must-watch first-round matchup. Tyris Dickerson’s redshirt sophomore running back for Notre Dame College has 879 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns and they also have senior wide receiver Devanaire Conliffe who has 909 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. The Rock defense has redshirt senior defensive lineman Chad Kuhn who has 48 tackles, 11 TFLs, and 9 sacks. Slippery Rock’s offense has 2 threats at wide receiver redshirt senior Henry Litwin who has 999 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns and Jermaine Wynn Jr who has 774 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. Defensively for the Falcons, they have senior linebacker Guam Lee who has 78 tackles, 23 TFLs, and 9 sacks.
2.University of Minnesota-Duluth at Angelo State University
- This is going to be a tough matchup. For Angelo State’s offense, they have sophomore running back Nathaniel Omayebu III who has 1,027 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns. The Bulldogs defense has redshirt 5th-year linebacker Nate Pearson who has 48 tackles, 19 TFLs, and 9 sacks. Offensively senior receiver Armani Carmickle has 1,214 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns and 5th year running back Cazz Martin has 1,012 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns. The Rams defense has sophomore linebacker Daron Allman who has 53 tackles, 15 TFLs, 6 sacks, and 4 PBUs, and sophomore defensive back Kason McCullough-Cooper who has 28 tackles and 6 PBUs.
3.University of West Georgia at Albany State(GA) University
- The Wolves of West Georgia are coming to Albany State to play the Golden Rams in a highly competitive playoff matchup. The Golden Rams are led offensively by Marcuis Fulks who has 541 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns. Defensively for the Wolves, they have sophomore defensive back Camyen Feagins who has 22 tackles and 3 PBUs. West Georgia’s offense has senior wide receiver Mechane Slade who has 804 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns and junior quarterback Harrison Frost who has 3,027 passing yards and 21 touchdowns. The Albany State defense has junior linebacker Stephan Pierre who has 52 tackles and grad defensive back Coemba Jones Jr who has 29 tackles, 3 PBUs and 2 sacks.
4.Lindenwood University at Grand Valley State University
- This is a matchup where the defenses will decide what happens. The Lakers offense has sophomore quarterback Cade Peterson who can run and pass with 1,827 passing yards and 23 touchdown passes and 556 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. Defensively for Lindenwood, they have senior linebacker Drew Seers who have 118 tackles, 8 TFLs, and 5 interceptions, and senior defensive back Jordan Perry who has 32 tackles and 10 PBUs and junior defensive back Kai Ross who has 48 tackles and 6 interceptions. The Lions offense has freshman running back Robert Giaimo who has 737 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively for Grand Valley State, they have sophomore linebacker Abe Swanson who has 87 tackles, 7 TFLs, and 3 PBUs, and junior defensive back Jon’Tavous Webb who has 26 tackles and 6 PBUs, and senior defensive back Allante Leapheart who has 18 tackles and 9 PBUs.
5.Newberry College at University of West Florida
- The Wolves of Newberry College come to the University of West Florida to face the Argonauts. West Florida’s offense has sophomore running back Shomari Mason has 966 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns and they have 3 receivers to watch out for junior wide receiver David Durden who has 715 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns, redshirt senior wide receiver Ka’Ron Ashley who has 655 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns and redshirt senior Rodney Coates who has 651 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. Defensively for the Newberry Wolves, they have 2 defensive backs you need to keep your eyes on grad defensive back Anthony Blue who has 43 tackles, 12 PBUs, and 4 interceptions and grad defensive back David Vereen who has 38 tackles and 10 PBUs. The Wolves offense has redshirt sophomore running back Mario Anderson who has 1,110 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns and redshirt senior wide receiver Bryson Woodruff who has 762 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns and grad wide receiver Bobby Irby who has 672 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. The Argonauts defense has junior Sharod Oliver who has 21 tackles and 7 PBUs.