Football

Football's youth and experience raising expectations internally

9/1/16 9:15pm

Head coach Rich Skrosky can’t help but recite one of his favorite stats about the Elon University football team. “We’ve talked about these two classes — last year’s freshman class and this year’s freshman class — that’s the bulk of this team,” Skrosky said.

College careers start early for football freshmen

8/25/16 5:30pm

Move-in weekend is a blur of packing too many boxes in cars that seem too small and hoping it all makes it into a dorm room in one piece. Between move-in traffic and hordes of families in residence halls, freshman find themselves falling abruptly into this new part of their lives, rather than entering ...

Mitchell leaves Elon to pursue graphic design

7/16/16 3:23pm

Corey Mitchell '16 has decided to forego his final year of eligibility and will not play for the Elon University football team in 2016. Mitchell graduated in May with a degree in Communication Design.

The football player leaving without a plan

5/19/16 6:30pm

While most Elon University seniors or graduate students have tried to set up their jobs post-commencement, Alexander Dawson ’15, MBA ’16 has never tried to be like the typical college student. After five years with the Elon football team — four years of undergrad, and a year getting his MBA — Dawson is ready to move on to his next phase of life. But, right now, he has no idea what he’s doing next. “I’ll say, ‘Well, I could start working right now and start building my wealth and see what I can do,’” Dawson said.

DB picks right time to shine

4/26/16 1:00pm

After the Elon University football team’s spring game ended, rising sophomore quarterback Connor Christiansen smiled a knowing smile when asked about rising sophomore defensive back Greg Liggs Jr. “Greg Liggs has not made one play all spring until tonight,” Christiansen said through laughter. Standing just five feet away, Liggs’ eyes lit up at Christiansen’s words, and asked, “Is that on the record?” The laughter shared between these two after the exchange happened following Liggs’ phenomenal spring game, where he picked off rising sophomore quarterback Daniel Thompson three times. And it comes at the end of an admittedly difficult spring for the Greensboro native and Southeast Guilford High School graduate.

Football finishes 2nd of 3 spring scrimmages Saturday morning

4/16/16 9:29pm

The defense shone bright at the Elon University football team’s second scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning, stepping up with two interceptions and a dozen tackles for losses. “The biggest thing with the defense today was the big plays, the negative plays,” said head coach Rich Skrosky.

Football starts spring practices

4/5/16 6:45pm

Most college students would love more down time. But for rising sophomore quarterback Connor Christiansen, all the down time meant he couldn’t be on the field for the Elon University football team. And now, after four months of workouts, he gets to do just that. “I don’t know how many weeks of winter workouts we had, but it felt like it would never end,” Christiansen said.

Football promotes Madden to defensive coordinator

2/3/16 11:10pm

During his interview for the Elon University football team’s National Signing Day festivities, head coach Rich Skrosky revealed that Pat Madden had been promoted from defensive line coach to defensive coordinator. The move comes less than a week after the team announced the retirement of Jerry Petercuskie after two seasons as the defensive coordinator.

Skrosky says new class will be vital in program's progression

2/3/16 10:38pm

Elon University football head coach Rich Skrosky hinted that the future of the program is arriving in the present with Elon’s 22 new signees Wednesday. “I’ve made no secret about it, this class and last year’s class, together, that is going to be the cornerstone of the program moving forward,” Skrosky said.

Williams ’15 receives national academic athlete award

1/20/16 11:15am

Miles Williams ’15 didn’t get a phone call. He didn’t receive a letter or read an email. Williams found out he was selected as a Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star through social media. “I was coming back home and I looked on social media and someone tagged me in a post,” Williams said.

A lifetime spent coaching football gives Skrosky wealth of knowledge

12/2/15 10:00am

There aren’t many things that will catch Elon University football head coach Rich Skrosky off-guard when it comes to football. Skrosky is a rarity amongst college football coaches, simultaneously being relatively young at 51 years old while also having more than three decades of experience.

Football attempts to move on to ‘new normalcy’

11/18/15 2:33pm

The Elon University football team returned to campus late Saturday night after defeating the University of Maine 27-22 earlier in the day. The conclusion to a week of unimaginable tragedy — the death of junior wide receiver Demitri Allison — had ended in triumph. But for head coach Rich Skrosky, recalling the week that was has left some words lingering in his mind. “One of the coaches — and so many coaches reached out — not to say anyone specific, but a name most people would know, his words were, ‘This week will be harder than last,’” Skrosky said, then paused, letting the words hang in the air. The team’s chaplain, Pastor Bob Disher of St.

Football pulls out emotional win at Maine

11/14/15 5:21pm

Surely playing with heavy hearts, the Elon University football team held on for a 27-22 victory over Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponent University of Maine Saturday afternoon. In the first game after the death of junior wide receiver Demitri Allison, the Phoenix bursted out to a 17-0 lead in the first half, and was able to respond when the Black Bears stormed back in the fourth quarter.

Football's 2016 CAA schedule released

11/13/15 12:20pm

The 2016 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) football schedule has been released online, revealing the Elon University football team’s eight conference games. The University of Delaware sent out a release late Thursday night stating that the CAA announced the league schedule for 2016, which was posted in a grid linked to the website. The Phoenix will open CAA play Week 4 by traveling to the College of William & Mary Sept. 24.