Southern Virginia Football: The College of New Jersey Preview

Southern Virginia Football: The College of New Jersey Preview

Written by Wesley Evans

Southern Virginia University vs. The College of New Jersey

Date: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST

Place: Lions' Stadium (Ewing, N.J.)

Southern Virginia all-time versus The College of New Jersey: 0-1
Last Meeting: Sept 25, 2004 at The College of New Jersey (L, 61-0)

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The Southern Virginia University football team will travel to Lions' Stadium in Ewing, N.J., this Saturday to compete against The College of New Jersey Lions. This will be the final contest of the Knights' three-game road swing and first matchup against the Lions since 2004. The College of New Jersey is part of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), which Southern Virginia football will join next year in the 2014 season for its first season of conference play.

The Knights look to continue their winning ways this week and extend their winning streak to three games. Southern Virginia is coming off a big 33-30 win against Virginia University of Lynchburg last Saturday when Southern Virginia scored on its final drive of the game to get the victory.

The College of New Jersey (0-2) is still seeking its first victory of the season after two close losses to Ursinus College and Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham. This Saturday's game will be the Lions' final non-conference matchup of the season.

Fitzgerald on The College of New Jersey

"The College of New Jersey is a very smart football team and program. They line up and their kids are going to play you really hard for 60 minutes.

"They remind me a lot of our own football team the way they play. We have a lot of similarities with one another.

"The team is very well-coached. A few of their coaches have coached there for several years and work very well with the players. They have a veteran head coach who has a lot of experience as he has been a head coach before. Their defensive coordinator won two national titles as a head coach at North Dakota State (Division I), so he knows what he's doing, too. They are just a good football team.

"Offensively, we really like their offensive line. Their tight end, No. 10 Ryan Baranowsky, is a good player. They also have a solid quarterback who can throw the ball and their running back goes hard. Their wide receivers run good routes and can catch the ball. You can't really say anything negative about them.

"Defensively, they have an All-American middle linebacker, No. 25 Nick Bricker, who is a great player. He's as good as any linebacker we're going to see this fall. The other 10 guys on defense run to the football and play hard for 60 minutes. On special teams, No. 6 Evan Costello, does the kicking and punting and he's a good player.

Southern Virginia Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald 

DeLane Fitzgerald is in his fifth season as head football coach at Southern Virginia and is in his 12th year of coaching collegiate football, making previous stops at his alma mater James Madison University (NCAA DI-FCS), the University of Tennessee at Martin (NCAA DI-FCS) and Bethel College (NAIA). 

In his four-plus years as Southern Virginia's head coach, Fitzgerald has posted a 18-29 overall record, including a 5-6 record in 2012. 

Fitzgerald became the winningest coach in Southern Virginia football's 11-year history in 2011, passing Mike Smith who went 9-13 overall from 2007-08.  

The College of New Jersey Head Coach Wayne Dickens

A native of Orange, N.J., Wayne Dickens is in his first season as head coach of The College of New Jersey football program.

Dickens has over 20 years of coaching experience with stints at the Division I and Division II levels as well as experience in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

He gained his first collegiate coaching experience at the University of Washington, where he helped the Huskies to the 1993 Rose Bowl as he assisted the defensive line, linebackers and special teams. From there he moved on to the University of San Diego for one season, then coached wide receivers at San Diego State University from 1995-2001. Since then, Dickens has had stints with the CFL, Morehouse College, Norfolk State University and most recently Kentucky State University.

Dickens is a 1973 graduate of Rutgers College where he received a degree in English.