SOU Defense Wins Spring Game 54-40

Story courtesy of: SOU Athletics ASHLAND – What looked like a possible early blowout by the offense became a stirring comeback by the defense as the Black team defeated the White team 54-40 in Southern Oregon’s spring football game Friday night at Raider Stadium. With the full squad split into an offensive unit (White) and a … Continue reading »

Web Extra: McKenzie Signs With Jaguars

Thirty minutes after the NFL draft, former SOU wide receiver Cole McKenzie was at his home in Red Bluff, CA. when he received a telephone call from the Jacksonville Jaguars. They asked him if he’d like to sign with the team as an undrafted free agent. We caught up with him on the phone shortly … Continue reading »

McKenzie Hopes to be 4th Raider Drafted

ASHLAND, Ore. – Cole McKenzie’s football career isn’t exactly a blueprint for how to get to the NFL. From Red Bluff, California, a town of roughly 14,000, McKenzie came to SOU out of high school, then transferred to Butte College in Northern California, only to return to the Raiders before his junior season. Dodge says, “You could … Continue reading »

Combine Gives McKenzie Draft Potential

ASHLAND, Ore. – Nearly every kid growing up playing football has a dream of playing in the NFL, but for most kids, that’s all it is, a dream. Former Southern Oregon wide receiver Cole McKenzie remembers the time he knew his dream could become a reality. “After the Seattle combine, I actually got a voicemail … Continue reading »

SOU Defense Wins Round Two

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Southern Oregon spring tour through the Rogue Valley made its way to Grants Pass for the Raiders’ second scrimmage. SOU played a night scrimmage at Mel Ingram Stadium at Grants Pass High School. Last week at Spiegelberg Stadium in Medford, the Raiders offense stole the show. Austin Dodge and Chris … Continue reading »

SOU’s Dodge Takes the Microphone

MEDFORD, Ore. – Austin Dodge is only entering his junior season at Southern Oregon University, but his legacy as the Raiders’ quarterback is well-established. Dodge, however, set out to prove that he was more than just a jock in pads. After the Raiders’ first spring scrimmage on Saturday, Dodge took the NewsWatch 12 microphone and … Continue reading »

Redshirts Shine in First SOU Scrimmage

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Southern Oregon Raiders strapped on the pads and got back into competitive action on Saturday at Spiegelberg Stadium in Medford. It was the Raiders first scrimmage of the spring season, and it was a chance for the coaches to get a glimpse at the future. Specifically, SOU head coach Craig Howard … Continue reading »

Former Grizzly Coach Returns to Ashland

AHLAND, Ore. – Jim Nagel is a legend in Ashland after taking the Ashland High School’s football team to 16 straight state tournaments, five title games and winning three state championships during his tenure from 1983-2002. Since his time at Ashland, Nagel’s worked as an assistant coach at NCAA Div. III’s Linfield College. After deciding … Continue reading »

Redshirts Get a Chance to Shine

When Southern Oregon’s season ended in the NAIA Quarterfinals last year, it marked the end to several key seniors’ careers. As spring practices move into their second week, the Raiders will look to make up for the loss of over 6,000 yards and 65 touchdowns on offense, as well as over 250 tackles and 11 … Continue reading »

Kyle Tedder: Amateur AotW

ASHLAND, Ore. – Southern Oregon head coach Brian McDermott knew he’d landed a future star when the team signed Coos Bay prospect Kyle Tedder three years ago. The problem wasn’t so much that McDermott was competing with other schools, rather with other sports. “I think that somewhere along the line he got convinced that the … Continue reading »

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