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Javs third in poll, fourth in AFCA rankings

Special to the N.E.T. Sports Gazette

Kingsville--The American Football Coaches Association Division II and polls came out after opening weekend and listed Texas A&M-Kingsville in the top five for each poll, the highest rankings in the Lone Star Conference.

The Javs held last week's fourth place ranking in the AFCA poll again this week, just below Grand Valley State (Mich.), North Dakota and Valdosta. Other schools to rank in the top 10 this week include Carson-Newman (Tenn.), Pittsburg State (Kan.), North Alabama, Tarleton, Central Missouri and Central Oklahoma. For a complete list of the top 25 poll, visit

The Top 25 National Rankings put the Javs at number three. TAMUK was beat out again by Grand Valley State and North Dakota, who have maintained their positions at the one and two spot. Last week the Javs ranked fourth and this week rose to number three. Rouding out the top 10 in order is Carson-Newman, Valdosta, North Alabama, Pittsburg State, Central Missouri, Catawba and Central Oklahoma. LSC opponent Tarleton ranked 14. The complete poll list can be found at

The Javelinas open the season this weekend when they travel to Tahlequah, Okla. to face Northeastern State. Kick-off is slate for 7 p.m.


Taylor to lead the offense this season

Special to the N.E.T. Sports Gazette

Kingsville, Texas - The Texas A&M University-Kingsville football team will again rely on the arm and eye of senior Daniel Taylor to lead the offense this season. Assistant coach Neil LaHue knows Taylor has got the goods that can take the Javs deep into the post season.

“I don’t have to say a whole lot about Daniel,” said LaHue. “Everybody knows him. He played last year and was the pre-season Player of the Year (prior to this season). He is very competitive, a good leader and a hard worker. Daniel understands the game. He’s not 6 foot 4, but he is tangible.”

Last season the All-American and Harlon Hill candidate passed for 2,492 yards and 23 touchdowns with only nine interceptions. Taylor topped the 300-yard mark three times en route to helping the Javs to the NCAA Division II semifinals.

“He made great decisions last year, I think he’ll make even better decisions this year,” said LaHue. “We’re working on the option a little bit better, which is probably the thing he has had to work on the most. He’s done a good job of concentrating and trying to get better in that area.”

Taylor’s hot hand makes LaHue confident that the Javs’ offense will be fired up and ready to dominate their opponents under the lights.

“I think everybody expects great things from Daniel, but I just expect him to run our offense,” said LaHue. “He’s tough and is a very accurate quarterback.”

The starting position is solidified by Taylor, but four new players are battling it out for the number two position.

“Joey Pena, a walk-on from the (Rio Grande) Valley, is probably going to be the guy we go to for backup,” said LaHue. “LaFrank Allen, who is a true freshman, is a guy that we think has probably got a ways as far as learning curve because he is a freshman and has only been here for two and a half weeks. We like his arm and he is a pretty good option operator as well. Gary Jones and Rowdy Yates are all right there with him. The four guys behind Daniel are all very close, but still very young guys.”

The Javs open season on September 4 when they face off Northeastern State in Tahlequah, Okla.

Thursday Sept. 2, 2004

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