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Football schedules revealed for colleges with local players

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East holder Nicholas Grieser of New Castle sets the football for East kicker Donte Torres (8) from Centerville to boot the winning extra point in overtime for a 13-12 win over the West during last month’s Indiana Football HOF East-West All-Star Classic at Delta High School. Grieser will attempt to break into the starting line-up for the Indiana Wesleyan University football team this fall.
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Shenandoah’s Gabe Young (3) rushes for yardage before being brought down by a Heritage Christian defender during a regular season home game in 2018. Young played for the South All-Stars in the IFCA North-South All-Star Classic last Friday night and hopes to break into the starting line-up for the Olivet Nazarene University football team this fall.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

Late next month, the college football season begins and players are working out this summer before going to their campuses for practice before the academic year starts.

Several individuals from local area high schools are players on some of the college teams. Here are schedules for colleges and universities that The Courier-Times knows with players from the local area on them.

This should not be viewed as a complete list, as more schedules will be revealed in our sports section as information about players comes across the sports desk. This information is provided in case readers want to attend the games of college teams with local players on the roster.

Franklin College

Several local players, mostly from New Castle, are playing football for the Grizzlies. In September, Franklin opens at Benedictine (Illinois) for a night game on the 7th, entertains Albion for an evening game  on the 14th, travels to Bluffton on the 21st, and hosts Mt. St. Joseph on the 28th.

October finds the Grizzlies at Rose Hulman on the 5th, followed by three straight home games against Anderson on the 12th, Manchester on the 19th, and Defiance on the 26th. After being idle on Nov. 2, Franklin closes the season with road games at Bluffton on the 9th and at Hanover (for the bell) on the 16th.

Bluffton is on the schedule twice, and that is not a misprint as the Grizzlies will play the Beavers at home and away.

Wabash College

Shenandoah’s Josh Myers and Gavin Patrick will suit up for the Little Giants. Wabash doesn’t start the season until Sept. 14 at Wisconsin-Stevens Point, followed by a road game on the 21st at Kenyon before returning home to face Denison on the 28th.

In October, the Little Giants host Ohio Wesleyan on the 5th, travel to College of Wooster on the 12th, host Wittenberg on the 19th, and are at Oberlin on the 26th. In November, Wabash hosts Kenyon on the 2nd and Hiram on the 9th before closing the regular season with the Monon Bell game at DePauw on the 16th.

All of the Little Giants’ games are afternoon contests.

DePauw University

New Castle’s Wyatt Jester is a big lineman for the Tigers. DePauw also will play on 10 consecutive Saturdays, starting with September games at Centre (Iowa) on the 14th and at Kenyon on the 21st before returning home to face Wittenberg on the 28th.

October’s schedule for the Tigers finds them hosting Wooster on the 5th, traveling to Hanover on the 12th and to Ohio Wesleyan on the 19th before returning home to take on Allegheny on the 26th. DePauw has a road game at Denison on Nov. 2 before returning home to close out the season with games against Oberlin on the 9th and Wabash on the 16th.

Like rival Wabash, all of the Tigers’ games are in the afternoon.

Indiana Wesleyan University

New Castle’s Nicholas Grieser will attempt to crack the Wildcats’ starting line-up as a freshman. IWU opens the season at Butler on Sept. 7 for a 6 p.m. tilt, hosts Missouri Baptist on the 14th, is idle on the 21st, and hosts Olivet Nazarene on the 28th for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

October finds the Wildcats at Taylor on the 5th for a 7 p.m. kickoff, at home against Lawrence Tech on the 12th, and on the road the next two Saturdays with games at St. Francis (Ind.) on the 19th and at Trinity International (Ill.) on the 26th.

In November, IWU hosts Siena Heights (Mich.) on the 2nd and Marian on the 9th before ending the regular season at Concordia (Mich.) on the 16th.

Hanover College

Shenandoah’s Dylan Frost plays for the Panthers and Hanover opens the season at home Sept. 7 against Centre, hosts Adrian on the 14th, plays at Maryville (Tenn.) on the 21st, and entertains Bluffton on the 28th.

In October, the Panthers host Anderson on the 5th, travel to Defiance on the 12th, are idle on the 19th, and host Manchester on the 26th. November finds Hanover at Mt. St. Joseph on the 2nd and at Rose Hulman on the 9th, followed by the season-ender at home against Franklin for the bell on the 16th.

All of the Panthers’ games have afternoon starts.

Trine University

Knightstown’s Kyler Burchett will attempt to make his mark as a freshman with the Thunder. Trine opens the season with a rare (for small colleges) Thursday night game (7:30 p.m. kickoff) at Manchester on the 5th, travels to Bluffton on the 14th, hosts Concordia Wisconsin on the 21st, and is idle on the 28th.

In October, the Thunder hosts Hope on the 5th, is at Alma in the 12th for a 6 p.m. kickoff, and returns to Angola for back-to-back home games against Olivet on the 19th and Finlandia on the 26th.

Trine’s November schedule has it at Albion on the 2nd, at Adrian on the 9th, and closing out the season at home against Kalamazoo on the 16th.

Marian University

Hagerstown’s Owen Golliher is listed as a defensive back for the Knights. Right now, Marian has only nine games on its schedule and opens at home against Saint Ambrose on Sept. 14, is at Trinity International on the 21st, and hosts Robert Morris for a 6:05 p.m. kickoff on the 28th.

In October, the Knights host St. Francis (Ind.) on the 5th for another game that begins at 6:05 p.m., are idle on the 12th, entertain Concordia (Mich.) on the 19th, and have their last home game on the 26th against Lawrence Tech.

Road games in November at Taylor on the 2nd, at Indiana Wesleyan on the 9th, and at Siena Heights (Mich.) on the 16th wind up Marian’s regular season.

Olivet Nazarene University

Shenandoah’s Gabe Young will attempt to get into the Tigers’ starting line-up as a freshman. Olivet Nazarene has an 11-game schedule and opens at Siena Heights on Sept. 7, hosts Concordia on the 14th and Lawrence Tech on the 21st, and travels to Indiana Wesleyan on the 28th for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

In October, the Tigers are at Missouri Baptist on the 5th, host Saint Ambrose on the 12th for a 6 p.m. start, play at St. Francis (Ind.) on the 19th, and entertain Robert Morris on the 26th. Olivet Nazarene has road games at Lindenwood-Belleville on the 2nd and at St. Xavier on the 9th before ending the regular season at home against Trinity International on the 16th.

University of Cincinnati

New Castle’s Ryan Jones is a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati and returns as a placekicker for the Bearcats. Cincinnati opens the season at home Thursday, Aug. 29 with a nationally-televised game against UCLA at 7 p.m.

In September, the Bearcats are at Ohio State on the 7th, host Miami of Ohio on the 14th, are idle on the 21st, and play at Marshall on the 28th with a 5 p.m. kickoff. In October, Cincinnati hosts Central Florida on Friday the 4th with an 8 p.m. kickoff, is at Houston on the 12th, hosts Tulsa on the 19th, and is idle on the 26th.

The Bearcats have five games in November, starting at East Carolina on the 2nd, entertain Connecticut on the 9th, at South Florida on the 16th, host Temple on the 23rd, and end the regular season Friday, Nov. 29 at Memphis.

Ball State University

Shenandoah’s Cody Rudy is listed as a fullback and redshirt junior on the Cardinals’ roster. Ball State opens the season Saturday, Aug. 31 with a home game against Indiana (noon kickoff) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

In September, the Cardinals host Fordham on the 7th and Florida Atlantic on the 14th, are at North Carolina State on the 21st, and are idle on the 28th. In October, Ball State is at Northern Illinois on the 5th, at Eastern Michigan on the 12th, hosts Toledo for Homecoming on the 19th, and entertains Ohio on the 26th.

The Cardinals open November with a Tuesday night game at Western Michigan, host Central Michigan on the 16th, travel to Kent State on the 23rd, and end the regular season with a home game against Miami of Ohio on Friday, Nov. 29.