As we get set for the first round of the FCS playoffs, wanted to give a look at each team that NDSU could potentially play in the 2nd round in Fargo next Saturday, so let’s start with my favorite nickname, the Paladins of Furman.
FURMAN PALADINS – 7-5, SoCon Champs
- Started season 2-4, 1-2 conference record on October 12th, won five of last six games, including wins over Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Wofford and Samford (who’s also in the playoffs). The GSU win just looks better and better considering what the Eagles did last Saturday in Florida, the day that the Paladins beat GSU they held Jerrick McKinnon to 46 rush yds; he racked up 168 against the Bison in Fargo last December.
- Furman was a pretty consistent playoff team in the early part of the 2000’s, making it five times in six years from 2000-2006, just missing out in 2003. They made a deep playoff run in 2005, losing to App State, the eventual national champs in the 2005 semis.
- The Paladins won the National Championship in 1988, they became the first private school to win the 1-AA Championship, they were also runner-up to the title in 1985 and 2001.
- Furman is the only program in SoCon history to have a winning record against App State, which says a lot about its football program.
- Most notable Furman football alum is known to fans in the area, Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton, who was named a Pro Bowler this past season.
- Reese Hannon makes the Paladin offense go, the sophomore quarterback is coming off a career best game of 326 yards passing against Wofford, when he’s in the lineup Furman is 7-2, when he’s been out, they’re 0-3.
- Furman is not an experienced team, with 44 freshmen and just 11 seniors on the roster.
Furman will play at South Carolina State on Saturday at noon, tomorrow, we’ll take a closer look at the co-champs of the MEAC.