Belhaven University


School Colors: Green and Gold
SID Name: Kirk McDonnell

Conference:
Mid-South Conference
Main Rivals:
  • Bethel University
  • Campbellsville University
  • Cumberland University
  • Faulkner University
  • Lindsey Wilson College

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Local Newspaper: Clarion Ledger
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Returning Starters on Offense: 7
Base Offense: Multiple
Key Returners on Offense:
In 2012, Belhaven set out to transform the offense into one that possessed more balance between the running and passing game and needless to say that transition produced some incredible results. After the rocky 0-3 start to the season, the offense gelled along with the defense to produce some record setting numbers.

The Blazers shattered the school record for most rushing yards in a season with 2,488 in 2012. The previous mark was set in 1999 with 1,709. Belhaven also set a new bench mark for rushing touchdowns with 27 last year. The previous school record was 19 recorded during the 2011 campaign. Belhaven was the third best rushing team in the MSC with 226.2 yards per game and fourth in the conference in scoring at 32.9 points per contest.

Running back Kadero Edley had a major impact on the team last season and the Blazers look forward to having him back in 2013. Edley, a senior from Raymond, Miss, rushed for a team high 942 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2012 season. Edley averaged 5.7 yards per carry and 85.6 yards per game. Edley ranked fifth in the MSC in yards per carry and was named to the MSC All-Conference First Team.

One of Belhaven’s top recruits on offense coming into last season was running back Aaron Spikes who transferred in from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Spikes, a native of Dallas, TX, had three carries in the 2012 spring game and reeled off 89 yards in his limited time on the field. Spikes has great speed and is an explosive player in the backfield when healthy. Unfortunately, Spikes had his 2012 season wiped out due to an injury, but is expected to be back at full strength and a major contributor in 2013.

Not much can happen on offense if there isn’t a solid front line to lead the way. The Blazers are fortunate to have one of the top tackles in the nation in Matt Hall returning to anchor the offensive front. Hall, a senior from Russellville, Ark, was a MSC First Team All-Conference Selection following the 2012 season.

Joining Hall on the line will be junior transfer Jabari Buckley. Buckley comes to Belhaven after starting his career at Bethel University (Tenn.). Buckley attended classes at Belhaven in 2012, but due to MSC transfer rules to schools within the same conference, had to sit out last season. Buckley is set to go for this year and will be a big addition to the offensive line.

The quarterback position will have a new look this year with senior and four year starter Alex Williams graduating following the 2012 season. Junior quarterback Raymond Cotton could be in the mix for the starting role after playing in nine games last year. Belhaven is also excited about redshirt freshman Darrell Williams out of Fruitdale, Ala. It should be pretty good battle in camp to see who comes out on top with the starting role.
Returning Starters on Defense: 6
Base Defense: 4-2-5
Key Returners on Defense:
The defense had one of its best years in program history in 2012, ranking in the top 10 in multiple statistical categories. The Blazers were second in the NAIA in pass defense per game, allowing just 137.1 yards through the air. Belhaven ranked sixth in total defense (271.5 ypg), and were 10th in points allowed at just 17.1 per contest.

This season Coach Thrasher and Defensive Coordinator Danny White believe the defense can be even better. If that’s to be the case the play of the defense line will be a determining factor. The front four in Belhaven’s 4-2-5 scheme has the most depth and talent returning from a year ago.

Victor Byers enters his junior season as one of the top players on the defensive front. Byers, who hails from Navarre, Fla., tallied 23 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble, and two quarterback hurries in 2012. Joining Byers up front will be sophomore Joshua Aldrin who saw time as a freshman especially late in the season. Aldrin, a native of Woodridge, Ill., totaled nine tackles and a pair of quarterback hurries. Senior Roy Williams Jr. began making the transition to the defensive side of the ball during the spring and will see playing time on the defensive line as well. Williams, from Brandon, Miss, was a running back for the Blazers in 2012.

At linebacker, Darius Wren is Belhaven’s top returner after a big year during his first campaign as a Blazer. Wren, a senior from Shucktown, Miss, was third on the team in total tackles with 73 and tackles for a loss with 8.5. Wren was second on the team with three interceptions, led the team with 10 pass breakups and had two fumble recoveries. He was an MSC Honorable Mention All-Conference selection.

Belhaven’s defensive backfield will be led by returner Justin Mims. In this particular scheme, the backs have to be able to not only defend the pass but also the run which Mims can do. Mims, a senior from Albany, Ga., paced the Blazers in interceptions (4) and was sixth on the team in total tackles (40). Mims had a team high 16 passes defended and played all 11 games in 2012.
Top 5 Recruits:
Alonzo Acosta
Brian Ensminger
Kyle Knight
Rico McCullum
Devin Odom
Coach Joe Thrasher says this about the offense:
In 2012, Belhaven set out to transform the offense into one that possessed more balance between the running and passing game and needless to say that transition produced some incredible results. After the rocky 0-3 start to the season, the offense gelled along with the defense to produce some record setting numbers.

The Blazers shattered the school record for most rushing yards in a season with 2,488 in 2012. The previous mark was set in 1999 with 1,709. Belhaven also set a new bench mark for rushing touchdowns with 27 last year. The previous school record was 19 recorded during the 2011 campaign. Belhaven was the third best rushing team in the MSC with 226.2 yards per game and fourth in the conference in scoring at 32.9 points per contest.

Running back Kadero Edley had a major impact on the team last season and the Blazers look forward to having him back in 2013. Edley, a senior from Raymond, Miss, rushed for a team high 942 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2012 season. Edley averaged 5.7 yards per carry and 85.6 yards per game. Edley ranked fifth in the MSC in yards per carry and was named to the MSC All-Conference First Team.

One of Belhaven’s top recruits on offense coming into last season was running back Aaron Spikes who transferred in from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Spikes, a native of Dallas, TX, had three carries in the 2012 spring game and reeled off 89 yards in his limited time on the field. Spikes has great speed and is an explosive player in the backfield when healthy. Unfortunately, Spikes had his 2012 season wiped out due to an injury, but is expected to be back at full strength and a major contributor in 2013.

Not much can happen on offense if there isn’t a solid front line to lead the way. The Blazers are fortunate to have one of the top tackles in the nation in Matt Hall returning to anchor the offensive front. Hall, a senior from Russellville, Ark, was a MSC First Team All-Conference Selection following the 2012 season.

Joining Hall on the line will be junior transfer Jabari Buckley. Buckley comes to Belhaven after starting his career at Bethel University (Tenn.). Buckley attended classes at Belhaven in 2012, but due to MSC transfer rules to schools within the same conference, had to sit out last season. Buckley is set to go for this year and will be a big addition to the offensive line.

The quarterback position will have a new look this year with senior and four year starter Alex Williams graduating following the 2012 season. Junior quarterback Raymond Cotton could be in the mix for the starting role after playing in nine games last year. Belhaven is also excited about redshirt freshman Darrell Williams out of Fruitdale, Ala. It should be pretty good battle in camp to see who comes out on top with the starting role.

“I’m excited about what we can do offensively this season,” said Thrasher. “The key every season is to see the guys come together in camp and get everyone on the same page in anticipation for the season opener at the end of August against Texas College. That’s the first step to making a run at a conference championship.”
Coach Joe Thrasher says this about the defense:
“Our defensive line is the best I’ve seen it coming out of spring practice,” said Thrasher. “We might be young in a few positions but we are athletic and have an opportunity for success. I think Coach White has done a tremendous job building our defense. We were a top 10 defense in the country last year and I expect great things from our defense again this season.”
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Head Coach: Joe Thrasher

Alma Mater:

Belhaven University

Years at Current School:

5

Wins at School:

Losses at School:

21 23

Career Wins:

Career Losses:

35 42
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Offensive Coordinator:
Craig Bowman
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Defensive Coordinator:
Danny White
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H.T. Newell Field

Stadium Address

Riverside Drive Jackson, MS

Stadium Capacity:

7500

Stadium Surface:

Fieldturf
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Date Opponent Location Score Result Record
9/20/2014 1:30:00 PM Cumberland (Tenn.) Away
10/11/2014 1:30:00 PM Bluefield (Va.) Home
10/25/2014 1:30:00 PM Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) Away