Nicholls State Colonels football
|Nicholls State Colonels football|
|Athletic director||Rob Bernardi|
|Head coach||Tim Rebowe|
|Home stadium||Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium|
|Stadium surface||AstroTurf 3D Grass|
|League||NCAA Division I (FCS)|
|All-time record||187–282–4 (.400)|
|Playoff record||1–3 (Div. I FCS)|
|Claimed national titles||0|
1975, 1984, 2005
|Fight song||Nicholls State Colonels Fight Song|
|Marching band||The Pride of Nicholls Marching Band|
(River Bell Classic)
The Nicholls State Colonels football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Nicholls State University located in Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Southland Conference. Nicholls State's first football team was fielded in 1972. The team plays its home games at the 10,500 seat Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The Colonels are coached by Tim Rebowe.
- 1 Championships
- 2 History
- 3 Year-by-year results
- 4 Division I-AA/Division I FCS Playoffs
- 5 Notable players
- 6 Stadium
- 7 Practice and Training facilities
- 8 Rivalries
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
- 1975 Gulf South Conference Champions (Division II)
Head Coach: Bill Clements
Overall Record (8-2)
Conference Record (7-2)
- 1984 Gulf Star Conference Champions (Division I-AA)
Head Coach: Sonny Jackson
Overall Record (6-5)
Gulf Star Conference Record (4-1)
- 2005 Southland Conference Champions (Division I-AA)
Head Coach: Jay Thomas
Overall Record (6-5)
Southland Conference Record (5-1)
Head coaching history
*1996 I-AA National Coach of the Year, Eddie Robinson Award Recipient
Conferences and classifications
|1972||Gulf South Conference||NCAA College Division|
|1973–1978||Gulf South Conference||Division II|
|1984–1986||Gulf Star Conference||Division I-AA|
|1991–2005||Southland Conference||Division I-AA|
|2006–present||Southland Conference||Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)|
Division I-AA/Division I FCS Playoffs
|1976||Gerald Butler||WR||Kodak First Team (AFCA)|
|1977||Rusty Rebowe||LB||AP First Team; Kodak First Team (AFCA); NCAA All-American|
|1981||Dwight Walker||WR||AP First Team; Kodak First Team (AFCA)|
|1982||Clint Conque||LB||AP First Team|
|1982||Jay Pennison||OL||AP Second Team|
|1983||Jay Pennison||OL||AP Second Team|
|1984||Dewayne Harrison||TE||AP First Team|
|1985||Lynn Bychurch||OL||AP Second Team|
|1986||Mark Carrier||WR||AP First Team; Kodak First Team (AFCA)|
|1987||Alfred Dorsey||WR||AP Second Team|
|1987||Karl Hill||DB||AP Third Team|
|1987||Reed Pere’||OL||AP Third Team|
|1991||Darryl Pounds||DB||AP Second Team|
|1994||Brian Desselles||P||AP Second Team|
|1994||Darryl Pounds||DB||AP First Team|
|2007||Kareem Moore||DB||AP Second Team|
|2007||Lardarius Webb||DB||Walter Camp Foundation First Team|
|2008||Lardarius Webb||DB||AP First Team|
Nicholls State Colonels selected in the NFL Draft
|1976||Gary Barbaro||DB||Kansas City Chiefs||3rd Round||74th|
|1977||Gerald Butler||WR||Chicago Bears||7th Round||182nd|
|1982||Dwight Walker||WR||Cleveland Browns||4th Round||87th|
|1984||Johnny Meads||LB||Houston Oilers||3rd Round||58th|
|1985||Anthony Tuggle||DB||Cincinnati Bengals||4th Round||97th|
|1985||Lionel Vital||RB||Washington Redskins||7th Round||187th|
|1986||Oscar Smith||RB||Detroit Lions||5th Round||119th|
|1987||Mark Carrier||WR||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3rd Round||57th|
|1987||Doug Hudson||QB||Kansas City Chiefs||6th Round||186th|
|1989||Jamie Lawson||FB||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5th Round||117th|
|1990||Dee Thomas||DB||Houston Oilers||10th Round||264th|
|1995||Darryl Pounds||DB||Washington Redskins||3rd Round||68th|
|2004||Chris Thompson||DB||Jacksonville Jaguars||5th Round||110th|
|2007||Jacob Bender||OL||New York Jets||6th Round||177th|
|2008||Kareem Moore||DB||Washington Redskins||6th Round||180th|
|2009||Lardarius Webb||DB||Baltimore Ravens||3rd Round||88th|
Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium
Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium is a 10,500-seat multi-purpose stadium in Thibodaux, Louisiana. It is home to the Nicholls State University Colonels football team of the Southland Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision. The stadium is named in honor of former state representative John L. Guidry. The playing surface is named Manning Field after the Manning family because Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Archie Manning hold the Manning Passing Academy football camp at the facility. The current playing surface is Astroturf 3D Grass. The stadium was officially dedicated on September 16, 1972.
The stadium features a three-level press box on the west side. The second level houses an area for game management staff, radio and coaches’ booths and a working press area. The president’s suite and a 30-seat club level is located on the third level. A photo deck is located on the roof. On the ground level is the Colonels Club Room. In 2012, the west entrance of the stadium was renovated which included a new entrance into the Colonel Club area and a new ever-present illuminated Nicholls “N”.
Practice and Training facilities
Frank L. Barker Athletic Building
The Frank L. Barker Athletic Building is located adjacent to Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium. It houses the Nicholls State Colonels football coaches’ offices, locker rooms, meeting rooms, athletic training rooms and athletic staff.
Leonard C. Chabert Strength and Conditioning Facility
The Nicholls State Colonels Strength and Conditioning facility is located in the Leonard C. Chabert Strength and Conditioning Facility or Leonard C. Chabert Hall. The facility has multi-purpose power stations, weight machines, dumbbell stations, elliptical machines and stationary bikes. It is the strength and conditioning facility for Nicholls State athletics. A 50-yard artificial turf field is adjacent to the building.
Football Practice Fields
The football practice fields include three natural grass football practice fields located across Acadia Drive from Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium, the Frank L. Barker Athletic Building and the Leonard C. Chabert Strength and Conditioning Facility. Two of the fields face in a north-south configuration similar to Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium with a third facing in an east-west configuration.
Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana are located 94 miles apart and no two football-playing schools in the Southland Conference are as close as the two schools. The winner of the annual football game is awarded the River Bell Trophy. The trophy features a river bell, the teams athletic logos and details the yearly victors. The game played between the rivals began in 1972 and was played annually until 1985 when Southeastern Louisiana dropped its football program. It resumed 20 years later in 2005 when football was reinstated by the university.
The Nicholls State - Northwestern State football rivalry is played annually with the winner being awarded the NSU Trophy. Both universities are located in Louisiana and are members of the Southland Conference. The first game in the series was played in 1973.
In fall 1998, the Colonels were scheduled to take on the Texas State Bobcats. Prior to the game, heavy rains flooded San Marcos, Texas and the field at Texas State. Athletic directors and coaches from both schools decided to postpone the game and coined the annual contest the "Battle for the Paddle," joking that fans and athletes needed to use a boat and paddle to get to the game. The game was eventually played on November 28, 1998 with Texas State prevailing 28-27 to win the first "Battle for the Paddle". A wooden oar or paddle named the "Paddle Trophy" was awarded to the winner of the contest. The rivalry ended in 2011.
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