Mesa stands pat in poll after win against Mines

Once David Tann got the feeling back in his left arm, there was no stopping the Colorado Mesa senior running back.

Tann, who hit the ulnar nerve in his left elbow on a carry in the second quarter Saturday, causing his arm to go numb for awhile, ran for touchdowns of 69 and 62 yards on his first two carries in the fourth quarter. Those two runs were part of his season-high 197 yards rushing and half of his four touchdowns that helped the Mavericks defeat Colorado School of Mines 38-36 and retain the Nyikos Cup.

Tann, who bounced off tacklers several times to pick up additional yardage, including scoring his first two touchdowns on runs of 14 and 1 yards, was selected the RMAC offensive player of the week Monday.

The Mavericks (3-0, 3-0 RMAC) maintained their spot at No. 11 in the American Football Coaches Association national rankings released Monday.

The top 13 teams remained the same after winning last week, with Northwest Missouri State grabbing all 34 first-place votes after holding off Nebraska-Kearney 13-0.

Colorado Mesa, which hosts Fort Lewis (1-2, 1-2) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, received 501 points in the voting. Conference rival CSU-Pueblo dropped one spot to No. 19 despite defeating South Dakota Mines 34-14 the week after being upset by West Texas A&M and falling out of the top 10.

Taking the ThunderWolves’ place is former RMAC member Fort Hays State (3-0).

Ferris State (Michigan) remained No. 2, followed by Texas A&M-Commerce, which defeated the Mavericks in last season’s Division II playoffs. Shepherd (West Virginia) is No. 4 and California (Pennsylvania) No. 5.

Azusa Pacific (California), the Mavericks’ opponent in the final week of the season, dropped out of the rankings, with Humboldt State (California) moving in at No. 22.

The Lumberjacks’ future is in question, with the Eureka Times-Standard reporting last week that Humbolt’s athletic director, Duncan Robins, is considering dropping or placing a two-year moratorium on the program.

Fans of the program have started an online petition calling for the school to reconsider cutting the program. Football coaches throughout the country, including CMU coach Russ Martin, have signed the petition.


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