Incarnate Word opts out of game vs. Iowa State; Morris named Southland Coach of the Year
After being selected to participate in the FCS playoffs for the first time in program history, Incarnate Word will not play its game at Iowa State on Dec. 1, the program announced Tuesday.
The matchup was added in September after Iowa State canceled its season opener against South Dakota State due to inclement weather.
UIW will face Montana State at 2 p.m. Saturday in Bozeman, Mont. If the Cardinals win, they advance to play North Dakota State at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 in Fargo, N.D.
“I talked to (UIW coach) Eric (Morris), and he is laser-focused on Saturday’s game at Montana State,” UIW athletics director Brian Wickstrom said in a statement. “We want him to be able to stay focused on the FCS playoffs and making it to the next round.”
Iowa State will instead host Drake on Dec. 1.
Also on Tuesday, the Southland Conference announced that Morris was selected as the league’s Coach of the Year.
UIW quarterback Jon Copeland was named Freshman of the Year, while running back Ra’Quanne Dickens, wide receiver Phillip Baptiste, offensive lineman Brandon Floores and defensive lineman Justin Alexandre were named to the all-conference first team.
“I’m incredibly proud of this team, and today’s announcement just backs up what we’ve seen all year long as a coaching staff,” Morris said in a release.
Morris is also a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, given to the nation’s top FCS coach.