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The Incarnate Word Cardinals football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) located in San Antonio, Texas. The program began in 2009 and originally competed in NCAA Division II as members of the Lone Star Conference. In 2013, the school moved to Division I. For the 2013 season, UIW competed as a member of the Southland Conference for all sports except football. Football competed with an 11-game schedule as an Independent. UIW began playing Southland football in the 2014 season. The team plays its home games at the 6,000 seat Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium.

Incarnate Word Cardinals football
2019 Incarnate Word Cardinals football team
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First season2009
Athletic directorBrian Wickstrom
Head coachEric Morris
1st season, 6–5 (.545)
StadiumGayle and Tom Benson Stadium
(Capacity: 6,000)
Year built2008
Field surfaceFieldTurf Classic HD
LocationSan Antonio, Texas
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceSouthland Conference
Past conferencesLone Star Conference
All-time record36–72 (.333)
Playoff record0–1
Conference titles1 (2018)
RivalriesAbilene Christian
ColorsRed, White, and Black[1]
              
MascotRed Cardinal
Marching bandMarching Cardinals
OutfitterAdidas
WebsiteUIWCardinals.com

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HistoryEdit

UIW held its first team practice on August 27, 2008, and began competing as an NCAA Division II independent on August 29, 2009.

Conference Affiliations

Coaches

Name Seasons Record Pct.
Mike Santiago 2009–2011 10–18 .357
Todd Ivicic 2011* 0–3 .000
Larry Kennan 2012–2017 20–46 .303
Eric Morris 2018–present 6–5 .545

*Ivicic served as interim head coach for the final three games of 2011, completing Santiago's third season as coach

Conference ChampionshipsEdit

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
2018 Southland Conference Eric Morris 6–5 6–2
Total Conference Championships 1

FCS Playoffs resultsEdit

The Cardinals qualified for the FCS Playoffs for the first time in 2018.

Year Round Opponent Result
2018 First Round Montana State L 14–35

Year-by-year resultsEdit

Year Subdivision Conference Division Overall Conference Coach
GP Win Loss Pct. GP Win Loss Pct. Standing
2009 II Independent N/A 10 5 5 .500 0 0 0 .000 N/A Mike Santiago
2010 II Lone Star South 11 3 8 .273 10 3 7 .300 12th Mike Santiago
2011 II Lone Star N/A 10 2 8 .200 7 2 5 .286 6th Mike Santiago
2012 II Lone Star N/A 11 2 9 .182 8 1 7 .125 9th Larry Kennan
2013 FCS Independent N/A 11 6 5 .545 0 0 0 .000 N/A Larry Kennan
2014 FCS Southland N/A 11 2 9 .182 8 2 6 .250 9th Larry Kennan
2015 FCS Southland N/A 11 6 5 .545 9 5 4 .556 4th Larry Kennan
2016 FCS Southland N/A 11 3 8 .273 9 3 6 .333 8th Larry Kennan
2017 FCS Southland N/A 11 1 10 .091 8 1 7 .125 9th Larry Kennan
2018 FCS Southland N/A 11 6 5 .545 8 6 2 .750 T–1st Eric Morris
2019 FCS Southland N/A 0 0 0 0 0 0 Eric Morris
Totals 108 36 72 .333 66 23 43 .348

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StadiumEdit

UIW home football games are played on campus at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. Benson Stadium was dedicated on September 1, 2008 and currently seats 6,000 people. It is named after Tom Benson and his wife Gayle, whose generous monetary donations helped start up the UIW football program. Record stadium attendance of 6,498 was recorded in a game against Houston Baptist on November 17, 2016.[3] UIW currently has an overall home record at the stadium of 24–29.

All-time record vs. Southland teamsEdit

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current Southland opponents:

Opponent Won Lost Percentage Streak First Last
Abilene Christian 3 7 .300 Won 1 2010 2018
Central Arkansas 1 2 .333 Won 1 2013 2018
Houston Baptist 4 0 1.000 Won 4 2013 2016
Lamar 2 4 .333 Lost 1 2011 2018
McNeese State 1 4 .200 Won 1 2014 2018
Nicholls State 2 3 .400 Lost 3 2014 2018
Northwestern State 2 1 .667 Won 2 2014 2016
Sam Houston State 1 6 .143 Won 1 2012 2018
Southeastern Louisiana 2 4 .333 Won 1 2013 2018
Stephen F. Austin 1 4 .200 Won 1 2014 2018
Totals 19 35 .352

Record against FBS competitionEdit

Overall (0–5)

Season Opponent Division Result Score Record
2015 UTEP C-USA L 17–27 0–1
2016 Texas State Sun Belt L 17–48 0–2
2017 Fresno State Mountain West L 0–66 0–3
2018 New Mexico Mountain West L 30–62 0–4
2018 North Texas C-USA L 16–58 0–5
2019 UTSA C-USA TBD TBD TBD
2019 New Mexico State FBS Independent TBD TBD TBD
2020 Baylor Big 12 TBD TBD TBD
Total 0–5

Individual AwardsEdit

The following Cardinals were named to the Associated Press FCS All-American team.

All-AmericansEdit

Year Name Position
2015 Myke Tavarres LB
2017 Joe Zema P

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Players in the NFLEdit

Player Name Position Years at UIW Years in NFL NFL Team
Justin Alexandre DE 2017–2018 2019–present Jets
Alex Jenkins DE 2013–2016 2017–present Saints, Giants
Silas Stewart LB 2017–2018 2019–present Ravens
Myke Tavarres LB 2014–2015 2016 Eagles
Cole Wick TE 2012–2015 2016–present Lions, 49ers, Titans
National Football League (NFL)

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Future non-conference opponentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2019 UIW Athletics Style Guide (PDF). April 8, 2019. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Incarnate Word Cardinals Football Statistics". University of the Incarnate Word. 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  3. ^ http://uiwcardinals.com/boxscore.aspx?id=3174&path=football
  4. ^ "UIW Football's Zema Selected to AP All-America First Team". uiwcardinals.com. University of the Incarnate Word. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  5. ^ "Momentous Day for UIW Football". UIW Athletics. April 30, 2016. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "Jenkins Promoted from UIW Cardinal to New Orleans Saint". UIW Athletics. May 25, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Future Football Schedules". UIW Athletics. November 21, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "UTSA Roadrunners Football Schedules - Future Schedules". FB Schedules. July 30, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2018.

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