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2007 Football Media Day Notes

Aug. 8, 2007



PRESEASON ALL-OVC: Senior inside linebacker Adam Casper (Anna, Ill./Anna-Jonesboro) was named to the preseason All-OVC squad after being named first team All-OVC last season. He led the team in 2006 with 108 tackles, including 63 unassisted stops.

ROSTER ADDITIONS: Several players have been added to the roster. The new players, including walk-ons and transfers, are listed below.

3 Kris Heard 5-10 165 WR R-Fr. St. Louis, Mo. (Ball State)
7 Fred Whigham 5-10 190 CB Fr. St. Louis, Mo. (Lutheran North)
9 Brandon Thompson 6-0 195 WR Fr. St. Louis, Mo. (McCluer North)
10 Terrell Totten 5-11 185 R Jr. San Diego, Calif. (San Diego Mesa CC)
13 Aris Bowen 6-0 185 R Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (Bolton)
34 Cory Holmes 5-9 175 CB Fr. St. Louis, Mo. (Gateway Tech)
54 Steve Hendry 6-3 225 OL Fr. Manchester, Mo. (Parkway West)
62 Devin Evans 6-0 230 ILB R-Fr. Liberty, Mo. (Missouri)
66 Paul Hinckley 6-2 290 OL Fr. Chatham, Ill. (Glenwood)
68 Kevin Novacich 6-2 330 OL Fr. Chicago, Ill. (Mt. Carmel)
88 Richard Samuel 5-9 155 WR Fr. Wimberley, Texas (Wimberly)
93 Zack Buck 6-3 210 DE Fr. Chesterfield, Mo. (Marquette)
94 Courtney Brame 6-0 220 DE Fr. St. Louis, Mo. (Hazelwood Central)

NUMBER CHANGES: Listed below are number changes from last season for returning players.

5 Houston Lillard 6-0 210 QB Jr. Oakland, Calif. (Laney CC)
20 Nick Grassi 5-10 242 FB So. Wilsonville, Ore. (Wilsonville)
56 Robert Anderson 5-10 225 ILB R-So. Hillsboro, Mo. (Hillsboro)
77 Brandon McCrary 6-0 285 DT R-Jr. St. Louis, Mo. (Kirkwood)

NO SHOWS: Players that did not report to camp and are no longer on the team include RT Richard Kazarian, WR Or Sher and WR Westley Steele.

QUARTERBACK COMPETITION: Quite possibly the most competitive battle in camp is at the quarterback position. Junior college transfers Houston Lillard and Victor Anderson and freshmen Steve Callanan and Jared Van Slyke are all battling for the starting spot.

FOUR ANDERSON'S: Four players on the Southeast roster have the last name of Anderson - Rover Marvin (Willingboro, N.J./Willingboro), ILB Robert (Hillsboro, Mo./Hillsboro) and twin brothers, QB Victor and WR Vincent (East St. Louis, Ill./Mesa CC).

NEBRASKA CONNECTION: Eight Southeast coaches have ties to Nebraska. New outside linebackers/safeties coach George Darlington was an assistant for the Cornhuskers for 30 years and was the position coach for head coach Tony Samuel, wide receivers coach Lorenzo Brinkley and defensive backs coach Kenny Wilhite. Defensive coordinator Tim McGuire and offensive line coach Brian Boerboom also played for the team while Darlington was an assistant. Running backs coach Chris Norris played under Tom Osborne when Samuel was an assistant in Lincoln and the father of defensive line coach Justin Kramer had Samuel as a position coach.

COACHING ASSIGNMENTS: Head Coach-Tony Samuel, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator-Vincent White, Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers-Tim McGuire, Running Backs/Special Teams-Chris Norris, Offensive Line-Brian Boerboom, Wide Receivers-Lorenzo Brinkley, Outside Linebackers/Safeties-George Darlington, Defensive Line/Director of Football Operations-Justin Kramer, Tight Ends-Eric Ravellette, Cornerbacks-Kenny Wilhite, Graduate Assistant-Matt Vincent.

BEEFED UP LINES: Both the offensive and defensive lines have added newcomers with considerable size. On offense, Josh Guthrie (6-6, 370), Miles Stroter (6-6, 345), Bryan Curry (6-3, 320), Paul McGuire (6-4, 325) and John Schuller (6-4, 310) bring their large frames the program. On defense, Errik Aliifua (6-3, 330) and Maurice Lyles (6-2, 300) will increase the size over last year's linemen.

BIG RECEIVERS: New wide receivers Chante Ahamefule (6-6, 215), Daryl Gist (6-5, 215) and Miles Edwards (6-3, 195) all provide big targets for Southeast quarterbacks. Ben Gugler (6-4, 255) adds another tall body to the passing game from the tight end position.

REDHAWKS ADD ST. LOUIS RADIO STATION: The Southeast Missouri Football Radio Network will again include 1380 ESPN Radio in St. Louis. The network, operated by Mississippi River Radio will be anchored by 100,000-watt K-103 FM in Cape Girardeau. Other network stations include KSIM, Sikeston; KWOC, Poplar Bluff and KMAL, Malden. Erik Sean will be the play-by-play voice of Redhawks football with former quarterback Rick Wieser adding commentary for home games and Ron Hines, Sports Information Director, handling commentary on road games. Todd Bonacki will be a sideline reporter for home games.

LIVE VIDEO STREAMING: For the first time ever, Southeast fans will be able to watch Redhawks football on the internet through the Ohio Valley Conference's new premium Web site, OVCSports.TV. OVCSports.TV can be accessed by logging on the OVC Web site,, and is made possible through a partnership with XOS Technologies, a leading provider of sports technology. Subscriptions will be available on an annual, seasonal and per-event basis.

REDHAWKS GAME AT CINCINNATI WILL BE ON ESPN 360: The season opener at Cincinnati will be produced by ESPN and will be available on ESPN 360. Dave Weekley will do the play-by-play while Todd Donnan will provide analysis. ESPN360 is available for free on Internet services providers who are affiliates of ESPN. ESPN360 is a customized broadband service available on computers via a high-speed data connection. There is a streaming video component that offers fast transmission and high-quality video content. For more information on ESPN360, log on to

REDHAWKS FOOTBALL WITH Tony Samuel: Samuel will have a weekly 30-minute television show on Heartland's CW, WQWQ-TV. The show will air at 11:05 p.m. on Fridays and will be hosted by KFVS-TV and The CW sports director Todd Richards. The show will also be shown on Charter Cable Channel 11 on Saturday mornings at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 12-noon.

GAME DAY DRESSING ROOM: The game-day dressing room for the Redhawks will be in the Student Recreation Center South with the team entering the stadium from the east end. Previously the game-day dressing room was in Houck Field House with entry from the west end of the stadium. The team will use the south sideline.


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