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Preseason Football Notes #2

Aug. 20, 2007

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By Ron Hines and Tyler Koonce, Football Contacts


CINCINNATI GAME WILL BE ON ESPN360: The season opener at Cincinnati will be produced by ESPN and will be available on ESPN360. 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

SOUTHEAST 1-11 VS. FBS (I-AA) TEAMS: Since moving to FCS (I-AA) in 1992, Southeast Missouri is 1-11 vs. FBS (I-A) teams. The only win was a victory at Middle Tennessee State, 24-14, in 2002. Last season, the Redhawks lost at Arkansas 63-7. The Cincinnati game will be the first against a Big East opponent.

CINCINNATI RANKED 56TH: Sports Illustrated ranks Cincinnati 56th nationally in the FBS. The Bearcats, picked fifth in the Big East, are predicted to finish 7-5 and ahead of teams like Vanderbilt, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, Marshall, Colorado, Michigan State and Minnesota.

QUARTERBACK DEAD HEAT: Junior college transfers Victor Anderson and Houston Lillard are still in a dead heat in the battle for the starting quarterback position.

BIG RECEIVERS: New wide receivers Chante Ahamefule (6-6, 215), Daryl Gist (6-5, 215), Miles Edwards (6-3, 195) and Vincent Anderson (6-2, 210) 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. Joseph Tuineau (6-8, 280) returns for his redshirt senior season at tight end as well.

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), Paul McGuire (6-4, 325), Bryan Curry (6-3, 320) 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.

REDHAWKS IN THE NFL: Five former Redhawks players are currently on NFL rosters. Eugene Amano is a center with the Tennessee Titans and Dan Connolly is a center for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Dimitri Patterson is a cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs while Edgar Jones is an outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens and Kyle Hunt is a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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.

REDHAWKS AGAIN HAVE 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.


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