Redhawks Open 2007 Season at Cincinnati
Aug. 27, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
Date: Aug. 30, 2007
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri State was 4-7 overall and 2-6 in the OVC last season. Cincinnati was 8-5 overall, 4-3 in the Big East and won the International Bowl in Toronto, Canada.
THE COACHES: Tony Samuel went 4-7 in his first season at Southeast. He is 38-64 in nine years as a collegiate head coach, including eight seasons at New Mexico State. Brian Kelly who joined the Bearcats prior to last year's International Bowl, is 1-0 at Cincinnati and 138-51-2 in 16 years as a collegiate head coach, including 13 years at Grand Valley State and three seasons at Central Michigan.
THE SERIES: First Meeting
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. ESPN360 will be available on the University internet system. Go to www.gosoutheast.com or www.ESPN360.com for more information.
SOUTHEAST 1-11 vs. FBS (I-A) 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, 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.
AND THE QUARTERBACK IS: Junior college transfers Victor Anderson and Houston Lillard are still in a dead heat in the battle for the starting quarterback position and the starter will be a game time decision. Both were successful junior college quarterbacks, but neither has taken a snap at the Division I level.
BIG RECEIVERS: The biggest receiver is veteran Joseph Tuineau (6-8, 280) who hopes to have a big senior season. He has 40 career receptions for 438 yards. Born in Fiji, Tuineau moved to New Zealand at the age of eight and developed into an outstanding rugby player. He had never played football until he enrolled at Southeast in 2003. New wide receivers Chante Ahamefule (6-6, 215), Daryl Gist (6-5, 215) and Miles Edwards (6-3, 195) also provide big targets for Southeast quarterbacks. Ben Gugler (6-4, 255) adds another tall body to the passing game from the tight end position.
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 to the offensive line. On defense, Errik Aliifua (6-3, 330) and Maurice Lyles (6-2, 300) will increase the size over last year's linemen.
McGUIRE MOVES TO TACKLE: Offensive lineman Paul McGuire (6-4, 325) was projected as the starting center entering fall drills, but has been moved to right tackle. The son of Southeast defensive coordinator Tim McGuire, the younger McGuire was a two-year starter in the offensive line at Indiana State where his father was the head coach. McGuire sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules.
DEPTH AT RUNNING BACK: Timmy Holloman returns at running back. Despite an assortment of leg injuries, Holloman led last year's team in rushing with 653 yards and six touchdowns. For his career, Holloman has 1,341 yards rushing and 308 yards receiving. Holloman will be backed up by redshirt freshman Sterling Hardin, freshman Alfred Reese and true freshman Mike Jones who was a two-time All-Western Kentucky Conference running back at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah, Ky.
CASPER IS PRESEASON ALL-OVC: Senior linebacker Adam Casper has been voted to the preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team. A first team all-OVC selection last season when he led the Redhawks in tackles with 108 tackles, Casper also had six tackles for losses of 13 yards, broke up three passes and had one interception returned for a touchdown vs. Austin Peay.
INJURIES: Defensive linebacker Joshua Jackson (foot) and offensive lineman Matt Paris (leg) will miss the Cincinnati game because of injuries. Kicker Colin Schermann will also miss the game because of a head injury received in a ladder accident at his home prior to the start of fall drills.
SPADA WILL HANDLE ALL KICKING: With Colin Schermann sidelined, sophomore Doug Spada will handle all kicking and punting. Spada, who kicked off last season as a true freshman, was 0-1 in field goals and had one punt for 43 yards last season. As a prep player in Shelby, North Carolina, he was MVP of the soccer team and trained for soccer in England with the prestigious Chelsea Football Club. He was also a state championship swimmer. Louie Haseltine, a member of the Southeast baseball team, will serve as a backup for Spada. Haseltine was a high school kicker and punter at De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis.
PETERSON GETS NINE GAMES: Senior running back Elton Peterson has been granted an additional year of eligibility but will miss the first two games. Peterson, who appeared only briefly in two games as a freshman, petitioned the NCAA for the additional year.
REDHAWKS IN THE NFL: Five former Redhawks players are on NFL rosters. Eugene Amano is an offensive lineman 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.
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-Matthew 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.
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.
COACH SAMUEL ON RADIO: Coach Samuel can be heard each Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., live from Port Cape Girardeau, on KAPE Radio, 1220 AM. Erik Sean hosts the show that will include audience participation and call ins.