Redhawks Face Off Against Indiana State at Houck Stadium Saturday
Sept. 11, 2007
Date: Sept. 15, 2007
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 1-1 overall after losing at Cincinnati and winning over Southwest Baptist. Indiana State is 0-2 after losing at Indiana and at home to Austin Peay.
THE COACHES: Tony Samuel is 5-8 in his second season at Southeast. He is 39-65 in 10 years as a head coach including eight seasons at New Mexico State. Lou West is 1-23 in his third season at Indiana State.
THE SERIES: Indiana State leads the series 3-2. The teams last met in 1999 with the Sycamores winning 34-13. The last Southeast win was 13-0 in 1943.
ABOUT INDIANA STATE: The Sycamores are 0-2 after losing to Indiana and Austin Peay. The Governors from the OVC beat the Sycamores 32-17 in a rain soaked game in Terre Haute, Ind. Senior quarterback Reilly Murphy led the Sycamores in both rushing and passing with 43 yards rushing and 164 yards passing. After two games he averages 154 yards per game in total offense. Indiana State was 1-10 last season after going 0-11 in 2005.
FAMILIAR FACES: Southeast defensive coordinator Tim McGuire is a former head coach at Indiana State and Redhawks center Paul McGuire is a former Sycamore player. Tim McGuire coached the Sycamores from 1998-2004. Paul McGuire, the son of the Redhawks defensive coordinator, played at Indiana State in 2004 and 2005.
BIG GAME FOR HOLLOMAN: Junior running back Timmy Holloman had 203 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the Redhawks 38-17 win over Southwest Baptist. Holloman scored on runs of 20, 66 and 31 yards. It was his first game with three touchdowns rushing. It was the second 200-yard rushing game of his career after gaining 212 yards at Murray State last season.
HOLLOMAN LEADS RUSHERS: Holloman leads the Redhawks in rushing with 105.5 yards per game and also leads the team in scoring with three touchdowns for 18 points. Holloman ranks fourth in the OVC in rushing but ranks second in yards per rush with 8.4 and second in touchdowns with three.
Victor Anderson LEADS IN TOTAL OFFENSE: Quarterback Victor Anderson leads the team in total offense with 130 yards per game. He has rushed 147 yards and passed for 113 yards. He is 12-24 passing with one interception and one TD.
VINCENT ANDERSON LEADS RECEIVERS: Vincent Anderson, twin brother of quarterback Victor Anderson, leads Southeast receivers with four catches for 27 yards. He had three catches for 22 yards against Cincinnati. Sophomore Brad Stewart had three catches, including a touchdown grab against Southwest Baptist.
CASPER STARTS STRONG: Senior linebacker Adam Casper, a first team preseason all-OVC choice, had eight tackles, broke up a pass, hurried a pass and forced a fumble in the season opener at Cincinnati. He came back with 11 tackles, a tackle for a loss and one pass break up in the win over Southwest Baptist. Casper is the team co-leader in tackles with 19. 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.
SPADA HANDLES 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. In the season opener at Cincinnati, Spada averaged 40 yards per punt and was 1-2 on field goals. He connected on a field goal of 25 yards and missed a 50-yard try. 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 DeSmet High School in St. Louis.
OVC HONORS: Junior quarterback Victor Anderson was voted the OVC Newcomer of the Week for his performance at Cincinnati. Anderson, a junior college transfer, rushed for a game-high 118 yards on 13 carries, good for an average of 9.1 yards per run. He also went 8-16 passing with 58 yards through the air. In the second quarter, he broke loose down the home sideline for a game-best 36-yard run down to the Cincinnati 1-yard line that set up a 25-yard field goal by Doug Spada.
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) increase the size over last year's linemen.
INJURIES: Defensive back Antoine Chillers (leg) and defensive end Brian Turner (knee) were injured in the Cincinnati game and will be out indefinitely. Defensive linebacker Joshua Jackson (foot) and offensive lineman Matt Paris (leg) missed the Cincinnati and Southwest Baptist games because of injuries and are doubtful this week. Linebacker Nick Stauffer (ankle) missed the Southwest Baptist game and is questionable this week. Defensive lineman Damian Smith (leg) and defensive back Walter Peoples (shoulder) both left the Southwest Baptist game with injuries and are questionable this week. 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.
PETERSON GETS NINE GAMES: Senior running back Elton Peterson has been granted an additional year of eligibility but missed the first two games. Peterson who appeared only briefly in two games as a freshman petitioned the NCAA for the additional year. He will be eligible to play on Sept. 15 when the Redhawks host Indiana State.
REDHAWKS IN THE NFL: Three former Redhawks players are on NFL rosters going into the first game of the season. Eugene Amano is an offensive lineman with the Tennessee Titans and Dimitri Patterson is a defensive back for Kansas City while Edgar Jones is an outside linebacker for Baltimore.
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.
REDHAWKS FOOTBALL WITH Tony Samuel: Samuel will have a weekly 30-minute television show on The Heartland's CW, WQWQ-TV. The show will air at 11:05 p.m. on Fridays and will be hosted by KFVS-TV 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 KZIM Radio, 1220 AM. Erik Sean hosts the show that will include audience participation and call ins.
OVC SPORTS.TV: Southeast football games will be video streamed on the Ohio Valley Conference's premium website, OVCSports.tv which can be accessed by logging on to the league's official website, OVCSports.com. Subscriptions are available on an annual, seasonal and per event basis.