Southeast Begins OVC Play at Samford Saturday
Sept. 17, 2007
Date: Sept. 22, 2007
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 2-1 in non-conference play after losing 59-3 at Cincinnati but winning 38-17 over Southwest Baptist and 13-10 over Indiana State. The Redhawks will be going for their third straight win and their first three-game win streak since the 2002 season. Samford is also 2-1 with home wins over West Alabama and Presbyterian and blow out loss to nationally ranked Georgia Tech.
THE COACHES: Tony Samuel is 6-8 in his second season at Southeast. He is 40-65 in his 10th year as a collegiate head coach including eight seasons at New Mexico State. Former Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan is 2-1 in his first season at Samford and is 26-043-1 in his 7th season as a collegiate head coach.
THE SERIES: Samford leads the series 4-3. This is the last scheduled game in the series with Samford leaving the OVC for the Southern Conference next season.
ABOUT SAMFORD: The Bulldogs are 2-1 with wins over West Alabama and Presbyterian College and a blow out loss to nationally ranked Georgia Tech. Redshirt freshman Chris Evans, this week's OVC Newcomer of the Week, leads the Bulldogs in rushing with an average of 6.3 yards per carry and 90 yards per game. Evans rushed for a career-high 174 yards on 20 carries in Samford's 34-24 win over Presbyterian on Thursday night. He averaged 8.7 yards per carry. Evans, a transfer from UAB, sealed the win for the Bulldogs with a career-long 51-yard touchdown run with 3:46 to go in the fourth quarter.
REDHAWKS 2ND IN OVC RUSHING: Southeast ranks second in the OVC in rushing yards per game with 213.3. The Redhawks also rank in pass defense efficiency with a rating of 117.0. Samford leads in pass defense efficency with 108.2. Southeast leads the OVC in kickoff coverage and leads the league in interception returns yardage with 161 and average interception return yardage with 40.2 per game.
HOLLOMAN LEADS RUSHERS: Junior running back Timmy Holloman leads the Redhawks in rushing with 117.3 yards per game to rank third in the OVC. He also leads the team in scoring with three touchdowns for 18 points.
LILLARD MOVES UP: Junior quarterback Houston Lillard saw his most playing time of the season against Indiana State and completed 13-18 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown. The big game moved Lillard to third in OVC passing efficiency at 142.7. He is 19-27 on the season for a 70.4% passing percentage and 217 yards.
Vincent Anderson LEADS RECEIVERS: Vincent Anderson, twin brother of quarterback Victor Anderson, leads Southeast receivers with 10 catches for 102 yards. He had six catches for 75 yards against Indiana State.
GOODSON LEADS TACKLERS: Sophomore linebacker Jared Goodson leads the Redhawks in tackles with 33. He ranks second in the OVC with 11.0 tackles per game. Goodson also leads the team in tackles for losses with 3.5 for 17 yards in losses.
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 and had a seasonal high 13 tackles against Indiana State. Casper ranks second on the team and third in the OVC with 32 tackles. 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 ON TARGET: With Colin Schermann sidelined, sophomore Doug Spada has handled all kicking and punting. He has been on target connecting on 4-5 field goals and 4-5 PAT's while averaging 40.6 yards per punt. As a prep player in Shelby, North Carolina, Spada 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.
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.
CALVIN GOES 100: Eddie Calvin became the 26th player in the history of NCAA FCS to return an interception for 100 yards for a touchdown in the Southwest Baptist game. He is the third player in OVC history to do so.
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.
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) have missed the first three games because of injuries and are doubtful this week. Linebacker Nick Stauffer (ankle) missed the last two games but is probable this week. Defensive lineman Damian Smith (leg) is 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 RETURNS: Senior running back Elton Peterson has been granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA and played for the first time this season against Indiana State. Peterson who appeared only briefly in two games as a freshman petitioned the NCAA for the additional year, and was granted nine games this season. Peterson had five carries for 23 yards against Indiana State.
REDHAWKS IN THE NFL: Four former Redhawks players are on NFL rosters. Eugene Amano is an offensive lineman with the Tennessee Titans and Dimitri Patterson is a defensive back for Kansas City, Edgar Jones is an outside linebacker for Baltimore and Dan Connolly is an offensive lineman for the New England Patriots.
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.
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 KGIR 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.