Southeast Hosts No. 21 Eastern Illinois Saturday in OVC Home Opener
Sept. 24, 2007
Date: Sept. 29, 2007 (Family Weekend)
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 0-1 in the OVC after a loss at Samford and 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. Eastern Illinois is 1-0 in the OVC and 2-2 overall. The Panthers have an OVC win over Tennessee Tech, a win over Indiana State and losses to Illinois State and Purdue.
THE COACHES: Tony Samuel is 6-9 in his second season at Southeast. He is 40-66 in his 10th year as a collegiate head coach including eight seasons at New Mexico State. Bob Spoo is 121-100-1 in his 20th season at EIU.
THE SERIES: Eastern Illinois leads the series 10-4 and is 10-2 since the series renewed in 1995. The last Southeast win in the series was 30-17 at Houck Stadium in 2003.
LAST SEASON: The Panthers won 21-0 in Charleston, Ill. EIU held Southeast to only 101 yards in total offense while rolling up 398 yards.
COMMON OPPONENT: The Redhawks and Panthers both have wins over Indiana State. The Panthers whipped the Sycamores 54-20 while Southeast beat Indiana State 13-10. Redshirt sophomore Bodie Reeder made his first start at quarterback for EIU and completed 23-26 passes for 298 yards against Indiana State.
FAMILIAR FACE: Jorge Munoz, an offensive assistant at Southeast in 1999 and 2000, is the offensive coordinator at Eastern Illinois. He is in his third season on the Panther coaching staff and in his first season as offensive coordinator.
REDHAWKS LEAD OVC IN RUSHING: Southeast leads the OVC in rushing yards per game with 222.8 and in total rushing yardage with 891.
HOLLOMAN 2ND IN OVC RUSHING: Junior running back Timmy Holloman, who has over 100 yards rushing in each of his last three games leads the Redhawks in rushing with 130.5 yards per game to rank second in the OVC. In OVC games only, Holloman leads the league with 170 yards per game. He also leads the team in scoring with five touchdowns for 30 points.
HOLLOMAN CAREER RUSHING: Holloman currently has 1,863 career rushing yards. He has seven games with over 100 yards rushing and two games with over 200 yards rushing. Holloman has rushed for over 100 yards in each of the last three games to become the first Redhawk do have three straight 100 plus games since Brian Lattimore in 1988.
LILLARD OUT: Quarterback Houston Lillard, who will not play against Eastern Illinois because of an injury (ribs), saw his most playing time of the season against Indiana State and completed 13-18 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown. He started at Samford and was 3-5 for 23 yards before being injured (ribs). The big game moved Lillard to third in OVC passing efficiency at 142.7. He is 22-32 on the season for a 68.8% passing percentage and 240 yards.
Vincent Anderson LEADS RECEIVERS: Vincent Anderson, twin brother of quarterback Victor Anderson, leads Southeast receivers with 11 catches for 108 yards. He had a seasonal best six catches for 75 yards against Indiana State.
GOODSON LEADS TACKLERS: Sophomore linebacker Jared Goodson leads the Redhawks in tackles with 41. He ranks fourth in the OVC with 10.2 tackles per game. Goodson also leads the team in tackles for losses with 4.5 for 21 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 ninth in the OVC with 35 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 6-7 field goals and 5-6 PAT's while averaging 40.6 yards per punt. He has field goals of 25, 49, 38, 25, 48 and 46 yards. His only miss was from 50 yards at Cincinnati. 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 in the Southwest Baptist game. He is the third in OVC history to achieve the feat.
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. Defensive lineman Damian Smith (leg) is questionable this week and quarterback Houston Lillard (ribs) will not play 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. He had four kickoff returns at Samford for 102 yards with a long of 48. Peterson had three punt returns for 21 yards at Samford.
UT-MARTIN GAME SET FOR NOON: The Redhawks game at Tennessee-Martin on Oct. 27 will be played at 12-noon. The Skyhawks just announced the game time on Sept. 20.
REDHAWKS IN THE NFL: Four former Redhawks players are on NFL rosters. Eugene Amano is a center with the Tennessee Titans, Dimitri Patterson is a cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs, Edgar Jones is an outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens and Dan Connolly is an offensive lineman for the New England Patriots.
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. The show can also be seen on The Storm Team 24-hour Weather Channel at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 3 p.m. on Thursday, 7 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. The weather channel is on channel 12.4 using a digital tuner and is also on channel 113 on most Southeast Missouri Charter systems and on channel 249 on Comcast Cable in the Paducah area.
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.