Southeast Plays Host to Murray State During Homecoming Weekend
Oct. 15, 2007
Date: Oct. 20, 2007 (Homecoming)
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the OVC. The Redhawks losses in the OVC are to Samford and nationally ranked Eastern Illinois and Eastern Kentucky. Their non-conference loss was to nationally ranked BCS opponent Cincinnati. The wins are over Southwest Baptist and Indiana State. Murray State is 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the OVC.
THE COACHES: Tony Samuel is 6-11 in his second season at Southeast. He is 40-68 in his 10th year as a collegiate head coach, including eight seasons at New Mexico State. He is 1-0 vs. Murray State. Matt Griffin is 2-15 in his second season at Murray State and is 12-39 in his fifth year as a collegiate head coach.
THE SERIES: Murray State leads the series 34-6-1 but the Redhawks have won the last two games.
LAST SEASON: The Redhawks beat the Racers 24-17 at Murray with Timmy Holloman rushing the ball 24 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns.
1957 FOOTBALL REUNION: As a part of Homecoming, there will be a 50-year reunion of the 1957 Southeast football team that won the MIAA championship. It is anticipated that 15-20 members of the team will be on hand for the reunion. The team will be introduced prior to the game.
REDHAWKS LEAD OVC IN RUSHING: Southeast leads the OVC in rushing yards per game with 219.5. The Redhawks rank 17th nationally in rushing.
TOP OVC IN FIELD GOALS: The Redhawks lead the OVC in field goals with 10-11 for 91%. Doug Spada leads the OVC and ranks ninth nationally in field goals. He also ranks 18th nationally in punting with an average 42.14 yards per punt.
HOLLOMAN RULED INELIGIBLE: Southeast announced on Oct. 9 that junior running back Timmy Holloman, who had over 100 yards rushing in each of his last four games, had been found in violation of NCAA eligibility rules and therefore has been declared ineligible effective immediately. The period of ineligibility is indefinite. Holloman led the Redhawks in rushing with 131 yards per game to rank first in the OVC. In OVC games only, Holloman led the league with 151.5 yards per game. He also led the team in scoring with six touchdowns for 36 points. In OVC games only, Holloman led the league in scoring with 9 points per game.
HOLLOMAN CAREER RUSHING: Holloman currently has 1,996 career rushing yards. He has eight games with over 100 yards rushing and two games with over 200 yards rushing. Holloman had rushed for over 100 yards in each of the last four games. He had 655 yards rushing this season.
ALL-TIME RUSHING LEADERS
CASPER LEADS OVC IN TACKLES: Senior linebacker Adam Casper, a first team preseason all-OVC choice, had a career high 20 tackles against Eastern Illinois to move into the OVC lead in tackles with 11.4 per game. Jared Goodson ranks fifth in the OVC with 9.4 tackles per game.
SPADA ON TARGET: With Colin Schermann sidelined, sophomore Doug Spada has handled all kicking and punting. He has been on target connecting on 10-11 field goals and 8-9 PAT's while averaging 42.14 yards per punt. He has field goals of 25, 49, 38, 25, 48, 46, 27, 26, 38 AND 28 yards. His only miss was from 50 yards at Cincinnati. 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 Jesuet High School in St. Louis.
LILLARD PROBABLE: Quarterback Houston Lillard, who did not play against Eastern Illinois or Eastern Kentucky 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 GOES TO DEFENSE: Vincent Anderson, twin brother of quarterback Victor Anderson, was moved to defensive safety prior to the Eastern Kentucky game. He leads Southeast receivers with 12 catches for 122 yards. He had a seasonal best six catches for 75 yards against Indiana State.
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 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 five games because of injuries. Defensive lineman Damian Smith (leg) is questionable for the Murray State game and quarterback Houston Lillard (ribs) is day to day. 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.