Redhawks Travel to Tennessee-Martin for Saturday Showdown
Oct. 24, 2007
Date: Oct. 27, 2007
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri State is 2-5 overall and 0-4 in the OVC. The Redhawks losses in the OVC are to Samford and Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky and Murray State. Their non-conference loss was to nationally ranked BCS opponent Cincinnati. The wins are over Southwest Baptist and Indiana State. Tennessee-Martin is 1-7 overall and 1-4 in the OVC.
THE COACHES: Tony Samuel is 6-12 in his second season at Southeast. He is 40-69 in his 10th year as a collegiate head coach, including eight seasons at New Mexico State. Jason Simpson is 10-10 in his second season at Tennessee-Martin.
THE SERIES: The Redhawks lead the series 13-9. They have won five of the last six games played at Hardy Graham Stadium.
LAST SEASON: The Redhawks led 7-0 at the half, but the Skyhawks scored 21 third quarter points on the way to a 28-14 victory.
REDHAWKS LEAD OVC IN RUSHING: Southeast leads the OVC in rushing yards per game with 215.6. The Redhawks rank 21st nationally in rushing.
SPADA ON TARGET: Junior kicker/punter Doug Spada had a career long field goal of 50 yards against Murray State. Spada ranks 2nd in the OVC and 11th nationally in punting with an average of 42.58 yards per punt and he is tied for 10th nationally in field goals with 1.57 per game. He has been on target connecting on 11-13 field goals and 10-11 PAT's while averaging 42.14 yards per punt. He has field goals of 25, 49, 38, 25, 48, 46, 27, 26, 38, 28 and 50 yards. His only misses were from 40 yards vs. Murray State and 50 yards at Cincinnati. Louie Haseltine, a member of the Southeast baseball team, serves as a backup for Spada. Haseltine was a high school kicker and punter at De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis.
CASPER LEADS OVC IN TACKLES: Senior linebacker Adam Casper, a first team preseason all-OVC choice, leads the OVC in tackles with 10.57 to rank 16th nationally. He had a career high 20 tackles against Eastern Illinois. Jared Goodson ranks fifth in the OVC with 9.3 tackles per game.
PETERSON CONTRIBUTES: 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. He has been a valuable all purpose back with 21 carries for 117 yards, 20 kickoff returns for 456 yards and four punt returns for 28 yards. He averages 120.2 yards per game in all-purpose running.
LILLARD IS BACK: Quarterback Houston Lillard, who did not play against Eastern Illinois or Eastern Kentucky because of an injury (ribs), played in the fourth quarter against Murray State and completed 8-13 passes for 139 yards with one interception. He 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). On the season, Lillard, who is scheduled to start against UTM, has completed 30-45 passes for 379 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. He is completing 67% of his passes with an efficiency rating of 135.86.
Vincent Anderson GOES TO DEFENSE: Vincent Anderson, twin brother of free safety 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. On defense, in two games, he has 11 tackles and has broken up two passes.
Victor Anderson FOLLOWS: Victor Anderson will move from quarterback to a safety position for the Redhawks. Anderson follows his twin brother, Vincent, who made the move from offense to defense two weeks ago. Victor was the Redhawks starting quarterback for six of the first seven games but asked for the move to defense.
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
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 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: Senior linebacker Adam Casper left the Murray State game with a knee injury but is probable this week. 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 seven games 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.
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 a guard 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.