Southeast Football Faces Tennessee State In Nashville
Nov. 4, 2004
Southeast Missouri State at Tennessee State
Date: Nov. 6, 2004
Time: 7:00 p.m. ( TSU Homecoming)
Location: The Coliseum, Nashville, Tenn. (67,500)
2003 Records: Tennessee State 7-5, Southeast Missouri 5-7
2004 Records: Tennessee State 3-5, 1-3 OVC, Southeast Missouri 2-6, 2-3 OVC
The Coaches: Tim Billings is 22-32 in his fifth season at Southeast Missouri James Reese is 23-31 in his fifth season at TSU
Radio: Southeast Radio Network anchored by K-103 FM in Cape Girardeau. Other network stations include KSIM in Sikeston and KWOC in Poplar Bluff. Erik Sean will do play-by-play with Jess Bolen as the color analyst.
Internet: Southeast Radio Network broadcast can be heard over the internet at www.k103fm.com.
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 2-6 overall and 2-3 in the OVC after defeating Tennessee-Martin 35-7 last Saturday. Tennessee State is 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the OVC after losing to Eastern Illinois 34-24 last Saturday in Charleston, Ill.
THE COACHES: Tim Billings, a former assistant at Marshall, Missouri and Oklahoma, is 22-32 in his fifth season at Southeast. He was the 2002 OVC Coach of the Year and the 2002 AFCA Region 3 Coach of the Year. Billings is 2-2 vs. Tennessee State. James Reese is 23-31 in his fifth season at TSU. He is 2-2 vs. Southeast Missouri.
THE SERIES: Southeast leads the series 7-6 and has won the last two games.
LAST SEASON: Southeast broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter for a 52-35 win at Houck Stadium. The Indians led 31-28 going into the fourth quarter when they outscored the Tigers 21-7. Andrew Goodenough completed 15-23 passes for 231 yards while Jamel Oliver rushed 15 times for 186 yards.
AMANO REUNION: Tennessee Titan offensive lineman Eugene Amano is expected to attend the Tennessee State game. His younger brother, Fred, is a starting defensive tackle for Southeast.
OVC AND NATIONAL HONORS FOR SOUTHEAST DUO: Defensive back Kellin White has been selected as the OVC Defensive Player of the Week after returning two passes for touchdowns against Tennessee-Martin and punter David Simonhoff has been selected as the OVC Specialist of the Week after averaging 51.5 yards per punt against the Skyhawks. White's TD returns were from 61 and 35 yards. Simonhoff had punts of 82 and 71 yards as he increased his league leading average to 46.38 yards per punt.
White was also selected as the National Defensive Player of the Week by Don Hansen's Football Gazette and Simonhoff was selected as the National Specialist of the Week by Division I-AA.org.
SIMONHOFF SECOND NATIONALLY IN PUNTING: Southeast sophomore punter David Simonhoff leads the OVC and ranks second in the nation in punting. He averages 46.38 yards per punt with a long of 82. The national leader is Paul Ernster of Northern Arizona who averages 48.2 yards per punt. Simonhoff has been named the OVC Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 53.2 yards per punt against SIU and averaging 51.5 yards per punt against UT-Martin.
Simonhoff has five punts of over 70 yards this season. He was second team all-OVC last season when he averaged 41 yards per punt.
SOUTHEAST 11TH NATIONALLY IN PASSING: Southeast is second in the OVC and is ranks 11th nationally in passing offense. The Indians average 269.9 yards per game through the air.
GOODENOUGH 2nd IN OVC PASSING: Senior Andrew Goodenough is second in the OVC in passing yards per game with 269.2. He ranks third nationally in average completions per game with 25.3. Goodenough is second in the OVC and 171h nationally in total offense with 261.1 yards per game. He has passed for over 300 yards in four of the last six games. In the loss to EKU, Goodenough completed 33-57 passes for 339 yards and one TD, but was intercepted four times. At Eastern Illinois, he was 34-49 for 321 yards and two TD's. In the Samford game, Goodenough was 25-44 for 327 yards and two TD's with no interceptions. Against Central Michigan he was 32-50 for 304 yards and three TD's. At Bowling Green, he completed 25-33 passes for 269 yards with one interception.
In the season opener against SIU, Goodenough completed 21-35 passes for 183 yards with one interception.
NEW RECORDS: Southeast established new team and individual records for passes attempted and completed in the loss to Eastern Kentucky. The 59 passes as a team broke the old record of 56 vs. Murray State in 2001 and the 33 receptions broke the record of 34 vs. Eastern Illinois earlier this year. Andrew Goodenough established new records for attempts in a game with 57 breaking the old record of 50 set by Goodenough earlier this season at Central Michigan. The 33 completions by Goodenough broke the old record of 34 he established earlier this year at Eastern Illinois.
KUTZ KICKS: Senior kicker Derek Kutz, the OVC Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring 15 points in the 51-48 win over Samford, continues as one of the top field goal kickers in the OVC. Against Samford, Kutz was 6-6 on PAT's and 3-3 on field goals including the game winner of 22 yards in the forth overtime. He kicked a career-long 47-yard field goal in the third overtime. For the season, Kutz has made 21-23 PAT's and 7-11 field goals.
BIG DAY FOR MILCIC: Junior wide receiver T.J. Milcic had a big day at Eastern Illinois with 13 catches for 145 yards. The 13 catches are the most by a receiver in the OVC this season and rank as just missed the Southeast single game record of 14 by Farron Haley in 1989.
For the season, Milcic has played in seven games and has 28 catches for 400 yards. He ranks fourth in the OVC.
GOODSON ROLLS ON: Twelve days after having knee surgery, Southeast All-American tight end Ray Goodson eight catches for 60 yards against EKU. For the season, Goodson has 46 catches for 481 yards and ranks third in the OVC in receptions per game with 5.75. He is sixth in the OVC in receiving yards per game. For his career, Goodson has 137 catches for 1,302 yards.
INJURIES: Defensive ends Cal Jillson (leg) and Edgar Jones (elbow) will both miss the Tennessee State game. Offensive linemen Caleb Daniel has been lost for the remainder of the season because of a neck injury. Defensive safety Anthony Lumpkin is out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. .
CONNOLLY SELECTED FOR LAS VEGAS BOWL: Senior offensive tackle Dan Connolly has been invited to play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic on Jan. 22 in Las Vegas. He will be one of 94 players to participate with most coming from I-A schools. Former Southeast wide receiver Willie Ponder, now with the New York Giants, participated in the Las Vegas Classic in 2003.
TOUCHDOWN 4 A CURE: Southeast co-captain and kicker Derek Kutz is heading up a campaign this fall called Touchdown 4 A Cure. Football team members are asking fans to pledge a dollar amount for each touchdown or field goal scored. Many of the players have had family members who have been affected by cancer and Touchdown 4 A Cure is their way of wanting to make a difference. The money raised will go to the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.
Professional golfer Karen Stupples, the touring pro for Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau and the British Open Champion, who attended the Southeast football media day, was impressed by the cause and made a $1,000 donation.
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR CALLED TO ACTIVE DUTY: Damon Bradford, football defensive coordinator at Southeast Missouri State University, has been called to active duty with the Tennessee National Guard. Bradford, who joined the Southeast staff prior to the start of spring drills, previously served as linebacker coach at Tennessee Tech. A veteran of 13 years in the Army and National Guard, Bradford reported for active duty on June 20. He is the executive officer (second in command) of Troop F, Second Squadron, 278 Armored Cavalry Regiment of the Tennessee National Guard. After he reported, Lt. Bradford went to school at Fort Knox, Ky. After his schooling is completed, he will join his troop at Camp Shelby, Mississippi and they will be deployed to Iraq. Bradford's position at Southeast will be kept vacant until his tour of duty, which could be a year or longer, is completed.
PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS: Tight end Ray Goodson has been selected as a preseason All-American by three different publications. Dan Bieg and Derek Kutz have been honorable mention on at least one preseason All-America team.
TWO NFL DRAFT CHOICES IN TWO YEARS: Southeast has had NFL draft choices in each of the last two years. Willie Ponder, a consensus All-American at Southeast, was drafted in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL draft by the New York Giants.
Ponder, the Southeast record holder for receiving yards in a season with 1,453 and career receiving yards record holder with 2,513 yards in 2001-2002, made the Giants team and is returning kickoffs and listed as number two at wide receiver for the Giants this season.
Eugene Amano, the 2003 Rimington Award winner as the top center in I-AA football, was drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 draft by the Tennessee Titans.
A four-year starter at Southeast, Amano has seen significant playing time with the Titans.
BILLINGS ON TELEVISION: Southeast Missouri Football with Tim Billings is televised weekly on UPN-The Beat. Todd Richards hosts the show that airs at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday.
Tim Billings RADIO SHOW: Tim Billings has a one-hour radio show each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The show is broadcast live from Buffalo Wild Wings in Cape Girardeau on ESPN Radio, 1220 AM. Erik Sean is host for the show that also includes call-ins and audience participation.
INDIANS TO REDHAWKS: The Southeast nickname is currently Indians but will become Redhawks in January of 2005.
NEXT WEEK: Southeast will return to Houck Stadium for the final home game of the season, hosting Tennessee Tech in a 1 p.m. game.