Southeast Football Notes Versus Samford
Nov. 11, 2002
Date: Nov. 16, 2002
Time: 6:00 p.m. (CST)
Location: Houck Stadium, Cape Girardeau, Mo. (10,000)
Playing Surface: FieldTurf
Affiliations: Southeast Missouri, NCAA I-AA, Ohio Valley Conference Samford, NCAA I-AA, Independent
Series: Samford leads the series 2-0
Last Meeting: Samford won 45-14 in 1992
2002 Records: Southeast Missouri 7-4 (4-2 0VC), Samford 4-5
2001 Records: Southeast Missouri 4-7, Samford 5-5
The Coaches: Tim Billings is 14-19 in his third season at Southeast Bill Gray is 4-5 in his first year at Samford
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 Rick Wieser as color analyst.
Internet: The Southeast Radio Network broadcast can be heard over the internet at www.GoSoutheast.com.
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 7-4 overall and has finished play with a 4-2 conference record. Samford is 4-5 in its last year prior to joining the OVC next season.
THE COACHES: Tim Billings, a former assistant at Marshall, Missouri and Oklahoma, is 14-19 in his third season at Southeast Missouri. Bill Gray is 4-5 in his first season at Samford.
THE SERIES: Samford leads the series 2-0 winning 45-14 in 1992 and 48-24 in 1991.
LAST WEEK: Southeast ended OVC play with a 35-21 upset of Eastern Kentucky on Roy Kidd's final game at Roy Kidd Stadium in Richmond. The Indians dominated both sides of the football, rolling up 463 yards in total offense while holding the Colonels to only 194 yards. Samford dropped a home decision to Tennessee Tech, 51-44. The Bulldogs have given up 105 points in their last two games.
FINAL GAME FOR 11 SENIORS: Saturday night's game will be the regular season final for 11 seniors including Alex Alameda, Prince Anderson, Iven Brown, Todd Frazier, Isaac Huddleston, James Jennette, West McKee, Keiki Misipeka, Jermaine Motley, Willie Ponder and Demar Winston.
TOP RECEIVERS: Two of the nation's leading receivers will lock up in Saturday night's game. Southeast's Willie Ponder leads the OVC in all receiving categories but trails Samford's Aryvia Holmes nationally. Holmes ranks third nationally in receptions per game (8.63) and receiving yards per game (119.8). Ponder is ninth in receptions per game (6.91) and sixth in receiving yards per game (114.36). Holmes ranks second nationally in punt returns 18.17 yards per return.
RECORDS FALLING: With one game still remaining, Southeast has already surpassed several offensive records. As a team, Southeast has scored a school record 368 points. The old record was 282 by the 1989 Indians. This year's team has also established a new total offense record with 4,720 yards, a new passing yardage record with 2,979, a new first down passing record with 143 and total first downs, 259. Derek Kutz has established a new single season record for PAT's with 44. The old record was 31 by Earl Wessel in 1989. Jack Tomco has established a new single game passing and total offense mark with 429 yards vs. Tennessee-Martin. He has also established a new single season touchdowns by passing record with 25 and his five TD passes in a game is a new Southeast record. Tomco has established a new single season passing record with 2,764 yards surpassing the mark of 2,580 yards by Jason Liley in 1990. Willie Ponder has become the first player in Southeast history to go over 1,000 yards receiving in two straight seasons and has already established a new school and OVC record for single season receiving yardage with 1,258 yards. He has a school record 14 touchdowns receiving in a single season.
OFFENSE POSTS BIG NUMBERS: The Southeast offense ranks 11th nationally and second in the OVC in total offense with 420.09 yards per game. The Indians are second in the OVC and rank 14th nationally in scoring offense with 33.45 points per game. Southeast is 14th nationally in passing offense with 270.82 yards per game.
PONDER ON PAYTON WATCH LIST: Senior wide receiver Willie Ponder has been added to The Sports Network's 16-man Payton Watch list, a preliminary grouping of candidates for the Walton Payton Award - the Division I-AA football equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
Ponder is also the OVC Offensive Player of the Week after catching nine passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns against a highly touted Eastern Kentucky defense.
Ponder leads the OVC in all receiving categories including receiving yards per game (114.36), total receiving yards (1,258) and receptions per game (6.91).
Ponder is third in the OVC in scoring with 7.4 points per game and ranks second in all-purpose running with 138.82 yards per game.
Nationally, Ponder ranks second in total receiving yards, ninth in receptions per game, sixth in receiving yards per game and 18th in all-purpose running.
He was the OVC Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17 after catching nine passes for 101 yards and two TD's in the Indians 21-14 win over SIU. Ponder had three catches in Southeast's 80-yard game winning drive that concluded with a 38-yard touchdown catch with 0:49 remaining in the game.
Ponder has compiled over 100 receiving yards in all but three games this season.
Lindy's football magazine and Don Hansen's Football Gazette have both named Ponder to their second team Division I-AA All-America team.
Last season, Ponder led the OVC in receptions per game with 6.36, receiving yards per game with 99.09 and receiving yards with 1,090. He had 70 catches and scored a team-high 11 touchdowns.
TOMCO BREAKS RECORDS: Junior quarterback Jack Tomco continues to rewrite the Southeast passing record book.
Tomco has already established five new school records in his first year with the Indians.
He is the Southeast single season passing leader with 2,764 yards.
Tomco was named the OVC Newcomer of the Week for the third time this season after establishing three new school records in the win over Tennessee-Martin. Tomco completed 29-39 passes for a school record 429 yards and a school record five touchdowns. His 429 yards in total offense was also a school record. He holds the school record for touchdowns in a season with 24.
The junior from Anchorage, Alaska, ranks second in the OVC in passing efficiency, in passing, total offense and points responsible for. Nationally Tomco is eighth in passing efficiency and 17th in total offense.
KINSEY THIRD IN OVC RUSHING: Diminutive sophomore running back Corey Kinsey (5-9, 180), has rushed for over 100 yards in five of ten games played this season and ranks third in the OVC in rushing with an average of 96.60 yards per game. Kinsey ranks 25th nationally in rushing. He ranks fourth in the OVC and 56th nationally in all-purpose running with 109.80 yards per game.
Kinsey Game by Game Opp. Rush Yards TD Catches Yards TD UAM 21 180 1 1 5 1 SIU 24 132 0 0 0 0 EMU 13 29 0 2 6 0 SMS 22 108 0 6 47 0 MTS 22 60 0 1 11 0 TSU 19 77 0 0 0 0 UTM (Did Not Play) EIU 18 94 0 1 6 0 MSU 23 103 0 2 6 0 TTU 23 81 0 2 12 0 EKU 22 102 0 0 0 0BIG O-LINE: The Southeast offensive line averages 306 pounds per man. The tackles are Justen Meyer (6-5, 295) and Dan Connolly (6-4, 295), the guards are Taurean Robinson (6-4, 320) and Dan Bieg (6-4, 305) and the center is Eugene Amano (6-3, 315).
INJURIES: Linebackers Kelvin Jones and Travion Brock missed the Murray State and Tennessee Tech games because of shoulder injuries but are probable for the EKU game. Safety Chaun Tate also missed the Tech game with a leg injury but is probable for EKU. Todd Frazier who has been out for several weeks will also return for the EKU game.
PRESEASON HONORS: Southeast had six players named to the preseason All-OVC football team with three more earning honorable mention. It is the highest number of preseason honors since Southeast joined the OVC in 1991. Four defensive players were on the first team including senior tackle James Jennette, junior linebacker Ricky Farmer, and senior defensive backs, Prince Anderson and Demar Winston. On offense, Ponder and sophomore tackle Dan Connolly were named to the first team. Sophomore quarterback Jeromy McDowell, junior offensive guard Eugene Amano and sophomore defensive back Dimitri Patterson were honorable mention selections.
OVC WEEKLY HONORS: 9-2 - Andrew Winters, Specialist of Week 9-9 - Willie Ponder, Off. Player of Week Jack Tomco, Newcomer of Week 9-16 - Keiki Misipeka, Newcomer of Week 9-30 - Keiki Misipeka, Off. Player of Week Keiki Misipkea, Newcomer of Week Ricky Farmer, Def. Player of Week 10-6 - Jack Tomco, Newcomer of Week Chris NesSmith, Specialist of Week 10-13 -- Jack Tomco, Newcomer of Week 10-20 - Ricky Farmer, Def. Player of Week 11-3 - Dimitri Patterson, Def. Player of Week 11-10 - Willie Ponder, Off. Player of Week
FIVE ELECTED CAPTAINS: Five players have been elected as captains for the 2002 season. Defensive captains will be Ricky Farmer, James Jennette and Ryan Roth while offensive captains will be Jeromy McDowell and Willie Ponder.
HITTING THE BOOKS: The football team had a record 25 players honored last spring as Southeast Scholar Athletes for having a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average. Eleven Southeast players have been named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll for having a 3.2 or higher GPA. Junior tight end Chuck McElroy leads the football scholars with a 3.8 grade point average. He attended an NCAA Leadership Conference during the summer.
SOUTHEAST PICKED SIXTH IN OVC RACE: Southeast was picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll of league head coaches and sports information directors. Eastern Illinois was picked to repeat as league champion with Eastern Kentucky second, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State tied for third, Murray State fifth, Southeast sixth and Tennessee-Martin seventh.
TIM BILLINGS RADIO SHOW: Tim Billings has a radio show each Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The show, on KGIR, 1220 AM, originates from Show-Me's Restaurant in Cape Girardeau.
SCHOOL STAT LEADERS:
Single Season Passing Leaders