Football Closes 2006 Campaign Against Tennessee Tech This Saturday
Nov. 14, 2006
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
Tennessee Tech @ Southeast Missouri State
THE TEAMS: Southeast Missouri is 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the OVC. The Redhawks have wins over Austin Peay, Missouri-Rolla, Samford and Murray State and losses to Arkansas, Jacksonville State, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, UT Martin and Tennessee State. The Redhawks need a win to move into a sixth place tie in the OVC.
THE COACHES: Tony Samuel, an assistant at Purdue last season after serving as eight years as head coach at New Mexico State, is 4-6 in his first season at Southeast. He is 38-62 in his ninth year as a collegiate head coach. Doug Malone is 3-7 in his first year as acting head coach at Tech.
THE SERIES: Tennessee Tech leads the series 8-7.
LAST SEASON: Tech scored the final touchdown in a 31-24 win at Cookeville. The Redhawks had scored two TD's in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 24.
SENIOR DAY: Saturday will be Senior Day with 24 Redhawks seniors honored prior to the game. Playing in their final collegiate game will be Corey Andrade, John Ball, Kevin Ballatore, Matt Boyack, Nick Ferguson, Samora Goodson, Stevelan Harper, Seth Harrell, Kyle Hunt, Edgar Jones, Anthony Lumpkin, Charles McCoy, Seth McDowell, Jared Odom, Oge Oge, Elton Peterson, Bernard Quinn, John Radney, Austin Russell, Antonio Scaife, Nick Schmidt, David Simonhoff, Brandon Simpson, Brennan Spain and Jeff Steemer.
Edgar Jones JOINS BUCHANAN BATTLE: Senior defensive end Edgar Jones of Southeast Missouri State University has been named to the Buchanan Battle List by the Sports Network, I-AA college football's most widely recognized information service. The Buchanan Battle List considers the top candidates for the 12th Buck Buchanan Award which goes to the top defensive player in I-AA. There are currently 16 players under consideration for the prestigious Buchanan Award which will be presentedat the 20th annual I-AA College Football Awards on Thursday, December 14th in Chattanooga, TN, on the eve of the 2006 I-AA National Championship. Jones, who leads the nation in sacks with 12 and ranks fourth nationally in tackles for losses with 18, was a preseason all-OVC choice. He currently has 53 total tackles with one forced fumble and two pass break ups.
Edgar Jones LEADS I-AA IN SACKS: Senior defensive end Edgar Jones leads I-AA nationally in sacks and ranks fourth in tackles for losses. He averages 1.2 sacks per game and 1.8 tackles for losses per game. Jones has had at least one sack in nine of ten games this season.
SIMONHOFF SECOND NATIONALLY IN PUNTING: David Simonhoff is second nationally with 45.12 yards per punt. Buck Ackley of Southern leads the nation at 45.67 yards per punt. Simonhoff averaged 50.2 yards per punt against Eastern Kentucky with a long of 69 yards and was named the OVC and National Specialist of the Week. At Arkansas, Simonhoff averaged 45.1 yards per punt with a long punt of 75 yards. After averaging 51.2 yards per punt against Jacksonville State, Simonhoff was voted the National Special Teams Player of the Week. At Jacksonville State, Simonhoff had five punts go over 50 yards, including two over 60, with a long of 66 yards. Simonhoff was named a first team preseason All-American by The Sports Network and I-AA.org. Simonhoff was a first team All-America pick by the American Football Coaches Association after last season when he again led the OVC in punting. In the opening win at Austin Peay, Simonhoff had four punts for an average of 45.5 yards per punt with three inside the 20. Simonhoff averaged 43.6 yards per punt during his previous three seasons at Southeast. In 2004 he established a new Southeast and OVC individual season record when he averaged 46 yards per punt. He has three punts of 80 yards or more and nine punts of 70 yards or more.
CASPER 22nd NATIONALLY IN TACKLES: Junior linebacker Adam Casper ranks 37th nationally in I-AA tackles with 9.4 per game. He was in on 20 tackles at Eastern Illinois and added a blocked field goal and a fumble recovery.
HOLLOMAN HAS RUSHING LEAD: Sophomore Tim Holloman leads the team in rushing with 110 carries for 603 yards and four touchdowns. Senior John Radney is second in rushing with 69 carries for 306 yards and five TD's. Redshirt freshman Tony Anderson has 84 carries for 300 yards and six touchdowns. He leads the team in scoring with 36 points.
INDIVIDUAL OVC STATS: Edgar Jones leads the OVC in sacks with 1.2 per game and ranks fourth in tackles for losses with 1.8 per game David Simonhoff, the OVC leader in punting the last two seasons, is again on top with 45.12 yards per punt. Adam Casper is fourth in league tackles with 9.4 per game.
SCHOLAR BALLERS: The Southeast football team is participating in the Scholar Baller program as a pilot project for the NCAA. Scholar Baller is a committed team of educators, administrators, professional athletes and entertainers dedicated to educating today's youth about the importance of academics using sports and entertainment. Scholar Baller is a nonprofit organization inspiring youth to excel in academics using incentive based educational programs that recognize the cultural power that sport and entertainment have in the development of character in a manner that transcends race, gender and class. The Southeast soccer and volleyball squads are also participating. All Southeast football players who have 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point averages will wear a Scholar Baller patch on their game jersey. Players with the special patches include Terry Anderson, Kevin Ballatore, Matt Boyack, Clayton Caron, Adam Casper, Joe Goff, Zach Leible, Kendall Magana, Francisco Perez, Colin Schermann and Joe Tuineau.