Southeast Football Season Wrap-Up
Nov. 19, 2007
2007 Record: Southeast Missouri 3-8 (1-6 OVC)
THE TEAM: Southeast Missouri State was 3-8 overall and 1-6 in the OVC. The Redhawks losses in the OVC are to Samford, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Murray State, Tennessee-Martin and Austin Peay. Their OVC win was over Jacksonville State with a non-conference loss to nationally ranked BCS opponent Cincinnati. The non conference wins were over Southwest Baptist and Indiana State.
THE COACH: Tony Samuel is 7-15 after two seasons at Southeast. He is 41-71 after his 10th year as a collegiate head coach including eight seasons at New Mexico State.
SENIORS: Nine Redhawks seniors were honored prior to the final game. The seniors included Romae Rucker, Clint Jones, Joe Grant, Elton Peterson, Adam Casper, Joseph Tuineau, Francisco Perez, Clayton Caron and Pat Christian.
SEASON CLOSES WITH BIG WIN: The Redhawks closed the 2007 season by ending a seven-game losing streak by upsetting Jacksonville State 32-25.
TD FOR BIG JOE: Joseph Tuineau closed his Redhawks career with his first touchdown in the win over Jacksonville State. He caught a 12-yard scoring pass from Houston Lillard and also had a two-point conversion catch.
VICTOR FOR THE DEFENSE: Junior Victor Anderson who started the season as the quarterback, had a big game on defense vs. Missouri State. Anderson had 10 tackles, one tackle for a loss, a sack, forced two fumbles and had a fumble recovery which he returned 45 yards for a touchdown. He had four tackles, a forced fumble and broke up a pass in the season finale against Jacksonville State. For the season of defense, Victor had 23 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, two passes broke up and two fumble recoveries. Anderson made the move to defense prior to the Tennessee-Martin game on Oct. 27.
SPADA KICKS: Junior kicker and punter Doug Spada had six punts in the final two games for an average of over 50 yards per punt. He had a career long field goal of 50 yards against Murray State. Spada ranked 2nd in the OVC and 12th nationally in punting with an average of 42.5 yards per punt and he is tied for 19th nationally in field goals with 1.30 per game. He has been on target connecting on 14-22 field goals and 21-23 PAT's. He has field goals of 25, 49, 38, 25, 48, 46, 27, 26, 38, 28, 50, 21, 33, 28 and 42 yards. Louie Haseltine, a member of the Southeast baseball team, served as a backup for Spada. Haseltine was a high school kicker and punter at DeSmet High School in St. Louis.
REDHAWKS 6TH NATIONALLY IN NET PUNTING: With Dough Spada's punting and good coverage, the Redhawks rank 6th nationally in net punting with with 37.39 net yards per punt.
CASPER LEADS OVC IN TACKLES: Senior linebacker Adam Casper, a first team preseason all-OVC choice, leads the OVC in tackles with 11.2 per game to rank 14th nationally. He had a career high 20 tackles against Eastern Illinois. Jared Goodson ranks fifth in the OVC with 9.3 tackles per game. Casper did not play against UT-Martin because of a knee injury. He returned to play against Austin Peay and recorded 16 tackles.
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 48 carries for 226 yards, 33 kickoff returns for 688 yards and four punt returns for 28 yards. He averages 120.1 yards per game in all-purpose running. Peterson saved the best for last with 33 carries for 120 yards in the win over Jacksonville State.
EDWARDS LEADS RECEIVERS: Miles Edwards leads the Redhawks in receiving with 30 catches for 394 yards and five touchdowns. Joe Tuineau has 19 catches for 307 yards.
ANDERSONS GO TO DEFENSE: Twin brothers Vincent and Victor Anderson both moved to defense during the season after Vincent started the season as a wide receiver and Victor at quarterback. Vincent was moved to defensive safety prior to the Eastern Kentucky game. As a receiver he had 12 catches for 122 yards. He had a seasonal best six catches for 75 yards against Indiana State. On defense, in five games, he has 42 tackles and has broken up three passes with one interceptions. Victor made the move to defense prior to the UT-Martin game and has 23 tackles in three games.
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
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.
REDHAWKS IN THE NFL: Four former Redhawks players are on NFL rosters. Eugene Amano is an offensive lineman 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.