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Southeast Visits Murray State Saturday in OVC Rivalry Game

Southeast Visits Murray State Saturday in OVC Rivalry Game

Nov. 3, 2008

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Date: Nov. 8, 2008
Kickoff: 1 p.m. (CST)
Location: Stewart Stadium, Murray, Ky. (16,800)
Affiliations: Murray State, FCS, Ohio Valley Conference, Southeast Missouri, FCS, Ohio Valley Conference
2007 Records: Murray State 2-9, 1-7 (OVC), SE Missouri 3-8, 1-6 (OVC)
2008 Records: Murray State 3-6, 2-3, SE Missouri 3-6, 1-4
Coaches: Matt Griffin is 6-25 in his 3rd year at Murray State, Tony Samuel is 10-21 in his 3rd year at SE Missouri
WebCast: OVC Sports.TV
Radio: Southeast Radio Network anchored by K-103 FM in Cape Girardeau. Other network stations include Team 1380 in St. Louis, KSIM in Sikeston, KWOC in Poplar Bluff and KMAL in Malden. Erik Sean will do play-by-play with Ron Hines offering analysis.
Internet: Southeast Radio Network broadcast can be heard over the internet at

THE TEAMS: Despite taking a lead into the fourth quarter, the Redhawks dropped a 29-16 decision to Eastern Kentucky last Saturday to drop to 3-6 overall and 1-4 in the OVC. The Redhawks have wins over Southwest Baptist, Indiana State and Tennessee State and losses to Missouri, Tennessee Tech, Missouri State, Jacksonville State, Eastern Illinois and Eastern Kentucky. Murray State lost to Eastern Illinois on Saturday and stands 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the OVC.

THE COACHES: Tony Samuel is 10-21 in his third season at Southeast. He is 44-78 in 11 years as a head coach including eight seasons at New Mexico State. He is 1-1 vs, Murray State. Matt Griffin is 6-25 in his third season at Murray State and is 16-49 in his seventh season as a collegiate head coach. He is 1-1 vs. Southeast.

THE SERIES: Murray State leads the series 35-6-1 but the Redhawks have won two of the last three games including a win at Murray, 24-17, in 2006.

LAST SEASON: The Racers got their only OVC win of the season with a 31-17 win at Houck Stadium.

SPADA THIRD NATIONALLY IN PUNTING: After leading the nation for three straight weeks, junior punter Doug Spada remains third nationally in punting with an average of 44.42 yards per punt. Brett Arnold of U Mass is this week's national leader with an average of 44.89 yards per punt while Robbie Deheze of Northern Arizona is second at 44.75. Spada was a pre-season all-OVC pick and was an honorable mention All-American and first team all-OVC selection last season when he averaged 42.5 yards per punt while converting 14-23 field goals and 21-23 PAT's. As a prep player in Shelby, North Carolina, he was MVP of the soccer team and trained for soccer in England with the prestigious Chelsea Football Club.

HOLLOMAN RETURNS: Senior running back Timmy Holloman was reinstated prior to the Jacksonville State game and has played vs. JSU, Eastern Illinois, Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky. He had over 100 yards rushing against the Colonels with 22 carries for 107 yards. Holloman, a preseason all-OVC choice, was suspended on Oct. 9, 2007. He had 44 yards rushing in 16 carries against the Gamecocks. Holloman had 23 carries for 84 yards vs. Eastern Illinois and 18 carries for 53 yards vs. Tennessee State.

HOLLOMAN CAREER RUSHING: Timmy Holloman currently has 2,284 career rushing yards to rank fourth in Southeast history. He has nine games with over 100 yards rushing and two games with over 200 yards rushing.

1. 3,392, Kelvin Anderson (1992-94)
2. 3,006, Walter Smallwood (1965-68)
3. 2,617, Ernest Edwards (1979-82)
4. 2,284, Timmy Holloman (2005-)

FIRST QUARTER WOES: The Redhawks finally scored in the first quarter with two field goals in the first stanza against Eastern Kentucky but have still been outscored 83-6 in the first quarter this season. In the first half, opponents have outscored Southeast 163-54. In the second half, the Redhawks have outscored opponents 131-116.

IN THE NATIONAL STATS: Southeast ranks 13th in the nation in net punting with 35.35 yards per punt 13th in the nation (FCS) in kickoff returns with 22.71 yards per return.

STAUFFER FIFTH NATIONALLY IN TACKLES: Senior linebacker Nick Stauffer is fifth nationally in tackles with 12.78 per game. He had a career high 21 tackles in the Tennessee State game and had 13 tackles in the Tennessee Tech, Missouri State and Eastern Illinois games. Ben Gugler is tied for 40th nationally in sacks with 0.61 per game.

PEOPLES TOPS OVC RECEIVERS: Junior receiver Walter Peoples leads the OVC and ranks 22nd nationally in receptions per game with six. He is second in the OVC and 32nd nationally in receiving yards per game with 80.67.

OVC WEEKLY HONORS: Linebacker Nick Stauffer and kicker/punter Doug Spada were voted Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player and Specialist of the Week on Oct. 27. Stauffer paced the Southeast defense with a career-high 21 tackles in the 27-20 comeback victory over No. 19 Tennessee State. He also notched his first career interception and returned it 21 yards late in the third quarter to set up the Redhawks first touchdown drive. His career day included 14 solo tackles and two tackles for loss.
Spada drilled a 37-yard field to force overtime on the last play of regulation against TSU. He also converted a 26-yard field goal earlier in the game. Spada averaged 40 yards per punt on the afternoon and had one downed at the Tennessee State 1-yard line. He also had a 72-yard punt nullified by a Tennessee State penalty. He currently ranks third in the nation and leads the OVC with an average of 44.42 yards per punt.
Senior quarterback Houston Lillard and junior cornerback Eddie Calvin (were awarded the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week Awards after the season opener against Southwest Baptist.
Lillard was 27-39 passing for a career-high 387 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Southeast comeback. Calvin had three pass interceptions in the first half to keep the Redhawks in the game.
Sophomore running back Henry Harris, a transfer from the University of Memphis, has been chosen the OVC Newcomer of the Week twice and Nick Stauffer and Doug Spada were honored after the Tennessee State game.

NUMBER CHANGE: Junior college transfer Jason Brown who had been playing at offensive tackle has moved to tight end and will wear number 45. He is 6-2, 240, and will back up Brad Crader at tight end. Bradley Brown, who had been the starter at tight end, is suffering from a shoulder injury.

CAPTAINS: The football team has elected five captains for the 2008 season. Quarterback Houston Lillard and wide receiver Mike Williamson will captain the offensive unit while the defensive captains will be linebacker Nick Stauffer, tackle Nick Ketelsleger and cornerback Kendall Magana.

REDHAWKS IN THE NFL: Four former Redhawks players are on NFL rosters. Eugene Amano is the starting left guard for the Tennessee Titans, Edgar Jones plays tight end for the Baltimore Ravens, Dimitri Patterson plays cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs and Dan Connolly is an offensive lineman on the New England Patriots practice squad.

NEBRASKA CONNECTION: Eight Southeast coaches have ties to Nebraska. Head coach Tony Samuel played and coached at Nebraska. New outside linebackers coach Troy Dumas was an All-American linebacker for the Huskers, wide receivers coach Lorenzo Brinkley, defensive backs coach Kenny Wilhite, defensive coordinator Tim McGuire and offensive line coach Brian Boerboom all played for the Huskers. Running backs coach Chris Norris played under Tom Osborne when Samuel was an assistant in Lincoln and the father of offensive tackles/tight ends coach Justin Kramer had Samuel as a position coach.

FBS TRANSFERS: The Redhawks have two new FBS transfers. Running back Henry Harris is a transfer from the University of Memphis and Ashton Farmer is a transfer from Arkansas State. Both will be eligible this season.
Harris, 5-8, 185, played in four games at Memphis last season. As a prep star at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, he rushed for 1,579 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior.
Farmer, 6-7, 240, played basketball at Arkansas State the past two seasons. He played in 62 basketball games at ASU. Farmer was a prep football and basketball player at Charleston High School. He caught 39 passes for 658 yards as a high school senior.

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 Mondays and will be hosted by KFVS-TV sports director Todd Richards. The show will also be shown on Charter Cable Channel 11 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday's at 8 p.m. It will also be run on the KFVS-TV/Southeast Weather Channel (Charter Channel 113) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m.

OVC SPORTS.TV: All remaining Southeast games will be video streamed on the Ohio Valley Conference's premium website, which can be accessed by logging on to the league's official website, Subscriptions are available on an annual, seasonal and per event basis.

NEXT WEEK: The Redhawks return to Houck Stadium for the Senior Day game vs. Tennessee-Martin. The kickoff will be at 1 p.m.

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