UAM Boll Weevils vs. Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx
Willis "Convoy" Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium, Monticello, Saturday, 3 p.m.
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The Weevils enter Saturday’s game with an overall record of 3-3 with the same mark in Great American Conference games following a 63-30 loss to Harding last Saturday on the road. Lindenwood-Belleville, an independent member of the NAIA Division I, comes to Monticello with a 3-4 record following a 20-14 loss toBethel University on the road last Saturday.
THREE-GAME HOME-STAND: The Boll Weevils are set to play at the friendly confines of Willis "Convoy" Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium for the next three weeks, starting this Saturdayafternoon against Lindenwood University of Belleville, Ill. for the only non-conference game of the 2013 season. UAM has won its first three games at home this season and will look for win No. 4 Saturday in the first-ever meeting against the Lynx. UAM hosts Southern Nazarene next Saturday for Homecoming and Henderson State the following Saturday for Senior Day.
NON-CONFERENCE GAME VS. NEW FOE: The Boll Weevils step out of Great American Conference action for one weekend to face Lindenwood-Belleville on Saturday. All 11 GAC schools have 10 conference games on their respective schedules with one open week. Eight conference members were able to fill their open week, including UAM making arrangements with the Lynx for Saturday’s game. LU-Belleville is an independent Division I member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). LU-Belleville will join the Mid-States Football Association starting in 2015. The Lynx are in their second season of football after going 4-6 in the inaugural 2012 season.
RECORD WATCH: Freshman kicker Jamie McGee is approaching a UAM season record for field goals in his first year in the green and white. He has already tied UAM’s single-game record for field goals twice in the first seven games of his career with three made against Northwestern Oklahoma State at home and another three made against Harding last Saturday. The two-time GAC Special Teams Player of the Week is12-for-13 on field goal attempts this year and 15-for-17 on PATs, leaving him just three field goals away from tying Kevin Craft’s school record 15 field goals made during the 1999 season. McGee has climbed to the top spot in all of NCAA Division II with an average of two made field goals per game.
THE BOLL WEEVILS: UAM enters Saturday’s game with an even 3-3 overall record with the same mark in GAC games following a 63-30 loss to Harding last Saturday on the road. The Weevils currently rank seventh in the league in scoring at 27.8 points per game, eighth in total offense at 366.3 yards per game and seventh in total defense at 417.2 yards allowed per game… For the fourth time this season, UAM used three different players at quarterback in last Saturday’s game against Harding. Sophomores Colton Morrison and Cody Trimble combine the majority of the snaps with freshman Brett Courville adding another dimension with his power-running ability… UAM went above 100-yards rushing for the second straight game and third time overall with 142 yards on the ground last Saturday against Harding… Junior Rod Smith was in on 33 plays last Saturday for 85yards and now has a season total of 109 carries for 340 yards with five touchdowns. Junior Skyler Scott and senior Jamal Nixon continue to provide consistency at the receiver position, while Nixon has added production on special teams. Nixon broke the UAM single-game record with 214 kickoff return yards in UAM’s loss to Harding this past Saturday… Junior rover Keith Reynolds paces the UAM defense with a total of 43 tackles, including four tackles for losses.
BALL CARRIERS BEWARE: UAM has continued to emphasize ball safety and now has a +8 turnover margin after six games of the 2013 season. UAM had a +1 margin in last Saturday’s loss to Harding and now ranks 13th in the nation in turnover margin at a plus average of 1.3 per game. UAM ranks second in the nation in fumbles recovered with 11 and 13th in thenation with a total of 17 turnovers gained.
NIXON "RETURNS" TO RECORD BOOK: After his school record 214 kickoff return yards in UAM’s loss to Harding, senior Jamal Nixon now ranks 10th in the country with an average of 31.2 yards per return. That average ranks second in the GAC. Overall this season, the Harvey, La. native has nine returns for 281 yards. He is also UAM’s second-leading receiver with 28 receptions for 352 yards with four touchdowns.
RED ZONE SUCCESS: UAM ranks ninth in the country and second in the GAC with a 91.3 percent success rate of red zone scoring. The Weevils have put points on the board in 21-of-23 red zone chances this season with just over half of those scores coming via touchdown. UAM has been perfect inside the red zone in all but one game, the season-opening loss to East Central.
POSITIVE PENALTIES: The Weevils lead the league in opponent penalties. UAM’s opposition has been flagged 72 times this season for a total of 560 yards, giving UAM an extra 93.3 yards per game to work with. On the flip side, UAM is third in the GAC in fewest penalties, averaging only 67.8 penalty yards against per game.
SCOUTING THE LYNX: LU-Belleville is 3-4 overall this season following a 20-14 loss to Bethel College last Saturday on the road. It was the third consecutive loss and the first of a four-game road swing for the Lynx. The Lynx rank in the top 50 of 18 different NAIA Division I statistical categories, highlighted by a No. 9 ranking in total sacks (19), a No. 19 ranking in rushing offense (180.7 rushing yards per game) and a No. 24 ranking in total scoring (191 points). The Lynx are the third-most penalized team in NAIA Division I, giving up an average of 97.4 yards per game on penalties. Kameron Harris leads the LU-Belleville offensive attack with 121.5 rushing yards per game. The Lynx’ passing game is led by quarterback Kerry Gibson, who has completed 80-of-157 passes for 1,098 yards with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. His favorite target is Dylan Bradley, who has totaled 23 receptions for 347 yards with three touchdown catches. Harvey Binford has added 12 catches for 331 yards and four touchdowns. The Lynx defense is led by linebacker T.J. Onstott with 52 tackles including 7.5 tackles for a loss.
UP NEXT: The Weevils remain in Monticello next Saturday, October 26 for Homecoming against Southern Nazarene. SNU (0-6) looks for its first win of the season this Saturday at home against Southern Arkansas. Next Saturday’s kickoff against SNU is set for 3 p.m. at Cotton Boll Stadium. It will be the first-ever meetingbetween UAM and SNU.