Weevils Head To Russellville With Momentum

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MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s football team seeks its second straight victory this Saturday, October 4 in a Great American Conference road game against Arkansas Tech.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. from Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville. The game can be heard on the UAM Sports Network at KHBM-FM 93.7 in Monticello and online at uamsports.com. Arkansas Tech will also provide live video andlive stats of the contest. All links to live coverage can be found at http://www.uamsports.com/coverage.aspx.tv Sports reflection 10db

WEEVILS LOOK TO TAKE MOMENTUM ON THE ROAD
The Weevils are back on the road this week following their first win of the 2014 season, a 33-14 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State this past Saturday at home. UAM looks to carry that momentum into this Saturday’s road game against fellow Great American Conference charter member Arkansas Tech. UAM is still in search of its first road victory since joining the GAC in 2011.

72ND ALL-TIME MEETING WITH THE WONDER BOYS
This Saturday’s game against Arkansas Tech marks the 72nd all-time meeting between the Weevils and Wonder Boys on the football gridiron. Throughout the first 71 games, Tech holds a 43-25-3 all-time advantage, including a 22-11-2 lead ingames played in Russellville. The Wonder Boys started the series with 12 straight wins from 1920-1949 before UAM posted six straight wins in the next six years, both representing each team’s longest win streak throughout the series. The Weevils have a 2-1 advantage over the Wonder Boys since both teams joined the GAC in 2011, including last year’s 34-0 shutout over Tech at home. The year before, Tech squeaked by with a 24-21 win in Russellville. The 2011 match up was regarded as the first-ever Great American Conference game with UAM coming out on top 38-31 in Monticello.

PASS OFFENSE 2ND IN GAC
UAM ranks second in the GAC and 29th nationally in pass offense at nearly 295 yards per game. Junior quarterback Hunter Leppert ranks second in the league and 30th in the nation with an average of almost 280 yards per outing.

LEPPERT LEADS GAC IN TOTAL OFFENSE
In addition to ranking second in the GAC in passing, quarterback Hunter Leppert leads the league in total offense at just over 319 yards per game. The Minden, Louisiana native has a total of 839 passing yards and 119 rushing yards through his three starts of the season.

RED ZONE OFFENSE STILL BEST IN GAC
Despite recording its first unsuccessful red zone scoring opportunity of the season in the win over SWOSU, the Weevils still lead the GAC in red zone scoring at 15-for-16, 12 coming by way of touchdown. The unsuccessful opportunity against SWOSU was a kneel-down at the SWOSU 20-yard line with 14 seconds remaining in the game. UAM ranks 10th in the nation in red zone scoring.

FIVE TURNOVERS FORCED AGAINST SWOSU
The Weevils forced five turnovers against SWOSU and committed none to put the team’s turnover margin at +7 heading into this weekend’s game against Arkansas Tech. UAM ranks second in the GAC in TO margin and ninth nationally. UAM is also taking advantage of those turnovers, outscoring opponents 35-3 following a forced change of possession.

EARLY NAMED GAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior cornerback Mike Early was named GAC Defensive Player of the Week after having two interceptions and three pass breakups in the win over SWOSU. His first interception was returned 23yards for a touchdown and his second was grabbed at the back of the end zone and returned 45 yards to negate a red zone scoring opportunity for SWOSU. Early has now scored four touchdowns through the first four games of the season and ranks third on the team in scoring. He had two kickoff returns for touchdowns in the season opener against East Central and returned a fumble for a scoreagainst Southeastern Oklahoma State. He also had two tackles in the win over SWOSU. Early leads the league and ranks 15th nationally with an average of 1.8 passes defended per game.

CURRY RANKS 2ND IN GAC IN TFL
Senior defensive end Louis Curry had eight tackles, 2.5 sacks, three tackles for a loss and one forced fumble in the win over SWOSU. Curry ranks second in the GAC in tackles for losses and13th nationally in the category. The Homewood Flassmoor, Illinois native currently leads the Weevils with a total of 26 tackles, eight tackles for losses of a combined 38 yards, 4.5 sacks for a loss of a combined 27 yards and two forced fumbles.

ROD SMITH COMING OUT PARTY
Senior running back Rod Smith posted a career-high 131 rushing yards on 21 carries in the win over SWOSU for an average of just over six yards per touch. The Dumas, Arkansas native currently ranks second in the GAC with six rushing touchdowns, sixth in theleague in rushing yards and 10th in the league with an average of nine points scored per game.

LAST TIME OUT: UAM 33, SWOSU 14
Following three straight dramatic losses to open the 2014 season, the Weevils recorded their first victory of the year in this past Saturday’s 33-14 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State at home. SWOSU opened the scoring, but UAM rattled off 26 straight points leading to the win. The Weevils balanced their offensive attack in the win over SWOSU with 194 passing yards and 153 rushing yards. UAM’s defense forced five turnovers in the win.

SCOUTING THE WONDER BOYS
Arkansas Tech is coming off a 61-7 loss to McNeese State on the road this past Saturday. McNeese is currently ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Tech enters Saturday’s game with 2-2 overall record and a 2-1 record in GAC games. The Wonder Boys started the season with a 33-14 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State at home, followed with a 27-23 loss to SWOSU on the road and then defeated Southern Nazarene 34-14 at home prior to its contest with McNeese. The Wonder Boys defense isamong the league leaders in several categories, including third in total defense (335.2 yards allowed per game), fourth in scoring defense (29.0 points allowed per game) and fourth in both pass and rush defense. ATU’s defense leads the nation with a total of 11 passes intercepted so far this season and also leads the nation with a total of 16 turnovers forced. ATU’s Logan Genz leads the GAC and ranks 24th nationally with an average of 11.3 tackles per game.Genz broke a GAC record in last year’s game against UAM with a total of 24 tackles in Tech’s 34-0 loss.

UP NEXT: HOMECOMING
Following this Saturday’s road game against Arkansas Tech, the Weevils return to Monticello to face 15th-ranked Harding for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Willis Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.

HUD JACKSON SHOW, WEEKLY LUNCHEONS
The Hud Jackson Show airs each Monday night from 6-7 p.m. at La Terraza Restaurant in Monticello. The show is broadcast live at KHBM-FM 93.7 and online at uamsports.com. The weekly UAM football luncheon is each Tuesday at noon at the Monticello Country Club. The public is invited to attend both sessions. La Terraza’s full menu is available during the show, and there is a buffet lunch available at the Monticello Country Club for $10 per person.

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