Getting ready for SEMO

We captured a few game notes from the SEMO website…(and added a few comments in parentheses)

Southeast registered a combined seven sacks — including a season-high of four at Eastern Kentucky (Oct. 31) — over its last two games.

Southeast’s -14 (20-6) margin of defeat at Eastern Kentucky (Oct. 31) was its largest in a OVC game this season. The Redhawks had not lost a conference game by more than 12 points prior to their meeting with the Colonels. (They are keeping it close, but haven’t had a win in the OVC yet)

Southeast’s defense has forced a turnover in six-straight games. They have 9 interceptions and 8 fumble recoveries on the season. (They are hoping to add to this total this week. Their defense has improved over this season and will probably look at turnovers as a path to an upset.)

Junior LB Justin Woodlief had a career-high 16 tackles (10 solo, 6 assisted) against Eastern Kentucky (Oct. 31). Woodlief leads the OVC and ranks 29th in the nation with 77 tackles. He has posted 10 or more tackles in five of eight games this season. Woodlief is a transfer from San Jose State University and became a starter this season on Sept. 19th.

Southeast has 3 blocked kicks (2 punts, 1 field goal) on the year. (We’ve got to be ready for them to try this weekend.)

The Redhawks boast the OVC’s top red zone defense through eight games this season. Opponents have scored on 22-of-34 (64.7 percent) chances in the red zone. The Redhawks defense also forced four turnovers — two inside their 5-yardline — in the red zone.

Sophomore QB Matt Scheible has thrown an interception in seven-straight starts. Seven of Scheible’s league-high 13 picks have come in the Redhawks last three games alone. (you know he isn’t looking forward to facing our defensive backfield.)

Southeast has allowed the most third-down conversions in the OVC this season.

Southeast Missouri has three of the OVC’s top six tacklers in conference games only this season. LB Justin Woodlief is second with 65 tackles, while LB Philip Klaproth (54) and FS Bryan Blanfort (53) are fifth and sixth, respectively. (is this a good stat? Could mean that your defense is on the field for many more plays than anyone else. I noticed in time of possession, their opponents have an advantage by over 9 minutes per game. This in spite of beating their first opponent, Quincy, 72-3.)

The Redhawks are currently one of eight NCAA Football Championship Subdivison schools without a win over a FCS opponent. (Let’s keep it that way for at least one more week.)

PK Doug Spada has a 53 yard field goal this season. He is also their All-American punter.

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