Friday, August 26, 2011

Tony Samuel confident in Redhawks running game

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - The Southeast Missouri State University football team is trying to build on last season’s record- setting campaign. 

The Redhawks won the Ohio Valley Conference last season but pre-season polls show Jacksonville State is the favorite to win the conference this year. The Redhawks are picked to finish fourth.

Coach Tony Samuel says his team isn’t looking at the big picture just yet.

"We’re basically preparing ourselves for this first game. We’ve got a lot of new people. There are some new coaches, new players, and we’re just trying to put everything together for that moment," Samuel says.

The team lost several of last season’s starters to graduation, including running back Henry Harris.

Coach Samuel says Harris was a big part of last season's success. But there are several players who are stepping up to fill his shoes this season.

"We’ve got about 3 or 4 kids, I think, that can carry the weight at the halfback position and we’ve got some new fullbacks as well, but we’ve got about 2 or 3 kids that are starting to show up," Samuel says. "Lennies McFerren is one of them. Levi Terrell is another one. There are a couple other kids that are starting to show up, but we’re gonna use about 2 or 3 running backs."

The Redhawks host Southern Illinois in the season opener Saturday, September 3, at 6pm.

Drew Yount, KRCU


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