GAME PREVIEW CAPSULE
Dixie State University (1-4) at Simon Fraser University (0-3), 1 p.m. Pacific time, at Burnaby, British Columbia
Previous Meeting: October 4, 2014 — Clan 29, Red Storm 19 (Defensive and special teams touchdowns by Clan put game out of reach for the Red Storm).
Overall Series Record: Storm leads head-to-head series 5-4
Broadcast: ESPN SportsRadio 97.7 FM
Head coach: Scott Brumfield (6th year, 12-47 overall)
Offense: Pistol, Pro Set
Defense: Pro 4-3
Last Game: Lost to Western Oregon 42-24 (October 2, 2015)
Players to watch: Quarterback Blake Barney had his best passing game of the year last week. DeJon Coleman and Orlando Wallace are both dangerous runners. Nate Stephens and Damarrio Hammonds are Barney’s best weapons at receiver. Defensively, Colton Olson continues to lead the team in tackles. Fellow safety Kahani Smith is close behind. Defensive linemen Chris Campbell and Donovan Williams lead the team in sacks. Robert Metz leads the linebacking corps.
Head Coach: Kelly Bates (1st year at SFU, 0-3)
Offense: Pro Style
Last Game: Lost to Central Washington 40-7 (Oct 2, 2015)
Players to watch: Ryan Stanford averages 210 yards passing per game. The leading rusher is Josh Hayden. Hayden is also Stanford’s favorite target, along with Ante Milanovic-Litre. Defensively, the Clan returns GNAC defensive player of the year linebacker Jordan Herdman. He and his brother Justin lead the team in tackles. Defensive back Robin Weathersby leads the team in interceptions. Defensive tackle Kyle Wilson leads the team in sacks.
The Clan have struggled in Bates’ first year as head coach. The Storm have an excellent opportunity to get a conference win on the road. The quarterback position still seems to be up for grabs, though both Barney and Tyson Blackner performed well last week. The Clan has had trouble moving the ball all year. The Storm defense could have a big game today.
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