Football at Salisbury Preview

Football at Salisbury Preview

Game Information
Southern Virginia University (1-5, 0-5 NJAC) vs. Salisbury University (5-1, 5-0 NJAC)

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Salisbury, Md.
Career vs. Seagulls: 0-3. Southern Virginia fell 9-63 during the 2016 season.

About the Knights
After defeating Apprentice School 45-23, two weeks ago, the Knights had a week off to recover and prepare for Salisbury. During the bout with Apprentice, the Knights averaged eight yards per play offensively.

Simi Moala led the team in rushing with a total of 119 yards throughout the game, averaging 17 yards per rush. Quarterback Ty Jones tallied 106 yards of offense for the Knights as well, 64 of his offensive gains were from rushing.

Defensively, Neil Davis, Matt Call, and Joel Bergman led the team in tackles totaling 18 between the three of them. Neil Davis also managed to catch two interceptions throughout the game.

Southern Virginia Coach Joe DuPaix
This is Coach DuPaix's second straight season as head coach of Southern Virginia University. Previously, DuPaix was at Brigham Young University (2011-12) as the Cougar's recruiting coordinator and running backs coach. Working under former head coach Bronco Mendenhall, DuPaix was a member of the staff that led the Cougars to an 18-8 overall record which included back-to-back bowl wins. 

Before BYU, DuPaix was a member of the coaching staff at the United States Naval Academy for three years. While there, he coached the slot backs. During his time in Annapolis, the Midshipmen participated in three consecutive bowl games, won two Commander-In-Chief trophies and ranked in the top-ten nationally for rushing offenses each season.

Coach DuPaix is excited to lead the Knights for the second straight year, "I love the way the guys are working and their focus. They are all very committed to the team. For me, it is all about the players." 

Outlook from Coach DuPaix
Salisbury is a great team. They are very effective rushing and will be a great challenge for our us. The team is excited to play them and we going to have to play well this weekend.

About Salisbury University
Salisbury University is now on a five-game winning streak, defeating Montclair St. 28-10 last week. They have been averaging 352 yards per game, three-quarters of which have come from rushing. The Seagulls lone loss came in their first game of the season, losing 38-35 in overtime to Albright College.