Football at Methodist University

Football at Methodist University

Game Information
Date: Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: The Methodist University Football Stadium (Fayetteville, N.C.)
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All-time against Methodist: 0-2
Last Meeting: Sept. 7, 2013 @ Southern Virginia—L, 33-20

Preview

The Southern Virginia University football team heads south on Saturday in hopes of topping Methodist University in the first game of the season. The Knights lost 33-20 to the Monarchs a year ago and are looking for their first victory over Methodist in program history.

The Knight defense will have more experience on the playing field as nine returners have already faced the Monarch offense. In the last meeting, Matthew Gregory led the team with 10 tackles while Colter Evans followed with six tackles and one sack. Robert Robbins and Sam Mellor added five tackles a piece.

The Knights outrushed the Monarchs, but lacked power in the passing game in the defeat. Offensively, the Knights return 14 players with significant time on the field. Chris Harper, Michael Kilstrom, Michael Goering, Jerry Washington, Jamal Coates and Tod Workman look to make plays against a Monarch defense they have seen before.

The 2013 season saw Methodist finish in the Top 20 in NCAA Division III in scoring (20th), passing offense (7th) and total offense (2nd). Max Reber led all of Div. III in total offense en route to USA South Offensive Player of the Year and Second Team All-Region accolades. In all, 10 different players earned all-conference recognition from the USA South, including seven first team All-USA South selections, the program's most since garnering 10 in 2000, the first year of football for the conference.

Southern Virginia Head Coach Jason Walker

Jason Walker enters his first season as head coach of the football program after being named to the position in April. Walker served as a defensive graduate assistant the past four years at Brigham Young University, where he learned defensive schemes from head coach Bronco Mendenhall and some of the nation's top defensive assistants.

Methodist College Head Coach C.J. Goss

C.J. Goss was promoted to head coach in the spring of 2013 after serving as an assistant with the Monarchs since 2005. Goss arrived at Methodist following a five-year stint as the defensive line coach at Brockport State in New York.

In his first season at the helm of the Monarchs, Goss guided MU to an 8-2 overall record en route to the program's second-ever conference championship. The Monarchs won each of their final six games and finished the season tied with Maryville (Tenn.) atop the league with a 6-1-conference record.

Coach Walker on Methodist

"They're very well-coached. Coach Goss has done a nice job and has been leading their defense for a long time.

Looking at film from last season, their quarterback Max Reber had a really good game against us. He is a great quarterback and is both a run and pass threat, so we're working hard to prepare for him. He's very smart and a great leader on that team. Jeff Edge and Brandon Sparrow are two very good offensive linemen.

Defensively, they lost defensive lineman Jonathan Fulmore, who was a four-year starter. However, they do have a great defensive end, BJ Minter, returning from last season. We will see D.J. Payne as both a defensive back and return specialist again.

They have a few other defensive players returning, including linebackers Bryan Bing and James Atkinson who both made All-Conference last year.

Methodist is a good team and we have our work cut out for us. In the first game of the season you can never fully know what to expect, but our plan is to go out and play hard and execute every play."