Southern Virginia University (0-2) at Wesley College (3-0)
Date: Saturday, Sept.27, 2014
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Scott D. Miller Stadium (Dover, Del.)
All-time vs. Wesley: 0-3
Last Meeting: October 16, 2010—L, 3-5
Southern Virginia looks for its first win of the 2014 season as it travels to Dover, Delaware, to face off against a tough Wesley College squad on Saturday afternoon.
In their most recent game, the Knights fell to an undefeated Guilford College team by a close 35-27 margin in Salem, Virginia, at Salem Stadium—home of the 2014 Division III championship game.
Quarterback Mitch Stevenson leads all Southern Virginia players with 460 yards passing and four touchdowns on 28 completions. Junior wide receiver Kyler Harris has caught a team-best seven of those completions for 180 yards, while tight end Michael Carroll has seven receptions of his own and 129 yards receiving.
Senior Jerry Washington leads the rushing attack for the Knights, accumulating 138 yards on 36 attempts through two games.
Defensively, Matthew Gregory leads all Southern Virginia players with 23 tackles—11 solo and 12 assisted—while also leading the Knights with one interception. Zach Englert and Colter Evans have each recorded 22 tackles, with Evans forcing a fumble in last week's contest against Guilford.
Ranked No. 4 in the D3football.com Top 25 poll, Wesley College comes into this week's game undefeated and will look to stay that way as it goes for its 10th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Playing at home, the Wolverines will pose a strong threat to the Knights as they have accumulated a 65-4 record at Scott D. Miller Stadium since 2004.
Wesley's offensive attack is led by junior quarterback Joe Callahan, who has thrown for 983 yards and nine touchdowns—with no interceptions—on 82 completions. Callahan's go-to receiver is Steve Koudossou, who has 338 yards receiving on 21 receptions and four touchdowns.
In three games, the Wolverine defense has given up 230 yards per game and 10.7 points per contest.
Walker on Wesley College
"They have a lot of talent in different places. They have a solid offensive line and have a few returning All-Americans on their team. They have a simple running game but they execute over and over and over. They have some really good receivers as well.
Joe Callahan is also a great quarterback; he is very poised in the pocket and has a really quick release. It's hard to put pressure on him because he can quickly read his offense and get rid of the ball fast.
Their offense is going to present a huge challenge for our defense in being able to try and contain their weapons.
Defensively, they have another All-American linebacker, Sosthene Kapepula, He runs all over the place and plays really hard and extremely fast."
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.
Wesley College Head Coach Mike Drass
Mike Drass is in his 22nd year as head coach at Wesley College after coming to the program in 1993. One of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division III history, Drass has accumulated a 187-52-1 record, which ranks third among active coaches. Drass began his coaching career at North Penn High School in Pennsylvania in 1983. After four seasons, he accepted a coaching position at Mansfield University until 1989, before being named the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Wesley College.