Southern Virginia University (0-7, 0-4 NJAC) at Rowan University (4-3, 3-1 NJAC)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Place: Richard Wackar Stadium (Glassboro, New Jersey)
All-time vs. Rowan University: First Meeting
The Southern Virginia University football team will travel six hours northeast to Glassboro, New Jersey, as it visits Rowan University on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. This will be the first ever meeting between the two squads.
The Knights are currently seeking their first victory of the season and first ever NJAC win as it faces off against the Profs. Last week, Southern Virginia fell in its home NJAC contest to Morrisville State by a 47-23 score, a game in which the Knights gained a season-high 457 offensive yards.
Quarterback Mitch Stevenson leads the passing attack for Southern Virginia, throwing for 1,347 total yards with nine touchdowns on 109 completions. Junior wide receiver Kyler Harris is Stevenson's go-to receiver and owns a team-best 465 yards receiving on 34 receptions, while tight end Michael Carroll has 14 receptions of his own for 240 yards.
Senior Jerry Washington leads the ground attack for the Knights, accumulating 359 yards on 120 rushes, while also earning 154 yards receiving on 17 receptions.
Defensively, senior defensive back Matthew Gregory leads all Southern Virginia players with 70 tackles—10.0 tackles per game—and also owns a team-leading two interceptions on the year. Linebackers Colter Evans and Robert Robbins have brought down 65 and 62 opposing players, respectively, through seven games.
Rowan University has won three of its last four games, earning victories over NJAC members SUNY Cortland, William Paterson and Morrisville State, while falling in its most recent contest to Montclair State in a close 20-16 battle last week. The Profs are currently ranked third in NJAC standings, a half-game behind Morrisville State.
Through the air, junior quarterback Bill McCarty leads the Rowan offensive attack with 746 yards passing (85-of-160) and seven touchdowns with just six interceptions, for an offense averaging 23.3 points per game. Russ Forchion and Warren Oliver are the main receivers for Rowan, accumulating 29 and 16 receptions, respectively, for a combined 379 yards receiving and five touchdowns on the year.
The ground attack for the Profs is strong as junior running back Withler Marcelin has gained 1,018 yards rushing on 177 attempts and a team-best nine touchdowns.
Defensively, Tyler Jenkins and Darren Dungee have recorded 63 and 61 tackles on the season through seven games. The Rowan defense owns 13 interceptions and 10 sacks on the year while holding opponents to 319 offensive yards per game.
Walker on Rowan
"I want my team to be able to play a full game from start to finish. I want them to finish strong and get our program headed in the right direction going into next season.
"I think the biggest challenge that we are going to have is on offense. They are going up against the best defense in the conference. They are large, long, athletic and they play really physical. Our offense will definitely have a challenge on their hands not only in trying to establish the run but also to move through the air. We are going to have to throw in order to have a shot against these guys. Our quarterback will need to be efficient with making reads and key decisions and not try to force things.
"Defensively, we have to play much better than we did a week ago in stopping the opposing offense and limiting the points enough to where we have a chance to win.
"We have a good challenge on our hands to play against one of the best teams in 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.
Rowan University Head Coach Jay Accorsi
Jay Accorsi is in his 13th season at the helm of the Prof football program. In his time at the head coaching position, Accorsi has led Rowan to six appearances in the NCAA Division III championship tournament, two trips to the national semifinals and six conference championships. Accorsi began with the Profs in 1993 as a graduate assistant.