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Football notes: week 12
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 11/14/2019
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Nov. 16 (Saturday)
VMI at Army West Point (CBS Sports Network/Knight Vision), 12 p.m.
*Mercer at ETSU (ESPN3), 1 p.m.
*Furman at Wofford (Nexstar/ESPN+), 1:30 p.m.
*The Citadel at Chattanooga (ESPN+), 2 p.m.
*Samford at Western Carolina (ESPN+), 2 p.m.

Schedule notes:
* Southern Conference game
ESPN3 and ESPN+ are available on Roku

Nexstar affiliates for Ingles SoCon Game of the Week
WYCW (Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville)
WCBD (Charleston)
WMUB (Macon)
WWCW (Lynchburg/Roanoke)


Notes:

• All nine Southern Conference teams are in action Saturday, with No. 7 Furman visiting No. 20 Wofford in a battle of the top two teams in the league. A Furman win would clinch the 2019 SoCon title outright for the Paladins, while a Wofford win would assure the Terriers of at least a share of the crown.

• The Citadel and Chattanooga, who square off this week and are both 4-2 in the league, are also still in contention for a share of the SoCon title, should Wofford beat Furman.

• Redshirt freshman quarterback Hamp Sisson earned his first career start for Furman on Nov. 9 and went 17-for-22 for 277 yards and two touchdowns through the air to lead the Paladins to 636 yards of total offense in a 60-21 win over VMI. The 60 points were Furman’s most since a 62-21 win over Presbyterian on Sept. 24, 2011.

• Furman kicker Grayson Atkins, who hit a 48-yard field goal in the win, has converted 20 of his last 21 attempts, with 11 of those coming from 40 yards are more.

• VMI running back Alex Ramsey ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns to push his season total to 22 rushing TDs, good for a tie for 10th in SoCon single-season history.

• Furman is up two spots to No. 7 in this week’s AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25 and moved up one to No. 9 in the STATS FCS poll. Wofford, which rolled to a 41-7 win at Mercer on Nov. 9, moved up three spots in both polls, to Nos. 20 and 21, respectively.

• Wofford held Mercer to just 144 yards of total offense and seven points, both season lows for the Bears and for Wofford opponents. Freshman defensive end Michael Mason paced the Terrier defense with eight tackles, including a pair of sacks on third downs in the fourth quarter.

• Western Carolina earned a 23-20 win over ETSU in overtime on Nov. 9, getting a 1-yard touchdown run from Nate Mullen in the extra frame to win its second straight after a five-game losing streak. ETSU’s Quay Holmes rushed for a career-best 166 yards in the loss.

• Chattanooga picked up a 35-27 road win over Samford on Nov. 9, with senior running back Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks stepping in for injured starter Ailym Ford and rushing for a season-high 139 yards and two TDs and hauling in a 4-yard TD catch.

• Two SoCon players have surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark this season and three more are in range. VMI’s Ramsey (1,210) and UTC’s Ford (1,081) are already over the threshold, while Furman’s Devin Wynn (982) and ETSU’s Holmes (878) will hit it if they continue at their current per-game averages. Should that happen, the SoCon will have four 1,000-yard rushers for the first time since 2016. Wofford quarterback Joe Newman (805) could also potentially reach the milestone, as he needs 195 yards and has at least two more games to get there. The league has not had five 1,000-yard rushers since seven players reached the mark in 2012.

• STATS announced additions to the watch lists for its major awards last week, with VMI’s Ramsey being added to the list for the list for the Walter Payton Award and The Citadel’s Willie Eubanks III and ETSU’s Artevius Smith joining the list for the Buck Buchanan Award. Chattanooga’s Ford was placed on the watch list for the Jerry Rice Award.

• Nine SoCon student-athletes earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors Thursday. ETSU offensive lineman Eddie Gajardo, Chattanooga wide receiver Bryce Nunnelly and defensive back Jerrell Lawson and VMI defensive back A.J. Smith earned spots on the District 3 team. Furman offensive lineman Bo Layton, Mercer wide receiver Tucker Cannon and defensive linemen Dorian Kithcart and Jack Raines and Wofford offensive lineman Blake Jeresaty earned spots on the District 4 squad.


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