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Football notes - week six
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 10/05/2017
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Western Carolina defensive back Marvin Tillman was named the SoCon's defensive player of the month.
Courtesy: Mark Haskett, WCU

Oct. 7 (Saturday)
*Samford at VMI (ESPN3), 1:30 p.m.
*Western Carolina at Wofford (ESPN3), 1:30 p.m.
*Mercer at The Citadel (ESPN3), 2 p.m.
Robert Morris at ETSU (ESPN3), 3:30 p.m.
*Furman at Chattanooga (ESPN3), 4 p.m.


• After a 45-7 road win at Chattanooga on Saturday, Western Carolina entered the national rankings for the first time since 2006 when it debuted at No. 22 in the STATS FCS Top 25 on Monday. The Catamounts are 4-1 on the year with their lone loss coming at FBS Hawai’i to open the season.

• Three league teams continue to be nationally ranked in both major polls this week. Wofford leads the way for the SoCon at No. 5 in both polls, while The Citadel slipped to No. 17 in both after falling at Samford. Samford, meanwhile, used the win to jump to No. 20 in both rankings. Western Carolina, which is No. 22 in the STATS poll, is the first team out in the coaches poll.

• At 4-0, Wofford is one of just nine remaining undefeated FCS teams this season.

• Western Carolina quarterback Tyrie Adams and defensive back Marvin Tillman were named the SoCon’s September offensive and defensive athletes of the month for football, respectively.

• Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges, a redshirt junior, is the SoCon’s career leader in completion percentage (69.5) and 400-yard passing games (five).

• Mercer’s Alex Lakes became the program’s career rushing yards leader with 46 Saturday against VMI. He surpassed former quarterback John Russ’ mark of 2,335 yards in the third quarter. Lakes also tied another one of Russ’ records with his 30th career rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

• VMI played its 500th Southern Conference game in program history Saturday. The Citadel will be next to hit the milestone, as the Bulldogs have played 498 league games in their history.

• Chattanooga used three quarterbacks in Saturday’s loss to Western Carolina after injuries to starter Alejandro Bennifield (first quarter) and Nick Tiano (fourth quarter). Bennifield, the SoCon’s preseason second-team all-conference quarterback, made his first start of the season after serving a four-game NCAA suspension for academic issues.

• ETSU quarterback Austin Herink threw for a school-record 434 yards in Saturday’s 56-35 loss at Furman. Herink also matched his career high with three passing touchdowns, and his 78-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Wike was the ninth-longest scoring pass play in program history.

• Furman quarterback P.J. Blazejowski leads the FCS with 11.40 yards per pass attempts, while Western Carolina quarterback Tyrie Adams is fourth nationally with 9.88 yards per attempt.

• The Citadel leads the nation in time of possession, as the Bulldogs hold the ball for 37:24 per contest.

• After five of the first six SoCon games this season were decided by one possession, none of the four league games last week was closer than 21 points. Since the start of the 2013 season, 59 of 134 (.440) league games have been decided by one possession.

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