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Game One Wofford vs. The Citadel
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Gibbs Stadium (13,000)
The Citadel leads 47-21-1
Last Meeting Wofford 20-16 (10/14/17)
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Jim Noble (play-by-play)
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#10/11 WOFFORD (10-3, 7-1 SoCon)
vs. THE CITADEL (5-6, 3-5 SoCon)
THE CITADEL GAME The defending Southern Conference Champions begin the 2018 season at home against The Citadel ... It will mark the second-straight season opening the year at Gibbs Stadium after eight years of opening on the road ... The Terriers will also play two conference games to begin the season for the second year in a row and it is only the second time that Wofford has two home SoCon games to begin the season (1998) ... The last time Wofford and The Citadel met in a season opener was in 1998 ... Last season Wofford won the meeting in Charleston by a 20-16 score ... The Citadel was 5-6 overall last season and 3-5 in the Southern Conference ... Wofford is looking for a return to the FCS Playoffs after reaching the quarterfinals last season with a 10-3 overall record and a 7-1 mark as Southern Conference Champions ... Wofford is ranked 10th in the STATS FCS poll and 11th in the FCS Coaches preseason poll, while The Citadel is receiving votes in the STATS FCS poll.
TERRIER TOP TEN Here are the top ten notes of interest heading into the 2018 season:
? Josh Conklin takes over as head coach of the Terriers. ? Last season was the eighth playoff appearance for Wofford, with an 8-8 mark in the postseason. ? Wofford played in eight games last season that were decided by one possession with a 7-1 record in those games. ? The Terriers were 8th in the nation with 244.8 rushing yards per game, second in the SoCon. ? Wofford won the 2017 Southern Conference Championship, the fifth overall for the Terriers and first since 2012. ? Players received a total of ten Preseason All-Southern Conference honors, with six on the first team. ? Miles Brown was named Preseason All-American and to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. ? Andre Stoddard is the second-ranked returning rusher in the SoCon and is a Preseason All-American ? The Terriers black shirts were 36th in the nation in scoring defense and 26th in total defense. ? The Wofford defense has allowed just two 100+ yard rushers in the last 52 games.
GAME WEEK MEDIA
Coach Conklin Lunch: Media members are invited to the weekly Josh Conklin Luncheon held on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. in the Ginkgo Room of the Burwell Building on campus. Wofford players will be present if class schedules permit. Please call in advance if you plan on attending. Interviews: All interviews with Wofford coaches and players must be arranged through the media relations office. Contact athletic media relations director Brent Williamson at (864) 5974093 or by email at email@example.com for interviews. The Wofford locker room and training room are closed to the media at all times. Phone numbers of student-athletes will not be released to the media. Practices: All Wofford practices are open to the media. Please contact the athletic media relations office for an updated schedule. The Terriers typically practice on Sunday night and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. All practices are held on the practice fields behind Gibbs Stadium. Credentials: Credentials are required for all Wofford football games. For credentials and parking passes, please contact Brent Williamson by email at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours prior to a game. Media parking is limited at Gibbs Stadium. Media Will-Call is located at the Cummings Street entrance.
The Citadel at #11 WOFFORD
The Terriers have won 18 of the last 20 meetings between the two teams
VMI at WOFFORD
A 45-14 win in Lexington last season earned the Terriers the SoCon Championship
September 15 WOFFORD at Wyoming Wofford will travel to Laramie for the first ever meeting between the teams
2:00 pm MT
September 29 WOFFORD at Gardner-Webb The Terriers have wins in eight of the last ten meetings
WOFFORD at Chattanooga
A Luke Carter 34-yard field goal in the second overtime gave the Terriers a win in 2017
WOFFORD at Furman
The teams met twice in 2017, with Wofford winning in the regular season and playoffs
ETSU at WOFFORD
Last season the defense stopped the Bucs on 4-and-1 with 42 seconds left to preserve the win
Mercer at WOFFORD
Wofford has won all four games since Mercer joined the SoCon
WOFFORD at Samford
The Bulldogs gave the Terriers their lone SoCon loss in the 2017 season
2:00 pm CT
WOFFORD at Western Carolina
The teams went to overtime last year and Wofford has won eight of the last ten meetings
Presbyterian at WOFFORD
Wofford leads the series 41-40-3 that began in 1914
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THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT ...
THE CITADEL'S LAST GAME No. 2 Clemson scored on its first five possessions to build a big, early leadand handTheCitadel a61-3 loss in the Bulldogs'season finale on November 18, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. Clemson (10-1) racked up 662 yards of offense to make things difficult for The Citadel's ball-control option offense to keep pace. The Bulldogs finish their season at 5-6.
The Bulldogs' score came off a 30-yard field goal from Jacob Godek late. Quarterback Jordan Black found Raleigh Webb for 61 yards to set the Bulldogs up with a short field. Linebacker Myles Pierce led The Citadel with eight tackles and a sack in his final game. Safety Khafari Buffalo had seven stops and a tackle for loss. Grant Drakeford led The Citadel with 46 yards rushing. LorenzoWard added 40 tough yards between the tackles. Bryant finished 11-for-17 with three touchdowns and 230 yard through the air. Travis Etienne rushed for 62 yards and two scores.
CONNECTIONS Wofford head coach Josh Conklin served as defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs in 2010 and 2011 ... Wofford athletic director Richard Johnson played basketball at The Citadel and began his coaching career there ... Blake Jeresaty (Charleston) and Jaxen Roger (Mt. Pleasant) are from the Charleston area.
Last 10 games: Wofford leads 8-2
Current Streak: Wofford has won two games
Largest Wofford win: 35 (35-0 in 2010)
Largest Citadel win: 41 (41-0 in 1936)
Notes: In 2015, the 16 game winning streak for Wofford in the
series ended at The Citadel.
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SERIES NOTES The Citadel leads 42-28-1 All games at Wofford: Wofford leads 10-9 All games at Citadel: The Citadel leads 28-13-1 Neutral site games: Series tied 5-5 Games in Gibbs Stadium: Wofford leads 8-2 Games in Johnson Hagood Stadium: The Citadel leads 19-13 Josh Conklin vs. Citadel: First Meeting Brent Thompson vs. Wofford: 1-2 Last Wofford Win: 20-16 in 2017 Last Citadel Win: 24-21 in 2016 Last Wofford win at Citadel: 20-16 in 2017 Longest Wofford win streak: 16 (1999-2015) Longest Citadel win streak: 15 (1959-90)
THE CITADEL QUICK FACTS Location: Charleston, S.C. President: Lt. Gen. John B. Sams, Jr. Enrollment: 2,300 Nickname: Bulldogs Colors: Citadel Blue and White Stadium (Capacity): Sansom Field at Johnson Hagood (11,332) Surface: Natural Grass Interim Athletic Director: Mike Capaccio Head Coach: Brent Thompson (Norwich`98) Record at The Citadel (Years): 15-8 (Third) Overall Record (Years): 15-8 (Third) 2017 Record: 5-6 (3-5 SoCon, T-Sixth) Lettermen Returning/Lost: 30 / 12
Rank Rank Avg.
Passing Yds Allowed 62
Time of Possession
LAST MEETING #5 WOFFORD 20, #22 THE CITADEL 16 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017
CHARLESTON, S.C. ? A touchdown by Andre Stoddard with 1:10 left in the game gave the Wofford College football team a 20-16 win over The Citadel at Johnson Hagood Stadium on Saturday night.TheTerriers used 219 passing yards to overcome a Bulldog defense that held the Wofford running game to just 89 yards.
Wofford opens the season 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Southern Conference. The Citadel is 3-3 on the season and 1-3 in the league. The Terriers were led by Brandon Goodson with 219 yards on 11-of-17 passing, while Jason Hill had five catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. The Bulldogs were led by Jordan Black with 55 rushing yards and he was 4-of-9 passing.
The Bulldogs took 16 plays to cover 81 yards on the opening drive of the game, with a seven-yard touchdown run by Dominique Allen for the lead at 7:28 in the first quarter. Both teams then punted on their next two possessions.
Wofford picked up a pair of first downs on receptions by Jason Hill. A 48-yard pass to Garrison Moore gave the Terriers first-and-goal from the one. Brandon Goodson took it across the goal line to tie the game at 7-7 with 8:24 on the clock in the second quarter. With the ball back, The Citadel picked up six first downs and had first-and-goal from the one. A two-yard touchdown run by Rod Johnson with eleven seconds left in the half gave the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead at the half.
Ellis Pace had a 35-yard kickoff return to open the second half. Wofford then faced a third-and-long when Brandon Goodson spun away from a defender and found Jason Hill for a 59-yard touchdown reception. The game was tied at 14-14 at 13:15 in the third quarter.The Bulldogs went three-and-out and punted. After the punt, Andre Stoddard fumbled on the second play by the Terriers and The Citadel recovered at the 17-yard line. Jordan Black ran towards the goal line but Mason Alstatt forced a fumble that was recovered by Datavious Wilson at the two-yard line. On second down for Wofford, Brandon Goodson was sacked for a safety. The Bulldogs took a 16-14 lead with 8:07 on the clock in the third quarter.
After the free kick, the Bulldogs went three-and-out and punted.Wofford had a first down, then converted a fourth-and-two with a pass to Blake Morgan. The drive stalled and the Terriers punted. With the ball back, the Bulldogs gained one first down before punting. Wofford had a 28-yard reception by R.J. Taylor on third down. A 47-yard field goal attempt by Luke Carter was wide right with 10:38 left in the fourth quarter, which was his first miss of the season. The Bulldogs went three-and-out and punted, followed by a Wofford three-and-out. The Citadel gained only nine yards on their next drive and punted.
The Terriers had a first down reception by Blake Morgan to move across midfield. Chase Nelson added a first down run and Jason Hill caught a first down pass to reach the red zone. Chase Nelson added a rushing first down for first-and-goal. Andre Stoddard capped the drive with a touchdown run from three yards for a 20-16 lead. The two point conversion attempt was short and Wofford had their first lead of the game with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs were unable to pick up a first down and Wofford took over with 21 seconds remaining.
0 7 7 6 20
THE CITADEL 7 7 2 0 16
1st Quarter CIT - Dominique Allen 7 yd run (Godek kick), 7:28 2nd Quarter WOF - Brandon Goodson 1 yd run (Luke Carter kick), 8:24 CIT - Rod Johnson 2 yd run (Godek kick),0:11 3rd Quarter WOF - Jason Hill 59 yd pass from Brandon Goodson (Luke Carter kick), 13:15 CIT - TEAM safety, 8:07 4th Quarter WOF - Andre Stoddard 3 yd run (Lennox McAfee rush failed), 1:11
FIRST DOWNS RUSHES-YARDS (NET) PASSING YDS (NET) Passes Att-Comp-Int TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS Fumble Returns-Yards Punt Returns-Yards Kickoff Returns-Yards Interception Returns-Yards Punts (Number-Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Possession Time Third-Down Conversions Fourth-Down Conversions Red-Zone Scores-Chances Sacks By: Number-Yards
WOF 12 41-89 219 17-11-0 58-308 0-0 1--8 2-53 0-0 4-43.8 2-1 5-50 28:47 8 of 14 1 of 1 2-2 0-0
CIT 12 49-226 32 14-4-0 63-258 0-0 1-0 4-68 0-0 7-37.6 2-1 5-32 31:13 7 of 17 1 of 2 2-3 1-9
RUSHING: Wofford-McAfee 7-49; -Nelson 11-38; -Stoddard 8-10 (1 TD); Goodson 5-5 (1 TD); Morgan 6-4; TEAM 1-minus 1; Pace 2-minus 4; R.J. Taylor 1-minus 12. The Citadel-Black 13-55; Jackson 6-49; Allen 6-33 (1 TD); Johnson 4-32 (1 TD); Ward 10-31; Rainey 8-19; Drakeford 2-7. PASSING: Wofford-Goodson 11-17-0-219. The Citadel-Black 4-9-0-32; Allen 0-4-0-0; Jackson 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING: Wofford-Hill 5-97 (1 TD); Morgan 3-40; Taylor 2-34; Moore 1-48. The Citadel-Jackson 2-13; LeBlanc 1-22; Webb 1-minus 3. Attendance: 8,543
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ABOUT WOFFORD At quarterback, Wofford will go with either Joe Newman or Miller Mosley ... Both quarterbacks saw time last season but have never started a game ... Fullback Andre Stoddard was the leading rusher in 2017 with 825 yards on 176 carries, along with 15 touchdowns ... Halfbacks Lennox McAfee (747 yards, 6 TDs) and Blake Morgan (640 yards, 8 TDs) both had over 90 carries ... Jason Hill is the leading returner at wide receiver with 17 catches last season ... Safety Mason Alstatt is the top returning tackler, while defensive lineman Miles Brown had 10 tackles for loss ... Cornerback DevinWatson had four interceptions in 13 starts at cornerback ... Luke Carter was 11-of-12 on field goals and had a 42.3 average on punts.
INJURY REPORT Running back Kent Phelps (shoulder) andWR Cole Cleary (ankle) will miss the season due to injury.
HOME OPENERS With the win over Furman in 2017, Wofford has won the last seventeen home openers. The last home opening loss came in 2000 when the Terriers lost 34-14 to Lehigh on September 9.
SEASON OPENERS After the win against Furman, Wofford is 50-58-1 all-time in season openers since posting a 5-1 win over Furman on December 14, 1889 ... In the last seven seasons, Wofford is 4-3 in season openers, with the losses to Baylor, Georgia Tech and Clemson ... When Wofford opens the season at home, its record is 25-20-1.
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE OPENERS The Terriers have won their SoCon opener thirteen times as members of the conference, including the last eight straight (Furman 2010, Samford 2011, Western Carolina 2012, The Citadel 2013 and 2014, Mercer 2015, ETSU 2016 and Furman in 2017).
2017 SEASON RECAP The Wofford football team saw the 2017 season come to an end on December 9 in the Fargodome ... North Dakota State, the second seed, scored three touchdowns in the final five minutes of the first half to build a lead that the Terriers could not overcome for a 42-10 final score ... The Bison advanced and won their sixth national championship in seven years ... To reach the quarterfinals, the #7 seeded Terriers had a bye in the opening round and then defeated Furman 28-10 at Gibbs Stadium in the second round ... This marked the eighth season the Terriers reached the NCAA FCS Playoffs and the seconds straight time reaching the quarterfinals ...Wofford ended the season10-3 overall and 7-1 in the Southern Conference, winning the league title for the fifth time and receiving the SoCon automatic bid ...The team reached the double-digit win mark for the sixth time in school history and it was the first time posting back-to-back 10 win seasons ... In the national stats,Wofford finished third in red zone offense and first in fewest passes intercepted ... The Terriers were eighth in the nation in rushing offense, 121st in passing and 73rd in total offense ... They were 25th in rushing defense, 51st in passing defense and 26th in total defense ... Wofford finished the season ranked 6th in the STATS FCS poll and #7 in the FCS Coaches poll.
ANOTHER SOCON TITLE With the win over VMI on November 11, Wofford posted a 7-1 record in conference play. This secured a share of the Southern Conference Championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs. Furman's loss to Samford on November 18 gave the Terriers sole possession of the title. Wofford won the title for the fifth time (2003, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2017).
WOFFORD IN THE NCAA PLAYOFFS The 2017 season marked the eighth appearance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs for the Terriers. In 2003, Wofford defeated North Carolina A&T 31-10 in the first round at Gibbs Stadium. In the second round, Wofford won 34-17 over Western Kentucky at Gibbs Stadium. Against Delaware in the
semifinals, the Terriers were defeated 24-9. In the 2007 season, Wofford had a win at Montana and loss to Richmond. The Terriers were sent on the road in 2008 to face #1 James Madison and were defeated 38-35. In 2010, the Terriers won at Jacksonville State before falling at home to Georgia Southern in the quarterfinals. In 2011, Wofford was defeated at UNI. A home win in 2012 against New Hampshire and was followed by a loss at North Dakota State. In 2016, Wofford had wins over Charleston Southern and The Citadel before a double overtime loss at Youngstown State. Wofford is 8-8 overall in the playoffs after a win over Furman and loss at North Dakota State in 2017.
WOFFORD'S LAST GAME Wofford's season ended in the NCAA FCS Quarterfinals on Saturday with a 42-10 loss to North Dakota State in the Fargodome. The Terriers scored first, but the Bison scored three touchdowns in the final five minutes of the first half to stake a 35-10 lead. NDSU added a touchdown in the third quarter and held the Terriers scoreless to advance to the semifinals. The Terriers were led by Blake Morgan with 54 rushing yards, while R.J. Taylor had two catches for 38 yards. The Bison were led by Easton Stick with 11-of-16 passing for 184 yards and three touchdowns, along with one rushing touchdown. Wofford had 177 total yards, with 134 rushing. NDSU had 464 total yards, 261 of which were rushing. Wofford had eight first downs to 21 for NDSU. Wofford was 1-of-12 on third downs and 3-of-4 on fourth down. NDSU was 10-of-13 on third down. Both teams were called for four penalties each. NDSU had a 35:55 to 24:05 time of possession advantage.
2017 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE Wofford had nine players earn first or second team honors from the Southern Conference coaches or media and one player was named to the All-Freshman Team. The nine Terriers honored match the number from the 2016 season. Earning first team honors from the Southern Conference Coaches were DL Miles Brown, K Luke Carter, OL Ross Demmel, DL Tyler Vaughn and CB Devin Watson. Second team honors went to DL Mikel Horton and RB Andre Stoddard. DL Deon Priester earned All-Freshman Team honors. In the media voting, first team honors went to DL Miles Brown, K Luke Carter, OL Roo Daniels, OL Ross Demmel, RB Andre Stoddard and CB Devin Watson. Second team recognition went to DL Mikel Horton and OL Jared Jacon-Duffy.
2017 ALL-AMERICANS Following the season, Ross Demmel was named third team FCS All-America by the Associated Press. Demmel (fourth team) and Andre Stoddard (third team) earned spots on Phil Steele's FCS All-America Team, while Stoddard (second team) and Miles Brown (third team) were honored by STATS.
PRESEASON ALL-SOCON The Terriers had ten players recognized by the league's coaches on the 2018 Preseason All-SoCon team, with six on the first team and four on the second team. Leading the Terriers on the first team were defensive lineman Miles Brown, placekicker Luke Carter, offensive lineman Michael Ralph, running back Andre Stoddard, cornerback Devin Watson, and linebacker DT Wilson. Second team selections included safety Mason Alstatt, offensive lineman Justus Basinger, punter Luke Carter and defensive lineman Mikel Horton.
PRESEASON SOUTHERN CONFERENCE POLL
In the 2018 Southern Conference Preseason Poll, the conference's nine head coaches and the media
picked Samford to win the league. The coaches have 2018 PRESEASON COACHES POLL
Wofford coming in second, while the media picked 1. Samford (7)
the Terriers to finish third.
2. Wofford (1)
3. Furman (1)
4. Western Carolina
Wofford defensive lineman Miles Brown and fullback
5. Chattanooga 6. Mercer
Andre Stoddard were named to the STATS FCS 7. The Citadel
Preseason All-America Team. Brown was selected to 8. ETSU
the first team, while Stoddard earned a spot on the 9. VMI
BY THE NUMBERS
First game as head coach for Josh Conklin
Southern Conference Championships since
Last season marked the 8th to reach the NCAA FCS Playoffs
Straight Years Wofford has a player named Academic All-District
20 Years Wofford has finished in the top ten in FCS rushing offense
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third team. Brown, a senior from Cheverly, Maryland, started all 13 games last season and had 44 total tackles while leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss. He was first team All-Southern Conference last season and a third team STATS All-American. Brown has also received preseason All-America honors from HEROES and Athlon.
Stoddard, a senior from Greenville, S.C., led the team with 825 rushing yards on 176 carries and tied for the SoCon lead in scoring with 90 points. He was named first team All-Southern Conference by the media and second team by the coaches last season. A total of nine players from the Southern Conference were selected. Samford and Western Carolina had three players each named, while Wofford had two and The Citadel had one selected.
BUCK BUCHANAN WATCH LIST Wofford defensive lineman Miles Brown is one of the 25 nominees on the 2018 Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. The annual award is presented by STATS to the most outstanding defensive played in the FCS following the regular season. Brown is the first Terrier to earn a spot on the watch list since Alvin Scioneaux in 2013.The watch list will have updates during the season. A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on 25 finalists following the regular season.
THE 2018 RETURNERS Wofford welcomes back eleven starters from the 2017 season. On offense, the five players include offensive lineman Michael Ralph, halfbacks Blake Morgan and Lennox McAfee, along with fullback Andre Stoddard and wide receiver Jason Hill. On defense, the six returners are defensive linemen Miles Brown and Mikel Horton, cornerbacks DevinWatson and George Gbesee, linebacker Datavious Wilson and safety Mason Alstatt. In addition, punter/kicker Luke Carter and long snapper Ross Hammond return. An additional nine players who started at least one game also return.
COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT Jared Jacon-Duffy and Malik Rivera were named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Football Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Jacon-Duffy was a senior offensive lineman from Pleasant Plain, Ohio. He played in all 13 games with ten starts at right guard last season. He led the team with 105 knockdown blocks. Jacon-Duffy majored in physics and mathematics with a 3.72 grade point average. Rivera, a senior safety from Saint Johns, Florida, started all 13 games at free safety last season. Rivera had a 3.54 grade point average as a mathematics, finance and computer science triple major. It marked the 18th straight season at least one Wofford football student-athlete has been named Academic All-District.
QUICK STARTS The Terriers opened the 2017 season with a 6-0 mark for the first time since 1990. Wofford started 6-0 or better in six times in school history. In the Southern Conference, the Terriers were 4-0 to begin the season. Since joining the league in 1997, it marked the fifth time with a 4-0 or better start to the year (last in 2013).
2018 TERRIER HONORS
DB Mason Alstatt Preseason All-Southern Conference Second Team
OL Michael Ralph Prseason All-Southern Conference First Team
OL Justus Basinger Preseason All-Southern Conference Second Team
FB Andre Stoddard Preseason All-Southern Conference First Team
DL Miles Brown Athlon Preseason FCS All-America HEROES Preseason FCS All-America Second Team STATS FCS Preseason All-America First Team Preseason All-Southern Conference First Team Buck Buchanan Award Watch List
CB Devin Watson Preseason All-Southern Conference First Team
LB Datavious Wilson Preseason All-Southern Conference First Team
K/P Luke Carter Preseason All-Southern Conference First Team (K) Preseason All-Southern Conference Second Team (P)
DL Mikel Horton Preseason All-Southern Conference Second Team
REACHING NINE WINS Wofford had a 10-3 record last season. It was only the 13th time in school history theTerriers reached nine or more wins. Seven of those seasons have been since 2002 (2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2016). Wofford also had ten wins in 2010 and 2016, with eleven victories in 1949 and 1970 and a school record 12 wins in 2003.
FEWER TURNOVERS=WINS One common denominator over the seasons has been turnovers. After being +7 in turnovers during the 2012 SoCon Championship season, the Terriers were in the negative for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons. In 2016, Wofford only had 14 turnovers (ten fumbles and four interceptions) and had 25 take-aways (18 interceptions, seven fumble recoveries) to be +11 (+0.79 pg) on the season. In 2017, Wofford was + 0.46 with 14 turnovers (eleven fumbles, three interceptions) and 20 take-aways (eleven interceptions, nine fumbles). Wofford was 20th in the nation with only 14 turnovers lost and tied for first with only three interceptions thrown.
FIRST CAREER STARTS In the season opener against Furman in 2017, offensive linemen Blake Jeresaty, Justus Basinger and Michael Ralph made their first career starts. Also making first career starts were FB Chase Nelson, HB Blake Morgan, HB Lennox McAfee, NT Deon Priester, LB Jireh Wilson, LB Colton Clemons and SS Mason Alstatt. S Graham Massey made his first start against Samford and WR Bryce Motes had his first start against Chattanooga. LB Billy Hinton made his first career start atVMI and LBWeston Rountree had his first start at South Carolina.
VETERAN CAREER GAMES PLAYED/STARTS The most veteran players on the team this year are Miles Brown, Ross Hammond, JoJo Tillery and Dominique Lemon who have played in all 38 games of their careers. Also playing in over 30 career games are Lennox McAfee (32), Weston Rountree (34), Andre Stoddard (30) and Devin Watson (33). Brown leads the team with 37 career starts, followed by DataviousWilson (25), DevinWatson (23), Jason Hill (23) and George Gbesee (22).
TRUE FRESHMEN ON THE FIELD In 2017, true freshmen on the field in the opener agsinst Furman included LB Ryan Titus, DL Austin Lufkin, DL Josh Contee, LB Joe Beckett and TE Garrison Moore. LB John Beckley, FB Evan Suggs, LB Shaun Moore, DB Donovan Anderson and RB Ryan Lovelace also played last season.
IN THE SMOKEHOUSE Over half of the freshman class was redshirted in 2017. These included OL Elliott Campbell, QB Corey Cooper, OL Anthony Craig, LB Andrew Duckworth, OL Chad Gardner, TE Brater Garber, WR Nyle Grove, K Dawson Henis, DB Omari Johnson, OL Zak Kurz, HB Kent Phelps, DL Myles Price, LB Rob Saylor, and TE Slayton Wild. With the new redshirt rules, players can see action in up to four games in 2018 and keep the redshirt.
2018 RECRUITING CLASS Wofford welcomed a total of 16 student-athletes in the 2018 recruiting class.The class includes eight players on defense and eight players on offense.The student-athletes are from eight different states, including five from South Carolina, four from Florida and two from Georgia. On defense, the seven players include four linebackers, two linemen and one defensive back. On offense, the ten players include three offensive linemen, two running backs, two wide receivers, and one quarterback. They were joined by eleven walk-ons for a total of 27 newcomers.
DEEP THOUGHTS ... The Terriers were one of 18 teams that had three or less losses at the FCS level, while N.C. A&T was the lone undefeated team ... Brandon Goodson threw for 117 yards against Gardner-Webb, the first 100+ passing game of the season for Wofford. Goodson added a 200-yard passing game (the first for Wofford since 1994) at The Citadel (10/14) and had a 100 yards at VMI. In 2016 Wofford threw for 100 or more yards in three games ... Wofford had three players - Blake Morgan (22-401), R.J. Taylor (24-349) and Jason Hill (17-283) who all had more receiving yards this year than the 2016 leading receiver (13-205 yards) ... By quarter, the Terriers were outscored in the second quarter, but outscoring the opponents in the first, third and fourth quarters ... In the second half (and overtime), Wofford has a 187 to 126 advantage ... Of the 54 scoring drives, 21 were for 10 or more plays, while 21 covered 70 yards or more and 20 took over five minutes off the clock ... The Terriers had an average start of the 30.0 yard line, while opponents had a 31.5 yard line average start ... 50 of Andre Stoddard's 176 rushes were for a first down or touchdown ... Wofford had 13 rushes on fourth down, with ten resulting in a touchdown or first downs ... Lennox McAfee led the team with 17 plays of 20 or more yards, followed by Blake Morgan with 13 ... Seventeen different players had
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plays of 20 or more yards ... Of the 81 catches last season, 51 were for a first down or touchdown.
PLAYER INTEREST NOTES S Devin Watson is cousins with Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, however they were never on the field at the same time in Clemson game in 2015 ... CB George Gbesee (Ghana) is the lone foreign born players on the roster ... S Graham Massey's twin brother Reed is an infielder on the Wofford baseball team ... LB Rob Saylor's twin sister plays lacrosse at Wofford ... K Luke Carter's father is the president of Francis Marion University ... LS Ross Hammond's father is serving as South Carolina Secretary of State ... DL Miles Brown went to high school at Sidwell Friends, where he was classmates with former President Obama's daughters ... WR TJ Luther's high school coach was Wofford alum Jordan Ingman who played football from 2007-10 for the Terriers ... DL Elijah Ball's brother played at Alabama from 2012-16 ... WR Landon Parker's brother is currently the punter at Duke and his father punted for the Denver Broncos.
WOFFORD 100 YARD RUSHERS Wofford began 2016 with a 100-yard game from Will Gay against Tennessee Tech and had a 100yard rusher in eleven of the 14 games. Wofford had the first 100+ yard rusher this season when Blake Morgan ran for 120 yards at Presbyterian College. Andre Stoddard went for a season-high 157 yards against Western Carolina, Joe Newman ran for 102 yards against Samford and Stoddard added 107 at ETSU, giving Wofford a 100-yard rusher in four of 13 games.
OPPONENT 100 YARD RUSHERS The Wofford rushing defense ended the 2014 season ranked ninth in the nation in rushing defense, allowing only 1,182 total yards on 392 carries for an average of 107.5 yards per game. A big part of that defense was not allowing an opponent to have a 100+ yard rusher. The Terriers went 17 games without allowing a 100+ rusher (last 2 games in 2013, 11 games in 2014, first four games in 2015) before allowing Tee Mitchell to go for 110 yards at Mercer on October 3. The previous 100+ rusher was Jacob Huesman of Chattanooga on November 9, 2013 with 116 yards on 18 carries. Wofford then went 19 games straight without a 100-yard rusher, which ended when Youngstown State's Jody Webb had 213 rushing yards in the NCAA FCS Quarterfinals. He was the first 200-yard rusher allowed since 2009. The Terriers did not allow a 100-yard rusher in 2017 (13 games).
UNDER 100 YARDS RUSHING In nine of the 14 games in 2016, the Terriers held opponents to under 100 rushing yards. Wofford started 2016 by holding Tennessee Tech to 41 rushing yards and then Ole Miss ran for 174 yards. JCSU gained only 18 total yards and ETSU was at -7 for the game, while Samford ran for only 30 yards and Western Carolina had 46. The nation's top rushing team, The Citadel, was held to 190 rushing yards (down from the 381 average) and did not allow a 100-yard rusher. Mercer was held to 48 rushing yards, Furman ran for 65, Chattanooga had 88 and VMI had 62. Youngstown State had 240 in the playoffs, the most by an opponent last season. Wofford has held 2017 opponents to under 100 yards rushing six times (Gardner-Webb 99, Samford 10, ETSU 15, Chattanooga 99, VMI 80, and Furman 52).
REACHING 1,000 CAREER RUSHING YARDS Lennox McAfee reached the 1,000 career rushing yard mark in the NCAA FCS Playoff game against Furman (12/2/17). Nearing the 1,000 mark are senior Andre Stoddard (972) and junior Blake Morgan (914).
A LITTLE MORE PASSING
In 2012, Wofford ran the ball almost 90% of the time. Since then, the Terriers have relied a little
less on the run in the option offense. Of the 814 plays in 2017, 658 have been rushes with 156
passes for an 81.1% run offense.
Year Plays Rushes Passes % Rushing
2012 854 776 88
2013 784 647 137
2014 688 575 113
2015 739 633 106
2016 908 785 123
2017 814 658 156
LESS PASSING, MORE WINS Since the start of the 2010 season, the Terriers have been most successful when they throw the ball ten times or less in a game. With ten or fewer attempts, Wofford is 40-19 overall. With eleven or more passes per game, Wofford is 23-15 overall.
THE RED ZONE TheWofford red zone offense is 44-of-48 overall with 33 touchdowns and 11 field goals for a 91.7% success rate which is third in the nation. The red zone defense is impressive as well, ranking fourth in the Southern Conference and 67th in the nation at 80.9%. The Terriers opponents are 38-of-47 in the red zone with 29 touchdowns and nine field goals.
FOURTH DOWN? GO FOR IT! On fourth and short in plus territory, expect the Terriers to go for it instead of punting. Wofford was 20-of-34 on fourth downs, while opponents were 9-of-18 in 2016. The Terriers were 28th in the nation in fourth down percentage with a 58.8% success rate and were second in fourth down attempts. Defensively, opponents were only at 50% on the season to ranked 56th in the nation. In 2017, theTerriers were 12-of-21 on fourth down (28th in nation) while opponents were 11-of-23.
THE BIG PLAY IS BACK In 2017, the big play (20+ rushing and receiving; 30+ return) was a key part of theWofford offense, with 67 total big plays. The Terriers had a season-high eight big plays against Samford, but did not have one in the opener versus Furman. Opponents had 52 big plays last season, with ETSU and Furman both having six each and NDSU having seven in the quarterfinals.
COACHING CHANGES Following the retirement of Mike Ayers after 30 seasons, there were numerous changes on the staff. Head Coach Josh Conklin added to the staff defensive coorindator Sam Siefkes, along with Ilir Emini (safeties), Trey Johnson (offensive line), Allen Smith (defensive line), and Trey McCray (outside linebackers). Wade Lang returns as offensive coordinator in his 31st season on staff, while Freddie Brown (wide receivers), BJ Connolly (tight ends), Dane Romero (running backs) and Rob Greene (cornerbacks) also remain.
POLL POSITIONS In the 2016 preseason polls, Wofford received votes in both polls. Following the win over Chattanooga, Wofford returned to the top 25 on November 14, sitting at #19 in the FCS Coaches poll and #20 in the STATS FCS poll. In the final poll, Wofford was #11 in the Coaches Poll and #9 in the STATS poll. The Terriers began the 2017 season ranked #11 in both polls and finished 6th (STATS) and 7th
2017 TERRIER HONORS
DL Miles Brown Preseason All-SoCon First Team STATS Preseason All-America Second Team All-SoCon First Team (Coaches) All-SoCon First Team (Media) STATS All-American (Third Team)
DL Mikel Horton All-SoCon Second Team (Coaches) All-SoCon Second Team (Media)
OL Jared Jacon-Duffy All-SoCon Second Team (Media)
K/P Luke Carter SoCon Special Teams Player of Week (9/4) SoCon Special Teams Player of Week (10/7) SoCon Special Teams Player of Week (11/6) All-SoCon First Team (Coaches) All-SoCon First Team (Media)
OL Roo Daniels Preseason All-SoCon First Team All-SoCon First Team (Media)
OL Ross Demmel Preseason All-SoCon Second Team All-SoCon First Team (Coaches) All-SoCon First Team (Media) AP All-American (Third Team) Phil Steele All-American (Fourth Team)
CB George Gbesee Preseason All-SoCon Second Team
QB Brandon Goodson SoCon Offensive Player of the Week (10/16)
DL Deon Priester SoCon All-Freshman Team
S Malik Rivera SoCon Defensive Player of the Week (9/4)
FB Andre Stoddard SoCon Offensive Player of the Week (10/7) All-SoCon First Team (Media) All-SoCon Second Team (Coaches) STATS All-American (Second Team) Phil Steele All-American (Third Team)
DL Tyler Vaughn Preseason All-SoCon First Team All-SoCon First Team (Coaches)
CB Devin Watson Preseason All-SoCon First Team SoCon Defensive Player of the Week (9/11) SoCon Defensive Player of the Week (11/6) All-SoCon First Team (Coaches) All-SoCon First Team (Media)
TE Chandler Gouger Preseason All-SoCon Second Team
LB Datavious Wilson Preseason All-SoCon First Team
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(Coaches). The highest ranking ever for the Terriers was second (2003 and 2004).
10. Cal Poly
11 668 2,549 3.82 16 231.7
TERRIERS AGAINST FBS TEAMS The 2018 season marks the 21st time in the last 22 seasons the Terriers have played against a member of the FBS (NCAA Division I-A). Overall, Wofford is 1-19 in those games. In 2011, Wofford had a lead at Clemson in the third quarter. At South Carolina in 2012, the game was tied at 7-7 at the start of the fourth quarter. Wofford was down five points to Georgia Tech in 2014 with ten minutes to go in the game. In 2017, Wofford trailed South Carolina 14-10 in the third quarter. Wyoming is the FBS team on the schedule in 2018. Clemson returns to the schedule in 2019, 2023 and 2027. Wofford heads to North Carolina in 2021 and additional games with South Carolina are also scheduled.
DEFENSE BY COMMITTEE The Terrier defense was a true team with contributions from numerous players last season. Overall, 18 players recorded 20 or more tackles. Nineteen players had at least a share of a tackle for loss, while nine recorded sacks. Six players had interceptions. In the thirteen games, there were eleven different players with a share of being the leading tackler.
PREVENTING THE SACK
The offensive line was a veteran group last season, with four seniors and a sophomore in the starting
five. In 2015, they gave up only eight sacks all season which ranked third in the nation (0.73 per
game). In 2016 they allowed just one sack each against Johnson C. Smith, ETSU and Samford to
lead the nation. Last season they were ranked seventh with only ten sacks allowed, two of which
were at VMI and one at South Carolina.
GAMES W-L OPP SACKS YDS AVG
2. San Diego
13 10-3 8
4. Kennesaw St.
14 12-2 10 48 0.71
5. Eastern Ky.
13 10-3 10 68 0.77
9. Austin Peay
12 8-4 10 53 0.83
11 6-5 10 77 0.91
10. Southern Ill.
11 4-7 10 54 0.91
11 2-9 10 54 0.91
THE 2017 TERRIERS GROUND ATTACK
Wofford finished eighth in the nation in rushing at 244.8 yards per game. Four of the top 15 teams
are in the Southern Conference (The Citadel, Wofford, Western Carolina, and Furman).
GAMES CARRIES YARDS YPC TDS YPG
1. Kennesaw St.
14 816 4,623 5.67 41 330.2
2. The Citadel
11 651 3,241 4.98 22 294.6
3. Southeastern La. 11 541 3,114 5.76 27 283.1
4. North Dakota St. 15 689 4,083 5.93 48 272.2
11 601 2,962 4.93 31 269.3
6. Austin Peay
12 580 3,105 5.35 32 258.8
7. Montana St.
11 5-6 2,744 5.69 20 249.5
13 658 3,182 4.84 38 244.8
12 444 2,849 6.42 30 237.4
ACADEMIC SUCCESS Wofford's football program has ranked among the top 10 percent of FCS teams in the Aca-
demic Performance Review (APR) in eight of the last eleven seasons to earn public recognition. In 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Wofford had the highest APR in the SoCon. The Terriers lead the SoCon with 146 Academic All-Southern Conference selections since the program started in 2003.
Among all NCAA Division I (FBS and FCS) football teams, Wofford's APR score of 983 is 41st in the nation.TheTerriers are ahead of schools such as Harvard (981), GeorgiaTech (980), Samford (980), Baylor (879), Rice (977), and Wake Forest (979).
Wofford has had at least one player named CoSIDA/Capital One First Team All-District in each of the last 18 seasons. In 2017 Jared Jacon-Duffy and Malik Rivera were named Academic All-District. In addition, safety James Zotto was named an Academic All-American in 2014.
Wofford has finished among the top ten schools in the nation in rushing in each of the past 20
years. The Terriers'wingbone offense puts a premium on ball control and keeping the opponent's offense on the boundary. Eight times the Terriers have been second in the nation in rushing yards per game, while in 2010 and 2011 they finished first.
WOFFORD VS. NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS Since 2000,Wofford is 24-3 in non-conference regular season FCS games ... Wofford's loss to Coastal Carolina in 2006 snapped a streak of 10 straight regular season non-conference wins against FCS opponents ... The Terriers had not lost a non-conference regular season game to a FCS opponent since dropping the 2000 season opener to Lehigh 34-14 ... The loss to Gardner-Webb in 2013 ended a nine-game streak and Wofford lost again to Gardner-Webb in 2014.
NATIONAL FINISH IN RUSHING
Year Finish Yds/Gm
The overtime game wins against Western Carolina
and Chattanooga in 2017 mark 11 overtime games in school history. The Terriers lost the first two
overtime games, then won the next two. In 2012, a 24-17 double overtime loss at Samford was
followed by a win over Chattanooga. There was a win over Mercer in 2015 and losses to The Citadel
andYoungstown State (double overtime) in 2016.Wofford is now 6-5 all-time in overtime games.
TERRIERS AT HOME Wofford has won 68 of its last 87 games played in Gibbs Stadium, including going 5-0 in 2014 ... Since Gibbs Stadium opened on Oct. 5, 1996, Wofford has posted a record of 89-33 (.746) ... Under Mike Ayers, Wofford is 97-46 (.678) in home games ... The Terriers have won 52 of 78 home SoCon games at Gibbs Stadium.
BRENTON BERSIN Wide receiver Brenton Bersin (`12) signed as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers in April of 2012. He spent the 2013 season on the Panthers practice squad. He re-signed with the Panthers again in 2014 and made the 53-man roster and had his first NFL catch against Detroit on September 14. He caught his first touchdown on October 19 at Green Bay and made his first start on October 26 against Seattle. Bersin's 1-yard touchdown reception at Green Bay was the first touchdown catch by a player from Wofford since Jerry Richardson had a touchdown as a member of the Baltimore Colts at Dallas (10/30/60). In 2015, Bersin had a career-high four catches against Tampa Bay (10/4). He remained on the roster for the remainder of the season as the Panthers won the NFC Championship and played in Super Bowl 50. He was on the active roster for the 2016 season and 2017 seasons, but is currently a free agent.
KASEY REDFERN Punter Kasey Redfern (`14) made the 53-man roster for the Detroit Lions and kicked in the season opener against Arizona. However he suffered a knee injury and was placed on injured reserve. He joined the Lions as a free agent after most recently spending time with the Cleveland Browns. He spent time on the Chargers practice squad in 2015 before joining the Carolina Panthers during the 2016 preseason and was traded to the Browns. He entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Jaguars in 2014.
DAVID MARVIN Kicker David Marvin (`17) spent the 2017 season with the Univeristy of Georgia and reached the national championship game. He signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons and handled kicking duties for the first two preseason games.
MR. RICHARDSON Jerry Richardson came toWofford in the mid-1950s as an unheralded pass receiver from Fayetteville, N.C. By the time he left to begin his pro career with the Baltimore Colts, the passing combination of Charlie Bradshaw to Jerry Richardson had received nationwide fame. Richardson was an Associated Press Little All-America selection in 1957 and `58. He still holds Wofford's single-game record
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