Sept. 18, 2013
Virginia Union (0-2) vs. Fayetteville State (0-2)
GAME 3: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 • 7 p.m.
Hovey Field Richmond, VA
Series vs. VUU: 23rd Meeting
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BRONCOS FOOTBALL ON THE RADIO: For the fourth-straight year, Bronco football will air on WFSS-FM 91.9. WFSS will broadcast all 10 regular-season games. Donal Ware (play-by-play) and Eric Curry will have the call beginning with the pregame show 30 minutes prior to kickoff. WFSS' signal reaches East to West from Goldsboro to Rockingham and North to South from Raleigh into South Carolina. The games can also be heard online or through mobile devices at www.wfss.org.
The FSU Coaches Show with Lawrence Kershaw airs each Thursday from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. on WFSS. Donal Ware talks with Coach Kershaw about the previous game and the upcoming opponent.
THE EVENT: Fayetteville State will make its first road trip of the season. Although Virginia Union is a fellow conference member, this contest will be recorded as a non-conference game against a cross-divisional opponent.
THE GAME: Both teams have faced a rough start to the 2013 season. Virginia Union traveled to Daytona Beach, Fla. and suffered a 66-7 loss to Bethune-Cookman. Last weekend, the Panthers fell in its home opener 33-21 in a non-conference matchup against Shaw. Fayetteville State opened its season at home and with a 29-28 loss to Virginia State. The Broncos also fell short 38-24 against ranked UNC Pembroke in the fifth annual "Two Rivers Classic". Both teams are 0-2 on the season and one must walk away with a victory.
THE SERIES: This matchup will be the 23rd meeting between the two institutions. Virginia Union leads the series with a slim 11-9 advantage with two games ending in a tie. The first contest between the Panthers and Broncos was in 1974 where VUU won 48-0. FSU won its first contest in the series in 1998 with a 35-22 victory. Since 2002, the Broncos have won 8-of-10 contests. The two faced off in the CIAA Championship game in 2003. The 23-19 victory for the Broncos marked a back-to-back championship feat. Fayetteville State has a 4-5-1 record in Richmond, VA. The last time FSU traveled to Richmond, VA (2011), the Panthers reined 17-14.
FSU PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB #10 Jemeryn Jenkins- J.J. Jenkins has been the obvious leader on offense for the Broncos. As the signal caller, Jenkins has tucked the ball in 32 tough situations for 86 yards. Two of those rushes resulted in touchdowns. Running an offense which has a strong tendency to pass, Jenkins has thrown for 464 yards in two games on 26 of 52 passes. With two interceptions thrown, Jenkins has a 50% percentage and efficiency rating of 142.6. He has four touchdowns through the air. JJ's longest rush was for 13 yards and his longest pass was for 73 yards.
WR #19 Kasunn Williams - Last season, Williams totaled 368 yards receiving with 28 receptions in ten games. During his freshman season, he had 125 yards on five catches. Thus far after two games, Kasunn Williams has half of his career total with 247 yards receiving. In game one against Virginia State, Williams pulled in four passes for 121 yards. Last weekend against UNC Pembroke, he had three catches for 126 yards. The wide receiver has also doubled his touchdowns from last year with two scores in his game against the Trojans.
RB #30 Andre Montgomery - The 2012 CIAA All-Rookie running back has been the number one hand-off guy for the Broncos. He has had 14 carries for 73 yards. Averaging 36.5 yards per game and 5.2 per carry, Montgomery has a longest rush for 24 yards.
FS #18 Michael Johnson - Defensive Captain Michael Johnson continues to be a leader on defense for the Broncos. After two games, MJ has 21 total tackles; which breaks down to 16 solo and five assisted tackles. Three of the stops were for a loss of four yards. He has one pass breakup. Johnson had a pick against VUU and returned it 62 yards
VUU PLAYERS TO WATCH:
QB #12 Shawheem Dowdy - With two games under Dowdy, he has completed 26 of 43 passes and has been picked off five times. The quarterback has an efficiency rating of 101.4 and a completion percentage of 60.5. Shawheem has 250 yards of passing; which averages out to 125 per game. He has two throwing touchdowns and has one rushing. Dowdy has 282 yards of total offense on 58 plays.
RB #14 Eric Shaw - As the #2 running back for the Panthers, Shaw has had 19 rushes for the team's most yards. He has 94 total yards and a longest of 20.
RB #27 Damon Kelly - Kelly is considered the #1 option for VUU as he has 30 carries for 72 yards as one touchdown. He is averaging 36 yards a game and 2.4 per rush.
WR #13 Jamaal Wright - Wright has pulled in the most catches with 11 receptions for 85 yards. His longest haul-in was for 22 yards.
DB #6 Willie Bailey - Bailey leads the defense with 10 solo and 12 assisted tackles. He has one stop for a loss of two yards and one pass breakup.
LB #44 Jabari Neeley - Neeley ranks second on the defense with 17 total tackles; five are solo stops and 12 were assisted.