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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 45th meeting between McDaniel (0-5, 0-4 CC) and Franklin & Marshall (4-1, 3-1 CC) in a series that dates back to 1904. The Diplomats lead the all-time series 27-16-2 and have won the last eight meetings after the Green Terror took seven straight between 1997 and 2003.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Franklin & Marshall's defense held McDaniel to minus-1 yard of total offense in the first half while its offense built a 24-0 lead en route to a 31-14 football victory last season. Mike Oliveto snagged five catches for the Green Terror, racking up a career-best 124 yards – 110 of which came in a second half in which the offense compiled 250 yards of total offense. John Kaschak led the Diplomats on the ground with 88 rushing yards. He also caught four passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Franklin & Marshall recorded 165 of its 254 offensive yards in the decisive first half.
LAST TIME OUT: McDaniel was idle last week. Two weeks ago – after a tightly contested first half – Gettysburg outscored McDaniel 21-0 in the second half to secure a 35-3 CC victory. Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) led the Green Terror with his second straight 100-yard rushing game, finishing with 138 yards on the ground. He also added 28 yards receiving. As a team, McDaniel finished with 198 yards rushing – the first time this season the Bullets allowed more than 100 yards rushing in a game. Kody Smith paced the hosts with 108 yards passing and 48 yards rushing. Ted Delia added 68 yards rushing and three scores.
WITH HONORS: Joe Rollins, Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) and Matt Emerson (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) were named to their respective CC Weekly Honor Rolls two weeks ago. Rollins earned the nod on offense after running for 138 yards on 28 carries. He also caught three passes for 28 yards. Cousar was named to the defensive ledger after leading the Green Terror defense with seven tackles, including a solo sack. He also had a forced fumble. Emerson earned a spot on the special teams list after recording 113 yards on six kickoff returns.
LEADING THE WAY: Tyler Lloyd (Broad Run, Va./Fauquier), Tim McLister (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun) and Kevin White (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Haverford Twp.) will captain the squad in 2012. White is a two-time captain while Lloyd and McLister will lead the squad for the first time as seniors.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS: McDaniel enters play this weekend with three of the conference's top nine kick returners. Joe Rollins leads the league, averaging 32.8 yards on his six returns. Donny Sherman (White Hall, Md./Havre de Grace) is fourth in the CC with a 23.2-yard-per-return average on the six kicks he has taken. Matt Emerson, who had six kickoff returns for 113 yards at Gettysburg, moved into ninth place in the league and now averages 18.9 yards on 10 attempts. The Green Terror is fifth as a team, averaging 20.8 yards on a CC-high 30 return attempts.
ON HIS OWN ROLL: Junior RB Joe Rollins started to hit his stride just before the bye. Of his 462 yards, 361 have come during the last two games. After a 223-yard outing against Ursinus on Sept. 22, the tailback went for 138 against the league's top rushing defense entering the game. Gettysburg had not allowed a team to rush for more than 95 yards over its first game before McDaniel gouged the Bullets for 198 as a team. Rollins enters this weekend fifth in Green Terror history with 2,486 yards and needs 87 to pass Fred Dilkes (1957-60) for fourth all-time. He is also already 25th in CC history and would move to 22nd with his 11th career 100-yard rushing game.
WRONG TURN: In the second quarter at Gettysbug, Mike Cousar had his second forced fumble of the year that Donny Sherman recovered for McDaniel's third takeaway of the year. McDaniel has just one interception on the year and two fumble recoveries. On the flip side, the Green Terror has turned the ball over a CC-high 16 times and ranks last in the league with a minus-13 turnover margin. The minus-2.60 per game margin is 236th of 239 Division III teams. Cousar's two forced fumbles is tied for the conference lead.
SPREADING THE LOVE: Over the last two games, McDaniel has had 12 different players contribute yards to the offense. Of those 12 players, a pair are in their first year with the team. Sean Montgomery (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) and Aqil Tweedy (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) both recorded their first catches against Ursinus on Sept. 22. Montgomery now has three catches for 47 yards while Tweedy has four grabs for 33 yards.
TERROR TIDBITS: Joe Rollins has rushed for 586 yards in three career games against Gettysburg… Teams have scored 42 points off McDaniel turnovers this season… The Green Terror is 0-5 for the first time since 1986, when the squad went winless in Dale Sprague's first season at the helm… The Green Terror's three rushing touchdowns have been by three different players. None are by Joe Rollins… McDaniel has just three sacks this season after recording 81 over the last three years… Nick Valori (Treasure Island, Fla./Washington Twp. [N.J.]) is 10th all-time with 2,161 passing yards.
COACHES' CORNER: Mike Hoyt is in his first season at the helm of the Green Terror, entering today's game with an overall record of 0-5. He spent the last eight seasons as the defensive coordinator, culminating with being a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2011. In his first season at Albright, his defense went from allowing an average of 235.4 yards per game to 175.1 yards per contest, helping to guide Albright to an ECAC South Atlantic championship. His tenure as defensive coordinator was marked specifically by stout run defense, ranking in the top half of the Middle Atlantic Conference in rush defense, total defense and scoring defense in four of his last five seasons. His 2008 defense led the conference and ranked 33rd nationally, allowing just 16.9 points per games and appeared in the ECAC South Central Bowl… John Troxell is in his seventh season at Franklin & Marshall. He is 33-34, guiding the Diplomats to a 9-2 record and ECAC South Atlantic title in 2009 after back-to-back 4-6 records and a 3-7 inaugural season at the helm. Troxell took the reins following five seasons as an assistant coach at Lafayette, serving as video coordinator, running backs coach, recruiting coordinator and special teams coach for the 2004 and 2005 Patriot League champions.
THE WORD ON FRANKLIN & MARSHALL: The Diplomats enter today's game after the week off. Two weeks ago, Franklin & Marshall rallied to down Dickinson 36-28 to reclaim the Conestoga Wagon Trophy… Devin Hunter was the CC Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 47.8 yards on four punts in the game, including a 59-yarder. He placed two inside the 20-yard line… Franklin & Marshall outgained Dickinson 158-23 two weeks ago behind 95 yards rushing by Lamont Jackson… E.J. Schneider threw for 260 yards on 23-for-36 with a pair of touchdowns… Since dropping a 21-0 decision to Muhlenberg in Week Two, the Diplomats have outscored their opponents 121-94 during a three-game winning streak… Franklin & Marshall is third in the league in scoring offense, averaging 31.2 points per game… The Diplomats, however, are eighth in scoring defense, allowing an average of 28.6 points per game… Schneider is third in the CC in passing yards per game (234.0). Jordan Zackery – the league leader in receptions – has 42 grabs for 339 yards and four scores.