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OPENING KICKOFF: Today's Centennial Conference (CC) game marks the 37th meeting between McDaniel (1-2, 1-1 CC) and Ursinus (3-0, 2-0 CC) in a series that dates back to 1976. The Bears have won the last seven meetings but the Green Terror leads the all-time series, 24-12-1.
WHEN LAST WE MET: Ursinus scored the first 10 and last 14 points of the game to bookend a 40-21 CC victory over McDaniel last season. Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) amassed a career-best 362 all-purpose yards to lead the Green Terror, running for 223 yards on 15 carries and recording another 139 on four kickoff returns. Chris Curran threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bears, who outgained McDaniel 435-415 on the day but held a 303-132 advantage at halftime.
LAST TIME OUT: Muhlenberg scored on its second offensive play en route to a 58-0 CC victory over McDaniel last Saturday. Joe Rollins led the Green Terror with his third 100-yard rushing game of the season, running for 123 yards on 21 carries. He also caught three passes for eight yards and returned three kickoffs for 91 yards to amass 222 all-purpose yards. The Mules rolled up 505 yards of total yards on offense, including 264 yards passing by Nick Palladino, completing 23 of 29 attempts. He also ran for 70 yards while Thomas DiCarlo added 86 rushing yards.
WITH HONORS: Brett Haas (Laurel, Md./Atholton) was named to the CC Weekly Honor Roll last week. Haas earned the special teams nod after punting the ball six times for a total of 250 yards to average 41/7 yards per punt. He unfurled three punts of 50-plus yards.
LEADING THE WAY: Mike Cousar (Easton, Pa./Easton Area), Derrick Miles (Glen Mills, Pa./Bayard Rustin), Mike Oliveto (Robesonia, Pa./Conrad Weiser), Joe Rollins and Pat Tighe (Point Pleasant Beach, N.J./Point Pleasant Beach) will captain the squad in 2013. All five are first-time captains and mark the most since 2009.
BOOTING IT: Brett Haas may have had the best day of any Green Terror player last Saturday. The sophomore punter averaged a career-best 41.7 yards on his six punts. After his first two punts traveled a combined 60 yards (32 and 28, respectively), he unfurled three punts of 50-plus yards. He entered the game with just one punt of more than 50 yards – a 56-yarded in his debut at Catholic last season. His third punt of the day traveled 51 yards before his next punt was blocked. The next two punts off Haas' right foot boomed for 50 and 54 yards before he finished the day with a 35-yarder.
MANY HAPPY RETURNS: So far in 2013, opponents have done their best to keep kickoffs away from senior return specialist Joe Rollins. However, last week at Muhlenberg, Rollins was still able to get his hands on three kickoffs, racking up 91 returns yards in the process. For the season, he now has five returns for 112 yards, averaging 22.4 yards per return. Seven other Green Terror players have taken a kickoff return, returning 14 kicks for a total of 182 – a 13.0-yard-per-return average.
RETURN TO SENDER?: In week three of the season, McDaniel did not have an opportunity to return a punt. However, the only difference between last Saturday and the first two weeks of the season was the lack of an opportunity to return punts. The Green Terror still does not have a single yard in the punt return game. Only once has a McDaniel returner even attempted a return. Opponents have punted 11 times. Of the 10 non-attempt at returns, three were fair caught and the rest either went out of bounds or were touched down by the kicking team.
ROLLINS ALONG: Joe Rollins ran for another 123 yards last Saturday to notch his third 100-yard rushing game of the season. The senior leads the CC with 460 yards through the first three games of the season. He is also seventh in all of Division III in rushing yards. His 209.0 all-purpose yards ranks eighth in Division III. For his career, he now has 3,727 rushing yards and enters this week's game trailing Eric Frees '92 by 1,554 yards for the program record.
PICKING IT: In addition to leading the team with 30 tackles this season, Mike Cousar also has both of the Green Terror interceptions this season, picking off a pass in each of the last two games. However, those specific efforts on defense have not had the opportunity to lead to any points. Against Moravian, he intercepted a pass in the final 20 seconds of the game to seal the victory and allow the offense to lineup in victory formation for one play. Against Muhlenberg, his interception came in the final 10 seconds of the first half, an – after a 33-yard return – time expired, not allowing the offense even a single snap. Those are McDaniel's only two takeaways this season while the offense has turned the ball over nine times. Despite the minus-7 turnover margin, the Green Terror defense has only allowed 14 points to be scored off the nine turnovers.
YOUTH MOVEMENT: The Green Terror will enter the regular season with a roster of 96 players. Of those 99 players, 64 are either freshmen or sophomores. McDaniel will have a freshman class of 41 in 2013 – by far its largest class on the roster.
TERROR TIDBITS: Joe Rollins notched his 18th 100-yard rushing game. The only Green Terror player with more in program history is all-time leading rusher Eric Frees (28)… Last Saturday's 58-0 loss was the worst in program history since falling 66-0 at Wake Forest on Oct. 21, 1939… McDaniel has not scored in its last six quarters… The Green Terror is the most penalized team in the league (23) and has drawn the second most flags in the CC (21).
COACHES' CORNER: Mike Hoyt is in his second season at the helm of the Green Terror, entering today's game with an overall record of 1-12 after picking up his first win on Sept. 14 – a 21-14 victory over Moravian. He spent the previous 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… Peter Gallagher is in his 13th season at Ursinus. He has posted a 63-62 mark at the helm of the Bears, including a 6-4 record in his first season (2001), marking the first time an Ursinus coach registered a winning season in his first year. In 2006, Gallagher added offensive coordinator to his duties and recorded the most successful campaign in his tenure at 8-3. In 2010, he guided the Bears to a share of the Centennial Conference title. Prior to his arrival in Collegeville, he served as the defensive coordinator at the University of Rochester in addition to successful stints at Dartmouth, Wagner and Georgetown.
THE WORD ON URSINUS: The Bears enter today's game off a 20-9 victory over Franklin & Marshall last Saturday… The Diplomats jumped out to a 9-0 lead before Ursinus drew within 9-6 at the break on the first of two Chris Curran touchdown runs. The Bears outscored Franklin & Marshall 14-0 after the intermission, including Curran breaking off a 57-yard run with 7:28 to play… Ursinus finished the game with a 404-279 advantage in total offensive, including outgaining the Diplomats 215-86 on the ground… Jason Golderer ran for 118 yards on 30 carries while Curran added another 82 yards on 11 runs… Golderer ranks second in the conference in rushing with 408 yards on a CC-high 93 carries. He is tied for third in the conference with four rushing touchdowns… Jerry Rahill has 15 receptions for 177 yards while Josh Williams has caught nine balls for 229 yards.