TRUMAN HOSTS THE MINERS IN THE GLVC OPENER

Truman opens defense of its Great Lakes Valley Conference football title by hosting Missouri S&T in the Bulldogs’ home opener at a renovated Stokes Stadium on Saturday night. Both the ‘Dogs and Miners come into GLVC-opening weekend having dropped a pair of non-conference games.

Truman won in Rolla last year 44-20 despite a big night from Braxton Graham. The Miners junior receiver had 12 receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, Graham had over 1,700 all-purpose yards and currently ranks third in Division II receiving yards. Bulldog coach Gregg Nesbitt says Graham has the skill-set to go with his athleticism.



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Graham and senior Spencer Elrod have combined for over 6,000 all-purpose yards in their careers. Fifth-year quarterback Tyler Swart engineers the S&T passing game. His 731 yards through two weeks ranks third in the country. Miners coach Tyler Fenwick says the experience at those skill positions makes for a potent passing attack.



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The Bulldogs found a threat in their passing game last week in Jordan Jorgenson. With leading receiver Drew Slager out with an injury, Jorgenson caught 12 passes for 199 yards and two scores in a five-point loss at Morningside. Coach Nesbitt says Jorgenson took advantage of the opportunity and opened the eyes of the coaches.



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The Miners haven’t gotten a turnover in the first two games while giving six to West Florida and Northwood. Coach Fenwick says they can’t make those mistakes against Truman.



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The Miners are the oldest rival on the Truman schedule with a series that dates back to 1909 and most of the games in the MIAA. This will be the 80th installment. You can hear a broadcast of the game Saturday night on Superstation KRES and centralmoinfo.com starting with the Truman Tailgate at 6:10pm. Brad and Hank will have the call. This Family Night game will mark the debut of the new press box, turf, and track at Stokes Stadium.

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