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.
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.
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.
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.
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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