Trinity Bible at Saint Mary
Record: Trinity Bible (0-0), Saint Mary (0-0)
About Trinity Bible College: Trinity Bible College Lions finished the 2016 campaign with a 4-7 overall record with a 2-3 record both home and away. Trinity Bible averaged 270.1 yards per game with 198 rush yards per game and 72.1 pass yards per game. Trinity Bible allowed on the defensive side 384.4 yards per game with 195.2 rushing yards and 189.2 passing yards allowed per game. Trinity also allowed an average of 36 points per game. Trinity Bible returns 4 players named to the 2016 All-NCCAA Team; David Steeves (DL), Jeremy Hill (RB), Nate Coffman (OL) and Jaquan McCorkie (LB).
David Steeves was the only Lion named 1st Team having 53 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Jeremy Hill rushed for 1,079 total yards with 8 touchdowns. Hill averaged 98 YPG and 5.6 yards per rush. Nate Coffman started all 11 games and was the most consistent lineman the Lions had all last year. Jaquan McCorkie was the Lion's second leading tackler with 72 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick.
About University of Saint Mary: USM finished with an overall record of 8-3 with a 7-2 record in the KCAC. USM was 4-1 at home and 4-2 away. USM in 11 games averaged 313.5 yards per game while passing for an average of 160.6 YPG and rushing for 152.9 YPG. The Spires are led by WR Isai Fernandez and a tough defense of Andrew Kump and Dwain Taylor. Coach Osbourne was also named KCAC Coach of the Year in 2016.
Isai Fernandez was tied for second on the team with 20 receptions gaining 320 yards, also leading the team with five touchdowns. He had over 16 yards per catch while gaining 35.6 yards per game. On the defensive side, Andrew Kump brings to the team 20 solo tackles while assisting on 30. He had five tackles for loss, averaging 24.5 yards per tackle per loss. Andrew had one sack for 10 yards. Dwain Taylor had 18 solo tackles, assisting on 15 tackles. He had six tackles for loss, averaging 32 yards per tackle for loss. Dwain as well, had one sack for 16 yards.
History: USM beat Trinity Bible College in the home opener for TBC in 2016 in a rout by USM, 34-0.
(20) Kansas Wesleyan at Olivet Nazarene
Record: (20) Kansas Wesleyan (0-0), Olivet Nazarene (0-0)
About Kansas Wesleyan: Kansas Wesleyan finished their 2016-17 season with a stellar 9-2 record and a 7-2 record in the KCAC. The Coyote's went undefeated at home with a 5-0 record and had a 4-2 record away. The Coyotes rushed for 1,947 yards in the season, averaging 222.5 yards per game with an average of 2.8 rushing touchdowns per game. The Coyotes passed for 2,484 yards with an average of 206.1 yards per game. The Coyotes averaged two passing touchdowns per game. The Coyotes caught 2,484 yards last season, while averaging 225.8 receiving yards per game.
The Coyotes return 60 players from last year including 10 players on offense and 10 players on defense. Offensively, the Coyotes return starting quarterback Wesley Geisler and All-KCAC Preseason utility player Kelly Cordova. KWU also returns Demarco Prewitt, who rushed for 662 yards and 13 touchdowns. Prewitt led the KCAC in rushing touchdowns last year as a freshman. The Coyotes return every player on the line offensively as well.
About Olivet Nazarene University: Olivet Nazarene finished their 2016-17 campaign with a 4-7 record. Olivet Nazarene finished 2-3 at home and finished with a 2-4 record away. Olivet scored 20.5 points per game in 2016 while letting their opponents score 30.9 points per game. Olivet rushed for 1,390 yards in the season averaging 126.4 rushing yards per game. Olivet had an average of 3.5 yards per rush. Olivet threw for over 2,357 yards in the season while averaging 214.3 yards per game. Olivet had an average of 13.1 yards per catch. Olivet's total offense in the season was 3,747 and averaged 340.5 yards per game.
Olivet had seven players named to the 2016 Mid-States Football Association All-Midwest League Team, two offensive, two defensive and three honorable mentions. Rashaan Gaymon started all 11 games, leading the team with 47 catches and 802 yards. Sebastian Swift started six games but ended the season early because of injury but still had 70 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one interception and one sack. Caleb Coe finished with team and career high 121 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one interception, two sacks, one forced fumble and recovery and a blocked kick. He was third in the conference for tackles in a game (11).