Golden Eagles host Jacksonville State for 2008 Homecoming game Saturday
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- It's Homecoming for the Tennessee Tech
Golden Eagles, and Tech will host a Jacksonville State team that
was picked in the preseason to win the Ohio Valley Conference
Kickoff in Tucker Stadium is at 1:30 p.m., following the annual Homecoming Parade at 10:30 a.m. Regions Bank Tailgate Park opens at 10:30 a.m.
Single game tickets are on sale at the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center, or by calling (931) 372-3940. Tickets may also be ordered online at TTUsports.com.
The Gamecocks earned a lot of national attention during the summer when they added former LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux to the roster, and the speedy signal-caller has done a good job in directing the Gamecock offense.
Perrillouox ranks second in the OVC in passing yards per game (216.3) and third in passing efficiency. He is second in the league in total offense, averaging 248 yards per game, includluding 293 rushing yards, second in the OVC among quarterbacks behind Tennessee State's Antonio Heffner.
Perrilloux's favorite target had been receiver Maurice Dupree, who ranks first in the OVC with 743 yards and sixth in receptions with 42. He has nine touchdown catches. James Wilkerson has also been a popular receiver for Perrilloux, nabbing 28 passes for 452 yards and three TDs.
Daniel Jackson leads the JSU running game, gaining 603 yards to rank third in the league with 75.4 yards per game.
Both Dupree and Jackson have been all-purpose threats for coach Jack Crowe's team -- Dupree ranks third in the OVC with 147 yards per game while Jackson averages 92.5 per game.
On the defensive side, Alexander Henderson ranks fourth in the conference with 85 total tackles, an average of 10.6 per game, fitting him in the OVC charts right between Tech's Corey Reed (third with 11.1 tackles per game) and Maurice Smith (fifth with 10.4 per game).
As a team, JSU ranks third in the OVC in scoring (31.3 points per game) and second in scoring defense (22.3 ppg). The Gamecocks are second in total offense.
The Golden Eagles, meanwhile, have been their own worst enemy, ranking ninth in the league in turnover margin. Tech is eighth in both scoring offense (20.3 ppg) and scoring defense (34.1).
Quarterback Lee Sweeney ranks sixth in the league in passing and 10th in passing efficiency, and is listed sixth in total offense. Freshman wide receiver Tim Benford is second in the conference in receptions per game and fifth in receiving yards, coming into the contest with 55 catches for 658 yards and nine TD. The first-year wide receiver from Chattanooga is fifth in the OVC in scoring.
Henry Sailes (47 catches for 344 yards and two TDs), Colin Allen (21 catches for 347 yards and one TD0 and Antonio Robinson (20 catches for 252 yards) are also among Tech's receiving leaders.
Sailes tops tech's running game, picking up 433 yards with four touchdowns. Cedric Wilkerson has 288 yards.
Another highlight for the Golden Eagles this season has been the team's kickoff return talents. Freshman Dontey Gay ranks fourth in the OVC, averaging 24.2 yards per return. Sophomore Henry Sailes, who has an 87-yard return for a touchdown, actually has a higher average at 28.1 yards per carry, but is one return short of qualifying for the league charts. Freshman Tremaine Hudson is averaging 25 yards per return, giving the Golden Eagles three deep threats.
Freshman punter Nick Campbell has also been steady, ranking fifth in the league by averaging 39.4 yards per kick.
On defense, Reed ranks third and Smith fifth Smith in tackles. Smith is fifth in tackles-for-loss. Linebacker Charlie Seivers is fourth in the OVC in quarterback sacks and sixth in tackles-for-loss.