Samford prepares for SoCon matchup with Elon - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Samford prepares for SoCon matchup with Elon

Posted: Updated:
Samford head coach Pat Sullivan called Elon a dangerous football team despite their record. (abc3340.com) Samford head coach Pat Sullivan called Elon a dangerous football team despite their record. (abc3340.com)

The Samford football team practiced for about two hours in full pads Tuesday afternoon at Seibert Stadium. The Bulldogs began working on their game plan for Saturday's Southern Conference game at Elon.
 
Samford (6-3, 4-3 SoCon) is coming off a 24-17 double-overtime win over sixth-ranked Wofford. Elon (3-6, 1-5 SoCon) played at The Citadel last week, falling to the Bulldogs, 38-24.
 
The game will be an adjustment for the Samford defense. Last week's opponent Wofford, averages 372.9 rushing yards per game, the second-highest average in the SoCon, while Elon leads the league in passing offense, averaging 300.4 passing yards per contest.
 
"I think Wofford threw the ball seven times last week and Elon will probably throw it seven times in the first series or two," Samford head coach Pat Sullivan said. "At this time of year, you have faced teams that have done both, but now we have to get back into the mode of an up-tempo ballgame."
 
Elon's Thomas Wilson is the top passer in the SoCon, averaging 291.9 passing yards per game. Elon receiver Aaron Mellette leads the league in receptions per game (8.7) and receiving yards per game (123.3).
 
"We're facing a dangerous football team," Sullivan said. "Their record is not as good as the quality of team that they are. You start on offense with Mellette, and he would have been an NFL player but he decided to come back for his senior season. Wilson, their quarterback is a good player, and they can score. The difference in the game last year was we were able to get six turnovers."
 
Sullivan said he thought his team had a good day of practice on Tuesday.
 
"They've come to practice today with a great attitude," Sullivan said. "They want to get better, and we still haven't played our best game yet, and we have to work to do that."
 
The Bulldogs will practice again Wednesday. The practice is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at Seibert Stadium.

From SamfordSports.com

  • UAB SportsMore>>

  • Fans ready for start of football season

    Fans ready for start of football season

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-08-28 11:45:46 GMT
    For some people, tonight is just as exciting as Christmas Eve! Thursday kicks off the college football season. Many fans have been counting down the days.More >>
    For some people, tonight is just as exciting as Christmas Eve! Thursday kicks off the college football season. Many fans have been counting down the days.
    More >>
  • UAB names Cody Clements starting quarterback vs Troy

    UAB names Cody Clements starting quarterback vs Troy

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-08-26 19:13:29 GMT
    UAB will open the season with Cody Clements at quarterback. Clements, a junior college transfer from Cerritos College in California, beat out redshirt freshman Jeremiah Briscoe for the starting job.More >>
    UAB will open the season with Cody Clements at quarterback. Clements, a junior college transfer from Cerritos College in California, beat out redshirt freshman Jeremiah Briscoe for the starting job.More >>
  • UAB guard Chad Frazier granted his release from basketball program

    UAB guard Chad Frazier granted his release from basketball program

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:12:02 GMT
    The leading scorer on the UAB basketball team is leaving the program. Guard Chad Frazier was granted his release and will not return."Chad Frazier has been granted his release from our program," head coach Jerod Haase said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions to our program and wish him the best." Frazier, a first team All-Conference USA selection, was arrested last month and charged with third degree domestic violence. The case was later dismissed.Frazier played one season at UAB...More >>
    The leading scorer on the UAB basketball team is leaving the program. Guard Chad Frazier was granted his release and will not return."Chad Frazier has been granted his release from our program," head coach Jerod Haase said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions to our program and wish him the best." Frazier, a first team All-Conference USA selection, was arrested last month and charged with third degree domestic violence. The case was later dismissed.Frazier played one season at UAB...More >>
  • All other Local CollegesMore>>

  • Samford coach Pat Sullivan will not travel with team to TCU

    Samford coach Pat Sullivan will not travel with team to TCU

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:59:15 GMT
    Samford football coach Pat Sullivan will miss Saturday's season opener against TCU. The school announced that Sullivan has been advised against traveling by doctors while he recovers from offseason surgery."Unfortunately I will not be able to make the trip with my Samford team this weekend for our game against TCU," Sullivan said in a statement released through the school. "My doctors have advised me not to travel at this time due to a complication from a surgery earlier this year. We have an...More >>
    Samford football coach Pat Sullivan will miss Saturday's season opener against TCU. The school announced that Sullivan has been advised against traveling by doctors while he recovers from offseason surgery."Unfortunately I will not be able to make the trip with my Samford team this weekend for our game against TCU," Sullivan said in a statement released through the school. "My doctors have advised me not to travel at this time due to a complication from a surgery earlier this year. We have an...More >>
  • No. 8 Michigan State readies defense for opener against JSU

    No. 8 Michigan State readies defense for opener against JSU

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:54:33 GMT
    Mark Dantonio cares more about how Michigan State plays than how many plays Jacksonville State can run with its fast-tempo offense in Friday's season opener for both teams.More >>
    Mark Dantonio cares more about how Michigan State plays than how many plays Jacksonville State can run with its fast-tempo offense in Friday's season opener for both teams.
    More >>
  • TCU to play both QBs in opener against Samford

    TCU to play both QBs in opener against Samford

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:45 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:45:15 GMT
    Trevone Boykin is in the same position he was last year with TCU, again part of the unanswered question of who will be the starting quarterback only days before the season opener against Samford.More >>
    Trevone Boykin is in the same position he was last year with TCU, again part of the unanswered question of who will be the starting quarterback only days before the season opener against Samford.
    More >>