Southeast Missouri football has a saying this year: Brick by Brick.
As any builder will tell you, a good building starts with a solid foundation. Tonight, we’ll start to see how strong SEMO’s is.
There’s not just a new saying in Cape Girardeau — there’s a new coach, new scheme, and a “team council.” Starting with the coach, Tom Matukewicz takes the Redhawks helm, his first ever head coaching job. He comes to the Redhawks after spending two years as the defensive coordinator at Toledo. He’s brings with him a 3-4 defense, a change from 4-3 last year, and a pro-style offense, moving from the option attack that SEMO struggled with previously.
Despite all the changes, expectations outside the program remain low: SEMO is picked the finish eighth in the league, ahead of only Austin Peay.
One position that’s not changing, somewhat surprisingly, is quarterback. Kyle Snyder will once again start under center, beating out Central Michigan transfer Alex Niznak for the starting role. Snyder, who split time last season with Scott Lathrop a year ago, completed just 46% of his passes, throwing for 617 yards in seven games last season. Snyder is also a former MAC player, transferring to SEMO from Ohio University.
Snyder, though, may not be the key cog in the Redhawks offense. Southeast junior DeMichael Jackson was selected to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards Running Back Award Watch List, and is coming off a 1,000 yard rushing season.
We know nothing about SEMO’s opponent, Missouri Baptist, and that’s not for a lack of research. It’s because this year marks the first ever year for the Missouri Baptist football program.
One note if you’re heading to the game: You can bring a factory sealed bottle of water to the game, due to the high temperatures.