The University of Arkansas at Monticello opens its 104th season of football this Thursday, September 1 on the road against Northwestern Oklahoma State.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Ranger Field in Alva, Oklahoma. The game can be heard on the UAM Sports Network at KHBM-FM 93.7 in Monticello and online at UAMsports.com. NWOSU will provide live streaming video and live statistics. All links to live coverage can be found at www.UAMsports.com/coverage.aspx.
UAM-NWOSU SERIES INFORMATION
Thursday’s matchup is the seventh all-time meeting between UAM and NWOSU on the football gridiron. Following last season’s 52-31 NWOSU win in the season opener, the series is deadlocked at 3-3, including a 1-1 tie in games played in Alva.
104TH SEASON OF UAM FOOTBALL
Throughout the first 103 years of UAM Football, the Weevils have a 43-58-4 record in season openers. The last win on opening day came in 2012, a 78-0 record-breaking win over College of Faith at home.
UAM PICKED 11TH IN GAC COACHES POLL
Following a 1-10 finish in 2016 and the departure of 15 starters, the Great American Conference coaches picked UAM to finish 11th out of 12 teams in the 2016 season. UAM is led by sixth-year head coach Hud Jackson, who is 14-40 in his first five seasons with the Weevils. Henderson State led the way in the GAC preseason poll with a unanimous first place nod, followed by Harding, Ouachita, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Southern Arkansas, Arkansas Tech, East Central, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Northwestern Oklahoma State, Oklahoma Baptist, UAM and Southern Nazarene.
72 NEWCOMERS, 35 RETURNING LETTERMEN
The 2016 roster consists of a sizeable core of returning letter winners and the largest recruiting class in school history. UAM inked over 40 on national signing day back in February, and added more throughout the spring and summer to bring the roster to nearly 120 student-athletes. Of the 35 returning letterman, six are returning starters, including All-GAC performers Jeremy Jackson (running back/return specialist) and Jalen Tollover (receiver).
SCOUTING THE RANGERS
NWOSU was picked ninth in the preseason coaches poll following a 3-8 finish last season. In contrast to UAM’s majority of newcomers, the Rangers have 90 players returning from the 2015 season, including all-conference Joby Saint Fleur, Devin Peyton and Jordan Norris. The Rangers are led by second-year head coach Matt Walter, who was the starting fullback on NWOSU’s NAIA national championship team in 1999.
Following Thursday’s season opener against NWOSU, the Weevils return to Monticello to host Southwestern Oklahoma State on September 10 in the first of six home games throughout the 2016 season.