The University of Arkansas at Monticello opens its 107th season of football this Thursday, September 5 at home against Arkansas Tech.

The game is set to kickoff at 6 p.m. at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium on the UAM campus. Thursday’s game has been dubbed a “Black Out” with fans encouraged to wear black apparel to the game. The first 250 UAM students into the stadium will receive a free black t-shirt.

Throughout the first 106 years of UAM football, the Weevils have a 43-61-4 record in season openers. The last win on opening day came in the 2012 season when UAM defeated College of Faith (Tennessee) 78-0. In home openers, UAM has a 49-45-5 all-time record, including last year’s 44-36 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State.

The preseason Great American Conference poll has UAM picked to finish fifth this year after the Weevils concluded the 2018 season with a 6-6 record (6-5 GAC) and a 5th place finish in the final Great American Conference standings. The Weevils picked up wins over Northwestern Oklahoma State, Southern Nazarene, Oklahoma Baptist, Henderson, Southern Arkansas, and a 34-16 win over Arkansas Tech.

UAM returns 16 starters, including tight end DeAndre Washington. Washington returns for his junior season after his 700 receiving yards and seven scores earned him All-America honors.

Caleb Canady, 6-1, 178, takes over at quarterback after Cole Sears graduated. The Morrilton native played in three games last year completing 5 of 9 passes for 100 yards and scored two touchdowns.

UAM head coach Hud Jackson (29-59 at UAM) begins his ninth season. Listen to a GAC interview with Coach Jackson.

Arkansas Tech, picked in the Great American Conference preseason poll to finish eighth, posted a 3-8 record last year, including the 34-16 loss to UAM. Arkansas Tech holds an all-time 45-27-3 advantage in the series, with UAM winning the last two.

Kyle Shipp, the former offensive coordinator at UAM, is beginning his first season as head coach for the Wonder Boys. Listen to GAC interview with Coach Shipp

The game will be streamed live. It will also be broadcast on KHBM-FM 93.7 in Monticello.