Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Warriors are "Bringing the Hammer"

Craig Needhammer with big pickup
Bringing the Hammer
Junior Craig Needhammer, despite not moving into the starting lineup for the Warriors until this year, has quietly begun to leave his mark on the program's career record book. He became the 13th player in school history to reach 1,500 career yards with his final rush against Wilkes and needs just 76 yards to pass Mike Santoleri (1979-82) for 12th. He also moved into the top 10 in school history in career touchdowns with 16 with his score against the Colonels. He is tied with Jared Morris (1999-02) and Kevin 'Flea' McVey (1976-78) in the category.

A Special Performance
The stat line for junior Tyler Jenny from Sept. 14 against Wilkes sounds like it was made up. He completed 20-of-21 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns in the 34-18 win. To put that into perspective, Boise State's Joe Southwick completed 27-of-29 for 287 yards against Air Force on Sept. 13 in the most accurate game in that program's history. Jenny, who has a program-record 60.8 career completion percentage, was the first Warrior quarterback to throw for 300 yards in a game since Colin Dwyer threw for 304 against King's in 2009. He also completed his last 14 passes, which spanned the final 45 minutes of the game.

Welcome Back, Bukasa
After missing the first game of the season with an injury, senior middle linebacker Kabongo Bukasa returned with a five-tackle effort in the win against Wilkes. Bukasa, the 2012 MAC Defensive Player of the Year, was placed on three Preseason All-American squads. The linebacker made his presence immediately felt, as he helped make a tackle on Wilkes' first offensive play and another tackle on Wilkes' first possession.

Wise's time
After assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Steve Wiser '74 became just the second football coach in MAC history to reach 200 career conference wins, he is closing in on another milestone. Since Wiser joined the program in 1970 as a linebacker, he has helped the Warriors win 296 games. As a player, he helped the team win nine games from 1970-73 and since 1974, he has helped win 287 as an assistant coach.
Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Steve Wiser (R)