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Dayton Flyers Football travels to Iowa to take on Drake Bulldogs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flyers Aiming To Move Into Second Place In The PFL

 

DAYTON — The University of Dayton Flyers go on the road for the final time in 2019, when they travel to Drake.  UD comes to the game tied for third in the Pioneer Football League with a 4-2 record.   Drake is second at 5-1.

 

Dayton’s overall 6-3 record has clinched its 41st winning season in the last 43 years.

 

UD has the highest-scoring offense in FCS football, averaging 41.2 points a game.  Quarterback Jack Cook leads FCS in points responsible for per game (25.3), running back/kick returner Jake Chisholm leads in all-purpose yardage per game (202.4) and safety Brandon Easterling continues to lead FCS football in tackles (12.6 per game)

 

UD’s other safety, Matthew Clifford, is this week’s PFL Defensive Player of the Week.

GOOD NEWS WORTH REPEATING

The Flyers entered the season with the fifth-best winning percentage (.733, 154-56) in FCS football since 2000 AND have produced the most football Academic All-Americans (31) at any level of competition in the same time frame.  The top five in winning percentage are North Dakota State (.792), Harvard (.772), Montana (.744), San Diego (.742) and Dayton (.733).

 

STREAKING

UD has not been shut out in a school-record 485 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976. That is also the all-time FCS record.

 

PFL POWER

• The Pioneer Football League is in its 27th season.  The original (and now the only) Division I strictly need-based football league began with charter members Butler, Dayton, Drake, Evansville, San Diego and Valparaiso.

• UD’s 123-42 record is the best in PFL history.

• The Flyers’ 12 league championships are more than any other PFL team.

 

THE MAN AT THE TOP

• Rick Chamberlin is now in his 12th season in charge of Flyer football. His record is 91-41.

• He is third all-time in wins at UD, behind two College Football Hall of Fame members– Mike Kelly (246 wins) and Harry Baujan (124).

• After coaching the Flyers to the FCS playoffs in 2015, Chamberlin was named the 2015 AFCA District Coach of the Year and the PFL Coach of the Year.  He was the school’s first AFCA District Coach of the Year, and his PFL honor was the ninth for a Dayton coach.

• Chamberlin is also in his 45th season as part of the Flyer football program.  A Flyer All-American linebacker in his playing days, he has been a part of 385 of UD’s 685 wins – 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 91 as a head coach.  He has also been a part of 502 of UD’s 1,036 games.

 

THE MAN AT THE TOP IN THE PFL

• Rick Chamberlin is the winningest coach in Pioneer Football League history, with 68 wins.

• No other PFL coaches have 60 league wins.

 

TRAUT FISHING IN AMERICA

• Adam Trautman is the first Dayton player since Gary Kosins in 1972 to receive and invitation to play in the Senior Bowl postseason college all-star game.

• Trautman will be the sixth Flyer to play in in the Senior Bowl.  The other five are tight end Fred Dugan (1958), linebacker Email Karas (1959), center Bob DeMarco (1961), center Leo Dillon (1971) and running back Gary Kosins (1972).

• The Flyer co-captain broke two Flyer records in the Jacksonville win and added a third the next week at Valparaiso.

• His first reception vs. JU was a 17-yard touchdown from quarterback Jack Cook that gave Trautman sole possession of the Dayton career receptions record.  Trautman entered the game tied with Bill Franks for 133 receptions.  Interestingly, Jacksonville was UD’s annual Alumni Game and Franks was in attendance.  Trautman currently has 160.

• The Flyer tight end’s final catch of the day was a 34-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter that was his fourth TD of the Jacksonville game, giving him the Flyer single-game record for touchdown receptions.  It was also the last time he was targeted with a pass, as UD led 35-14 at halftime and threw just three passes in the second half. For the day, he had six catches for 107 yards.

• At Valparaiso, his three TD catches lifted him to 26 receiving scores, breaking the Dayton record.  He now has 30.

• His 13 touchdown catches are also a Flyer single-season record.

• For the season, Trautman has 57 receptions for 755 yards (13.2 yards per catch) and 13 touchdowns.  He leads the PFL in receiving TDs (13), and is second in receptions per game (6.3) yards per game (83.9).  He is third in scoring (8.7).

• In FCS football, he is the top-ranked tight end in all four categories.  Overall, he is tied for second, 18th, 33rd and 19th.

• He is two catches from the UD single season record for catches by a TE (59, Matt Champa, 2007).

 

UP AND…

• Adam Trautman was named a Preseason All-America Tight End by two different media outlets this year.  Phil Steele’s College Football has him on the second team, while STATS has him on the third team.

• STATS has also named him to the Walter Payton Award Watch List (the Payton Award goes to the top FCS offensive player).

• Phil Steele’s College Football projects him to be the PFL Offensive Player of the Year.

• He opened 2019 with a career-high 11 catches (third-best ever for UD) for 132 yards at Indiana State.

• His team-leading 57 catches this year are 19 more than anyone else on the team.

• Last year, Trautman led UD in receptions (41) and TD catches (9).  He had a 14.7 yards per catch average.

• In 2017, he led Dayton in receptions with 43 (12.5 yards per catch).

• He was third on the team in receptions with 24 (9.9 avg.) in 2016.

• Those 24 catches were more than the previous freshman record (18), but Ryan Skibinski was in the process of setting a new record with 40.

• Trautman lined up at tight end, slot receiver, flanker and even as a wildcat QB in 2016.

• His Elk Rapids (Michigan) high school team had 18 players on it his junior year, and 21 in his senior season.

 

RECORD COOK

• Jack Cook joined in on the record parade in the Jacksonville win, throwing for a Dayton record six TD’s.

• Cook was 13 of 16 passing for 198 yards in the Jacksonville win.  His passer efficiency rating was a remarkable 308.95 (roughly double what a normal “solid” rating would be).  Both the rating and touchdowns are the second-most this season in FCS football.

• He was the CFPA FCS Performer of the Week.

• Records are nothing new for Cook.  He had two record-breaking days last season.  At San Diego, Cook threw for a UD-record 432 yards (29 of 40, .725) and had a hand in all five Flyer TD’s (4 passing, 1 rushing).

• At Butler, he tied his current position coach, Kevin Hoyng, for the then-UD record for touchdown passes in a game (5).  Cook completed 16 of 19 passes for 254 yards.

 

COOKIN’

• Jack Cook was 21 of 29 passing (.724), for 251 yards and two TDs in the win over 14th-ranked Indiana State.  He also ran 13 times for 52 yards and two more scores.

• With the score tied in the fourth quarter, Cook engineered a 10-play, 85-yard drive for the winning touchdown.  He completed all four of his passes on the drive for 48 yards. Each of his runs in the drive resulted in a first down.

• He was named the PFL Player of the Week.

• For the season, Cook is 158 of 258 passing (.612) for 2,231 yards and 29 touchdowns.

• Among active FCS quarterbacks, Cook is second in career passing efficiency (161.05), behind San Diego’s Reid Sinnett (168.23).

 

HITTING THE SLOPES

• Ryan Skibinski is second on the team with 38 catches (17.2 avg.) with seven TDs.

• He had touchdowns on his first three touches at Morehead State.  He caught two passes for 61 yards and two TD at Morehead.

• In the Marist win, Skibinski had four catches for 125 yards and a TD.

• Ski had a season-high seven catches (all in the second half) for 117 yards against USD.

• He was second on the team in receiving with 33 catches (15.1 avg.) in 2018.

• He led UD with a Flyer freshman-record 40 receptions in 2016.

 

1-2 PUNCH

• Both Adam Trautman and Ryan Skibinski are 1-2 in career receptions at Dayton.

• Bill Franks entered the year with sole possession of the record of 133 catches from 1988-91.

• Trautman now has it, with 165.

• Skibinski has 140. No wideout has caught more passes in UD football history than Skibinski.

• (Full disclosure, the title of this note is not accurate.  While Adam Trautman is the tallest player on the team, Ryan Skibinski is nowhere close to being the shortest player.)

 

 

 

NO BUTZ

• Kyle Butz is UD’s Special Teams captain this season, after leading the PFL in punt returns (11.9) last year.

• He currently leads the PFL (16.2), and would be seventh in FCS, but is one play shy of qualifying.

• Butz had two returns for 84 yards vs. Marist.

• Butz’s value is not just the yardage he gains on returns, but what he prevents by getting to bouncing punts before they roll past.

• He was third for the Flyers in receiving with 27 catches for a 12.6 average in 2018.

• Butz had three receptions for 25 yards in the win over 14th-ranked Indiana State.

• He caught three for 65 yards and a touchdown against Duquesne.

• Butz had four for 60 against San Diego.

• He is third on the team with 17 catches, and averages 15.2 yards per catch this season.

• He missed the Stetson game with an injury.

 

TO SERVE AND PROTECT

• The Dayton offensive line is third in FCS for TFLs allowed (3.8 per game).

• The Flyer O-line has allowed 10 sacks in 2019.

• Offensive guard Michael Niese was UD’s Offensive Player of the Week at RMU and USD.

• Offensive tackle Justin Karem was Offensive Player of the Week at Valparaiso.

 

CHISHOLM TRAIL

• In his second career start, Jake Chisholm had 35 carries for 268 yards and two touchdowns in the win at Morehead State.

• That was the second-most in a single game in UD history, behind Connor Kacsor’s 301 yards vs. the Georgetown Hoyas in 2014.

• It’s also the most this season in the PFL, and third-most in FCS football this year.

• He had his first career 100-yard rushing game against Jacksonville with 101 yards on just 10 carries (79 in the second half).

• In his first career start against San Diego, he had career highs in yards (117) and carries (17), with four receptions for 65 yards.

• For the season, he has 670 yards on 91 attempts (PFL-high 7.4 yards per carry).  He leads the team and third the PFL in rushing.

• He had 151 yards vs. Marist (9.4 avg.).

• He leads FCS in all-purpose yardage (202.4).

• He averages 25.4 yards per kick return.  That is third in the PFL.

• He returned four kickoffs with a 36.2 yard average at Indiana State.  He also had seven carries for 43 yards at ISU.

• Chisholm’s 97-yard TD return in the Duquesne game was Dayton’s first since Cameron Stubbs’ 94-yard return against Marist in 2016, and UD’s longest since Gary Hunter’s 100-yard return in 2012.

• He was named PFL Special Teams Player of the Week after Duquesne. He also had six carries for 34 yards and caught a TD pass.

EASTER BONNET

•Brandon Easterling leads FCS football in tackles per game (12.6), and is second in solo tackles (7.2) and fumbles recovered (3).

• He had 19 tackles against Duquesne.

• Those 19 tackles are the most by a Dayton player since James Vercammen had 19 at San Diego in 2009.

• Easterling was UD’s top tackler at ISU, putting his hat on 13 Sycamores (5 solo).  He also had a pass broken up.

• At Robert Morris, he led again with 11 tackles and nine solo hits.

• After 19 vs. Duquesne, he had 16 vs. Jacksonville.

• Easterling “only” had 10 at Valparaiso.  It was the first time he did not lead the Flyers in tackles, but he did have an interception.

• At Stetson, he had 13 hits (11 solo) with a pass interception and fumble recovery.

• In the Morehead win, he had 14 hits (seven solo) and two PBU.

 

ZACH ATTACK

• Redshirt freshman Flyer Zach Rumpke was an unexpected hero in UD’s win at Indiana State.

•Playing in his first college game and subbing in for injured senior captain Andrew Lutgens, Rumpke had eight tackles and the game-clinching interception with 18 seconds left.

• He is second on the team in tackles (56) and sacks (2.0).  He leads UD in TFL (5.0) and is one of four players with two interceptions, and one of four with three PBU.

SLAMMIN‘ SAMMY

• True freshman Sam Webster has made an immediate impact in the UD kicking game.

• He was 6-for-6 in PAT’s in his college debut at 14th-ranked Indiana State.

• At Robert Morris, his very first college field goal was a 53-yarder that was the third-longest in Flyer history, the longest by a freshman, and the second-longest so far in 2019.

• He scored 10 points in the three-point win at RMU, and was named PFL Special Teams Player of the Week.

• For the season, Webster is 4-for-4 on field goals, 47-for-48 on PATs, and 23 of his 33 kickoffs have been touchbacks.

 

UP NEXT

• Dayton returns for the season finale against Butler on Saturday, Nov. 23.

• The Senior Day kickoff is slated for 1 p.m., ET.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

 

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