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Dayton Flyers Football to honor seniors today as Marist Red Foxes visit at 1:00

Football Hosts Marist On Senior Day

19 Seniors & Their Families Will Be Recognized Saturday

DAYTON –

The University of Dayton football team, 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the Pioneer Football League, plays its final regular season home game of 2017 on Saturday.  UD hosts Marist, who is 3-5 and 2-3.   Game time is 1:00 p.m. ET.

 

The Marist game is UD’s Senior Day.  The Flyers’ 19-man senior class  — Najm Babatunde, Jack Crain, Jack Euritt, Peter Garvin, Jim Hammontree, Wes Hegemann, Alex Jeske, Alex Kenner, Gus Madden, Kevin Maloney, Nate Marotta, Andrew McCormick, Griffin O’Gara, Mike Ruffolo, Christian Searles, Michael Sernus, Matt Tunnacliffe and Tucker Yinger — will be recognized before the game, and at halftime, one of them will be named the winner of the Lt. Andy Zulli Trophy, a character-driven award that is the most prestigious at UD.

 

Dayton coach Rick Chamberlin is in his 10th season as UD’s head coach. With the win at Drake, he became the winningest coach in PFL history.  He now has 58 PFL wins.

 

Jeske, Crain and Surges are the Flyer football captains this year.  Searles, an All-America kick returner, is UD’s special teams captain.

 

Saturday’s game is also UD’s Military Appreciation Game.

GOOD NEWS WORTH REPEATING

The Flyers entered the season with the third-best winning percentage (.761, 143-45) in FCS football since 2000 AND have produced the most football Academic All-Americans (26) at any level of competition in the same time frame.  The top five in winning percentage are Harvard (.799), North Dakota State (.761), Dayton (.757), Montana (.755), and San Diego (.719).

 

STREAKING

UD has not been shut out in a school-record 463 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 25th 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 113-36 record is the best in PFL history.

 

SCOUTING THE RED FOXES

• Marist comes to Dayton after a “bye week.”   Marist has won its last four games coming off a bye week.  The Red Foxes have lost their last three games.

• Marist is led by four captains — running back Marcellus Calhoun, linebacker Ruben Avalos, safety Wes Beans and quarterback Mike White.

• Calhoun leads the team in rushing (377 yards) and touchdowns (4).

• Beans and Avalos are 1-2 in tackles for Marist (56 and 42 respectively).  Beans is also tops in solo hits (33) and passes broken up (3).  Avalos fills the stat sheet with 3.5 TFL, one sack, 1 fumble forced and one fumble recovered.

• White is Marist’s career leader in passing yards and completions with 25 career starts under his belt.  This season, he is 147 of 280 passing (.563) for 1,635 yards. He has thrown nine TD passes to six different receivers.

• White’s favorite target is wideout Juston Christian, who leads the PFL in receptions (5.8) and is second in receiving yards per game (88.4).

• Marist has been outscored 73-10 in the first quarter this season, but is outscoring opponents 72-51 in the fourth.

 

THE MAN AT THE TOP

• Rick Chamberlin is now in his tenth season in charge of the Flyer football program. His record is 78-32.

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

• Chamberlin is also in his 43rd season as part of the Flyer football program.  A Flyer All-American linebacker in his playing days, he has been a part of 372 of UD’s 662 wins – 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 78 as a head coach.  He has also been a part of 480 of UD’s 1,065 games.

 

THE MAN AT THE TOP IN THE PFL

• Rick Chamberlin is the winningest coach in Pioneer Football League history, with 58 wins.

• He entered the season tied with his predecessor, Mike Kelly with 55.

• No other PFL coaches have 50 league wins.

 

SEARLES A PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

• Senior cornerback Christian Searles was named Second Team All-America cornerback by College Sports Madness.

• Searles is two-time First Team All-PFL.

• In 2016, he was tied for second in the PFL in interceptions (5) and was third in passes defended (16). The two-time First Team All-PFL cornerback was in on 36 tackles, with 25 of the solo variety.  His three interceptions at Jacksonville last year tied the Flyer single-game record.

• An outstanding kick returner as well (he has a 9.8 career punt return average and leads the PFL in kickoff returns average — 24.2), he is this year’s Special Teams Captain.

• He was named PFL Special Teams POtW after a 71-yd. punt return TD vs. Duquesne.

• Remarkably, Searles leads UD this season with 10 passes broken up.  (Remarkable because of how few passes are being thrown to his side of the field.)

 

JUST IN TIME JESKE

• Two-year starting quarterback Alex Jeske suffered a broken foot before camp and did not play until Drake.

• He was 12 of 22 for 197 yards in his season debut. Against Campbell, he was 27 of 48 passes for 228 yards.  At Davidson, he was 15 of 22 for 223 yards with two touchdowns.  In the Butler win, he was 13 of 27 passing (172 yards) and was UD’s leading rusher with 69 yards on the ground.

• The 48 pass attempts were a career high and the 27 completions matched his career high.

• Jeske took over as the Flyer QB as a redshirt freshman and guided the Flyers to 10 straight wins, a PFL championship and UD’s first-ever appearance in the FCS playoffs.

• He followed that up with an MVP season. Jeske completed 56.2% of his passes (149 of 256) and led UD in rushing (676 yards, 5.6 avg., 14 TD’s).

• Jeske led the PFL in TDs responsible for (29), was second in scoring (90 points) and was fourth in total offense (2,623).

• After just two seasons and three games, he is already third at UD in career completions (410), third in passing yards (4,808) and fourth in total offense (5,730).  The yardage records are held by his position coach, Kevin Hoyng (8,852 passing, 9,528 total offense), who played 2004 to 2007.

• As a starter, Jeske has a 21-4 record.

 

FLYER TUCK

• Tucker Yinger enters the Marist game with 2,205 career yards and a career average of 5.9 yards-per carry average (the current UD record is 6.24).

• He has matched his career high in carries (24) three times in nine games this season.

• He opened the season with 107 yards at RMU, and then had 141 vs. SEMO.  He added 104 yards at Morehead, 101 at Drake 113 vs. Campbell, and 135 (playing only one play in the second half) at Davidson.

• He is now ninth in career rushing at Dayton.

• Yinger is currently third in rushing in the PFL (97.3).

• As a redshirt freshman, Yinger started five games after Connor Kacsor’s career-ending injury and led UD in rushing yardage (731 yards) and yards per carry (6.1).

• In 2016, Yinger fought through injuries to play in six games, starting four.  He was second on the team in rushing (598 yards), first in yards per game (99.7) and his 7.0 yards per carry was the best in the PFL.

• In the only two games Yinger was able to start and finish last season, he ran for 172 yards (Drake) and 193 yards (MSU).

 

GOING THE DISTANCE

• Tucker Yinger has been able to start and finish just 14 of the 26 games he has played in his career, but in those he averages 119.2 yards per game.

• He has 19 runs of 25 yards or longer in his last 22 games.

• A Mechanical Engineering major, Yinger was a CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American in 2016.  He is a two-time First Team Academic All-PFL selection.

• He had a career-high 237 yards against Marist in 2015 (211 in the second half).

TO SERVE AND PROTECT

• On the Dayton O-line, tackle Ben Gauthier and guards Jim Hammontree and Wes Hegemann returned as starters from 2016.

• Gauthier started his very first game as a true freshman, and has 29 career starts.

• Gauthier was named UD’s Offensive Player of the Week in the last two weeks.

 

TRAUT FISHING IN AMERICA

• Adam Trautman led UD in receptions in the first five games this year.  He had a career-high six for 45 yards at Morehead State.

• He leads UD with 35 receptions (10.1) in 2017.

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

• Those 24 catches were more than the previous freshman record (18), but had already been surpassed by Ryan Skibinski, who set a new record with 40.

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

• His career-best in receiving yardage was 73 at San Diego last year.

 

SIMON SAYS “WALLY PIPP, ANYONE?’

• Redshirt freshman safety Tim Simon intercepted two passes and was named PFL Defensive Player of the Week at Drake.

• It was the first action from scrimmage of his college career, subbing in for David Leisring, who was sidelined after a targeting call.

• In the Butler win, he started for Reagan Malas and led UD with 12 tackles and intercepted another pass.

 

SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM

• In the last 16 years, the University of Dayton football program has produced 23 Academic All-Americans, the most of any college team.

• In the history of the Academic All-America program, UD football has had 53 Academic All-Americans.

• Among schools playing Division I football, only Nebraska (106), Penn State (63) and Notre Dame (58) have had more.  Oklahoma (52) and Ohio State (52) are next.

• The Flyers also had 79 players on the 2016 PFL Academic Honor Roll, the most in the PFL for the 22nd time in the 24-year history of the league.  It was also the 10th straight season UD had the most players on the honor roll.

• Dayton’s current 990 APR score is the best in the PFL, the best in Ohio and tied for 13th in the nation with Wisconsin and Yale.

• UD is one of six programs to receive APR Recognition Awards in all 12 years of the APR program.  The other five are Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Penn and Yale.

 

THREE NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA

• Three Flyer football players were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in 2016.

• Chris Beaschler was named to the first Team, while David Leisring and Tucker Yinger were named to the second team.

• Remarkably, two of the three (Beaschler and Yinger) were Mechanical Engineering majors.

•UD had five all-district selections in 2015

• Thirteen Flyers were nominated for the 2017 Academic All-America Team this week.

 

UP NEXT

• Dayton will close out the 2017 football season on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Valparaiso.  Game time is 2:00 p.m. ET.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS