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Toreros (1-1) play at Princeton for Tigers' season debut
Sept. 13, 2017

Week Three
Saturday San Diego at Princeton 9:00 a.m. Live Stats ESPN 1700 AM Ivy League Network

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GAME #3:
The USD Toreros (1-1), under the direction of fifth year head coach Dale Lindsey, head to the East Coast to take on the Princeton Tigers Saturday, September 16th. Game time is 9:00 a.m. (PT) at Tigers Stadium (capacity: 27,800). The game will air on the radio on ESPN 1700 AM with Jack Cronin calling the action.

FOOTBALL TICKETS: USD offers some outstanding packages for its Torero fans for the five regular season games. All season tickets are located on the south side of the stadium- sections 112-123. An individual season ticket costs $60.00. A USD Faculty/Staff season ticket costs $40.00. USD is excited to offer a new promotion for its recent Torero Graduates (within last 5 years), a season ticket for $40.00. A Family Four Pack (includes two adult and two children season tickets) can be purchased for $180.00. Season tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in-person. USD Faculty/Staff, Recent Graduate and Family Four Pack may only be purchased through the box office, either by phone 619-260-7550 or in-person. Single game ticket prices for football include the following: reserved seating ($15), general admission ($10 adult, $5 high school student or under). USD faculty and staff receive up to four free general admission tickets (available upon request). The Toreros provide an excellent Family Four Pack for $48; this comes with four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and one popcorn. Group tickets for general admission only seats are $7 (10 to 19 people), and $5 for groups of 20 or more. Additionally, all military personnel (with proper ID) can receive a complimentary ticket for all Torero home football games.

SERIES RECORD: This is the fourth meeting between USD and Princeton with the Tigers owning a 2-1 advantage. The Toreros won the last meeting 39-29 in San Diego September 19, 2014. Quarterback Keith Williams threw for 277 yards and four touchdowns and the talented receiving duo of Brandon White and Reggie Bell combined for nine receptions, 272 yards and three touchdowns. The previous two meetings came in 2004 and 2005 with the Tigers winning close games; 24-17 in 2004 in San Diego and 20-17 in 2005 at Princeton.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Toreros will return to San Diego next weekend for their PFL opener. They host Butler at 2:00 p.m. in the inaugural Brian Fogarty PFL Classic.

PFL STANDINGS & SCHEDULE: San Diego (1-1), Campbell (1-1), Davidson (1-1), More- head State (1-1), Butler (1-1), Dayton (1-1), Drake (1-1), Marist (1-1), Jacksonville (0-1), Stetson (0-2), Valparaiso (0-2). SEPT. 16TH GAMES: Duqensne at Dayton, Marist at Georgetown, Valparaiso at Trinity International, Walsh at Jacksonville, Campbell at Pres- byterian, Taylor at Butler, Morehead State at Austin Peay, Guilford at Davidson, Drake at #4 South Dakota State, Dartmouth at Stetson, and San Diego at Princeton.

2017 PFL PRESEASON COACHES POLL: For the seventh straight year the Toreros were picked to finish first in the PFL Preseason Coaches Poll. The Toreros, who finished with a final national ranking of 19th in 2016, received nine first-place votes and a lone sec- ond-place vote to finish with 99 of the maximum 100 points possible. Dayton earned two first-place votes and eight second-place votes, finishing with 92 points. A group of four teams - separated by just seven points - were closely bunched behind the leading duo. Marist was picked to finish third with 69 points, followed by Drake in fourth place with 67 points. Campbell and Jacksonville were picked to finished tied for fifth with 62 points each. Behind the top six were Butler (49), Morehead State (42), Stetson (29), Valparaiso (24) and Davidson (10).

TORERO TIDBITS

* USD Football is in its 55th season of play, and 25th season as a member of the Pioneer Football League... San Diego is second for most PFL titles with eight (Dayton leads with 12)... The Toreros have won five of the past six PFL championships (2016, 2015c, 2014, 2012c, 2011c) and eight overall when adding in titles from 2007c, 2006, 2005.

* Under head coach Dale Lindsey's watch, the Toreros are now 23-2 overall in home games at Torero Stadium, including a perfect 5-0 mark this past season. Coach Lindsey has yet to drop a home PFL contest in four seasons (16-0 record). Lindsey, a two-time PFL Coach of the Year and two-time FCS Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year candidate, is 37-10 overall (78.7 winning percentage).

* This past Saturday the Toreros lost at UC Davis 35-7. The Aggies scored on a 75 yard touchdown pass on their third play from scrim- mage, but the Toreros quickly responded with a 7-play 84-yard drive and tied the game at 7-7 on a Jordan Charles 5-yard TD run. The Aggies then scored 28 unanswered points, including two scoring plays of 70+ yards to help them finish with 518 yards of offense. For the game Anthony Lawrence completed 15-of-25 passes for 150 yards. Michael Bandy (64 yards) and Zack Holland (44 yards) each pulled down four receptions. Defensively the Toreros were paced by safety Ray Clark (11 tackles), LB Kim Mahoney (9 stops) and ends Jonathan Petersen and Kevin Glajchen, each with eight stops

* USD Football will host tailgates prior to each home game this season... With all five games kicking off at 2:00 p.m., the tailgates will begin at 12 noon up at the Vista Parking lot.

* Torero players have selected senior right tackle Miles McArdle (Napa, Calif.) and senior defensive end Jonathan Peterson (Poway, Calif.) as its 2017 team captains.

* USD had a league-high seven players named to the preseason All-PFL team. Senior defensive end Jonathan Petersen (Poway, Calif.) and senior offensive tackle Miles McArdle (Napa, Calif.) were selected for the second consecutive year. Joining them on this year's preseason team are redshirt junior QB Anthony Lawrence (La Mesa, California), senior TE Ross Dwelley (El Dorado Hills, Ca- lif.), senior offensive center Joe Hurney (Charlotte, North Carolina), redshirt junior offensive tackle Daniel Cooney (Western Springs, Illinois) and senior safety Ray Clark (Brentwood, California).

* The 2017 Toreros return 12 starters (7 or more starts) from last year's 10-2 squad that won the PFL Championship and earned the school's and league's first-ever postseason victory in the FCS Playoffs... The eight offensive players include Jake Arlotti (RG, 6-2, 285, RS-Sr.), Daniel Cooney (LT, 6-8, 315, RS-Jr.), Ross Dwelley (TE, 6-5, 240, Sr.), Joe Hurney (C, 6-1, 280, Sr.), Anthony Lawrence (QB, 6-1, 195, RS-Jr.), Miles McArdle (RT, 6-3, 283, Sr.), Justin Priest (WR, 6-2, 195, Sr.) and Trevor Provencio (LG, 6-1, 315, RS-Jr.). The four defensive players include Ray Clark (SAF, 5-11, 195, Sr.), Colton Giorgi (SAF, 6-1, 210, Sr.), Max Michaels (NB, 5-9, 195, Sr.) and Jonathan Peterson (DE, 6-1, 230, Sr.).

* Three Toreros have received prestigious preseason recognition... Junior QB Anthony Lawrence is on the STATS FCS Walter Payton Award Watch List that is given to the top FCS player at the end of the year... Junior left tackle Daniel Cooney was named to the STATS FCS All-America Second Team and senior DE Jonathan Petersen was named to the STATS FCS All-America Third Team.

* Over the past 12 seasons (2005-2016) the Toreros have combined for an overall record of 101-34 (74.8 winning percentage), and a PFL mark of 67-15 (81.7 winning percentage)... USD's overall home record on Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium since the start of the 2005 campaign is 62-10 (86.1 winning percentage)... Including the last five home wins of the 2004 campaign, the Toreros strung together a school record 28 straight home victories (2004-2008).

* Key losses from last year's 10-2 club include six players that garnered All-PFL honors - Jamal Agnew, CB - All-PFL 1st Team * 5th Round Draft Pick by Detroit Lions * USD career leader with 59 passes defended; Devyn Bryant, CB - All-PFL 2nd Team * Led team with 16 passes defended * Ranked 8th on team with 31 tackles; Nic Henson, LB - All-PFL 1st Team * Ranked second on team with 65 tackles; Tevin Heyward, FB - All-PFL First Team; Jonah Hodges, RB - FCS All-America Second Team * PFL Offensive Player of the Year * 1,454 rushing yards, 18 rushing TDs * Playing in CFL with Montreal Alouettes; Brian Riley, WR - All-PFL First Team * Totaled 54 receptions for 986 yards and 7 touchdowns * Signed free agent contract with Indianapolis Colts.

* 40 Toreros were selected to the 2016 Pioneer Football Honor Roll, while six Toreros made it onto the 24th annual Academic All-PFL Squad - senior CB Devyn Bryant (San Diego, Calif., 3.54 GPA, Mechanical Engineering) and junior NB Max Michaels (Poway, Calif., 3.93 GPA, Accountancy) were named to the 1st team for the second consecutive year. They were joined on the first team by sopho- more QB Anthony Lawrence (La Mesa, Calif., 3.59 GPA, Accountancy) and junior LB Alec Moreno (Poway, Calif., 3.67 GPA, Accountan- cy). Selected to the second team were junior WR Justin Priest (El Dorado Hills, Calif., 3.39 GPA, Finance) and sophomore DL Connor Spencer (Boulder, Colo., 3.68 GPA, Electrical Engineering).

* This week's opponent, Princeton, has yet to play a game in the 2017 season. The Tigers finished 2016 strong and claimed the program's 11th Ivy League title and its second in the last four years. Senior quarterback Chad Kanoff has started Princeton's last 20 games (13-7), and he earned All-Ivy League honors last season while leading the Tigers to the Ivy League title. He enters Saturday's game ranked fifth on Princeton's all-time passing list. Senior Kurt Holuba is coming off a third-team All-America season, and he was named a finalist for Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors. Holuba recorded eight sacks and 10 tackles for loss during his first-team All-Ivy League performance. Among returning Princeton players this season, he led the team in tackles, sacks, tackles for loss, and interceptions last season. Princeton and Harvard were deemed co-favorites to win the Ivy League according to the annual preseason poll.


 

 

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