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Toreros head back to Florida to take on Stetson Hatters
Oct. 24, 2017

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The Last Meeting
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November 12, 2016
Torero Stadium
Toreros heading to FCS Playoffs for second time in three years
It was Senior Day at Torero Stadium and the Toreros continued their dominant play in the Pioneer Football League with today's 42-7 win over the Stetson Hatters. The victory assures the Toreros (8-1, 7-0 PFL) a share of their 8th PFL Championship, and guarantees the league's automatic qualification into the 2016 FCS Playoffs.

GAME #8: The USD Toreros (5-2, 4-0 PFL), under the direction of fifth year head coach Dale Lindsey, head back to the state of Florida to take on the Stetson Hatters (2-6, 1-4 PFL) on Saturday, October 28th. Game time is 10:00 a.m. (Pacific) from Spec Martin Memorial Stadium. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and Ben Higgins fills in for Jack Cronin with the play-by-play call that can be heard on the ESPN 1700AM radio dial.

SERIES RECORD: This is the fifth meeting between USD and Stetson with the Toreros owing a 4-0 series lead... San Diego won last year's home contest on November 12th by the score of 42-7... Two seasons ago in DeLand, Florida the Toreros earned a 47-16 victory.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Toreros return to San Diego to host the Drake Bulldogs on Saturday, November 4th. Kickoff is slated for 2:00 p.m. at Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium.

PFL STANDINGS & UPCOMING SCHEDULE: San Diego (4-0 PFL, 5-2), Campbell (4-1, 5-3), Drake (3-1, 4-3), Butler (3-2, 5-3), Jacksonville (2-2, 4-3), Valparaiso (2-2, 3-4), Morehead State (2-3, 3-5), Marist (2-3, 3-5), Dayton (2-3, 3-5), Stetson (1-4, 2-6), Davidson (0-4, 2-5). OCT. 28TH GAMES: Butler at Dayton, San Diego at Stetson, Jacksonville at Campbell, Davidson at Drake, Morehead State at Valparaiso. Marist is off this week.

LAWRENCE NAMED PFL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior quarterback Anthony Lawrence (La Mesa, Calif.) has been named this week’s Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week following his performance in the team’s 63-10 win at Jacksonville on Saturday. Lawrence threw a career-high six touchdowns in leading USD to its 17th consecutive PFL victory. He needed only three quarters to toss his six scores on 18-of-24 passing for 268 yards. Lawrence found three wide receivers for his six touchdowns, tossing two to each – Nate Loya (24, 32), Ross Dwelley (11, 1) and Justin Priest (20, 28). It was the fifth six touchdowns outing by a FCS quarterback this season and the second by a PFL signal caller in 2017. Lawrence’s 251.3 pass efficiency rating was the ninth best in the FCS this season. In leading the Toreros to a 5-2 overall mark and perfect 4-0 PFL start, Lawrence has completed 133-of-204 passes for 1,677 yards and 19 touchdowns. Among FCS players he ranks in the top-25 in four categories – #8 in pass efficiency rating (164.0), #T10 in passing touchdowns (19), #T12 in points responsible for per game (17.1) and #25 in passing yards per game (239.6). Lawrence also received some recognition by some other organizations – STATS FCS Honorable Mention National Player of the Week; CFPA FCS National Performer of Week 8; College Sports Madness PFL Offensive Player of the Week; and is a nominee for FCS Football Hero of the Week.

PETERSEN ADDED TO BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WATCH LIST: Senior defensive end Jonathan Petersen (Poway, Calif.) received more good news recently with the announcement that he is one of six players that have been added to the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award Watch List. The Buchanan Award, first awarded in 1995 and presented to the FCS defensive player of the year, has sent past winners such as Dexter Coakley, Rashean Mathis, Jared Allen, Arthur Moats and Kyle Emanuel on to the NFL. A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on 25 finalists following the regular season. Petersen ranks first amongst all FCS players in forced fumbles (5; 0.71 per game), and is 3rd in sacks (9.0; 1.29) and tied for 5th in tackles for loss (12.5; 1.8). With 34.5 career sacks, he will break USD’s all-time record of 35 held by Eric Bakhtiari (2004-2007) with his next sack. Petersen entered the 2016 campaign as USD’s all-time leader in forced fumbles with 10. Already with five this season, he has extended that total to 15.

* 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 25-2 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-plus seasons (18-0 record) and the Toreros have now won 29 straight league home games and a PFL record 17 consecutive PFL contests. Lindsey, a two-time PFL Coach of the Year and two-time FCS Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year candidate, is 41-12 overall (77.3 winning percentage). Coach Lindsey has a weekly radio spot every Friday at 8:50 a.m. (Pacific) on the Dan Sileo Show on The Mighty 1090AM.

*Anthony Lawrence earned his second PFL Player of the week honor following the Jacksonville game. He earned his first this season after the Butler game when he was tabbed the PFL Co-Offensive Player of the Week. In the two games combined he tossed 11 touchdowns. He was also selected an Amateur Star of the Month for September by the San Diego Hall of Champions.

* 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 and Petersen and McArdle were selected for the second consecutive year. Joining them on this year's preseason team are QB Anthony Lawrence (La Mesa, California), TE Ross Dwelley (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), center Joe Hurney (Charlotte, North Carolina), offensive tackle Daniel Cooney (Western Springs, Illinois) and safety Ray Clark (Brentwood, California).

* 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.

* From the more than 1.1 million high school football players across the country, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the names of five outstanding individuals as the recipients of the 2017 NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards. USD freshman fullback Brandon Micale (Arvada, CO) was selected for the west region for this honor. He will be a guest in New York on Dec. 5 for the awards luncheon, and the five 2017 recipients will attend the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, also at the New York Hilton Midtown, as honored guests where they will meet many of the game’s greatest legends and current college stars.

* Senior LB Max Michaels (Poway, Calif.) is a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, announced by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. He is one of 181 semi-finalists for the award that recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Michaels carries a 3.93 grade-point average in his major of Accountancy.

* Freshman running back Emilio Martinez (Salinas, Calif.) ranks second among PFL players in all-purpose yards per game (128.6; #20 in FCS) and kickoff returns (23.8; #T36 FCS) . He is fourth in the PFL in total rushing yards (595; #21 FCS).

* Senior receiver Justin Priest (Sacramento, Calif.) continues to rank amongst the best in the FCS - tied for 6th in touchdown receptions (8), 24th in receiving yards per game (87.3), 25th in receiving yards (611) and tied for 30th in receptions per game (5.6).

* Season defensive leaders in total tackles include LB Kim Mahoney (43 tackles, 2 breakups, 2 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries), safety Ray Clark (41 tackles, 2 tackles for loss) and NB Max Michaels (38 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 2 breakups, 3 quarterback hurries).

* Senior punter Jack Flatau (Oceanside, Calif.) boomed a personal-best 71 yard punt at Jacksonville, the program's fourth longest punt in history... He punted three times for an average of 55.3 yards... On the season he is averaging 41.1 yards on 25 punts with 11 inside the opponent 20 and four of 50+ yards.

* "Mr. Torero" - Including his four seasons as a wide receiver for the Toreros from 1979-1983, Mike Rish, Senior Offensive Administrative Assistant, is now in his 39th year with the USD football program. Incredibly, he has missed only one game out of a possible 403 games to date during his run... He missed the team's 31-28 road win at UC Santa Barbara during the 1984 season to attend a family wedding... This Saturday's game at Stetson will be his 343rd consecutive game and 403rd overall. An amazing streak.

* Since the start of the 2005 season the Toreros have combined for an overall record of 106-36 (74.6 winning percentage), and a PFL mark of 71-15 (82.5 winning percentage)… USD’s overall home record on Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium during this run is 65-19 (77.4 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).

* Former Torero Jamal Agnew (San Diego, Calif.), now on the active roster for the Detroit Lions, electrified an ESPN national audience on Monday Night Football (Sept. 18) when he returned a 4th quarter punt against the New York Giants for 88 yards and a TD. The return came at a crucial moment for the Lions, which were leading 17-10 at the time, extending their lead to two touchdowns, 24-10, and the game's final score. He was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. On Sunday (Oct. 15) he did it again, this time for 74 yards against the New Orlean Saints, becoming just the 5th Lions player to return two punts for a TD in the same season.

* This week's opponent, the Stetson Hatters (2-6, 1-4 PFL), are coming off a tough 29-26 road loss at Morehead State... The loss snapped two straight wins over Brown (17-13) and Davidson (28-17)... Leaders include QB Colin McGovern (188-303 for 1,797 yards & 6 TDs), WR Justin Jordan (40-395, 3 TDs), RB Bryce Blackmon (270 yards, 3 TDs), and OLB Jeb Boudreaux (79 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 8 QB hurries and 3 forced fumbles)... Head Coach Roger Hughes is in his 6th year at the helm (16-37)... Prior to taking on the Stetson job he was head coach at Princeton for ten seasons.



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