Week 7 Preview: Birmingham-Southern

Week 7 Preview: Birmingham-Southern

Week 7 Game Notes

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The 2017 schedule for Sewanee football continues this weekend as Week 7 sees the Tigers travel to Birmingham-Southern for a 2 p.m. kickoff.

DEEP TO RETURN FOR THE TIGERS: William Phillips has been a key contributor to the Tigers defense in 2017, but he is also doing damage in special teams. The Nashville, Tenn. native is third in all of NCAA Division III in punt returns, averaging 18.6 yards per game. The freshman has been named to the D3football.Com Team of the Week twice this season, in Week 1 and Week 5.

OVERCOMING ADVERSITY: Freshman defensive back Charlie Trammell was recently featured in his local newspaper, the Texarkana Gazette. You can read the story here.

CYRUS THE CATCHER OF ALL THINGS FOOTBALL: Cyrus McCullough, when he catches the ball, makes sure to gain the extra yardage. Of his 18 catches this season, the freshman is averaging 18.56 yards per reception, second-best in the SAA.

AROUND FOR A SHORT TIME: Birmingham-Southern started playing varsity football in 1918, but after the 1939 season, the school did not field a varsity football team. 66 years later, football returned the Hilltop in 2007, and since the return, BSC is 43-58 with a SAA championship in 2012. 

THE HISTORY: Sewanee and Birmingham-Southern have met up 11 times in their history, 10 times since the reinstallation of BSC football. BSC leads the all-time series, 8-3. 

HIRE FROM WITHIN: BSC's head coach Tony Joe White enters his first season at the helm of Birmingham-Southern's football program. He was most recently at Centre College, where he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

THE PASSING IS THE GAME: Expect some drop backs from the quarterback under center in Saturday's contest. BSC is ranked third in the SAA in passing, averaging 270.6 yards per contest. On the flip side, Sewanee is second in the conference, averaging 281.5 yards through the air. The leader is Hendrix, who averages 333 yards per game and has scored 25 touchdowns.

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