Vs. Tarleton State-Storylines, Starters, and Stuff you need to know.

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Texas A&M-Commerce Lions

When: Saturday, November 12, 4 P.M.

Where: Texas A&M University-Commerce Memorial Stadium, Commerce, TX

Weather: 62 Degrees at Kickoff, Wind North @ 4 MPH

AUDIO: Lion Sports Network — KETR 88.9 FM, Commerce (http://www.ketr.org) | Thunder Country KRVA 101.7 FM, Sulphur Springs (http://www.mythundercountry.com/)
VIDEO: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/tamucommerce/
STATS: http://statb.us/b/139983

Likely Starters:

Offense-(Spread)

QB-Luis Perez, 6’3 220 LBS, RS-JR, San Diego, CA

RB-Richard Cooper, 5’9, 195 LBS, SR, Angleton, TX

WR(X)-D’Arthur Cowan, 6’3, 185 LBS, JR, Olive Branch, MS

WR(Z)-Lance Evans, 6’3, 200 LBS, SR, Midlothian, TX

WR(H)-Darby Smith, 5’10, 180 LBS, SR, Ennis, TX

TE-John Thomas, 6’6, 255 LBS, SR, Bossier City, LA

RT-Poet Thomas, 6’6, 325 LBS, SR, Beverly Hills, MI

RG-Avery Poats, 6’5, 300 LBS, SR, Los Angeles, CA

C- John Aguilar, 6’1, 280 LBS, JR, Lubbock, TX

LT-Jared Machorro, 6’7, 280 LBS, JR, Coldspring, TX

LG-Jason Osei, 6’5, 300 LBS, SR, London, England

 

Defense- (3-4 Defensive Set, Multiple)

DE-Peyton Searcy, 6’0, 275 LBS, SOPH, Killeen, TX

DE-Kieston Carter, 5’11 200 LBS, JR, Mexia, TX

NT-D.D. Fletcher, 6’1, 240 LBS, FR, Arlington, TX

LB-Cameron Rodgers, 6’1, 215 LBS, SR, San Antonio, TX

LB-Garrett Bluebaugh, 6’2, 220 LBS, FR, Keller, TX

LB-Tavita Faaiu, 6’3, 265 LBS, SR, San Francisco, CA

LB-Hatari Byrd, 6’1, 210 LBS, SR, Fresno, CA

CB-Yusef Sterling-Lowe, 6’2, 170 LBS, JR, Oakland, CA

CB-DJ White, Senior 

FS-Chris Smith, 6’1, 170 LBS, SOPH, Mansfield, TX

SS-Trey Porter, 5’10, 170 LBS, JR, Garland, TX

Specialists-

PK-Kris Martinez, 5’9, 135 LBS, SOPH, Edinburg, TX

Punter-Hector Dominguez, 5’10, 190 LBS, SR, Monterrey Park, CA

Punt Returner-Shawn Hooks, 5’8, 165, JR, Dangerfield, TX

Kickoff Returns-Buck Wilson, 5’11, 185 LBS, JR, Commerce, TX

Storylines: For the 4th straight season, a final game at Memorial Stadium has huge implications and for those last regular season games all were losses. 2013 was simple, beat Eastern New Mexico and bowl bid was a certain thing. The result was a loss to ENMU and having to hope at the good folks at the Texarkana Bowl would extend an offer for a bid and they did thankfully. In 2014, the final game was awful to watch only for the Lions to make a massive rally and come up short at the goal line. Last season against Midwestern, we had a lead against Midwestern with under 6 minutes to go only to lose again at the last second and rather than hosting a playoff game, we got seeded low and had to play the number 1 team in the country.

Tomorrow has a lot at stake, and it is simple.  A win gets you at least a share of a third straight conference title, secures a place in the playoffs and probably a position to host a playoff game for the first time since 1991. It also gives you 5 straight wins against Tarleton and 4 straight President’s Cup wins.  A loss would be just tough to swallow. HC Carthel said in his weekly presser that his team is taking TSU seriously. The staff seems like it knows this TSU team pretty well, hopefully we will see that executed on the field tomorrow.

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