Texas A&M-Commerce Lions @ Angelo State Rams-Storylines, Starters, and Stuff You Need To Know

Who:

Texas A&M-Commerce Lions (6-3, 5-1 LSC)

Versus

Angelo State Rams (7-2, 4-2 LSC)

When: Saturday, November 6, 6 PM

Where: First Community Credit Union Field at LeGrand Stadium, San Angelo, TX

Weather: 66 Degrees and Clear at Kickoff

Listen/Watch/Stats-

Radio-Lion Sports Network via 88.9 KETR (Commerce)-Charlie Chitwood (Play by Play), Brock Callaway (Color/Analysis/Updates) or Stream via http://www.ketr.org

Watch-https://lonestarconferencenetwork.com/tamuc/

Live Stats-http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=352531&vislive=tame

Projected Starters-

Offense-(Multiple)

QB-Miklo Smalls, 6’2, 225 LBS, RS-JR, Plano, TX (Plano East)

RB-Antonio Leali’ie’e 5’11, 210 LBS, SR, Copperas Cove, TX (Copperas Cove)

WR-Kenedy Snell, 5’9, 190 LBS, SOPH, Waxahachie, TX (Waxahachie)

WR-Kevin Ledee, 6’5, 190 LBS, RS-SOPH, Cypress, TX (Cypress Ridge)

WR-Matt Childers, 6’4, 205 LBS, RS-JR, Henderson, TX (Henderson)

TE-Chris Dascher, 6’2, 250 LBS, RS-SOPH, Boca Raton, FL (Olympic Heights)

OL-Amon Simon, 6’5, 290 LBS, RS-SR, Atascocita, TX (Atascocita)

OL-Travis Daft, 6’1, 255 LBS, RS-JR, Prosper, TX (Prosper)

OL-Christian Hernandez, 6’1, 285 LBS, RS-SR, Frisco, TX (Lone Star)

OL-Richard West, 6’6, 240 LBS, RS-JR, San Antonio, TX (East Central)

OL-Anthonie Thomas, 6’8, 320 LBS, JR, Houston, TX (Madison)

Defense-(4-2-5)

DE-Elijah Earls, 6’0, 240 LBS, RS-SR San Antonio, TX (Stevens)

DT-Bryson Stewart, 6’2, 250 LBS, FRESH, Missouri City, TX (Ridgepoint)

NT-Devin Beamon, 6’1, 290 LBS, JR, Forney, TX (Forney)

DE-Jaylon Hodge, 6’0, 275 LBS, RS-SR, Houston, TX (Fort Bend Travis)

LB-Michael Noble, 6’1, 230 LBS, SOPH, Orange, CA (Orange Lutheran)

LB-Cedrick Wilcox III-6’0, 235 LBS, SR, Port St. Lucie, FL (Treasure Coast)

DB-Darius Williams, 5’9, 185 LBS, RS-JR, Fort Worth, TX (Arlington Heights)

DB-Dominique Ramsey, 5’9, 180 RS-SR, Converse, TX (Judson)

DB-Kader Kohou, 5’11, 190 LBS, RS-SR, Euless, TX (Trinity)

DB-Alex Shillow, 5’10, 185 LBS, RS-JR, Pflugerville, TX (Pflugerville)

DB-D’Ante Smith, 6’0, 185 LBS, FRESH, Richardson, TX (Berkner)

Specialists-

PK-Jake Viquez, 5’10, 190 LBS, RS-SR, Rockwall, TX (Rockwall)

Punter-Mitchell McGarry, 6’3, 210 LBS, RS-FR, Queensland, Australia, (Gregory-Portland HS)

Holder-Matt Childers, 6’4, 190 LBS, RS JR, Henderson, TX (Henderson)

Deep Snapper-Wyatt Leath, 6’4, 245 LBS, SR, Sunnyvale, TX (Sunnyvale)

Returner-Kader Kohou, 5’11, 190 LBS, RS-SR, Euless, TX (Trinity)

Returner-Dominique Ramsey, 5’9, 180 RS-SR, Converse, TX (Judson)

Storylines-

DO OR DIE-Like Russ said in the Blue Gang defensive preview, this amounts to week 4 of the playoffs. We HAVE TO win this game to keep our playoff hopes alive. Lose and the season is for sure over. It is that simple.

One Big Chance-A win, especially a road win, over a regionally ranked squad would be huge for playoff credentials. One thing the playoff committee looks at is the ability to win on the road against tough teams, and this team has done that so far this year. A big win against a good Angelo team, which has it’s own impressive resume regarding wins, is something that gives this squad one big chance to tell the Super Region 4 voters that they belong.

DOMINATE DEFENSE-Speaking of belonging, this defense, ranked # 2 in the entire nation, will be the guiding light of the team. If the defense plays as well as they have the past 3 weeks with two shutouts and NO touchdowns, this team will be very tough to beat. This defense is Championship level.

Offense Revving-The offense has really gotten better the past 3 weeks, and has done so against tougher competition. Chance Cooper might be out as he has had some head shots this year, but guys like JT Smith, Andrew Armstrong, and Riley Langston have come alive in they production, and Matt Childers has really turned it up as well. Miklo Smalls has been a definite jump to the offense, as his running ability and absolute refusal to get sacked has added another dimension to the Lion offense. These guys have to make the routine plays tomorrow, and if they do, I feel good about them going on the road against a tough ASU squad.

Let the Chips Fall-Saturday will be HUGE in Super Region 4. Some teams will strengthen their grip on a playoff spot, some will get into the rankings, and others will be knocked out. If you saw my playoff write up earlier this week, reference that to show and see what we need to have happen outside of what goes on in San Angelo to improve this team’s chance of getting into the playoffs. It is frustrating that it is out of our hands, but the math seems to favor the Lions over the next two weeks. A lot can, and will happen.

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