Army Begins Three-Game Homestand Versus Stony Brook

Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires

Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires

Sept. 27, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army football team returns to Michie Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 29, when the Black Knights open a three-game homestand by hosting Football Championship Subdivision foe Stony Brook. Kickoff for the contest is set for 12 p.m.

Saturday's game falls on "Hall of Fame Weekend" and the 2012 inductees into the Army Sports Hall of Fame will be honored throughout the day. The first 5,000 ticketed fans who pass through the gates at Michie Stadium will receive a limited edition Hall of Fame print.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast Saturday's contest to a national audience with Ben Holden (play by play), Randy Cross (color analyst) and West Point Cadet Linc Bradham (sideline reporter) calling the action.

The Army Sports Network will have the audio call of the game on its flagship station WABC (770-AM), as well as WALL (1340-AM) and WEOK (1390-AM), Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 134) and Knight Vision. Rich DeMarco (play by play), Dean Darling (color analyst) and Tony Morino (sideline reporter) will cover the game on the Army Sports Network.

Live statistics for the contest will be offered via GameTracker by logging onto Army's official website ( In-game Twitter updates will also be provided from the Black Knights' official football handle (@Army_Football). A live blog will also be provided.

Army (0-3) is coming off a 49-37 loss to Wake Forest last Saturday. The Black Knights rushed for 429 yards and four touchdowns, but the Demon Deacons scored seven TDs on their 10 offensive possessions to secure the victory.

Stony Brook (3-1) nipped Colgate, 32-31, last weekend, and the Seawolves enter Saturday's showdown versus Army ranked 18th nationally in this week's Sports Network FCS poll.

Army and Stony Brook have never met previously.

Army head coach Rich Ellerson has not faced Stony Brook in his 13 years as a collegiate head coach. Ellerson, who is in his fourth season at West Point, owns a 15-25 record as the Black Knights mentor. His career record is a robust 75-66.

Chuck Priore, who was named the Big South Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011, is in his seventh season at Stony Brook. The long-time field general, who served as head coach at Trinity College before taking over the reins of the Seawolves program, shows a 79-41 career record.

Army's prolific rushing offense, which leads the nation with 399 yards per game, is led by junior running back Raymond Maples, who has eclipsed the 100-yard plateau in each of the first three contests. Maples enters Saturday's matchup averaging more than 135 rushing yards per game.

Sophomore fullback Larry Dixon, who has topped the 100-yard mark on the ground in each of the last two games, has rushed for 282 yards and four touchdowns through three contests. Senior quarterback Trent Steelman, meanwhile, has rushed for 201 yards and scored a team-best five touchdowns.

Steelman is also completing 46.7 percent of his passes for 135 yards and one TD.

Sophomore wide receiver Chevaughn Lawrence paces the Black Knights' receiving corps with two receptions for 63 yards. Maples has hauled in two aerials for 23 yards and a touchdown.

Sophomore linebacker Geoffery Bacon leads the Army defense with 29 tackles. Freshman safety Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires, who posted a career-high 15 tackles against Wake Forest last Saturday, ranks second on the squad with 24 stops. Senior linebacker Nate Combs, who lists third on the team with 12 tackles, paces the Black Knights with three tackles for loss and two sacks.

Stony Brook's offense also thrives on the ground as the Seawolves average 327 yards rushing per game. Senior running back Miguel Maysonet leads the way as the fourth-year performer has rushed for 580 yards and six touchdowns through four games. Junior running back Marcus Coker has piled up 283 rushing yards and five scores on the ground.

Senior quarterback Kyle Essington has completed 28-of-60 passes for 595 yards and seven touchdowns. His favorite target has been senior wide receiver Kevin Norrell, who tops the Seawolves with 12 receptions for 375 yards and three scores.

Junior linebacker Jawara Dudley ranks among the Seawolves' defensive leaders with 27 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks. Stony Brook is allowing just 20 points and 296 yards of total offense per contest.

Following Saturday's game versus Stony Brook, Army will continue its three-game homestand by hosting Atlantic Coast Conference foe Boston College on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 12 p.m.

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