RIGHT BACK AT IT
Coming off a disappointing 37-12 season-opening loss to Nichols College last Friday night, Dean College hits the road for an interesting non-league showdown with top-tier MASCAC power Western Connecticut State on Saturday night.
Both the Bulldogs and the Colonials were picked to finish second in their respective conference's preseason coaches' poll.
LAST TIME AROUND
Dean and WCSU squared off a season ago in Franklin with the Colonials claiming a 33-22 victory. The third quarter was the Bulldogs' undoing as they gave up 19 points in the period after heading into halftime trailing, 7-6.
GOING THE EXTRA MILE
Western Connecticut is coming off a game in which they needed overtime to take down William Patterson, 12-9. Signal caller David James hit Will Daniels for the game-winning score on the Colonials first play of overtime.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
After a freshman season in which he played wide receiver, Tyzohn Poole (New Haven, Conn.) made the switch to linebacker and it looks like a smart move. In the season opener against Nichols, Poole made seven tackles – all solo, including three for loss and a sack.
ONE A GAME
Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.) caught his 12th career touchdown pass in last Friday's loss to Nichols. In just 11 career games with the Bulldogs, Breaux has 47 receptions, 992 yards and the aforementioned 12 receiving scores. Not to mention, he ran a kickoff back 93 yards for a touchdown last year against these same Colonials.
LOOK, JUST ONE HAND
Julian Burris (Rock Hill, S.C.) looks fully healed from an injury that sidelined him for much of the year a season ago. In the loss to Nichols, Burris hauled in four passes for 59 yards, including a pair of one-handed catches, one of which was a touchdown grab.
TAKING THE REINS
Michael Bethune (New Haven, Conn.) stepped into the lead back role in the season opener and impressed, rushing for 58 yards on 13 carries, including a career-long 22-yard scamper that helped setup the Bulldogs' first score.
The senior campaign for defensive leader Gene Baisden, Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) got off to a stellar start as he finished with nine tackles and his seventh career sack in the loss to Nichols.
Freshman Jaden Quinones (Leonia, N.J.) opened up his collegiate career with a start at one of the cornerback spots and ended with two tackles and a game-best three pass breakups.
BRINGING THE WOOD
Shannon Moxey (Austell, Ga.) ended the loss against Nichols with a game-high nine tackles – all of them solo. Included in that number was a punishing blow he delivered to Bison quarterback Michael Pina as he scrambled to the sidelines.
The loss to Nichols marked just the sixth time in the last three seasons in which the Bulldogs did not record an interception. In four of the five games following the team's non-interception contest, Dean has had multiple interceptions.
SHAKE IT OFF
Friday's loss to Nichols marked the second time Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.) has thrown multiple interceptions in a game. In the next four games following that multiple interception performance, Watts went on to throw eight touchdowns and just one interception.