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    Bryan Presume is 10th in the nation with 25 tackles on the season.

    Bryan Presume is 10th in the nation with 25 tackles on the season.
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    Sep 9, 2013

    Charleston (0-1, 0-0 WVIAC) at Southern Illinois (0-2, 0-0 MVFC)
     Date Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
     Time 2 p.m. CT
     Location Carbondale, Ill. - Saluki Stadium
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    - Southern Illinois put up 503 yards of total offense and ran for 209 yards against Eastern Illinois. It was the first time in nine games that the Saluki offense posted 500 yards of total offense and the first time since the final game of the 2011 season that SIU ran for over 200 yards.

    - Senior quarterback Kory Faulkner leads the MVFC and is fourth in the nation with 606 passing yards on the season.

    - Faulkner is sixth in the nation in total offense per game, averaging 335.5 yards per game. He is the team leader in passing yards (606) and rushing yards (65) and fourth in receiving yards (29).

    - With 294 passing yards last week, Faulkner moved into seventh place on SIU's all-time list with 3,956 career passing yards. He is 290 yards away from tying Sherard Poteet for sixth place. Poteet threw for 4,246 yards.

    - Faulkner has not thrown an interception in his last 98 pass attempts. That eclipses his previous best streak of 95 consecutive pass attempts without an interception, which he accomplished during a four-game stretch last October.

    - Last week, Faulkner moved into 10th place on SIU's all-time list with 23 career touchdown passes. His next touchdown pass will tie him with David Pierson for ninth. 

    - With seven touchdowns through two games, Faulkner is only four touchdowns away from matching his career best for touchdowns in a season.

    - Junior tight end MyCole Pruitt and senior wide receiver John Lantz rank second and third in the MVFC in receiving yards. Pruitt has caught 13 passes for 181 yards, and Lantz has caught seven passes for 161 yards.

    - Last week Pruitt broke Damon Jones' school record for most career receptions by a tight end.  The previous record was 99 receptions, and Pruitt now has 105 receptions. 

    - The College Football Performance Awards named Pruitt the national Tight End Performer of the Week following his performance against Eastern Illinois.

    - Pruitt has three touchdown receptions this season, giving him 10 for his career and moving him into a tie for 11th place on SIU's career list. His next touchdown catch will move him into a five-way tie for seventh place.

    - Pruitt has 1,320 receiving yards for his career, which puts him at 12th on the all-time list. He is 212 yards away from matching former Jacksonville Jaguar Damon Jones for the most career receiving yards by a tight end in school history.

    - Pruitt has recorded at least one reception in nine-straight games and 23 of the 24 games in his SIU career.

    - Lantz has 161 receiving yards this season and is only 117 yards away from matching his career best of 278 receiving yards in a single season.

    - Senior fullback Rik Hicks has caught a touchdown pass in each of the first two games of the year. Four of his five career receptions have resulted in a touchdown.

    - SIU had three players rush for 49 yards or more against EIU. Faulkner and halfback Malcolm Agnew led the team with 55 yards apiece, and halfback Tay Willis ran for 49 yards.

    - SIU has not had a 100-yard rusher in its last 13 games. The last Saluki to run for 100 yards was Jewel Hampton, who had 178 rushing yards against Indiana State on Nov. 19.


    - Senior inside linebacker Bryan Presume recorded a career-high 15 tackles (9 solo, 6 assisted) against Eastern Illinois last week. It was the most by a Saluki since Brandin Jordan had 15 tackles at Northern Illinois on Sep. 8, 2007.

    - Presume has posted double-digit tackles in each of the last two weeks and five times in his Saluki career. He has also posted double-digit tackles in both of his career games against EIU.

    - Presume leads the MVFC and is tied for 10th in the FCS with 25 tackles. His career high is 78, which he set in 2012.

    - With two sacks against EIU last week, SIU extended it's streak of consecutive games with a sack to 28. The Salukis have also recorded a sack in 41 of the last 42 games.

    - Southern has had at least two sacks in each of the previous four games and 10 out of its last 12 games.

    - The Salukis have forced a turnover in eight consecutive games.

    - SIU recorded 5.0 tackles for loss against Eastern Illinois, pushing its streak to four consecutive and 12 of the last 13 games with at least 5.0 TFL.

    - Last week redshirt freshman Leonard Garron intercepted his first career pass and returned it 10 yards.

    - Junior outside linebacker Tyler Williamson posted a career-high 10 tackles against the Panthers.

    - Williamson blocked a potential game-winning field goal to send last week's game into overtime. It was his second-career blocked field goal at SIU. The Salukis blocked four punts, one field goal and one PAT in 2012.

    - Williamson has had his hand in nine turnovers during his Saluki career (four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two blocked field goals, one interception).

    - Senior cornerback Terrell Wilson leads Southern defensive players in career games played (34) and leads all Salukis in career starts (28) and consecutive starts (26).

    - Jordan Poole and Chase Allen each recorded a sack against EIU, the second-straight week both players have done so.

    - Poole recorded a career-high 11 tackles against Eastern Illinois. His previous career high was four.

    - Linebacker Cory Lee doubled his career total in pass breakups with two against the Panthers.

    - Last week was only the fifth time in the Dale Lennon/Bubba Schweigert era that SIU has given up a 350-yard passer, the third time it has given up a 400-yard passer and the second time in two weeks an opposing quarterback has thrown for over 400 on the Salukis.

    - Presume (15), Poole (11) and Williamson (10) each recorded double-digit tackles against Eastern Illinois last week. It was the first time three Salukis had double-digit tackles in a game since Oct. 27, 2012 at North Dakota State (Presume - 11, Kayon Swanson - 11, Joe Okon - 10).


    - Junior kicker Thomas Kinney is tied for the FCS lead with eight field goals attempted this season.

    - Kinney scored 13 points in Southern's loss to EIU, the second-straight week he has scored over 10 points kicking. Before the season, the last time a kicker had scored 10 or more in a single game was in 2010.

    - Kinney leads all MVFC kickers and ranks third in the conference with 23 total points scored. His is 5-for-8 in field goal attempts and has converted all eight of his PATs.

    - Against Eastern Illinois, Kinney became the first Saluki kicker to score 13 points in a single game since Oct. 10, 2009 when Kyle Dougherty has 13 points against Illinois State.

    - Kick returner LaSteven McKinney returned a kick 60 yards against the Illini in the season opener. It was the longest of his career and the longest for a Saluki since Steve Strother returned one 91 yards for a touchdown against SEMO at home in 2010.

    - McKinney is seventh all-time at SIU in career punt return yardage (364) and seventh all-time in career punt returns (45).  His next punt return will tie him with Neal Furlong for sixth most in school history.

    - Senior Austin Pucylowski ranks second in the MVFC and 25th in the FCS with an average of 42.5 yards per punt in 2013.

    - Pucylowski is ranked sixth all-time at SIU in career punting average (39.70), seventh in career punting yards (6,945) and seventh in career punt attempts (175).

    - Wide receiver/return specialist LaSteven McKinney and punter Austin Pucylowski were both All-Conference honorable mentions in 2012.


    - Southern Illinois is 20-8 in regular-season home games under Dale Lennon and 21-10 overall at home under Lennon.

    - The Salukis have won 19 of their last 21 regular season non-conference home games.

    - SIU is 2-0 against Division II schools under Lennon with wins against Southwest Baptist in 2009 and Quincy in 2010. The Salukis won those two games by a combined score of 129-14.

    - This is the first game against a Division II opponent at Saluki Stadium since the first-ever game at the stadium, a 70-7 Saluki win over Quincy on Sept. 2, 2010.


    - Charleston opened the season last Saturday with a 44-14 road loss to Shaw (N.C.) University.

    - The Golden Eagles return 16 starters from last year's team that went 9-2 and finished second in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 6-2 conference mark.

    - Charleston was outgained, 520-148, in total offense in its season opener against Shaw. The Golden Eagles ran for 89 yards on 34 attempts and were 7-for-16 for 59 passing yards.


    - This is the first ever meeting between the two teams.


    - Dale Lennon is in his sixth season as head coach at SIU. That moves him into sixth place on SIU's all-time list for years coached. He passes Carmen Piccone and Bob Smith who each led the Salukis for five seasons.

    - Dale Lennon enters the game having coached 60 games at SIU, sixth most in school history. With the 12th and final game of the regular season, he will surpass Dick Towers to move into fifth place.

    - Saluki Athletics is celebrating a century of Saluki Football this season. The SIU football program began in 1913 and has run continuously with the exception of 1918, 1920 and 1943 due to World Wars.

    - Saluki Football's All-Century team will be honored on the field prior to this week's game.

    - Southern Illinois will host its third annual Black Out Cancer game on Saturday, Sept. 28 during the game against Youngstown State. Fans can bid to put their name or the name of a loved one who has been affected by cancer on one of the 80 special black jerseys that the Salukis will wear during the game. Bids can be placed at