Nicholls Hosts Dukes at John Guidry Stadium

THIBODAUX, La. - Nicholls will open its 2009 home slate against Duquesne on Saturday in John L. Guidry Stadium at 1 p.m. (CT). The Colonels enter the contest 25-12 all-time in home openers.

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The contest will also serve as the `Hall of Fame Game' with five former Colonel greats - Cody Arcement (Baseball, 1995-98), Sharon Brander Perkins (Softball, 1992-95), Dione Meier (Softball, 2003-04), Arrianna Smith Martin (Women's Basketball, 1989-92), and Josh Son (Football, 2000-03) - garnering the honor. All will be recognized at halftime of the game.

Nicholls (0-1, 0-0 SLC) is coming off of its worst defeat in school history, 72-0, at Air Force last week, while Duquesne (1-0, 0-0 NEC) defeated Bucknell, 24-19, avenging its 42-28 loss a season ago.

"We know that Duquesne brings a very solid football team to the table, and a balanced offensive attack. They proved last week that they can move the ball against Bucknell, and can cause problems for opposing offenses with their defensive packages," said Head Coach Jay Thomas about Duquesne.

"They [Duquesne] looked very impressive in their opener, and forced a lot of turnovers against Bucknell. It is going to take good decision making on our part to compete with them."

Last week, the Dukes defense forced three turnovers - two interceptions and a fumble - and their offense out gained the Bison 429-to-360 yards. For his efforts, junior wide receiver Dave Williams, a transfer from Michigan State, was named the Northeast Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week for catching 11 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown.

Williams's touchdown reception was a 35-yard pass from junior quarterback Connor Dixon, also a transfer from Michigan State, in the fourth quarter to extend the Dukes lead.

The Colonels struggled last week against the Falcons to capture any momentum in its defeat, but were fortunate to emerge relatively healthy from the game. Only one player, junior fullback Corey Buchanan, is listed as out this week.

"Some positives last week were that we got a chance to play a lot of young players, which is good because we are very young," said Thomas, who has 37 freshmen on the active roster.

"It is just going to take some time for our guys to get in the flow, and the only way to do that is to play in a game. We have a talented team, and I'm confident in them."

Seeing substantial playing time last week were a host of newcomers, including true freshman defensive tackle Darrell Brown and junior defensive end transfer Marquis Russell. Brown and Russell each registered seven total tackles in their debut as Colonels.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Other Notes of Interest:

    Getting His Work In

    Junior Patrick Dolan sure got his work in against Air Force, punting seven times for a total of 327 yards. Dolan finished with an average of 46.7 yards per punt in the loss, while having three punts over 50 yards. His long of 59 yards was a new career mark that pinned the Falcons on their own 4-yard line. The punt surpassed his previous best of 57 yards set at Memphis in 2008. The Mobile, Ala. native was awarded with Honorable Mention recognition by the Southland Conference for Special Teams Player of the Week.

    Welcome West Dukes

    Duquesne will be playing its first game west of the Mississippi River for the first time since 1947. It will also be the two schools first time meeting on the gridiron, while Nicholls Men's Basketball will return the trip this season on the hardwood.

    Playing On Sundays

    Nicholls has had back-to-back-to-back NFL Draft selections with Jacob Bender getting the call from the New York Jets in 2007, Kareem Moore getting the same opportunity in 2008 with the Washington Redskins, and Lardarius Webb most recently with the Baltimore Ravens in 2009. Bender is now with the San Francisco 49ers, while Moore has made the Redskins roster and is a mainstay on special teams. Webb is on pace to make the Ravens roster, and has produced in NFL Preseason action, including a game winning pass deflection on a two-point conversion attempt by the Jets on Aug. 24. Webb's selection made it only the second time in school history that Nicholls had three players taken back-to-back-to-back (1985, 1986, 1987).

Colonels on TV

WHNO-TV tape-delayed broadcast at 4 p.m. local time on the following stations:

    Channel 20, Cox Communications (New Orleans)
    Channel 20, Charter Communications (Southeast Louisiana including Thibodaux)
    Channel 20, Comcast Cable (Southeast Louisiana)

Colonel Radio Network

KLRZ 100.3 FM Galliano 100,000 watts The Rajun Cajun
KBZE 105.9 FM Morgan City 5,000 watts The Breeze
KLEB 1600-AM Larose, Galliano, 5,000 watts

Colonels on the Internet

Nicholls vs. Duquesne Live Statistics

GameTracker via Nicholls.

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