Morehead State kicks-off 2015 at #12 James Madison

MOREHEAD, Ky. — The Morehead State football team gets its 2015 season underway Saturday at No. 12/13 James Madison. Kickoff at Bridgeforth Stadium is set for 6 p.m. ET.

This marks the second straight year the Eagles have opened on the road at a nationally-ranked team from Virginia. Last year, MSU lid-lifted the schedule at Richmond. MSU and James Madison last met in 2010 in Harrisonburg. Current quarterbacks coach Zach Lewis was the Eagles’ signal-caller in that contest.

Head Coach Rob Tenyer enters his third year, and is anxious to see how his team has improved over the summer and fall.

“We have worked extremely hard, and I am looking forward to Saturday,” he said. “When you line up against yourself for three or four weeks, you are definitely ready to go out and hit someone else. We are going in with the mindset that there are no morale victories. If we can be within striking distance heading into the fourth quarter, that’s where we want to be. We truly believe we can win.”

Junior quarterback Austin Gahafer returns for his third season under center. The Louisville native has more than 5,000 career yards and 36 TDs. He’ll be protected by a veteran offensive line boasting 75 starts among them. Senior slot man Jake Raymond has the led the team in receiving his first two years, and he’ll get help from returning senior wideout Kitaro Lewis. He missed the entire 2014 campaign after garnering more than 500 yards in 2013.

Defensively, the Eagles are under the guidance of a new coordinator in Dontae Wright. The defensive line coach the past two seasons, Wright’s troops feature nine returning starters. Junior safety Brandon Louder is the leading returning tackler. Senior defensive lineman Ronald Cooper, one of four captains this season along with Gahafer, Raymond and senior defender Justin Grier, had the most sacks among the players back.

“We have several players, especially on defense, that were young last year,” Grier added. “Now they are veterans. They got a lot of time on the field last year and got experience. Everyone knows the playbook well, so we are just going to come out with a lot of energy.”

Live stats and video are available on MSUEagles.com. Live audio is available by downloading the EagleEmpire app. The game can be heard live on the radio on the flagship station, WIVY-96.3 FM, along with several affiliates in Eastern Kentucky (WLGC – Ashland; WMST – Mt. Sterling; WKYH – Paintsville; WCBJ – Campton).

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