HSU leads the league in turnover margin at +5 after forcing three turnovers last week against East Texas Baptist. HSU has forced 13 turnovers in the last four games and have committed only three turnovers in that time frame. UMHB has forced a league-best 20 turnovers, but have committed 19 turnovers on the year.

Abbott Leads The League

Brandon Abbott is leading the league in punting at 40.5 yards per kick. He nailed three of his eight kicks inside the 20 last week and two more went for touchbacks,

About The Cru

UMHB comes into the game rated third in the nation in the D3football.com poll and second in the AFCA poll. They are 6-0 on the year. UMHB has won 40 straight regular season games and have won 28 straight ASC games and 61 of its last 62 ASC contests. UMHB has scored 40 or more points in each of the last three games. It has allowed 18 points or less in five of the six games this season. Deshon Kinsey leads a balanced defense with 47 tackles, five forced fumbles and four sacks. Brodrick Crain has 36 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass break ups. Zach Anderson is the new quarterback for the Cru this year after LiDarral Bailey started for four seasons. Anderson is completing 70 percents of his passes for 1,021 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 300 yards and five touchdowns on the season. Marcus Wimby and Kamray Runnels are the top two receiving threats with 18 catches each. Elijiah Hudson, who missed two games earlier in the season due to injury, is averaging 122 yards per game on the ground and has five touchdowns. 

Head Coach

Jesse Burleson is in his third season at the helm of the Hardin-Simmons football program. As a former player, graduate assistant, assistant coach and now head coach Burleson has been on the ground floor of all levels of the HSU program. He is a talented recruiter, organizer and motivator. He has had a strong amount of retention within the program since taking over in December of 2011 and that has built experienced depth across the board. The Cowboys have gone 6-4 in each of his first two seasons. He has consistently had one of the top offensive lines in the nation since becoming the HSU offensive line coach in 2006. He has had at least one All-American offensive lineman in all but one season.

 

The Burleson File

Birthdate.............................. June 3, 1977

Hometown........................... Clyde, Texas

High School.................................... Clyde

College......................... Hardin-Simmons

               BBS, 1999 (Magna Cum Laude)

Currently Pursuing M.Ed. in Counseling

Family............... Wife, Lois Lee (16 years)

                       Daughter, Marissa (age 15)

                         Daughter, Lainey (age 10)

 

Burleson Career Track

1995-99............................ Player at HSU

1999................... Grad. Assistant at HSU

2000............. Offensive Line at Clyde HS

2001-02... OL at South Grand Prairie HS

2003-04....................... OC at Temple HS