Week 8 Preview -- Wesleyan at Notre Dame College

Week 8 Preview -- Wesleyan at Notre Dame College

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 – 12 p.m.

West Virginia Wesleyan (3-4; 3-3 MEC) at Notre Dame (6-1; 6-1 MEC) 

Location: Mueller Field (South Euclid, Ohio)

Series History: Notre Dame leads the series, 4-0

Last Game: 2016 – Notre Dame 26, West Virginia Wesleyan 21

Current Streak – Notre Dame has won four in a row

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BUCKHANNON -- West Virginia Wesleyan's football team is hoping to build upon last week's 10-7 win over UVa.-Wise as the Bobcats travel to Notre Dame College this Saturday for a Mountain East Conference outing.

The surging Falcons are currently 6-1 on the season with their only loss coming to nationally-ranked Shepherd in week one by a 54-49 score.

Wesleyan is looking for their first win in the series that began in 2013 as Notre Dame holds a 4-0 lead.

Coach Del Smith's Wesleyan squad has been doing it with defense as the Bobcats are currently giving up only 19.1 points per game which is third in the MEC.

Last Saturday, the Bobcats held the Cavaliers to only seven points just one week after they had put 51 on the board against Urbana.

Wesleyan is fourth in total defense in the league surrendering just 331 yards per contest.

Linebacker Brandon Grayson remains third in the league with 65 tackles and is the MEC leader with three fumble recoveries. 

Last Saturday, Aman Speed Jr. scored the lone Wesleyan touchdown, racing to the end zone with a fumble recovery. Speed Jr., who also had two sacks last week, was named the MEC Defensive Player of the Week.

Wesleyan's defense and special teams have proven very opportunistic, accounting for six of the team's 13 touchdowns.  The WVWC special teams have scored four different ways; kickoff return, punt return, blocked punt and fake punt. The defense has now returned two fumbles for touchdowns.

Wesleyan's defense will be facing a Notre Dame offense that is averaging 37.6 points per game, and has topped 40 points in four of their seven games. This is spearheaded by a rushing attack that has ran for 274.7 yards per game. Their quarterback Malik Grove has thrown for 1163 yards and 15 touchdowns, while rushing for a team high 607 yards.

Kenny Lewis Jr. is Wesleyan's top receiver with 29 catches for 330 yards and two touchdowns. Return specialist Jujuan Linzy continues to lead the league in both return areas; kickoff returns, 12-331 (27.6), and punt returns 8-191 (23.9). Nate Simmons leads the team with two interceptions.

Wesleyan currently sits at 3-3 in the league and a road upset at Notre Dame could propel them thoroughly into the MEC's upper division. After Notre Dame, a home date with conference leading Shepherd looms next week.

Pictured is offensive lineman Nicholas Dolly.