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September 27, 2013

Time will tell if ECU is ready for Reddies

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Arkadelphia, AR —

“Did you convert him,” the coach was asked. “We sure did,” McCarty said.

At least, “We'll see Saturday,” he said.

The paper Tigers got four turnovers from their opponent in the season opener.

They've had none since. Granted, the opposition has improved, the coach said. “You've got to get on those fumbles.”

Here's some other tangibles for the paper Tigers to consider as they head out of town for a the showdown Saturday at Carpenter Heygood Stadium in Arkadelphia, Arkansas:

 • The Reddies have a 16-game winning streak and have forgotten what it's like to lose. It hasn't happened since 2011.

 • The Reddies are ranked No. 8 in the nation in the AFCA poll and No. 10 in the D2 football;

 • The Reddies, behind the passing of quarterback Kevin Rodgers, are averaging  681 yards of total offense a game. That's the best in the entire NCAA among Division 2 teams.

 • The Reddies, in earning that 67 point per game average, are finishing with 466.3 yards per game in passing. Surely there's a law against gobbling up that much air space in a 120-yard playing surface.

Rogers has served up 410.7 of those yards by completing 75 of his 120 passes with just two picks. He's not a scrambler. He plays out of the spread and, well, spreads the football to receivers who turn short passes into long gains.

That impressive secondary that began the season for ECU, gave up three touchdown passes last week. Rogers will give them another test Saturday to see if they're real, or paper. 

He's already thrown for 12 touchdowns.

 • The paper Tigers better get real if they want to slow down Darium Davis and Robert Jordan, the Reddies two talented wide receivers  Davis already has 20 catches for 420 yards and three TDs in three games, and Jordan has 19 catches for 312 yards and three scores.

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