Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Indianapolis, Ind. - After three games, several Tornados football players are listed in both the NCAA Division II and South Atlantic Conference statistics.

Following a near-300 yard day against Chowan, quarterback Kye Hamilton's fingerprints are all over the statistical leaders page. Hamilton is third in the conference in passing yards per game, averaging 149.3 yards per game through the air. His four touchdown passes rank him fourth in the SAC in that category.

Workhorse running back John Taylor is tied for 79th in the nation in rushing, averaging 67.3 yards per game. That total is good for sixth in the SAC. Taylor is also 11th in all-purpose yards, totaling 85 yards per game.

Wide receiver Donald Hudson's career day against Chowan has propelled him to a spot amongst the SAC's top pass catchers. Hudson is tied for fourth in the conference and tied for 80th in the nation with 4.67 receptions per game. Hudson's 65 receiving yards per game are good for third in the conference and tied for 97th nationally.

Punter Luke Lovelace has consistently kicked with the best in the country through three weeks. Averaging 37.6 yards per punt, Lovelace is ranked as the fifth-best punter in the SAC and the 51st-highest punter in Division II.

Sure-handed punt returner Jared Light ranks 4th among qualifiers in the SAC, averaging 6.9 yards per punt return. That average also places him 68th in the nation.

Defensively, linebacker Stanley Jones is making his mark as one of the best tacklers in the conference. His 7.3 tackles per game are good for a ninth place tie in the SAC rankings.

At 1-2, Coach Paul Hamilton's team has this Saturday off before opening SAC play on September 27th against Lenoir-Rhyne.