GREENVILLE, S.C. -- After opening the season with two road games, Furman kicks off its five-game 2013 home season this Saturday when it takes on the Presbyterian Blue Hose at Paladin Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
Furman (0-2) will look to enter the win column following setbacks at both Gardner-Webb and Coastal Carolina. PC (1-1), meanwhile, evened its record with a 42-24 triumph over Brevard last Saturday.
The contest will mark the game debut for Paladin Stadium's new playing surface — Shaw Sports Turf's "PowerBlade Bolt" system, which replaces the original natural grass field that was installed when the stadium was constructed in 1981 and which served the Paladins for 198 home football games over 32 seasons.
Ongoing construction of Furman's new Pearce-Horton Football Complex, the program's new 44,000-square football operational home and game day press box at Paladin Stadium, has led to significant changes to game day parking, ticketing, and stadium entrance plans, which will take effect beginning on Saturday and run for the entire season. For a quick review of the new plans, click here
The Furman-Presbyterian game will be radio broadcast over the Furman Sports Network and flagship station WGOG-FM 96.3 in Seneca, and will also carried by Greenville's FoxSports AM 1440 and via stadium transmitter at FM 105.9. In addition, it will be audio streamed through Stretch Internet at FurmanPaladins.com. Dan Scott, the "Voice of the Paladins," will call the play-by-play and be joined by Corey Stewart with color commentary.
There will be no video live stream of Saturday's game.
Live stats will be presented through StatBroadcast at FurmanPaladins.com. Fans can click on the live stats link located in the schedule box on the home page or add a mobile-enabled web app for all live stats on their phone at paladinsmobile.com
Furman welcomed the return of sophomore quarterback Reese Hannon to the lineup last Saturday against Coastal Carolina. The Greer, S.C., product, who started nine games a year ago but sat out the season opener at Gardner-Webb with a strained oblique, passed for 191 yards and two touchdowns against the Chanticleers.
Led by junior running back Hank McCloud's career high 133-yard rushing performance and 13-carry, 72-yard effort by redshirt freshman Marcus Anderrson, Furman's ground game came to life against Coastal Carolina, accounting for 240 yards.
Hannon's favorite targets through the air included Gary Robinson (6 rec., 50 yds., TD), Ryan Culbreath (4 rec., 48 yds., TD), and David Dingess (3 rec., 50 yds.).
A youthful Paladin defense, which features freshman backups at nine of the 11 positions, is paced by sophomore linebackers Cory Magwood (26 tackles) and Carl Rider (21 tackles).
Furman sports a 14-game series winning streak against PC — the second longest active streak against any Paladin foe — and is 12-0 all-time versus the Blue Hose in Paladin Stadium. Furman leads the all-time series 42-11-1.