Samford football off to a perfect start

Samford Bulldogs linebacker Shaheed Salmon (5) during the game Kennesaw State on August 31, 2017 at Seibert Stadium in Homewood, AL. | COURTESY OF MARVIN GENTRY


Joi Moore, Staff Writer 

The Samford football team is already off to a solid start to the season, winning its first two games against Kennesaw State 28-23 and West Alabama 49-41.

A common theme that junior wide receiver Kelvin McKnight has seen behind the Bulldogs’ success in both games boiled down to one thing: energy.

“We all carried the mindset of striking them first,” McKnight said. “As a team, we understood the importance of having a lot of energy and carrying it out through the whole game as well as the season.”

The next contest for Samford will be against SEC powerhouse Georgia, a clash between two undefeated teams. The Bulldogs are working to get their minds and body right for the Georgia game Saturday in Athens.

“One thing we are going to have to do is pay more attention to the little things in play,” McKnight said. “It’s important that we execute better on offense to give defense a rest.”

The players are also taking time to evaluate themselves in order to contribute to the team’s success. Despite his stellar play so far this season, AllSoCon senior linebacker Shaheed Salmon has found some ways he can improve his game going into Athens.

“Individually, I need to work on my confidence in man coverage,” Salmon said. “I bring energy and play-making abilities to the game, which helps to motivate my teammates to do the same.”

The Salmon and McKnight have been performing very well, as they were nominated for Defensive and Offensive Player of the Week respectively for their performances. McKnight has accounted for 242 yards and four touchdowns in the first two games and Salmon is the team’s leading tackler with 23 tackles as well as two sacks for the season.

The Samford Bulldogs will take on the Georgia Bulldogs in Sanford Stadium Saturday in Athens at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.



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