GAME 3: Dean (0-2) at Salve Regina (1-1) | Saturday, September 15, 2018, 12:00 PM | Toppa Field, Newport, R.I. | Dean Roster | Salve Regina Roster | Dean Coaches | Salve Regina Coaches | Live Video | Live Stats | Salve Regina Preview
On To The Next One
With two heartbreaking losses behind then, Dean College (0-2) heads to Newport, R.I. on Saturday for a noon kickoff with a Salve Regina (1-1) team that shut them out a season ago (27-0) and is 11-3 at home over the past three seasons.
Dangerous When Deep
Dean boasts one of the most explosive kickoff return games in the country. In the season opener against Curry, Julian Burris (Marietta, Ga.) returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. In that same game, Nicholas Cade (Carrollton, Ga.) took one back 82 yards before a penalty. Then in last Saturday's game versus Western Connecticut, Errol Breaux (Marietta, Ga.) returned a fourth quarter kickoff 93 yards for another score.
Sophomore linebacker London Chambers (New Britain, Conn.) had his second straight standout performance last Saturday. He finished with six tackles and intercepted a pair of passes, which he returned for a combined 46 yards.
First-year signal caller Terrell Watts (New Haven, Conn.) and his host of new weapons have ignited the Bulldogs' passing offense. In 2017, three different Dean quarterbacks threw only seven touchdowns in ten games. So far this season, Watts has thrown five in two games, including four in the season opener.
Even after giving up 44 points on the road in the season opener against Curry, in their last six road contests, the Bulldogs are only allowing 17.6 points per game.
Dean's passing game has made big plays in the first two games this season and it shows in the ECFC stats. The Bulldogs rank first in the league in yards per attempt (8.1) and are second in yards per completion (15.4).
Let's Go For Two
The Bulldogs have already had four successful two-point conversions this season – two more than the entire Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) has combined and only three fewer than the league had combined all of last season.
Freshman dual threat Ki'sean Bullard (Miami, Fla.) has had four receptions in both of the Bulldogs' games thus far and ranks third in the ECFC in yards per reception (14.1). He caught a 30-yard scoring strike from Watts in the season opener and is tied for second on the team in receptions (8).
Dean has already blocked a pair of kicks in their first two games this season. In the season opener at Curry, Nicholas Cade (Marietta, Ga.) blocked a punt that David Marino-Silver (Tampa, Fla.) was able to scoop up and return 16 yards for a score. Then at home against Western Connecticut State last week, Kolby McCoy (New Bedford, Mass.) got his hands on a Colonials' extra point.
Take It Away
Dean has six takeaways so far this season and has forced 14 in their last four games.
Well, This Should Be Interesting
In 2017, Salve Regina's Brendan Nunes was one of only four players to catch a touchdown pass against the Bulldog defense. So far this season, Dean has yielded just one touchdown pass, while Nunes is coming off of a ten-catch, two touchdown grab performance against Montclair State.
In their last 12 games the Dean pass defense has held five teams to fewer than 100 yards passing, including last week when they held a trio of Western Connecticut State quarterbacks to 7-for-22 passing for 87 yards and an interception.