Scouting Pitt State
Working alongside Brown on the Gorillas’ offense will be quarterback Anthony Abenoja, who passed for 378 yards against NSU in 2012.
“He’s a very good athlete,” Evans said of Abenoja. “He’s not only a great athlete, but he also has a great arm. He can beat you throwing or running.”
Speaking of running, Jeff Seybold Jr. — a 5-foot-11, 208-pound sophomore — takes over at tailback. Seybold Jr., a Nebraska-Omaha transfer, exercised a medical redshirt in 2012 after suffering a season-ending injury against Central Oklahoma in Week 2.
“They have a couple of new guys,” Evans said of Pittsburg State’s group of running backs, which also includes Dre Holman — a Putnam City North alum — and Steven Sullivan.
“The key to their running game is that offensive line, and they maintain blocks very well. They latch on and don’t let go.”
Northeastern State at Pittsburg State
When: Saturday at 7 p.m.
Where: Carnie Smith Stadium (7,950) in Pittsburg, Kan.
Radio: The game will air live locally on KTLQ, AM-1350. In Pittsburg, Kan., the game will be on KKOW, AM-860.
Nicknames: Northeastern State RiverHawks; Pittsburg State Gorillas.
Coaches: NSU — Kenny Evans (sixth season, 20-35); Pitt State — Tim Beck (third season, 26-10).
Rankings: NSU is not ranked in Division II; Pitt State is No. 21 in the Division II coaches’ poll.
Series record: Tied at 12-12-2.
Last meeting: Pittsburg State won 41-20 in Tahlequah in 2012. Pitt State quarterback Anthony Abenoja set a school record with 378 passing yards in the Gorillas’ season-opening victory.
Looking ahead: NSU will debut at home against Missouri Southern on Sept. 14. On the same day, Pittsburg State will be in Edmond to play Central Oklahoma.