Edmiston a tackling machine for Mavericks
Linebacker Jake Edmiston has an outside chance of breaking CMU’s single-season tackle record of 181 tackles set Daryl McKinnerny in 1986. Edmiston is averaging 13.25 tackles per game.
“I’ve seen a lot of linebackers over the years, and Jake is one of the best,” Mavericks defensive coordinator Todd Auer said. “Shedding blocks, making plays, his work ethic, all the things he does well make him special. He does so well in games because he works hard in practice. I really can’t say enough good things about the guy.”
Edmiston added, “It’s pretty easy to get tackles when no one is blocking you. Those guys up front do a fantastic job blocking everybody up and allowing me to get all the numbers.”
Speaking of records
Jake Cimolino inched closer to the third spot on the Colorado Mesa University football team’s all-time rushing list.
The Mavericks’ leading rusher finished with 60 yards on 12 carries to push his career total to 2,757 yards. The junior needs 79 yards to pass Charles Dukes (2001-04) and move up to No. 3 on the list.
Kicker Eli Williams won RMAC special teams player of the week last week after making four field goals against Chadron State. Against Black Hills State, Williams missed wide right on an attempt from 49 yards, but Martin said Williams still made a difference.
Williams had nine kickoffs and forced two touchbacks with 547 net yards on the kicks. His average net yardage of 60.8 helped the Mavericks maintain solid field position throughout the game.
“You know Eli and the kicking game has been really huge for us,” Martin said. “He’s been big with field goals and extra points, even though he missed a few of those for us today. He’s been great for us on kickoffs. He can hang the ball up for us and give us a chance to make a play. He’s a young man with a very strong leg, and we look forward to seeing him improve.”
Back in the saddle
At the start of the 2013 season, returning quarterback Jason Haferman was listed as third string on the depth chart.
After injuries to Aric Kaiser and Kyle Duran, Haferman was called in.
Haferman’s three touchdowns during the second half against Black Hills State ties his career high.
A record performance
An RMAC-record seven interceptions by the Mavericks’ secondary is a far cry from where they were last year, Martin said.
Martin credited a combination of his defensive coaches and a renewed sense of intensity for the improved secondary in 2013.
“They’re looking to really make plays,” Martin said. “They’re going for interceptions rather than just breaking the ball up. They’re playing with the expectation of making plays and really improving on their coverages and pattern reads and understanding what kind routes they’re going to see.”