After starting the season 0-2, the Murray State Racers will come into Kroger Field on Saturday with no one knowing much about them other than the fact that they are a bottom-feeder of the FCS.
However, the Kentucky Wildcats have a knack for making these FCS games interesting. Eastern Kentucky kept things very close a year ago as it took Kentucky until the second half to pull away.
Let’s take a look at four players on Murray State’s roster who could be difference makers in Saturday’s matchup with the Wildcats.
Quarterback Drew Anderson
Anderson is in his first year with the Racers after transferring from an FBS school in Buffalo that produced the NFL’s best defensive player, Khalil Mack. Anderson played in five games in 2017 with Buffalo where completed 62.3% of his passes for 1,039 yards & 10 touchdowns with only one interception.
His first year with the Racers, however, isn’t off to the best start. His completion percentage has dropped to 54.6% and he’s thrown just one touchdown to three interceptions in his first two outings.
Despite his early struggles, Anderson is certainly worth keeping an eye out for because of his success in the MAC last season.
Drew Anderson just had one of the best statlines you'll ever see ... IN A LOSS. pic.twitter.com/jLERUw6mhL— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 8, 2017
Wide Receiver Rodney Castile
Castile is listed as a wideout but he’s actually his team’s leading rusher after the first two games of the season. Look for Castile to lineup as both a running back and receiver this week against Kentucky.
Wide Receiver/Kicker James Sappington
This is not an error. The Racers list Sappington as both a place kicker & a wideout. However, Sappington most likely won’t see action using his feet. The 6’4 Junior is a threat at the goal-line, though, and posted a big stat line last week against Central Arkansas by hauling in 81 yards & a score.
Linebacker Quincy Williams
Williams has been a tackling machine for the Racers. He logged 12 total tackles last week, including one for a loss. Williams had nine total tackles, two tackles for a loss of 14 yards, a sack, and a forced fumble in week one. Don’t be surprised if the Racers set Williams as a spy on Terry Wilson.