It’s almost time for Bearkat football.

With third-ranked Sam Houston State set to host No. 7 Richmond on Sunday, the countdown keeps getting smaller and smaller. Pretty soon, we’ll see football kick off again.

Over the last several years, the Bearkat football record books have been rewritten time and time again.

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With it essentially being game week, in a way, for the 2017 Kats, let’s take a look at a few marks that could make for new records on Sunday night against the Spiders or during the season.

Let’s start with the first new mark that could be set, which also happens to be the trickiest.

Bearkats senior defensive lineman P.J. Hall currently is tied with Andre Finley (1986-89) for most sacks in Sam Houston State program history with 36. Just one more will give him the school record outright.

However, the Southland Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision tabulates the statistically differently, using the NCAA standard.

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According to the NCAA, Hall is credited with 31 sacks. If the senior can get six sacks, Hall would become the new Southland record-holder. With 12 sacks, which could be attainable if the Kats make a deep run through the FCS playoffs, Hall would own the FCS record.

Last season, quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe set all kinds of new single-season records on his to leading Sam Houston to its first undefeated regular season since 2011 and eventually the Walter Payton Award.

Heading to his senior season, Briscoe can make some all-time records his own as well. Briscoe is second in program history behind Brian Bell (2010-13) in career passing yards, completions and touchdown passes. Briscoe is also third in total offense behind Bell and Jared Johnson.

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Each of those records are within reach for Briscoe.

The senior quarterback is 2,170 yards away from the career yardage mark; 171 from the completions record; 13 from the career touchdown passes mark and 3,788 yards from the total offense record.

Fourth-year receiver Yedidiah Louis can put himself on the top of a few categories in the Bearkat record books.

With 22 receiving touchdowns, Louis is six touchdowns away from becoming the new record-holder for career touchdown receptions.

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Louis, who is the Bearkats’ all-time leader for receptions, has 2,949 receiving yards and if he can get 325 this fall, he’ll break the SHSU and Southland mark of 3,273 yards set by Matt Dominguez (1997-00).

Additionally, Louis ranks sixth in Bearkat all-purpose yards with 3,724. It would take a heck of a season to reach the top spot of 6,293 yards, set by Timothy Flanders (2010-13), and that would take 2,569 yards. However, he can climb up to No. 2 with 729 yards this season.

In his time at Sam Houston, running back Corey Avery has made his mark, despite having to split time in the backfield.

Avery is 10th on the Bearkats’ all-time rushing list with 2,238 yards.

Now, he won’t be able to climb to No. 1, which is being held by Flanders and his 5,664 yards, but Avery could certainly rise up to No. 2.

If Avery can rush for more than 47 yards, he’ll rise to No. 6, but if he runs for at least 451 yards, he’ll claim the No. 2 spot.

Bearkats head coach K.C. Keeler, who owns the highest winning percentage by a coach in school history, can move past Willie Fritz (2010-13) on the list for most wins by a head coach with seven victories this season.

This article is written by Gene Schallenberg from The Huntsville Item, Texas and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.




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