Sam Houston State 2016 FCS Football Playoff Capsule

Sam Houston State Bearkats
With their win over Central Arkansas in the last game of the regular season, Sam Houston State heads into the playoffs with a perfect 11-0 record and a Southland title. Coach K.C. Keeler enters his third season with perhaps his best team yet. And this was a program that reached the semifinals of the playoffs last season.
2016 Record: 11-0, 9-0
Coach: K.C. Keeler
Big Wins: 11/5 McNeese State (56-43), 11/19 Central Arkansas (59-23)
Bad Losses: None
The potent Bearkats offense revolves around quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe. He has thrown for 4,096 yards and 52 touchdowns with just seven interceptions this season. Briscoe, who came in from UAB, wasted no time turning into an efficient and prolific passer in the Southland Conference. With dangerous receivers like Yedidiah Louis, Nathan Stewart and Davion Davis, Sam Houston State will make plenty of huge plays through the air. The ground game is pretty good too. Sophomore Remus Bulmer and Corey Avery have basically split carries and both are very capable backs who can take advantage of their opportunities when the opposition concentrates too much on the potent passing game.
With the nation’s top scoring offense, it is obviously the defense is the weakness of Sam Houston State. However, this is an experienced group that may give up some yards, especially through the air, but do a good job of not breaking. Despite ranking seventh in the Southland in pass defense and sixth in total defense, the Bearkats ranked second in scoring defense, allowing just 26.2 points per game. P.J. Hall is a superb pass rusher and Mouf Adebo has greatly benefited on the other end from the necessity to double team Hall. Despite the fact SHSU will get into the backfield on a consistent basis, the pass defense has had some problems. Junior safety Alfonzo McMillian is the leader of the unit, but this team lacks big playmakers in the secondary.
Statistical Leaders:
Rushing: Remus Bulmer, RB, 806 yards
Passing: Jeremiah Briscoe, QB, 4,096
Receiving: Yedidiah Louis, WR, 977 yards
Tackles: Justin Johnson, LB, 83
Sacks: P.J. Hall, DE, 11.0
Interceptions: Darion Flowers, LB, 3
2016 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 209.8 (21st in nation, 2nd in conference)
Passing Offense: 382.6 (2, 1)
Total Offense: 592.4 (1, 1)
Scoring Offense: 53.7 (1, 1)
Rushing Defense: 154.2 (58, 5)
Pass Defense: 270.4 (112, 7)
Total Defense: 424.6 (93, 6)
Scoring Defense: 26.2 (52, 2)
Turnover Margin: 0.10 (57, 5)
Sacks: 3.20 (8, 1)
Sacks Allowed: 0.70 (6, 1)
Recent Playoff Appearances:
2015    First Round     Defeated Southern Utah
2015    Second Round            Defeated McNeese State
2015    Quarterfinals   Defeated Colgate
2015    Semifinals       Lost to Jacksonville State
2014    First Round     Defeated Southeastern Louisiana
2014    Second Round            Defeated Jacksonville State
2014    Quarterfinals   Defeated Villanova
2014    Semifinals       Lost to North Dakota State
2013    First Round     Defeated Southern Utah
2013    Second Round            Lost to Southeastern Louisiana
2012    Second Round            Defeated Cal Poly
2012    Quarterfinals   Defeated Montana State
2012    Semifinals       Defeated Eastern Washington
2012    Championship Lost to North Dakota State
2011    Second Round            Defeated Stony Brook
2011    Quarterfinals   Defeated Montana State
2011    Semifinals       Defeated Montana
2011    Championship Lost to North Dakota State
2004    First Round     Defeated Western Kentucky
2004    Quarterfinals   Defeated Eastern Washington
2004    Semifinals       Lost to Montana
2001    First Round     Defeated Northern Arizona
2001    Quarterfinals   Lost to Montana
1991    First Round     Lost to Middle Tennessee State
1986    First Round     Lost to Arkansas State
*all team stats through 11/12