Thus far in 2013, Olivet Nazarene is averaging 15.5 points and 224.8 yards per game, including 123.2 passing and 101.5 rushing.
Sample leads the team by going 83-for-183 for 972 yards and two touchdowns. His top receiver is Aaron Salas with 24 grabs for 354 yards and one TD. Two other players are also over the century mark in receiving yards.
Michael Ho-Lewis is leading the ground attack with 407 yards and five scores. Two of his teammates are over the century mark as well.
Olivet Nazarene has committed 15 turnovers so far this fall.
Defensively, the Tigers are giving up an average of 24.6 points and 418.0 yards, including 256.8 passing and 161.2 rushing.
Mark Kosrow leads Olivet Nazarene with 58 tackles, while Derrick Hosselton has three sacks. Five players have one interception.
The Tigers have forced 11 turnovers this year.
Muzljakovich is a perfect 13-for-13 in extra points and 9-for-13 in field goals. He is also the team’s punter, sending 47 kicks away for a 40.9 average. Muzljakovich leads the NAIA in extra point percentage and is fifth in both total field goals and field goals per game.
Zach Gross guides the return game with a 20.3-yard kick average, while Lucas Nimberg has a 22.8-yard kick average and a 10.1 clip over 12 punt returns.
“Olivet is a team that has already played all of the top teams in the conference and is competing very well," Hafner said. "They are still playing a lot of young players that seem to be getting better every week. We will need to make them one-dimensional on offense by shutting down the run and then try to keep them off balance on defense by taking what they give us in the run and pass game.”
On Senior Day: “This is one of those days that is very bittersweet. We are very proud of this year’s senior class for what they have accomplished throughout the years. They are outstanding young men who are all going to be very successful in whatever they do.”