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  2022 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: RB - Geno Hess, Southeast Missouri,...A native of Peoria, Illinois, Hess is only the third SEMO player to win the league's offensive player of the year honor joining fellow running backs Henry Harris (2010) and Marquis Terry (2018). He leads the FCS in total touchdowns (21), rushing touchdowns (19) and scoring (11.5 ppg). Hess' rushing touchdowns are fourth-most in OVC history, while his rushing yards (1,569) ranks ninth. He broke the school and OVC single-game rushing record with 317 yards vs. Murray State (Nov. 19) and is the only FCS player to clear the 300-yard plateau this year. Hess, a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, ran for over 100 yards six times and now ranks third among OVC career leaders in rushing touchdowns (51), ninth in career rushing yards (3,990). His 3,990 yards are third-most among active FCS players. - Southeast Missouri Football

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  2022 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Geno Hess (RB), Southeast Missouri,...Hess was dominant on the ground, leading the FCS in total touchdowns (21) and rushing touchdowns (19), ranking second in yards per carry (7.62) and third in total rushing yards (1,569). His rushing touchdowns are the fourth-most in OVC history while his rushing total this season was the ninth-most. He accomplished all of that despite having only eight rushing yards in the season-opener at FBS foe Iowa State. Hess broke the OVC single-game rushing record with 317 yards on 26 carries against Murray State in the season finale; he is the only FCS player to break the 300-yard plateau in 2002.

He had two other games where he rushed for 200 yards and overall had six games with at least 100 rushing yards. Hess had four rushing touchdowns in two different games and tallied 10 total touchdowns over his final three regular season games, helping Southeast Missouri to its third OVC Championship. Hess now ranks third in OVC career history for rushing touchdowns (51) and ninth in career rushing yards (3,989), the third-most among active FCS players. Hess is the third SEMO player to win the award, joining two other running backs in Henry Harris (2010) and Marquis Terry (2018). - OVC Football


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  NOV 21 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Geno Hess, RB, 5-8, 222, Sr., Peoria, Ill., Southeast Missouri,...Hess broke the OVC single-game rushing record by carrying the ball 26 times for 317 yards (12.2 ypc) and four touchdowns while also catching a pass for 10 yards as Southeast Missouri topped Murray State 52-22 to win its third OVC Championship. He broke the previous OVC record of 311 held by SEMO's Marquis Terry. Hess is the only FCS player to reach 300 rushing yards this season.

He had touchdown runs of 73, 43, 31 and 21 yards, increasing his season rushing touchdowns total to 19, which is tied for first nationally (and fourth in OVC single-season history. Hess now has 1,569 yards this season, third nationally and ninth in OVC single-season history. Hess increased his career rushing touchdowns mark to 51 (third in OVC history) and his career rushing total to 3,989 (ninth in OVC history). Hess also ranks second nationally in rushing yards/carry (7.62) and third in rushing yards/game (142.6). It marked his sixth 100-yard game of the season and was the third week in a row and and fifth time this season he has won this award. Others Nominated: Dom Shoffner, Eastern Illinois; Jayvian Allen, Tennessee Tech; Dresser Winn, UT Martin. - OVC Football


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  NOV 21 FEDEX GROUND FCS NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Geno Hess, Southeast Missouri, RB, Sr., 5-8, 222, Peoria, Illinois,...Hess set the Ohio Valley Conference single-game rushing record with 317 yards and scored four touchdowns in Southeast Missouri's 52-22 win over Murray State. He averaged 12.2 yards on 26 carries, scoring from 73, 43, 31 and 21 yards out, as the Redhawks clinched a share of the conference title. He also caught one pass for 10 yards. Honorable Mention: Spencer Brasch, QB, Cal Poly; Marcus Cooper, RB, UIW; Theo Day, QB, Northern Iowa; Tim DeMorat, QB, Fordham; Cole Doyle, QB, Saint Francis; Xavier Gipson, WR, Stephen F. Austin; Michael Hiers, QB, Samford; Ty James, WR, Mercer; Derrel Kelley III, RB, Tarleton; Otto Kuhns, QB, Norfolk State; Dylan Laube, RB, New Hampshire; Fred Payton, QB, Mercer; Aidan Sayin, QB, Penn; Nasir Smith, RB, Central Connecticut State. - STATS FCS Football

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  Geno Hess ran for 317 yards and four touchdowns and Southeast Missouri State clinched a share of the Ohio Valley Conference championship Saturday by walloping Murray State, 52-22. The Redhawks (9-2) finished the regular season with a 5-0 record in conference, tied with UT Martin, which knocked off Eastern Illinois, 34-31 in its season finale. Southeast Missouri State claimed the conference's automatic berth into the FCS playoffs on a coin flip Saturday night. Hess broke the Southeast Missouri State and OVC records for most rushing yards in a single game. The Redhawks scored on a pick-6 on the third play of the game when William McCall picked off a Jayden Stinson pass and raced 49 yards to the end zone. Hess scored on a 73-yard run in the first quarter to take a 21-3 lead. Lucas Maue completed 2 of 4 passes for 87 yards, with both completions going for touchdowns. He added 10 carries for 15 yards and a touchdown for Murray State (2-9, 1-4). - AP College Football

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  NOV 14 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Geno Hess, RB, 5-8, 222, Sr., Peoria, Ill., Southeast Missouri,...Hess hit the century mark for the fifth time in his last seven games, gaining 198 yards and scoring three touchdowns on 30 carries in a 31-7 victory over Eastern Illinois. Hess averaged 6.6 yards per carry and scored on runs of 31, 10 and 1 yards as the Redhawks improved to 8-2 on the season and 4-0 in the OVC. It marked his 15th 100-yard rushing game of his career, a new SEMO record. He increased his career rushing touchdowns total to 47, which is sixth in OVC history. Hess, who has been named OVC Offensive Player of the Week four times this season, ranks second nationally in total touchdowns (17), third in scoring (10.2 points/game), fourth in rushing touchdowns (15), sixth in rushing yards (1,252 and rushing yards/game (125.2), eighth in rushing yards/carry (6.96) and 15th in all-purpose yards (135.60/game). Others Nominated: Cade Brister, Lindenwood; Cortezz Jones, Murray State; Jeremiah Oatsvall, Tennessee Tech. - OVC Football

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  Geno Hess scored three touchdowns, Southeast Missouri State allowed only 100 yards, and the Redhawks defeated Eastern Illinois 31-7 on Saturday to remain undefeated in the Ohio Valley Conference. Hess had 198 yards on 30 carries with touchdown runs of 31, 10 and 1 yards. The Redhawks had 320 yards rushing and Patrick Heitert threw for 140 yards, completing 11 of 17 passes. SE Missouri (8-2 overall) and UT Martin, which do not play each other this season, are tied for first place at 4-0. The Redhawks finish with Murray State and UT Martin's finale is against Eastern Illinois. The Panthers (2-8, 1-4) had 79 rushing yards and their quarterbacks combined to go 3-of-19 passing for 21 yards. Their touchdown was a 12-yard drive set up by a fumble on a punt return. - AP College Football

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  NOV 7 OHIO VALLEY CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Geno Hess, RB, 5-8, 222, Sr., Peoria, Ill., Southeast Missouri,...Hess set the Southeast Missouri career rushing record in the Redhawks 42-0 shutout of Tennessee State. The senior carried the ball 18 times for 136 yards (7.6 ypc) and three touchdowns while also adding a nine-yard reception. He scored on touchdown runs of 44, 6 and 3 yards. His 44-yard score in the first quarter helped him pass Kelvin "Earthquake" Anderson for the all-time mark; Hess now has 3,475 rushing yards (fourth among active FCS players). It marked his seventh career three-touchdown game and his 14th 100-yard rushing game of his career. Additionally, he went over the 1,000 yard mark for the second-straight season. His 44 career rushing touchdowns now ranks sixth in OVC history. Hess ranks sixth nationally in rushing yards (1,054), seventh in rushing touchdowns (12), eighth in rushing yards/game (117.1), 10th in rushing yards per carry (7.03) and scoring (9.3 points/game) and 21st in all-purpose yards (128.67/game). Others Nominated: Dom Shoffner, Eastern Illinois; Jeremiah Oatsvall, Tennessee Tech. - OVC Football

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  Geno Hess had 18 carries for 136 yards and scored three of Southeastern Missouri State's five rushing touchdowns as the Redhawks beat Tennessee State 42-0 Saturday night. Southeast Missouri State (7-2, 3-0 Ohio Valley Conference) rebounded from a 27-23 loss to Eastern Kentucky to win for the seventh time in eight games. Hess scored on a 44-yard run less than 2 1/2 minutes into the game, added a 6-yard TD late in the first half and his 3-yard run with 9:59 left in the third quarter made it 28-0. Darrell Smith had a 50-yard touchdown run and Keveon Robbins added a scoring run from 20-yards out in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. Draylen Ellis completed 14 of 35 passes for 104 yards for Tennessee State (3-6, 2-2). - AP College Football

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  OCT 24 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Geno Hess, RB, 5-8, 222, Sr., Peoria, Ill., Southeast Missouri,...Hess netted his second 200-plus yard rushing game of the season with 207 yards (12.2 ypc) on just 17 carries in a 51-16 win at Northwestern State. He scored on touchdown runs of 29 and 4 yards in the first quarter (as SEMO opened up a 23-3 lead) and added a 54-yard score in the third quarter to cap the scoring for the Redhawks, who won their sixth-straight game. Hess is one of 5 players nationally with two or more 200-yard rushing games this season, and he is one touchdown away from joining the OVC career Top 10 rushing touchdown list. Nationally, Hess ranks sixth in rushing yards/carry (7.41), seventh in rushing yards (837), ninth in rushing touchdowns (9) and 15th all-purpose yards (131.29/game). Others Nominated: Payton Rose, Lindenwood; Draylen Ellis, Tennessee State; Jeremiah Oatsvall, Tennessee Tech; Dresser Winn, UT Martin. - OVC Football

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  Geno Hess ran for 207 yards and three touchdowns and Paxton DeLaurent threw for three more scores as Southeast Missouri State routed Northwestern State 51-16 in a nonconference game Saturday. Hess scored from 29 and 4 yards out in the first quarter as the Redhawks rolled to a 23-3 lead after one. DeLaurent hit Damoriea Vick and Johnny King with touchdown passes in the second quarter to put Southeast Missouri up 37-3 at intermission and added a 19-yard strike to Ryan Flournoy early in the third quarter to push the lead to 44-3. Scooter Adams pulled in a pass from Zachary Clement and scored from 84 yards out to get the Demons into the end zone in the third quarter, but Hess answered with a 54-yard run for a score to make it 51-10. The Redhawks (6-1) amassed 619 yards of offense. Clements led Northwestern State (3-5) with 305 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-38 passing and ran for 47 yards on 11 carries. - AP College Football

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  OCT 3 OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Geno Hess, RB, 5-8, 222, Sr., Peoria, Ill., Southeast Missouri,...Hess ran for a career-high 276 yards and four touchdowns as Southeast Missouri topped Lindenwood 49-28 in its OVC-opener. The 276 yards are the third-most by a FCS player this season and the second-highest total by an OVC player in the last 12 seasons (only SEMO's Marquis Terry had more - 311 in 2018). Hess carried the ball 24 times in averaging 11.5 yards/rush and also catch a 14-yard pass. The All-American scored on runs of 15, 14, 84 and 1 yards. In the process he broke SEMO's career records in total touchdowns (39) and rushing touchdowns (37). His 84-yard run in the fourth quarter was the ninth-longest nationally this season. Hess is averaging 108.4 yards/game, which ranks 10th nationally. Others Nominated: Cade Brister, Lindenwood; Taylor Shields, Murray State; David Gist, Tennessee Tech; Dresser Winn, UT Martin. - OVC Football

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  Geno Hess rushed for 278 yards and four touchdowns and Southeast Missouri State rolled to a 49-28 victory over Lindenwood on Saturday. DC Pippin kicked two field goals to stake Southeast Missouri State (4-1), ranked 24th in the FCS coaches poll, to a 6-0 lead after one quarter in its Ohio Valley Conference opener. Hess' first touchdown came on a 15-yard second-quarter run, pushing the Redhawks' lead to 13-0. Paxton DeLaurent connected with Johnny King for a 21-yard touchdown and hit Damoriea Vick for the 2-point conversion and a 21-0 lead.

Hess, who did his damage on 24 carries, added a 14-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to pass Walter Smallwood's (1965-68) touchdown record with the 37th of his career. Hess finished off his day with scoring runs of 84 and 1 yard in the fourth quarter. Smallwood's record stood for 54 years. DeLaurent completed 19 of 33 passes for 312 yards. King had eight receptions for 126 yards. Cade Brister threw for 346 yards on 28-of-44 passing with three touchdowns for Lindenwood (2-2, 0-2). He also ran for 108 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. SEMO piled up 684 yards of offense, 372 on the ground. Marquis Terry rushed for a Redhawks and Ohio Valley Conference-record 311 yards, scoring four touchdowns in a 48-44 win over rival Southern Illinois in 2018. - AP College Football


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  2022 PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT OVC PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: RB Geno Hess, Southeast Missouri, Sr.,...First-Team All-OVC selection in 2021...Named to the Associated Press (Second-Team), Stats Perform (Third-Team) and Phil Steele (Third-Team) All-America teams...Finished tied for 23rd in the overall voting for the Walter Payton Award which goes to the Football Championship Subdivision Offensive Player of the Year…Started 10 games in the backfield...SEMO's top rusher with 1,116 yards and 14 touchdowns on 203 carries...Averaged 5.5 yards per carry and 111.6 rushing yards per game. - Southeast Missouri Football

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  2022 PRESEASON STATS PERFORM FCS THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: RB - Geno Hess, 5-8, 209, senior, Southeast Missouri,...Finished tied for 23rd in the overall voting for the Walter Payton Award which goes to the Football Championship Subdivision Offensive Player of the Year in 2021...Started 10 games in the backfield…SEMO's top rusher with 1,116 yards and 14 touchdowns on 203 carries...Averaged 5.5 yards per carry and 111.6 rushing yards per game. - Southeast Missouri Football

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  2022 PRESEASON WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCH LIST: RB Geno Hess, Southeast Missouri, Sr., 5-8, 209 (2021 Finalist),...First-Team All-OVC selection in 2021...Named to the Associated Press (Second-Team), Stats Perform (Third-Team) and Phil Steele (Third-Team) All-America teams...Finished tied for 23rd in the overall voting for the Walter Payton Award which goes to the Football Championship Subdivision Offensive Player of the Year...Started 10 games in the backfield…SEMO's top rusher with 1,116 yards and 14 touchdowns on 203 carries...Averaged 5.5 yards per carry and 111.6 rushing yards per game...Caught five passes for 69 yards...Led the OVC in rushing, scoring (TDs) (8.4 ppg) and all-purpose yards (118.5 ypg). - Southeast Missouri Football

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  2022 PRESEASON ALL-OHIO VALLEY FOOTBALL (COACHES): RB Geno Hess, Southeast Missouri,...Hess was the OVC's leading rusher with 1,116 yards, 14 touchdowns and 111.6 yards per game en route to First-Team All-Conference accolades a year ago. Hess landed on three different All-America teams and finished tied for 23rd in the overall voting for the Walter Payton Award. - Southeast Missouri Football

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  2022 PRESEASON OVC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Geno Hess (RB), Southeast Missouri,...A native of Peoria, Illinois, Hess was also named to the Lindy's Sports All-America Team this preseason. He was the OVC's leading rusher with 1,116 yards, 14 touchdowns and 111.6 yards per game en route to First-Team All-Conference accolades a year ago. Hess landed on three different All-America teams and finished tied for 23rd in the overall voting for the Walter Payton Award. - Southeast Missouri Football

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  2021 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE FIRST-TEAM (COACHES): RB - Geno Hess, Southeast Missouri,...Hess, one of 25 finalists for the Stats Perform Walter Payton Award, led the OVC in rushing yards (1,116), rushing touchdowns (14) and rushing yards per game (111.6). He ranked seventh in the Football Championship Subdivision in each of those categories. Hess ran for over 100 yards in seven of his 10 starts at tailback. - Southeast Missouri Football

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  Geno Hess ran for 107 yards and a touchdown, Shabari Davis returned a kickoff for a touchdown, and Southeast Missouri State celebrated homecoming with a 38-15 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday. Davis' 86-yard run with the second-half kickoff sparked a 31-point second half for the Redhawks (3-6, 3-1 Ohio Valley). After Kenny Doak added a field goal, CJ Ogbonna ran for a touchdown and threw for two more. Hess needed 101 yards to reach 1,000 for the season and finished the game with 1,006 yards. His 17-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his 13th TD of the season. Otto Kuhns completed 14 of 30 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown for Eastern Illinois (1-8, 1-3). His touchdown went to Isaiah Hill, who caught 11 passes for 207 of the Panthers' 275 total passing yards. Ogbonna completed 9 of 16 passes for 197 yards. - AP College Football

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  Geno Hess ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns, Southeast Missouri State intercepted three passes and the Redhawks defeated Austin Peay 30-14 on Saturday night. Hess led a ground game that piled up 197 yards and the Redhawks' limited passing game added 93 yards as SE Missouri State (2-4, 2-1 Ohio Valley) won despite being outgained by 100 yards. Draylen Ellis was 28 of 53 for 259 yards for the Governors (2-4, 0-2). All three interceptions were his. D.J. Render caught 11 passes for 89 yards and Ahmaad Tanner rushed for 63 yards and both Austin Peay touchdowns. Tanner's second touchdown, on a 53-yard run in the third quarter, drew the Governors within 23-14 but Hess's 2-yard run late in the third closed out the scoring. Jalyn Williams was 7 of 14 passing for 68 yards for the Redhawks. - AP College Football

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  SEPT 27 OVC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Geno Hess, RB, 5-8, 209, Sr., Peoria, Ill., Southeast Missouri,...Hess carried the ball 25 times for a career-high 205 yards and three touchdowns as Southeast Missouri earned its first win of the season and opened OVC play by topping Tennessee State 47-14. The 205 yards are the third-most nationally this season. Hess, who averaged 8.2 yards per carry, scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter and added a 63-yard score to open the third quarter and finished the day with an 8-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. It marked the first time a SEMO player had rushed for more than 200 yards since the 2018 season (Marquis Terry 202 vs. Dayton). Hess, a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, leads the OVC and ranks 12th nationally in rushing (100.2 yards/game). He also ranks fourth in rushing touchdowns (5) and total rushing yards (401), 24th in rushing yards/carry (5.65) and 33rd in all-purpose yards (116.25/game). Others Nominated: Baniko Harley, Austin Peay; DeAiroius Smith, Eastern Illinois; Quinton Cross, Tennessee Tech. - OVC Football

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  Geno Hess rushed for a career-high 205 yards with three touchdowns and Southeast Missouri defeated Tennessee State 47-14 on Saturday in an Ohio Valley Conference opener. Hess is the first Redhawks (1-3, 1-0) player to run for 200 yards since Marquis Rerry had 202 against Dayton in 2018. Hess, who had 25 carries, ran for a 63-yard score that gave the Redhawks a 23-0 lead early in the second half. Dayron Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a Tigers (1-3, 0-1) score but Kenny Doak kicked a 45-yard field goal and Hess ran in from 8 yards out for a 33-6 lead heading into the final quarter. Southeast Missouri rolled up 607 yards offense, 380 of it on the ground, to 266 for the Tigers, who rushed for only 14 yards and converted just one of 11 third downs. CJ Ogbonna threw for 227 yards with a touchdown to Will Weidemann and an interception for the Redhawks. Doak kicked four field goals. Geremy Hickbottom threw for 252 yards with a touchdown to Vincent Perry and a pick. - AP College Football

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  2019 OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM (COACHES): RB - Geno Hess, Southeast Missouri,...A native of Peoria, Illinois, Hess is SEMO's second-leading rusher with 575 yards and six touchdowns on 102 carries. He averages 52.3 rushing yards per game and 5.6 yards per carry through 11 contests. Hess ranks sixth in the OVC in rushing yards per game. - Southeast Missouri Football

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  NOV 4 OVC CO-NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Geno Hess, RB, 5-8, 190, R-Fr., Peoria, Ill., Southeast Missouri,...Hess ran for a career-high 156 yards and two touchdowns as Southeast Missouri topped Tennessee State 32-13 to remain in a tie for first place in the OVC. The victory was the first for the Redhawks over the Tigers in Nashville since 1996. The 156 rushing yards are the third-most by an OVC player this season Hess carried the ball 14 times in averaging 11.1 yards/carry. He scored his first touchdown on an 18-yard run early in the third quarter and added his second score on a 73-yard scamper to open the fourth quarter and put the game out of reach. The 73-yard run was the longest rushing play for SEMO this season. Others Nominated: Marcis Floyd, Murray State; Dail Dava, Tennessee Tech. - Ohio Valley Football

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