Day of firsts in store for SEMO football Saturday at Iowa State

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Paxton DeLaurent is less than 72 hours away from his first game as a Division 1 quarterback for the Southeast Missouri State University Redhawks and it will come against a Big 12 opponent, the Iowa State Cyclones. 

DeLaurent recalled the moment when it really hit him that his dream was about to come true. 

“It kind of settled in when I saw the game plan,” he said. “We had a printed out thing that said ‘Ames, Iowa State, SEMO.’ And that was the first time I was like, ‘Man, I really get to live out my dream, like this is the time.’” 

A transfer from NAIA Central Methodist University, DeLaurent earned the job over last year’s starter CJ Ogbonna. 

Offensive Coordinator Jeromy McDowell said DeLaurent brings out the best in his teammates, a trait common amongst the highest level of QB’s. 

“Guys play well around him,” he said. “That’s what leaders do. That’s what great quarterbacks do. We’re just ready to see it.” 

Saturday’s game at Iowa State will be a homecoming of sorts for senior tight end Will Weidemann, who grew up about an hour north of Ames in Clarion, Iowa. 

“I’d been going to every home game since I was born,” he said. “My dad tells me stories obviously before I can even remember. I can still remember some of the big games, just being there with family, tailgating every home Saturday. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time.” 

Weidemann said he will have upwards of 40 friends and family members there to watch him play in the stadium he went to dozens of times as a kid. 

“Being down here, I’ve been trying to get family to come down, and they do a great job, but this game I’m probably going to have the most I’ve ever had, especially for my senior season, so I’m super excited,” he said.

Kickoff for Saturday’s season-opener is set for 1 p.m.

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