UMR head football coach Kirby Cannon, who played football and basketball at Missouri State in the late 70’s, early 80’s returns to his alma mater as the Miners open the 2007 football season against the Bears at Plaster Field.

UMR leads the series 29-26-3 and these two teams last played in 1980. 

Missouri State head coach Terry Allen returns for his second season.  Last year the Bears were 2-9.  Allen is trying to build a winning program, but he has half of his 90 players who have never played for Missouri State.

Ashton Gronewold made the UMR record book for the 20th time on Saturday — and on Monday, he earned the Great Lakes Football Conference’s first weekly award of the season.

Gronewold, the Miners’ All-America wide receiver, was named as the GLFC’s "Offensive Player of the Week" after a game in which he accumulated 289 all-purpose yards although UMR was on the short end of a 38-31 decision against Truman State Saturday night.