Producer of the Wes McElroy Show from 3pm - 6pm
Jesse has been with Clear Channel Media & Entertainment since 2010. He considers himself a Richmond transplant as he has lived in the River City for over 10 years now but grew up in the Western Maryland area. Deciding to attend VCU he studied Broadcast Journalism and English while spending time working at radio stations WVCW and WRIR. Jesse is currently the producer for the Wes McElroy Show as well as other shows for Sports Radio 910. Being from the Maryland area he is a diehard fan of the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Capitals. Besides his work at Sports Radio 910 he also writes a blog for VCU basketball’s radio website.
The No.11 Richmond Spiders led 21-13 at halftime against NC State in Raleigh, but 10 unanswered points including a 48-yard field goal with 33 seconds left gave the Wolfpack the victory 23-21. Quarterback Michael Strauss had a career day going 29 of 45 for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. Another Spider breaking a career mark, was defensive lineman Kerry Wynn as he racked up 11 tackles, he now leads the team with 16 tackles through 2 games. The rushing attack only put up 22 yards in the stat line but this was due to big losses on a few runs, sophomore Jacobi Green ran for 35 yards and 1 touchdown. NC State quarterback Pete Thomas threw 2 interceptions to Wayne Pettus and Ayo Ogunniy, but as they took over at their own 21-yard line with 1:59 left, he led them down the field for 48 yards in 7 plays setting up Niklas Sade’s 48-yard blast. Also during that game an unusual play resulted in a freak injury. Wide receiver Ben Edwards lost his helmet and then as a NC State defender tried to bring him down, a laceration occurred on his head that required 9 stitches.
Richmond (1-1) will stay on the road, and in the state of North Carolina, for their next contest but this time taking on the Runnin’ Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb (1-1). The Spiders will most likely be without one of their top playmakers in Edwards due to the injury he sustained against NC State. Richmond could still be in pretty good shape as last year they took care of GW 41-8 at Robbins Stadium, which was the first meeting between the two programs. For the 2nd straight game the Spiders will face a team with a first-year head coach as the Runnin’ Bulldogs hired Carroll McCray after Ron Dickerson Jr. resigned. The last time out for Gardner-Webb it was a 55-0 loss at the hands of Marshall, a game that saw 8 GW players on the field for the first time during their college careers. The Runnin’ Bulldogs are led by a Runnin’ Bulldog as running back Juanne Blunt (5’9 201lbs) is averaging 107.5 yards through 2 games.
The Spiders passing attack is one of the best in the nation as they lead the CAA in passing yards per game (306.5), completions (58), attempts (90) and passing touchdowns (6), also good for 11th overall in the National rankings. One of the many weapons on their offense, WR Stephen Barnette, has started the season on the right foot racking up 180 yards on 11 catches and 2 touchdowns. Below I caught up with Stephen and we talked about what a close loss to an FBS opponent like NC State does for the team’s confidence, and what it’s like to play on the same team as your twin brother.