I am honestly interested in thoughts from fans of each team.. OBJECTIVE thoughts. I don't know everyone's team (who is graduating??). So I am looking for help here !!
please correct me where I have mistakes !! I need your help on each team !
ill come back later w more detail.
top three teams?
Wofford - returns Everyone on OL. Both QBs return. Pretty scary for SoCon Defenses !
Significant graduations for Wofford include: HB SPEED Lennox McAfee and FB TOUGH RUNNER Andre Stoddard on offense but that's all I think ... Those are top two runners though.
They Lose CB Domonique Lemon, CB Devin Watson, S Jojo Tillery. ** so they lose 3 out of 4 starters in D backfield
DL will miss Miles Brown big time but they get Horton back who is great. They do lose 2 of Front 3 on DL as Zamary graduates also in addition to Miles Brown. Still Horton makes up for a lot of that. They lose only one LB out of 4 ( basically run a 3/4) in Hinton at ILB so LB should be a strength.
Keys for Wofford next year look to be RBs and defensive backfield. Looks like middle of run defense will be stout again w Horton coming back from injury. Wofford returns a lot (all OL) of players for a SoCon champ
Wofford fans - thoughts?
Furman ?? Obviously the team I know best
I hope you all give me this detail on your teams. We may take a one year step back. DEPENDS ON QB. Big time! Prior regime left us Blaze and Roberts who was a career backup but did Wonderful this year. But they left us No QBs as junior or sophomore really. So Hendrix had to get a QB quick - my GUESS is Grainger who the coaches are very high on but he only played ONE year of high school QB ! That's Scary inexperienced. Missing three years of high school vs a regular guy. Dude Is really talented but loose with the ball - tends to fumble... Other options are Hamp Sisson - probably more polished right now than Grainger? Grainger maybe more raw talent. **NEW is a transfer QB from MTSU who MTSU had at WR (so quite athletic) but wasn't going to be their QB. So he is coming to FU in June to try to be a QB. 3 star guy? Not that stars always mean much. But clearly if MTSU (and GTech looked at him) took him he is a mid-level FBS athlete. OL returns ALL 8 guys and given another year of Hendrix training should be ok/good. Long term need more Hendrix-recruited guys on OL as he wants a different type of OL. Only lose three guys on O. QB Roberts and RB Dirks and TB Morehead had to quit because of injuris . All OL and most WRs and RBs return (except FB Dirks graduated and now Morehead TB had to quit with injuris and one WR Burnette left too ).
On D we will miss Jaylan Reid at DT. And Anoor at Safety. Both were all conference and 30 starts+. That will hurt. LB I feel good about. You all know Hope led FCS Nation in sacks as freshman. McKoy is a killer. And we saw our LBs hold Wofford and Citadel to 14 points and 17 points respectively. ***What we are needing work on is pass defense !! Need to improve there - we have pass rush, need better coverage
*update*. LB ( pass rush) Adrian Hope was Fourth in Jerry Rice vote for best freshman in country. Voted Freshman AA by Hero Sports too
ETSU? Can they repeat this years run of one score wins ? Sanders looks to be doing good things there which is main thing. Good coaching is priority 1 !!!
How many key guys graduate? I know Henrik was a BIG part of success and he graduates. *Question number one is replacing Henrik at QB!! Marci played QB in early season but didn't look too good yet and so Henrik took his place and never gave up the starting job. Now Henrik graduated.
***WELL ETSU went and got two FBS transfers at QB. Coastal Carolina guy w one year eligibility. Scary is Miami FL kid who enters as a RSo w three yrs left and played in four games at Miami and started one game. He has to have raw talent to even start one game at Miami
Quay Holmes returns at RB and is very good !
**update* Quay Holmes won Freshman AA awards from Hero Sports
How many OL graduate ? Does Nasir Player return on DL ??
ETSU fans - I need your help !?
Middle teams? I don't know. Just guessing at 'middle' vs top. Don't be offended
Mercer - Return two Great QBs who were gimpy this year. Riddle and Riley. I would think they have. Best QB depth in conference next year. Great RB returns huge load - 5'8" 233 Lb Devezin. He is a load. OL looks good and returns 4 of 5 starters. WR suffer big losses - Irvin, Houzah and walker. Pretty big losses there.
Defense. Edge rushing losses are big - Losing Buehler and Wysor at DE will hurt .... Buehler was a strong pass rusher. Lose all 3 OLB including all-conference LeMarkus Bailey. So they lose both DE and all starting OLB. Pass rush will be a question mark for them. Stopping the edge runs of option teams may be an issue when you lose all your DEs and all your OLBs ??
Special teams. Losing Irvin on PR and Houzah on KOR will hurt. Mercer was very very good at KOR and PR in 2018. Though one guy - Durden - returns.
Citadel - Return ALL OL from 2018. New QB showed a lot of promise at end of 2018 vs last few teams on schedule. All backs return. So O should be good and much improved. D only loses 4 guys though they were key guys (whole summary sounds a lot like Furman really - returns almost entire O, lose a few but KEY D guys ). D loses great LB Dawkins and top DB Spann. Also lose good DL Allen and another LB Hubbs. Citadel could be moving up in SoCon with so few losses on O
(. * update**On Monday, Sam Houston State running back Remus Bulmer -- one of the top returning career rushers in the FCS -- reached out to HERO Sports and said he is going to sit out the rest of 2018 and will take his redshirt this year, then look to play his senior season elsewhere in 2019.-
he is coming to Citadel for Senior season )
update*. OL Haas (center?) and punter Campbell voted Freshman AA form Hero sports !
Samford - where will they be without Gooden on D and Hodges and McKnight on O ?? NOT a smack. But you have to,wonder. I'll put em 6th? FBS transfer at QB would change this maybe. Shelling - great WR returns. Samford does have several good freshman playing on D this year
Samford fans who else returns and who graduates?
Chattanooga. I put them here because now it's coaching turmoil. All 2018 offensive coaches are gone. Talent wise they have some for sure. But they had talent this past year and had no offense.
on O - Tiano QB and WR Nunnely and RB Price return....
How many OL return? All. 5 ! Though the OL really struggled in 2018
Does Kareem Orr graduate ?? He was a great DB ! yes, He graduated.
But on the DL the two killers - Mack and Mahaffey are both gone. That's a big loss - so big defensive losses
UPDATE *** Arth is gone to Akron. - Chatt now hired new HC Rusty Wright who was an assistant at Georgia State. Used to play for Chatt
Western. BIG question. Is Tyrie Adams back? I'll,assume so. But still 2 questions. Don't FOUR of the OL starters graduate. That's gonna hurt. Can they finally improve on defense ??
**update Ronald Kent at DB won freshman AA from Hero Sports
WCU fans. Some help here ?
VMI - I give them credit for playing tough this year. So close. Air raid can always upset someone. Came within 2 points of Citadel and Western.
bump. I updated with the 5 SoCon guys that won freshman all America awards. Updated some on 4/23