In a recent phone conversation with Coach David Harper, I got a distinct impression that there is reason to be optimistic for the upcoming season. We discussed many things, and Harper was upbeat about the team and the 2013 season.
While there are definite holes left by graduation, Coach Harper felt that recruiting was going well, and did not want anyone to forget that there are some very experienced players returning for this season.
Among them are Tim Reynolds, the Junior quarterback who was the USA South offensive player of the year, and who set the school single season passing yardage record. Reynolds ran for 876 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012. In the passing department, he was 115 of 189 with only 5 interceptions and 13 touchdowns.
I look for Reynolds to be even better this season.
J.L. Tyree is another solid returner for the Panthers. "He could start for any team in our conference" Harper said of Tyree. This 6'3" 297lb. Senior will be the anchor of the offensive line.
Also returning is Punter Wesley Franklin. Franklin was statistically one of the best in the country last season, (finished the season ranked 5th) and I would expect even bigger things this season.
"As a team, we're getting stronger" Harper said. All indications are that Ferrum continues on the right road.
The coaching vacancy left by the departure of Ralph Isernia, has been filled by new offensive coordinator Chris Bache. Bache (pronounced Bay Jay) comes with an impressive resume, and Coach Harper seemed very pleased with his new hire. " He has a very strong background, and we are fortunate to have him on the staff"
To read more about coach Bache, follow the link below:
Coach Bache article
While there are questions to answer, and positions to fill, I think Ferrum will again be a solid contender for the conference championship.