I am not sure if Pete Carroll's logic in throwing holds water, but that is who get's paid big bucks to make the tough decisions, and I am sure he will not forget the outcome anytime soon.
The late Woody Hayes said " There are only three things that can happen when you pass, and two of them are not good." The debate will likely go on in the media for a while, but in my opinion, if you have a 10 point lead going into the 4th quarter, and you have the best defense in the league, you should not be in the position that the Seahawks found themselves in.....but as they were in that position, they should have run the ball......I digress.....
As for Ferrum's 2015 football outlook, it is difficult to say how the Panthers will fare. There again are, from my perspective may unanswered questions going into this season. Let's start with quarterback.
It is expected that Harvey Taylor will step in to start this season, but in the last game of the season, of 2014, Taylor was injured, and required knee surgery. He will likely not be available for Spring Practice.
As Taylor played most of this past season at running back, his move to quarterback, will leave a big hole in the backfield. Although there are 14 listed on the roster as underclassmen running backs, it is too early to tell who will return. One thing is for sure, this is a position that needs to be ultra productive. The offensive line will have a lot to do with that.
On the O line, the Panthers are only slated to lose Cody Jones, and Brian Ruebush. This is a plus, but the overall effectiveness of the O line last year I thought was inconsistent to say the least. There is room for improvement in this part of the equation, and in my opinion, it has to start in the weight room. Bigger, Faster and Stronger, needs to be the offensive line mantra.
The defense will lose five players, and of those, there was much talent. 1 D lineman, 2 Defensive Backs, 1 Safety, and 1 Linebacker. There are plenty on the roster that can step up, and some good experience returning. Much will depend on the defensive coordinator, and that position remains open.
Looking back on last year, one of the best things to happen to the team was the infusion of about 7 freshmen into the starting lineup. This is something that should pay dividends down the road, and I am hopeful that this is a trend that continues. Freshmen need playing time, and this approach, plus a solid JV program will ensure this.
Facilities Update- Ferrum is looking to raise 1.2 million dollars so that a new field turf surface can be installed at W.B. Adams Stadium. Please see link below:
Field Turf Initiative
Please give to this worthy cause. This is one of the final pieces of the puzzle to the facilities upgrades at Ferrum, and It will mean a great deal to many sport teams.
Lastly, here is the schedule for 2015. Note 6 home games this year! A first ever visit from Hampden-Sydney, one of the best D3 programs in Virginia. Please make plans to support the Panthers!
|Emory & Henry College||Emory, VA||1 pm|
||Shenandoah University (Franklin County Appreciation Day)||Ferrum, VA||1 pm|
||Hampden-Sydney College||Ferrum, VA||1 pm|
||Greensboro College (Homecoming / HOF / Family Weekend)||Ferrum, VA||2 pm|
||Huntingdon College||Ferrum, VA||1 pm|
||Maryville College||Maryville, TN||1:30 pm|
||LaGrange College||Ferrum, VA||1 pm|
||Methodist University||Fayetteville, NC||1 pm|
||Averett University (Senior Day)||Ferrum, VA||1 pm|
||North Carolina Wesleyan College||Rocky Mount, NC||1 pm|
With Christopher Newport out of the conference, look for the championship to be up for grabs. I will be back with more off season posts soon, looking especially to pass on recruiting news as I find it.