Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Offense Will Play Pivotal Role In Panthers Success

If what I am able to find on the Internet is any indication, Ferrum has picked up a good number of quality recruits that will be reporting to fall camp this weekend.

In my opinion, and judging by Coach Harper's comments at the USA South Media Day, much of Ferrum's success will be dependent on the offensive line. While the line seemed to struggle from time to time last year, the good news is that of the five regular starters, the Panthers have four slated to return.

Returners include Jason Shurland, Dillon Christian, Cameron Clark, and Bryan Smith. I am looking for Isiah Lucas to get some quality playing time on the O- line this year. If this unit can come together, then part of the offensive questions may be more easily answered.

Quarterback is another spot where there are question marks. Harvey Taylor will be the returning heir apparent to Tim Reynolds, but coming off of a torn ACL gives cause for concern. How will his knee respond, and how will he respond? Will he be ready to go on Sept. 5th? If he is not, who will step in?
Troy Helton looks like the solid number two qb, but he may be seeing a lot of time at rb. Look for incoming freshman Jordan Kraft to compete for playing time this year. I am thinking he will get some playing time too.

Running backs include Helton, and 13 others that are available to return this year. Added to that depth is incoming freshman Zach Tickle who is from Patrick County H.S. Look for him to see a fair amount of playing time this year.

Receivers that will see most of the playing time will be Sedale Mullen, and Chris Guy. Both saw the field a lot last year, and will be the expected starters. Again, a freshman may make his bid at playing time. Look for Nick Pearce out of Bishop Sullivan Catholic to see limited action.

It may take a little time, but Ferrum has made strides in their recruiting. I think back to the 2011 season, when Ferrum lost its first two games, before winning six in a row, and 7 out of their final eight games. It is not going to be that type of a year, but watch out. The first three non conference games are important, and if the Panthers can show well in these, then who knows....maybe we can be in the mix at the end.

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