Saturday, August 6, 2016

5 things to ponder as HU begin preseason practice

HAMPTON, Virginia -- Coming off its first winning season since 2011, Hampton University is picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

1. Who runs the show? The burning question is quarterback, where head coach Connell Maynor says there isn't a set No. 1. The favorite is senior J.J. Williamson, who has started 12 games in his career. But redshirt freshman Wesley Wolfolk and transfers Keon Marsh and Malik Watson (the latter from FBS San Jose State) also are in contention.

Maynor said he might need to evaluate the first two games of the season (ODU on Sept. 3, W&M on Sept. 10) before making a call.

2. The running game. With David Watford at quarterback last season, the Pirates were 50-50 with the run and pass. Don't be surprised if HU is more ground-heavy this year with the return of Eric Carter (5-foot-9, 233 pounds) and Dwayne Garrett (6-0, 200).

Carter, a sophomore, tore his ACL in last year's opener and didn't return. According to Maynor, he's good to go.


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