Monday, August 15, 2016

Norfolk State football season preview capsule


Coach: Latrell Scott, second season, 4-7 (29-16 overall) 2015: 4-7, 4-4 MEAC

Offense: QB Greg Hankerson and RB Gerard Johnson return, but four starters on the offensive line depart. Gone, too, are three starting wideouts. Johnson’s recovery from last year’s knee injury could be pivotal. He is NSU’s No. 2 returnee in rushing and receiving.

Defense: The departure of linebacker Deon King and defensive back D’Metrius Williams, first-team all-MEAC performers, will hurt. But nine starters return. Notable among them: defensive lineman Chris Lee, an all-MEAC third-teamer. Lee rang up six sacks last year.

Special teams: Cameron Marouf is one of the MEAC’s more dependable kickers (8-12 FG, 20-22 PAT). Punter Bo Lomax likewise returns. Lomax must improve his length (33.9 ypk) and precision (only 15 kicks inside the 20).


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