2013 OUTLOOK The Terriers will look to build on the success of the 2012 season in which they shared the Southern Conference title with a 9-4 record. Wofford advanced to the NCAA Playoffs for the third straight season, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to eventual national champion North Dakota State. The schedule of eleven games includes six at Gibbs Stadium and a contest at Baylor. Wofford is returning a total of 12 starters from last season and 42 lettermen overall. Among the 12 returning starters are five on offense, five on defense and two specialists. In addition, nine other players with starts are returning for the Terriers. Head Coach Mike Ayers returns for this 26th season as head coach. He has guided the Terriers in the transition from the NAIA to the NCAA FCS and along the way won four Southern Conference titles. Wofford has posted a winning record in eighteen seasons with Ayers at the helm, including nine of the last ten campaigns. Each year, the goals are simple for Ayers and his players: win the Southern Conference, get into the playoffs and reach for a national championship. After accomplishing two of the goals last season, the Terriers look to reach all three goals in 2013.
OFFENSE On the offensive side of the ball this season, there will be five returning starters. One change on offense will be a new quarterback. James Lawson started two games in 2012, including the NCAA Playoff win over New Hampshire. Michael Weimer played in eight games last season and was the team’s fourth leading rusher. Second-year freshmen Evan Jacks and Taylor Bragg both expect to see time behind center this season. The backfield will see the biggest change after the graduation of All-American fullback Eric Breitenstein. Donovan Johnson will return to fullback after playing halfback in 2012 with 473 rushing yards in ten games. Also at fullback will be returners Jonny Martin, Caleb Lucas, and Brody Hingst. At halfback, the projected starters are a trio of sophomores in Will Gay, Cam Flowers, and Octavious Harden. Ray Smith also returns in the backfield and he is joined by freshmen Lorenzo Long and Chris Martin. The Terriers will continue to use an efficient passing game as leading receiver Jeff Ashley returns after 17 receptions last season. Will Irwin, Rob Green, and Wade Francis all had catches last season. Also in the mix are returners Paul Nelson, Logan Christian, Alex Starnes, Chris Underwood, and Patrick Moseley. The offensive line returns only two starters to a unit that helped lead the way for the nation’s second ranked rushing offense at 349 yards per game. At center, Jared Singleton has started 24 games over the last two seasons. At left guard Tymeco Gregory is back in the spot where he has started 25 consecutive contests. Projected to start at left tackle is Tony Goodwin. On the right side of the line, the guard position will be manned
ROSTER ANALYSIS Offensive Starters Returning (5) Jeff Ashley (WR), Jared Singleton (C), Tymeco Gregory (LG), Donovan Johnson (RB) Offensive Starters Lost (6) Calvin Cantrell (LT), T.J. White (RG), Jake Miles (RT), Brian Kass (QB), Eric Breitenstein (FB), Brad Nocek (HB) Defensive Starters Returning (5) Tarek Odom (DE), E.J. Speller (NT), Mike McCrimon (LB), James Zotto (FS), Alvin Scioneaux (LB) Defensive Starters Lost (6) Mike Niam (LB), Phillip LeGrande (LB), Blake Wylie (CB), Kendall Bratcher (SS), Stephon Shelton (CB), Josh Roseborough (DE) Specialist Starters Returning (3) Kasey Redfern (P/PK), Michael Comer (LS), Paul Inclan (H) Specialist Starter Lost (1) Christian Reed (PK) Additional Players with Starts Returning (10) Michael Harpe (TE), Rob Greene (WR), James Lawson (QB), Cam Flowers (RB), Tom Bove (NT), Jeremy Holt (LB), Kevin Thomas (LB), Travis Thomas (LB), SeQuan Stanley (LB), Josh Holt (CB)
by either Jared Wilken or T.J. Chamberlin. The right RETURNING STAT LEADERS Kasey Redfern (30 points) tackle will be either Bradley Top Scorer Donovan Johnson (473 yards) Way or Anton Wahrby. Also Top Rusher James Lawson (20-of-31) included on the two-deep are Top Passer Tye Youngblood and Robert Top Receiver Jeff Ashley (13-301 yds) Massey at tackle, Jon Boyd Top Tackler Mike McCrimon(76 tackles) at guard, plus Kane Sherrill Top Sacks Alvin Scioneaux (7.0) at center. Also returning are Top Tackles for Loss Alvin Scioneaux (14.0) Jeff Tucker, Mike Nicklas, MatTop Interceptions Alvin Scioneaux (2) thew Lee, Dequan Miller, MatMike McCrimon (2) thew Waldman, and Michael Comer. While not exactly linemen or receivers, the tight ends do both in the Terriers’ offense. Michael Harpe caught six passes, three for touchdowns, last season. Zach Muller also returns at tight end in 2013 and they will be joined by freshmen T.J. Novotny and Nolan Auton.
DEFENSE The defense has five starters returning this season. Two of those returners are on the defensive line, as E.J. Speller started twelve games at nose tackle in 2012. Tarek Odom split his twelve starts at both defensive end positions. Tom Bove had one start last year at nose tackle and other returners include Darius Burton, Ethan Gaskins, Jordan Pope, Daniel Patton, Marcus Isom, Hunter Thurley, and Leverett Diggs. Several freshmen also look to make an impact on the line, including Boston Bryant, Steven Cornellier, and Tyler Vaughn. At linebacker, the two returners are Alvin Scioneaux and Mike McCrimon. Alvin Scioneaux led the team in tackles for loss and sacks in 2012 and he will be joined on the outside by Travis Thomas. McCrimon was the team leader in tackles last season and also starting inside will be Kevin Thomas, who made four starts in 2012. SeQuan Stanley has started eleven career games and returns to action after missing last season due to injury. Also returning at linebacker will be Qay Bell, Tyrese Little, Brodie Woodson, Conor Cannon, Tom Dolinak, Jordan Claytor, Phifer Nicholson, and James McLelland. The secondary will feature the largest number of new starters on defense. At free safety, James Zotto returns to where he has 29 career starts. Strong safety will be manned by Josh Holt, who made five starts at the position in 2012. At cornerback, Bernard Williams and Brion Anderson are expected to be the starters. Josh Davis, Philemon Permis, Josh Grimes, Drake Michaelson, Chris Armfield, Ryan Lambert, Jason Reamer, Jesse Williams, and Zack Cole return to the defensive secondary.
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SPECIAL TEAMS The special teams unit returns almost fully intact from the 2012 season. Kasey Redfern will be back for his fourth season punting and kicking off, along with his second season kicking field goals and PATs. Michael Harpe and Michael Comer will fill the long snapper role, with Harpe handling long snaps and Comer taking the short snaps. Paul Inclan will be the holder for the second straight season. The return game always keeps things exciting, as numerous players can contribute. On kickoff returns, Cam Flowers and Will Gay will be in the mix. The primary punt returner will be decided in camp, with Will Gay and Octavious Harden the early leaders.
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