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2019 Football Preview

2019 Football  Preview

Sep.4- HIRAM, Ohio- The process continues for the Hiram College football team in 2019 as the Terriers return perhaps their most experienced starting core in the four-year tenure of head coach Henry Stanford. 

The Terriers see upperclassmen return at many of the major positions, including a pair of senior quarterbacks who will look to lead the offense. 

Both Rodney Myers Jr. and Collin McNamara are back for their final seasons and will look to take the reins of an offense that averaged 24.4 points per game last season. 

Replacing graduating senior Randy Tucker, Myers has more experience, having played in seven games and thrown for 314 yards and three touchdowns during the 2018 campaign. For his career, Myers has appeared in 16 games and has thrown 12 touchdowns. 

McNamara transferred to Hiram last season and appeared in three games, throwing one touchdown. 

No matter which QB is lining up under center, the pair will have a bevy of returning weapons. Hiram returns three of their top four pass catchers, including senior Jaris Foreman, and juniors Tahj Lorthridge and Moe Yarbrough

Foreman led the receiving corps last season with 496 yards while Lorthridge scored the most touchdowns with six. Last season, the trio combined for 95 catches, 1,091 yards and 11 of the teams' 14 receiving scores. 

Along with the trio, senior Cole Carter, junior Rashid Jackson and freshmen Myles Hymes, Raquan Davis-Hereford and James Hart will add depth to the position. 

A core of upperclassmen return to the offensive line, led by senior left tackle Dominic Dualan. The three-year letter-winner has appeared in 27 games and has been a mainstay on the offensive line since his sophomore season. 

A number of experienced juniors will also help solidify the offensive line. Christian Rojo, Wyatt Blechinger, Mitch Hidalgo, Case Wiles and Steven Stucker all will see time. Rojo started at center during the entirety of the 2018, while Blechinger played in nine games, and Hidalgo added seven. 

Other players that will see time on the offensive line include sophomore Tim Murton and first-year players Udarius Strawter, Mason Chisolm and Brandon Diberdino. 

At running back, the Terriers will have to replace Isaiah Jones. Freshmen Malcom Rogers, Bryson Butler and Jaquarias Waller will try to replace the All-North Coast Athletic Conference back. 

On the defensive side of the ball, the Terriers are once again deep with returning talent led by senior and two-time all-conference player Horace Johnson. Going into his third year as a linebacker, the senior has tallied 15 sacks, 28.5 tackles for loss and had his most productive year in 2018, tallying 83. 

In addition to Johnson, senior Landis Jones, junior Tyler Swearingen and sophomore Isaiah Davilla will provide depth in the middle of Hiram's 4-2-5 defense. 

For the Terriers' front four, senior leadership is abundant, with Brandon Turner, Lamontae Shaver and Winston Webb all returning for their final campaigns. Webb has appeared in all 30 games through his first three seasons, and posted a career high five tackles for loss last year. Turner, meanwhile, started all ten games in 2018, tallying 20 tackles and 3.5 for loss. 

Junior Floyd Shackelford will try his hand at defensive end after playing linebacker a season ago, while junior Curtis Swearingen, sophomores Martez Allen and Christian Griffin and freshman Jalen Glass will add depth to the front four. 

In the secondary, senior Glenn Rushing and junior Chris Biddy return to help lead the defensive backs. Biddy appeared in nine games as a sophomore, totaling 58 tackles while forcing a pair of turnovers. Rushing also forced two turnovers while posting 33 tackles during his junior campaign. 

Juniors Knowledge Wallace and Davonte Staten, as well as sophomore Delanoe Harris will also play big roles in 2019, while senior Markus Johnson, junior Dominic Medina, sophomore Le'Erie Evans and freshmen Jordan Jones and Chase Terry will see significant time as well. 

In the kicking game, Alex Warren-Green returns for his senior season. Last year, Warren-Green made 28 extra-points, and two-of-three field goals. In addition to Warren-Green, expect first-year players Bailey McDermott and Trystan Mollohan to receive significant reps. 

The 2019 Terrier football season opens on Saturday, Sept. 7, with a night game against Marietta College at 7 p.m. Hiram then opens NCAC conference action on Sept. 14 at home against Wittenberg.