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2018 Team Previews: Slippery Rock Rockets @CoachLarryW @SRAHSATHLETICS ‏

Written by: on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

 

Head Coach: Larry Wendereusz, Jr

Assistant Coaches: Eli Christy
Cecil Blauser
Chris Saunders
Russ Sarver
Ryan Lauster
Jason Mack
Nick Dahlstrom
Mike Wendereusz
Rick Bell

Team Name: Slippery Rock Rockets

2017 Record: 4-7

Key Starters Lost: Rob Williams
Seth Slater
Luke Brandon
Hunter Prementine
Cole Bell

Offensive Starters Returning: Sr QB Jake Shaffer
Jr QB Vito Pilosi
Sr RB Kaleb Kamerer
Sr OL Sean Northcott
Sr OL Ryan Broad
Sr WR Patrick Shea

Defensive Starters Returning: Sr DL Mitchell Houston
Sr DL Sean Northcott
Sr ILB Jake Shaffer
Sr DB Kaleb Kamerer
Sr DB Patrick Shea

Special Team Starters Returning: Jr K Nathaniel Willison
Sr P Patrick Shea
Sr KR Kaleb Kamerer
Sr LS Sean Northcott

Key Newcomers: Sr LB Nick Gills
Sr RB John Thompson
Jr WR/RB/DB Nathan Hyatt
Jr RB/ILB David Duffalo
Jr OL Zach Marini
Jr OL Cody Hall
Jr OL/DL Gabe Smithbauer
Soph LB Evan Long
Soph WR Ethan Plesakov
Soph DB Ethan Sarver
Soph DB Kid Scarborough
Soph OL/DL Justin Schaeffer
Fresh OL/DL Tony Pilosi

Key Stats: SR Opp
Rushing yards 1,899 1,516
Rushing yards/game 172.64 137.82
Rush plays/average 419 / 4.53 398 / 3.81
Rushing TDs 17 21
Passing % 41%

We had 13 sacks and 40 tackles for losses last year defensively, along with 19 (8 int and 11 fumble recoveries) takeaways.

2018 Offensive Outlook: Our key this year will be to end every possession with a kick. We showed some positive steps the last 2 seasons with the offense. This year we need to be even better. We have a lot of skill position players returning. With adding 3 news linemen, we will need to use our skill to put us in some good situations. We will need to get the ball to our wide receivers more often this season than we did last year.

2018 Defensive Outlook: Our key defensively will be being physical up front. We lost some good defensive players up front, we need to fill those shoes with players that are going to play physically every snap. We have skill players on the back end, we just need to be physical up front.

2018 Special Teams Outlook: With our kicker, punter, returner, and long snapper returning, we are hoping to be able to create an advantage with our special teams. Nathaniel has become a solid kicker over the past 2 seasons. We are looking forward to be able to kick field goals when we get into the red zone.

 

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