2019 NCAA Division I College Football Team Previews: VMI Keydets

VMI Keydets
Location: Lexington, VA
Coach: Scott Wachenheim (6-38), 4th season
Stadium: Foster Stadium (Capacity: 10,000)

CSJ Projections:
9th: SoCon
10th: Virginia
120th: FCS
250th: Division I

2018 In A Sentence: On November 3rd, the Keydets downed D-II Tusculum 20-11, snapping a 25 game losing streak that dated from 2016.  The 1-10 record obscures the fact that VMI gave some major scares to its SoCon opponents, including East Tennessee State, Western Carolina, and VMI’s historic rival The Citadel.

Biggest Shoes to Fill: DB Uzoma Kpaduwa had 77 tackles, 4 1/2 TFL and 2 sacks in his final year as a Keydet.  He was one of the better defenders VMI had last season.

Key Player: He was very inconsistent last season, but QB Reese Udinski showed some flashes of brilliance last season that kept the Keydets competitive in more games.  Udinski’s 49/64, 5 passing touchdown performance vs. The Citadel was a glimpse of what he can do with VMI’s pass-happy offense, but can he deliver such results consistently?

Fearless Prediction: With D-II Mars Hill and Robert Morris on the schedule, the Keydets look like they will have a very good chance to improve on their 1-10 record from last year.  But unless the defense improves and the offense gets more consistent, it’s hard to picture them getting above .500.

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