2019 NCAA Division I College Football Team Previews: Merrimack Warriors

 

Merrimack Warriors
Location: North Andover, MA
Coach: Dan Curran (29-35), 4th season at Merrimack
Stadium: Duane Stadium (Capacity: 3,500)

CSJ Projections:
2nd: Independent (*: NEC)
5th: Massachusetts
101st FCS
231st: Division I

2018 In a Sentence: A 31-14 win over Southern Connecticut (D-II) brought the Warriors time in Division II to a close with a 5-5 record.  Merrimack announced they would be beginning their transition to becoming a Division I athletics program in 2019, where their final destination will be the NEC.

Biggest Shoes to Fill: Team captain DL Jesse Jones finished his playing career with 58 tackles and 3 sacks, second-most on the Warriors.

Key Player: You know Merrimack head coach Dan Curran, former UNH running back under head coach Sean McDonnell and offensive coordinator Chip Kelly, is going to run an offense with a lot of firepower.  Last year true freshman QB Christian Carter had a great first season with a 57.32% completion percentage, 465 yards rushing, 1,681 yards passing, and 18 TDs in only 10 games.  He will continue his development at the Division I level this season, building on his great foundation.

Fearless Prediction: If you think Merrimack is going to be a “bye” on the schedule simply because they are transitioning from Division II, think again.  Though their schedule is a hodge-podge of Division I and non-Division I opponents, this is a young, talented yet experienced team that could very well finish over .500 in their first transitional year.  Technically, they are ineligble for the NEC title.

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