2021 FCS Season Preview: Elon

College Sports Journal Projection: 11th

Elon had a dreadful spring season going 1-5 with the lone win coming against non-scholarship Davidson by three points. To be fair, the Phoenix were riddled with injuries for the spring and never really had a chance. Quarterback Davis Cheek has the talent to be one of the top quarterbacks in the CAA, but he couldn’t stay healthy – Elon was down to their third string quarterback for most of the spring.

When healthy, Elon has a solid offense to match their unique 3-3-5 stack defense that coach Tony Trisciani brought with him from Villanova. The Phoenix are just 3 years removed from a 2018 playoff berth where they started 6-2 before losing their last three games. A lot of the young players from that team are now senior leaders and they will be counted on to pull Elon back into the fight.

Impact Players

QB Davis Cheek has all the talent a coach would want in a quarterback. But he keeps getting bit by the injury bug, similar to former Villanova star John Robertson. If healthy, Cheek can lead this team to wins.

RB Jaylen Thomas has shown he can be the guy. In 2018 he averaged 95 yards per game. They’ll need that and more from him to be successful this season.

DB Omar Rogers played in all six games in the spring. He is still classified as a freshman and should lead this defense for the next four years. He racked up 39 tackles and 2 interceptions in the spring.

Key Game: October 2 at Richmond

Worst Case: Injuries keep the Phoenix at bay again and they finish as a 2-3 win team.

Best Case: Davis Cheek bounces back from his injury-plagued spring, has a great season, and the offense leads the Phoenix to a 6-7 win season and contends for a playoff berth.

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