Over the last few seasons, Furman has been in or around the playoff picture. There were big expectations for the Paladins coming into the spring but they did not live up to them. Furman wound up 3-4 and was never a factor in the conference race.
Furman has always been a solid run team, however in the spring the run game really lagged behind how they have performed in the past. The Paladins still have one of the best backs in the country in Devin Wynn, though, and they’ll need to lean on him. If the offense can get back on track, the Paladins can outperform this preseason projection.
RB Devin Wynn is a top back in the FCS. In 2019 he had just under 1200 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground and another 4 touchdowns in the pass game. Look for an increase on those numbers if Furman is to compete this year.
QB Hamp Sisson needs to protect the ball better having thrown 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his time as the starter. If he can turn that in to 15 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, the offense will be much more well positioned for success.
LB Nick Kuzemka has more than just an impressive mullet. He played in all seven games for the Paladins in the spring and led the team in tackles with 49.
Key Game: October 9 at Wofford
Worst Case: The Paladins continue on their downward trajectory and finish in the bottom third of the Southern Conference.
Best Case: Behind a Walter Payton-level performance by Wynn and Sisson cutting down on interceptions, the offense improves back to its 2018/2019 levels and the Paladins compete for the conference title.
Jamie is a proud 2002 graduate of James Madison University. He’s witnessed the growth of the program from no one in the stands in 1998, to the hiring of Mickey Matthews, to the 2004 National Championship, to the 2008 team, to the struggles in the early 2010s, and finally the rebuild under Mike Houston. He also allegedly really enjoys Washington, DC-based Stanley Cup winners.
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