New Hampshire never got the opportunity to get going in the spring. They played one game and then had game after game cancelled due to Covid. They finally shut it down, resting on their one game, a four point home loss to Albany.
To lose at home is rare for the Wildcats. They’ve only lost seven total games on their home turf since 2015. That’s an advantage they will look to regain this year. They have two of the teams projected to finish above them in the standings – James Madison and Richmond – at home this year.
New Hampshire should have a strong run game and exceptional pass defense. How they fair in the pass game on offense and against the run on defense will ultimately determine the success or failure of this team.
Max Brosmer started as a freshman and threw too many interceptions. He has to clean up that game if UNH is to return to the playoffs.
RB Dylan Laube is an all purpose back who makes and impact in the run game, pass game and return game. In 2019 he was their third leading rusher, second leading receiver and top kickoff returner. He will be leaned on in all facets of the game,
RB Carlos Washington is more of the between the tackles back. He can also figure into the pass game much like Laube.
DB Evan Horn leads a Wildcat defense all over the field. He is their leading tackler, but also hauled in 4 interceptions, forced 2 fumbles, recovered 2 fumbles, and added 7 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. Horn is a legitimate contender for the Buch Buchanan Award
Key Game: October 2 vs. James Madison
Worst Case: Brosmer continues to turn the ball over and the Wildcats miss the playoffs.
Best Case: Brosmer finds solid connection with a go to receiver to support the two strong running backs and the Wildcats win a couple rounds in the playoffs.
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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