Stony Brook went 1-3 in the spring season before pulling the plug and cancelling their last two games. It was good for the Seawolves to get their players live reps. While the record didn’t indicate success, there is no substitution for live game reps. Those four games prepared Stony Brook for the full season CAA grind in the fall
Chuck Priore coached teams will always been known for their hard nosed defense. This season should be no different. The Seawolves use an attacking front seven to get after the opposing quarterbacks and running backs. They racked up 25 tackles for loss and six sacks in four games in the spring. In 2019, the last full season, those numbers were 95 and 31 respectively.
The offense has trailed behind the defense and that is what has cost the Seawolves wins. The completion percentage has hovered around 50% and they have turned the ball over way too much to remain competitive in games. There is talent there, but it needs to be harnessed.
QB Tyquell Fields set a school record in total yards in 2019 and showed what he can do against top notch competition with 318 yards and 2 TDs against James Madison. But the consistency has been a problem, including the ill timed interceptions
RB Ty Son Lawson is a very capable back and could be in the top echelon of the CAA with enough carries. With inconsistency in the pass game, leaning on Lawson could be the Seawolves best bet
LB Tyler King is just a freshman but looks to be the next in a line of talented Stony Brook defensive players. Getting his feet wet in the 4 game spring season, King had 19 tackles, 5.5 for loss and a sack.
Key Game: Sept 2 vs. New Hampshire.
Worst Case: The offense continues to sputter and the Seawolves finish at or near the bottom of the CAA.
Best Case: Fields becomes a 60% passer and cuts his INTs in half and the Seawolves win 6 or 7 games and compete for a playoff spot.
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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