The Green Terror returns three of its seven all-conference selections from a year ago. Matt Schleifer returns after being tabbed a first-team return specialist. He racked up 1,296 all-purpose yards, including 1,025 in the return game. Joey Cornwell and Jared Staub were second-team selections a year ago. Cornwell, a punter, averaged 36.7 yards per punt to rank second in the conference. Staub anchored the offensive line from his left tackle spot. The line allowed a conference-low 11 sacks in 2017.
Born to Run
McDaniel returns a stable of running backs in 2018. Matt Cathey, John Chamberlin, Isaac Murray and Perry Stefanelli all return to the backfield after combining for 1,518 yards on 336 carries a year ago. Cathey ended up with the lion’s share of the work (190 rushes for 830 yards) after injuries to Stefanelli and Chamberlin limited their action). The Green Terror also returns three starting offensive lineman. Josh Disharoon will return to right tackle while Paul Flagg and Jared Staub will hold down the left side. The line allowed a conference-low 11 sacks last season and propelled the Green Terror to a rushing attack that averaged 155.9 yards per game.
Down in Front
The entire defensive front four returns intact for 2018. Ray Doh and Garvin Brooms combined for 14 sacks and 25.5 tackles for loss off the ends in 2017. Markos Katrakazis and Ben Stapleton return to the inside. Katrakazis was fourth on the team with 43 tackles last year while Stapleton added 24 stops.
Many Happy Returns
Matt Schleifer is back to anchor the return game after a first-team all-conference nod a year ago. He averaged a conference-best 16.0 yards per punt return, including a 92-yard return for touchdown to close the season against Johns Hopkins. He was also fourth in the CC in kick returns, averaging 21.2 yards per return.