Sunday, March 6, 2011

Stony Brook Seawolves 2010 Review

2010 Record: 6-5 (5-1), Tied 1st Big South
2010 Postseason: None
2010 Schedule/Results
@ South Florida, L 59-14
American International, W 31-14
@ Brown, L 33-30
UMass, L 26-21
VMI, W 27-9
@ Lafayette, L 28-21
@ Coastal Carolina, W 38-28
Charleston Southern, W 41-21
@ Presbyterian, W 37-7
Gardner-Webb, W 55-3
@ Liberty, L 54-28

385.7 yards per game

Michael Coulter was pretty good for a more option based QB. Coulter had a respectable season on a team that valued the run game, as he passed for 1811 yards with 17 TDs against 10 picks. He also finished 3rd in the conference in scoring, as he was responsible for 9.82 points per game. Coulter's main job was to keep defenses honest and keep pressure off of the top ranked all purpose player in the league in RB Brock Jackolski.
Jackolski may have led the league in all-purpose yardage with 178.83 yards oer game, but he was actually the second best rusher on his own team to Miguel Maysonet. Maysonet led the Big South in rushing with 1128 yards on the season with 6 TDs, while Jackolski rushed for 1029 yards and another 6 scores. Nobody else in the conference even came close to matching these two backs, and they both return in 2011, as does Coulter, to give some semblance of competition to the Liberty machine on offense.
Matt Brevi and Jordan Gush did a solid job in 2010, but let's face it, when you have two 1000 yard rushers, the receivers take a back seat in that offense. Even then, Brevi collected 668 yards and 5 scores, while Gush did a credible job on his own, by picking up 525 yards and 5 scores.

349.6 yards allowed per game

There were some good things going on, and there were some items that need work. The rush defense was not horrible, allowing 126 yards per game on the ground. The pass D was iffy at best, allowing 223 yards through the air. That's the achilles to the Seawolves defense.
The secondary was forced to make way to many plays on the year, and that created a situation where the team's top 3 tacklers were all DBs. That is so not good.
Arin West, Craig Richardson, and Dominick Reyes, all members of the back four, were the top 3 tacklers on the team, meaning that the front seven allowed many plays into the secondary, and that pass coverage was lax. There was no pressure on oppsing backfields, as nobody on the team had more than 8 TFLs, and sacks seemed to be a myth.
Freshman Devonte Anderson was solid in the secondary, a she collected 7 pass defenses while collecting 4 picks.
The key is pressure here. If the front seven can find some playmakers in 2011, the secondary should be able to shift gears from playing on their heels, to becoming playmakers and having the ability to break on the ball, rather than allowing receivers to get open and having to make plays after the fact, which is exactly what went down this season.


Wesly Skiffington just didn't get it done in 2010. He only attempted 12 FGs on the year, but missed 5 of them. Not dependable numbers when your offense needs points in clutch situations.
Drew Evangilista was even worse punting the ball, averaging 33 yards per punt, or the equivilent of what a grandmother with arthritis can do.
Nothing special here.


Like most Big South members, the Seawolves had a very nice run within the conference, but were terrible outside of it. Their only non-conference win came against D2 American International, hardly anything to get hyper over. Their 6-5 record, and 5-1 league mark just don't resonate with me. This team was not as good as that record might indicate, even if the offense was a machine on the ground. If the defense cannot get fixed, it won't mean a thing if 3 Seawolves break 1000 yards rushing next season, as it'll be the same crap on a different day. Winning a game outside of the league against anyone outside of D2 competition would go a ways towards legitimizing yourself as an FCS member as well. Not sold on this program.

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