There’s no secret to what the Wofford Terriers want to do on the football field each and every Saturday during the fall.
Mike Ayers is in his 30th season as the head coach of the program, and he has built it on the back of the triple-option offense and a strong defense. The Terriers rode that mentality to the FCS Quarterfinals last season before dropping a heartbreaker to Youngstown State.
Wofford will now look to build off of that standout campaign in 2017.
2016 Wofford Football Season In Review
Wofford played in plenty of nail-biters last fall. The Terriers didn’t blow anyone out, or get blown out, after the first few weeks of the season, which led to some exciting back-and-forth affairs.
The Terriers were able to get the better of Chattanooga, Charleston Southern and The Citadel in this fashion. The win against The Citadel was especially important as it was the first postseason victory for the program since 2012.
Brandon Goodson was a great point man for the offense. He led a unit that was the fourth-most productive rushing offense at the FCS level, averaging 279.6 yards per game. That efficiency helped keep the defense off of the field and well-rested. Wofford was 11th in the country in time of possession last year.
Fullback Lorenzo Long was the primary option for the team’s run game. He carried the ball three times as often as any other Terrier and averaged over 100 yards per game along with 18 touchdowns.
Defensively, this was one of the better teams in the country. The Terriers allowed just 17.1 points per game and under 300 yards per contest thanks to a stout front seven.
The most underappreciated player on last season’s team was David Marvin. He was the team’s kicker and punter, and he was one of the best in the nation at both. He averaged 46.2 yards per punt and showcased his booming kicking leg too, knocking through a 57-yarder at one point during the year.
2017 Wofford Football Season Preview
Most of last season’s team returns, including many of the key pieces. Although Long is gone, the running game still has Goodson calling the shots and will be one of the most productive units on the ground in the country. He isn’t a great passer and won’t lead this team from behind very often if it gets down too many points, but he knows how to manage a lead and maintain tempo.
The offensive line is a solid unit and will be adept at leading the way for the running attack. There may be only two seniors, but the team knows how to recruit the type of linemen that are consistent in run blocking for this scheme.
Defense is going to be the strength of this team once again. Eight starters return from last year’s group that was the best in the conference, so expect it to consistently shut down opposing offenses again. Miles Brown and Tyler Vaughn led the way with 30 tackles for loss between them and are both looking to build on those totals in 2017.
2017 Wofford Football Schedule
September 2: Wofford vs. Furman
September 9: Wofford at Mercer
September 23: Wofford vs. Gardner-Webb
September 30: Wofford at Presbyterian
October 7: Wofford vs. Western Carolina
October 14: Wofford at The Citadel
October 21: Wofford vs. Samford
October 28: Wofford at East Tennessee State
November 4: Wofford vs. Chattanooga
November 11: Wofford at VMI
November 18: Wofford at South Carolina
FCS Pick ‘Em Games To Watch
The Terriers have a chance to run the table up until the end of the season if everything breaks just right. With Chattanooga replacing its head coach, one of the powers of the Southern Conference is an unknown quantity heading into the year.
However, the one conference game in which Wofford is expected to be an underdog is at The Citadel, which will be out for revenge after getting vanquished by the Terriers in the playoffs last year. That’s the one time to possibly go against Wofford in your FCS Pick ‘Em Contests.
South Carolina shouldn’t be sleeping on this team either. The Gamecocks play Wofford in a classic trap game, the week after the Gamecocks play Florida and the game before they battle Clemson. The Terriers’ triple option is different than anything Will Muschamp’s squad will see in 2017. So this one might be closer than anyone expects.