Elon vs Toledo

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 Elon vs Toledo

Match Details
NCAA College Football [Week-1] GAME 2017
Elon vs Toledo Live
Day : Thursday August 31, 2017
Time : 07:00P ET
Status : Live

A Little Background on Elon

Elon vs Toledo, Elon University (Elon,NC) is located a couple miles north of I-40 some 50 miles east of Wake Forest with Duke, UNC and North Carolina State all within 60 miles to the west. This relatively small private, non-sectarian, coeducational liberal arts school (enrollment some 6,000) has fielded a football team since 1909, joining the Colonial Athletic Association in 2014.

The university has made significant changes to its academic programs to becoming the #1 Southern University making “the most promising and innovative changes” as ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2013. In 2012, Jay Mathews of the Washington Post named Elon “the #1 under-appreciated college in the nation.”

The football team, nicknamed the Phoenix since 2000, is trying to rise to the school’s academic successes. Taking the helm in January, Head Coach Curt Cignetti has his hands full. The Phoenix have suffered six straight losing seasons while dropping the last seven games of the 2016 campaign. Their 2-9, 1-7 in the CAA, puts them next to the bottom of the media’s league picks for 2017.

Coach Cignetti may be the guy. He was 53-17 the last six seasons as head coach of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His 2016 IUP Division II team ranked first in passing efficiency, third in scoring, fourth in rushing  and 12th in total offense nationally. His experience includes serving on the coaching staffs of Alabama (2007-2010), North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and Temple.

The Phoenix on Offense

Elon vs Toledo# HC Cignetti and his new OC, Drew Folmar, have their work cut out with last year’s struggling offense one of the nation’s worst last season, ranking 115th out of the 122 teams in the FCS.

They will be implementing a new offensive system run by one or, perhaps, a combination of two freshmen quarterbacks. True freshmen, Davis Cheek and Jalen Greene, both 6’2” and 185#, are competing for the starting position. Both fit the dual-threat, up-tempo passing and running scheme.  Expect to see both on the field Saturday.

A bright spot is the offensive line with the deepest and most experience of any of the offensive units. This group allowed just a dozen sacks last year, tied for second best in the CAA and twelfth fewest in FCS. For the first time in half a dozen years, they had two running backs gain more than 500 yards each. The twelve-men rotation features seven at 300# with six of them 6’5” or taller.  Five are upper classmen so there’s size and experience up front.

The trio of running backs are each 5’9” and in the 195 – 210 pound range. Returning starters, Re De’Sean McNair (522 yds) and Malcom Summers (513 yds) will be challenged by red-shirt freshman Brelynd Cyphers who has shown an impressive combination of speed and shiftiness. Running backs will also be a featured part of the passing game.

The receivers, including tight ends, struggled last year with injuries and managed just 1,701 receiving yards with only four touchdowns.  The upside is that younger players got substantial PT. The group of nine wide receivers includes just one senior and two juniors. Four are 6’3” or taller but no wide receiver had more than twenty-six receptions last year. The one true freshman, Kortez Weeks, may push for playing time.

The half dozen tight ends group consists of one junior, two sophomores and three red shirt freshmen. Two returning tight ends, John Luke Arrington and Matt Foster, combined for 14 receptions and 110 yards last year.

Elon vs Toledo

The Phoenix on Defense

Elon vs Toledo# Under new defensive coordinator Tony Trisciani, the Phoenix will deploy a reconfigured 3-3-5 defense utilizing more defensive backs. The defensive scheme will feature a three-man front.  Statistically, pass defense, with 11 INTs, one returned for a touchdown, was a defensive strength last year.

The DL is a mixture of two seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and four true freshmen plus a redshirt frosh. Senior DE Dondre Howell, 6’4”, 249#, tied for team best 3.0 sacks last year. Junior Daniel Everett, 6’3”, 246# anchors the other defensive end position. The middle is plugged by sophomore NG Jordan Dollerson, 5’10”, 274# backed by freshman Tristen Cox, 6’’3”, 350#. This group will be challenged with the Rockets talented and deep offensive line.

 

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