The Spartans will be looking to start the Latrell Scott-era off with a bang in 2015. In addition to adding Scott, the team has to fill holes such as LB/DE Lynden Trail (currently fighting for a roster spot on the Houston Texans) and quarterback Tevin Ervin, who decided to transfer in August.
NSU will rely on a combination of familiar faces, such as linebacker Deon King and receiver Issac White, as well as several promising newcomers from FBS backgrounds.
Those newcomers include former Old Dominion running back Gerrard Johnson, former Syracuse receiver Quinta Funderburke, and former Florida Atlantic quarterback Greg Hankerson.
Players to watch
RB, Gerrard Johnson: The Richmond, VA native rushed for 493 yards and one touchdown last year, finishing second on ODU in rushing. Look for Johnson’s numbers to increase significantly to help Norfolk State control the tempo, especially as the passing game may take a little longer to develop.
LB, Deon King: An excellent player in his own right, King has lived in the shadows of Trail for his entire career. Scott said it didn’t take long for him to figure out no one on his team could block him, and that likely holds true for the rest of the MEAC.
Worst-case scenario: 4-8
Best-case scenario: 7-5
Biggest Game: Hampton (9/26)
Homecoming: Nov. 7 vs. Savannah State