Both Hampton and coach Connell Maynor are used to winning, so last year’s 3-9 record may have been expected, but it won’t be accepted.
Despite that disappointing record, Hampton beat perennial MEAC power Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 13 to give themselves something to feel good about going into the offseason. But Maynor and his staff didn’t rest on their laurels, they went out and got more talent to fit their system.
To that end they added FBS transfers in quarterback David Watford (UVa.), receiver Shakim Alonzo (Cincinnati), and defensive back Justin Williams (Michigan State) have been added, along with one of Maynor’s former players WSSU in Chase Powell, the 2013 CIAA Rookie of The Year.
Players to watch
Offense: QB, David Watford
The former UVa. quarterback and Hampton native has one season of eligibility left, a receiving corp full of playmakers at receiver and a coach that likes to toss it around. Look for the Pirates to unleash an air attack in the MEAC.
Defense: DE, Miles Grooms
Hampton’s defense was the weak link for the team in 2014, but none of that was due to Grooms. The 6’3 defensive end recorded 13 tackles for loss and five sacks as a junior last season and should continue to put pressure on O-lines around the conference.
Worst case scenario: 6-6
Best case scenario: 9-3
Homecoming: Oct. 13 vs. Delaware State
Biggest Game: Battle of The Bay (vs. Norfolk State) and The Nation’s Football Classic/Battle of The Real HU (vs. Howard)