Football Preview: Prairie View A&M
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
2012 RECORD: 3-8 (3-6 SWAC) / 3rd West Division
Spencer Nelson - WR
Langston Patterson - OL
Brian Medlock - DB
Elton Holmes - LB
Jarvis (Wilson) Reed - DL
Special Teams: 2
Prairie View A&M has 67 returning lettermen on hand – with nine offensive starters among them – as the Panthers look to improve from a 3-8 record in 2012. The Panthers are no longer under the practice restrictions they were slapped with last season for their APR shortcomings is just as significant as the number of veterans they return.
Look for the PVAMU to have a potent offense again after leading the conference in total yards (416.6 a game), ranking second in passing offense (393.8) and third in scoring (27.7). The quarterback tandem of De’Auntre Smiley and Jerry Lovelocke will run the offense. They combined to pass for 2,462 yards and 16 touchdowns. They will operate behind a veteran offensive line that features four returning starters.
Running backs Fred Anderson and Courtney Brown will split carries again after combining for 1,105 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Johnta Hebert, the 2012 SWAC Freshman of the Year and a member of the CFPA Watch list as a returner, gives the Panthers depth at running back. He also provides speed and the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield as well as the spotlight in the return game.
Highlighting the special teams and joining Hebert on the CFPA Watch List for the preseason is All-SWAC place kicker, Chris Barrick.
Barrick led PVAMU in scoring with 65 points and ranked second in the SWAC in field goal percentage (.820) connecting 9-of-11 last season. On kickoff, he averaged 56.1 yards per kick from 54 attempts.
Defense was the Panthers’ Achilles heel last year as they ranked in the bottom third in most major categories. Coach Heishma Northern hired Charles McMillan as defensive coordinator in hopes of returning the Panthers to their former defensive prominence.
He must replace six starters, including the entire defensive line.
Junior college transfer Darrien Patterson and sophomore Meshak Williams are expected to anchor the line. Junior Jerome Howard leads the linebacker corps. The secondary will be inexperienced as the four projected starters, safeties Korey Austin and Adrian Grant and cornerbacks Stephen Meighan and Chris Motley, registered limited playing time.
Preview Courtesy of Roscoe Nance
2013 PLAYERS TO WATCH:
De'Auntre Smiley - QB
Jerry Lovelocke - QB
Tre Glover* - OL
Dillon Bonnet* - OL
Courtney Brown - RB
Fred Anderson - RB
Jerome Howard* - LB
Chris Barrick* - K
Travis Jatzlau* - P
Johnta’ Hebert* - RS
* Denotes - named to 2013 SWAC Preseason Team