Backfield to guide offense
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Unlike a season ago, when McDaniel opens its 117th football season in just over a week, the 2011 squad will be missing many of its weapons from the 2010 squad.
Missing will be nearly all of Tom Massucci's (Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca) targets from the last two years, including one of arguably the program's top receivers. Missing will be the 2010 starting tailback.
However, Massucci will still have his 6-8 tight end in Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown), who will likely become the senior captain's favorite target. Despite missing nearly half of his junior season, half of his eight receptions went for touchdowns.
Butler and likely starting tailback Joe Rollins (Temple Hills, Md./Surrattsville) are the only offensive weapons back that Massucci found more than five times a year ago.
Rollins will not only be a target out of the backfield but – as the Green Terror's leading rusher as a rookie – will be leaned on for a bulk of the carries. He rolled up 623 yards on 91 carries – more than three-quarters of which came in the final three games of 2010.
Massucci, a 2,000-yard passer as a sophomore, threw for 1,578 as a junior, dipping to a 47.9-percent completion rate and throwing 11 interceptions against his 15 touchdowns. He will, however, look for a return to the form that gained him the starting job, entering his final year needing just 1,017 yards to join the exclusive 5,000-yard club.
He already ranks in the program's all-time top five in no fewer than six categories.
The offensive line won't be the question it has been in recent years with no fewer than four projected starters having significant experience as previous starters.
If McDaniel can find consistency in an inexperienced receiving corps to complement Butler, Rollins and junior Tom Orrok (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant), the Green Terror offense should have few problems matching teams point-for-point.
Click play below to watch and listen to offensive coordinator Aaron Bartolain preview the McDaniel offense.