While the Green Wave missed the playoffs this past year, and failed to score in its spring game, players are still heading into the offseason with great expectations, especially the seniors. With some three- and four-year starters leading the way, wide receiver Nick Eastman believes Lopez will return to the postseason.
“This class of upcoming seniors has been factors since freshman year,” he said, “and now it’s our turn to run everything and make it to the playoffs again.”
He was one of the Green Wave’s leading receivers, catching over 600 yards in the past two seasons with three touchdowns, but with Brant Williams’ transfer, Eastman will be expected to play a larger role going forward.
Quarterback Josh Spencer has already shown signs of a more dual-threat game in the spring jamboree. Although he passed for over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, Spencer only rushed for 107 yards. In the spring game, he frequently sprinted for a first down, or more, when he couldn’t find an open receiver.
“I always try my best to lead my team, and this year I will look to do even more,” Spencer said.
To add to his running game, Spencer will has Eastman, Ryan Atkins and Marquis Williams, who will catch his balls next season.
Williams’ role on the team will most likely become the top playmaker. Used primarily as a running back last season, he rushed for nearly 800 yards and 13 touchdowns. Williams’ best game came against Seffner Christian, where he went over 200 total yards and scored five times. While only catching one pass last year, Williams expects to become Spencer’s favorite target, now that Brant Williams is gone. In the spring game, the two tried to connect several times downfield.
After a 5-5 record with no postseason, Father Lopez believes its future is in good hands.