West Point offense; defense preview

By: 
COLLIN BRISTER
Staff Writer

OFFENSE

The Green Wave offense lost some key pieces from last year’s state championship team, but they’ll have a lot of players back as well.

Marcus Murphy will be back to man the quarterback position, and his ability to throw and run the football will be paramount for the Green Wave in the 2017 season.

Jason Brownlee stepped up big time for West Point at the wide receiver position last season. Brownlee has great athletic ability, and that really allows him to high point footballs and come down in traffic with passes.

West Point will also have Chris Calvert back for his senior season. Calvert missed a good portion of the 2016 season with a serious concussion, but in his return against Oxford he shoved just how elusive and valuable he is rushing for over 100 yards and two touchdowns.

The Green Wave predicate themselves around being able to rush the football on a consistent basis, and they’ll do the same thing in 2017. They didn’t throw a pass the whole night against Oxford in a playoff win last season, and that shows just how dominant their offensive line can be at times.

West Point’s offensive line play will be massive in the amount of success that they’re able to have in the 2017 season.

DEFENSE

West Point’s defense was the best in the state last season, and they’ll likely be just as good this season.

What made West Point the dominant defense last season was that they were able to consistently get pressure into the backfield.

Teams had a very hard time stopping West Point’s defensive linemen from getting into the backfield, and that drove opponents out of their comfort zone on the offensive side of the football.

West Point was able to exploit gaps and make teams get completely away from their running game, but they didn’t allow quarterbacks time to make plays when they threw the football.

West Point’s linebackers also played at a high level last season. They were able to fill run gaps and were athletic enough to make plays when they dropped back into coverage.

They’ll return a slew of the guys that made plays at the linebacker position from the 2016 season.

Going into the 2016 season, West Point was somewhat worried about their secondary. They weren’t worried after the first few games, as they had players that continually stepped up and made plays back there. The Green Wave’s speed in the secondary made it hard for teams to complete passes against them.

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