(18-15 in 3 years, all at Hampton)
Give the man this: He is honest and forthcoming to a fault. He takes responsibility for the program's APR difficulties and postseason ban, and he said that he has a plan to rectify it. Toward that end, he said that he's finally getting a handle on this head coaching thing. He admitted that he wasn't always completely engaged in every facet of the job all the time. Now, however, the phrase he uses is "full-fledged" — as in, on top of everything, 24/7. He is secure enough in himself and his abilities to bring in assistants with their own systems and methods, but forceful enough to set the framework in which they operate. Few people are as familiar with the HU culture as Rose, an alum who spent 19 seasons as an assistant before becoming head coach. He knows what's necessary and believes that he can provide it.
Jr. | 5-9 | 160 | RB
Sr. | 6-0 | 230 | LB
Second on the team in tackles last year (108, 52 solo) and led in tackles for loss with 14. Virginia Tech transfer is one of the leaders of a very good defense and an exceptional group of linebackers. Double-figure tackles against ODU, Norfolk State and Delaware State.
Jr. | 5-11 | 225 | LB
Led the Pirates in tackles last year (110, 41 solo) and was second-team All-
Let's take a stab at Don Rose's season-long message to his players: Gentlemen, the
The Pirates' 7-4 record last season was all the more remarkable, considering how much yardage they gave away in penalties. They were flagged for a staggering 1,266 yards in penalties — an average of 115.1 yards per game and dead last in FCS. They committed 487 more yards in penalties than their opponents. HU averaged 13.4 penalties per game. Consider that
CALLING THE SHOTS
For better or worse, quarterback is always the most visible, scrutinized position on the field. Factor in a new offensive scheme, and the scrutiny is magnified. Make that offensive scheme the pass-happy offspring of mad scientists Hal Mumme and
Aug. 30 (Thursday) | at
Tech went to the FCS playoffs last year and was picked to finish fourth in the
Sept. 8 | Old Dominion | 6 p.m.
The Pirates' home opener and the third year the two have played. QB David Legree was darn near unstoppable in last year's 45-42 shootout loss at ODU, accounting for 326 yards and two TDs. Expect some offensive fireworks in this matchup, as well.
Sept. 15 | at Florida A&M | 6 p.m.
The Pirates pulled out a 23-17 win last season against the Aggies and former HU coach Joe Taylor. They overcame 147 yards in penalties because the defense held A&M to 57 yards rushing and 246 total yards. The Aggies were picked to finish fourth in the conference.
Sept. 29 |
One of the most bizarre, frustrating results in Pirate history one year ago. Officials inexplicably and erroneously overturned HU's last-play touchdown pass that would have given them a 37-35 victory. Instead, B-CC won 35-31 because of instant replay.
Oct. 13 | Norfolk State | 1 p.m.
The annual Battle of the Bay likely will have a say in the conference race. The Spartans were picked to win the MEAC, coming off of last year's first league title and FCS playoff berth. Norfolk State last year jumped out to a 27-7 lead and held on for a 34-24 win.
Oct. 18 | at N.C. Central | 7:30 p.m.
Last year's back-and-forth affair had a little of everything. The Pirates won 30-27 in OT on Jeremiah Schwartz's one-yard run. HU piled up 450 yards of offense and had no turnovers, but committed 166 yards in penalties. Travis Champion came on in relief of the injured Legree and led the offense.
Oct. 27 |
The Pirates' home finale. Hampton smothered the Tigers a year ago, holding them to 150 yards of offense as QB Antonio Bostick completed just 9 of 27 passes. Savannah State was picked to finish last, but received a first-place vote.
Nov. 3 | at Howard | 1 p.m.
Nov. 10 | at Delaware State | 1 p.m.
Nov. 17 | vs. Morgan State (
The Pirates finish in Noo Yawk at the Urban League Football Classic. HU topped the