Due to the on going pandemic we are currently living through, FCS football was pushed back from fall to the spring. This means that Stony Brook will be playing a 6 game spring schedule, beginning this Saturday against Villanova. They will hope to take what could be a talented roster to the top of a very good CAA conference.
Stony Brook ended things off in 2019 with a 5-7 overall record, but just 2-6 in conference play. Their record may have made them seem worse than they actually were. Stony Brook won 4 of their first 5 games which included a win over Rhode Island to open conference play. They then took #2 JMU to overtime, but eventually fell 45-38. The Seawolves got their upset 2 weeks later however, ad they upset #5 Villanova on the road on a last second field goal. But after that, Stony Brook dropped 4 straight games to end the season.
Even with a 5-7 record, Stony Brook wasn’t necessarily bad. 4 of their 7 loses were by 1 possession. They beat the teams that they had to beat. Not to mention taking FCS powerhouse JMU to overtime and upsetting the #5 team in the country. It’s never good to lose obviously, but when you are competitive throughout the season, it is a good sign for the future.
What Does Stony Brook Have?
The biggest piece returning for the Seawolves is redshirt senior QB Tyquell Fields. In 2019, Fields threw for 2,466 yards with 16 touchdowns. He can also run, as he had 338 yards and 4 touchdowns on 87 carries. With the leading rusher Isaiah White graduating, redshirt sophomore Ty Son Lawton will be getting the carries. He had a productive 2019 with 648 yards and 7 touchdowns on 152 carries. Lawton will be a key piece to the Stony Brook offense. Receiving may be a bit weak this year. Stony Brook’s top 3 receivers from a season ago all graduated, leaving Delante Hellams Jr. most likely in the WR1 role. On just 15 receptions in 2019, Hellams had 352 yards and a touchdown.
Stony Brook returns a lot of their defense from a season ago. Reidgee Dimanche should help anchor the linebacker core, and Casey Williams will be the main guy on the line. Justin Burns and Augie Contressa will provide support in the secondary. This was a defense that gave up 27.3 points a game back in 2019.
What to Expect
Offensively it seems pretty simple. The run game is going to have to lead Stony Brook. They return a running back tandem of Lawson and Seba Nekhet who had a pretty good 2019 considering his role. And remember, Fields can move really well, and will probably have an increase in production on the ground.
Defensively it is a little bit unknown. As mentioned, there are a lot of returners on that side of the ball. This defense wasn’t horrible in 2019 as they were 6th in the conference in points allowed per game. Hopefully they can improve from that and be able to shut down some really good offenses they will face this season.