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Samford has the Talent on Offense

By Southern Pigskin Staff
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A big reason for Samford’s success early in the year has been the play of its offense, which boasts talented playmakers at virtually every position.

It has been a rather interesting start to the 2012 season in the Southern Conference.

Just five weeks into the regular season, there is only one team in the SoCon that still stakes claim to an undefeated record: Wofford.

The season has been full of twists and surprises thus far, with numerous teams showing that they are prepared to challenge the proverbial “giants” of the conference.

One the SoCon teams off to a very strong 2012 campaign is the Samford Bulldogs, who currently sit at 4-1 overall, and 2-1 in the conference.

A big reason for Samford’s success early in the year has been the play of its offense, which boasts talented playmakers at virtually every position.

According to co-offensive coordinator Travis Trickett, who is the son of legendary Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, from the perspective of the coaching staff, their job is to simply not get in the way of their players.

“We’ve got some great talented skill guys,” Trickett told Southern Pigskin following the Bulldogs’ most recent contest at Georgia Southern. “Fabian [Truss], Kelsey [Pope], Riley Hawkins, Kelvin Clay, the quarterback [Andy Summerlin] does a good job…We just have to make sure as coaches we do the best job we can to get them in position to be successful.”

The Bulldogs have put up solid offensive numbers through their first five games, but have also just missed out on converting some big plays which would have allowed them to further their scoring output.

With quarterback Andy Summerlin, running back Fabian Truss and wide receiver Kelsey Pope all fighting for All-SoCon honors with their play on the field, don’t expect the missed opportunities to be as frequent down the stretch.

Coach Trickett and the remainder of the Samford coaching staff have this offense prepared to put up huge numbers over the final six contests of the regular season.

SoCon defenses beware.