With just a couple of months left before the season begins, the University of Richmond football team is busy making preparations. The squad recently completed its spring scrimmage, and the offense cruised to an easy victory over the defense. Richmond Spiders head coach Danny Rocco is excited for the upcoming season and remarked that he hopes the team can regain its 2012 form when they finished first in the conference. The team is particularly interested in beating fierce rival William & Mary in 2014, particularly because that team still holds the all-time record edge since the first meeting in 1898. Richmond travels to Williamsburg this year, which means the game will be in enemy territory.
As shown in the spring scrimmage, the strength of the Spiders is on offense. Returning stars include wide receiver Stephen Barnette and quarterback Michael Rocco. Running backs Jeremiah Hamlin and T.J. Moon are solid performers in their own right. On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Sean Ryan and defensive lineman Anthony Tallman look to solidify the other side of the ball. Coach Rocco also hopes his current crop of players can eventually follow in the footsteps of the four Spiders currently playing in the NFL: Josh Vaughan of the Falcons, Cooper Taylor of the Giants, Lawrence Sidbury of the Colts and Paris Lenon of the Broncos. He and the Spiders have been working hard all spring getting ready for Morehead State players, who arrive in Richmond on August 30 to kick off the season.