Coach Reno Ferri is back for his second year as Running Backs Coach.
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Coach Reno Ferri is back for his second year as Running Backs Coach.
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Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 04/10/2012
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TOWSON, Md. -For Reno Ferri, the Tigers' second-year Running Backs coach, it will be very hard to top his first season with the program.

Last year, the Tiger running game averaged just under 230 yards per game, tops in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Tigers scored 38 rushing touchdowns and their running game was a key to the Tigers' turnaround season. The CAA champion Tigers finished the season with a 9-3 record and made their first-ever NCAA FCS playoff appearance.

After the Tigers' tenth Spring practice on Tuesday, Coach Ferri smiled when he thought back to last spring.

"It is so much easier this Spring," he says. "Last year, I arrived on campus just days before the start of Spring practice. I know the players now and they know me. It is also a lot more enjoyable."

One of the reasons that this Spring is more enjoyable can be attributed to the depth and experience that the Tigers have in the offensive backfield. While Coach Rob Ambrose calls the backfield the area in which the Tigers have the most depth, Coach Ferri admits the competition is intense.

"Our depth chart is fluid," says Coach Ferri. "Our players understand that what they've done in the past is noted, it will not determine who plays this season. It is great to have as much experience as we do."

Terrance West, who ran for 1,294 yards and scored an NCAA FCS-leading 29 touchdowns last year, heads the contingent of running backs with experience. Only a sophomore, West was the winner of the first Jerry Rice Award, presented to the top freshman in NCAA FCS.

Last year, the Tigers had five running backs who carried the ball more than 25 times. While West led the team with 194 carries, Dominique Booker ran the ball 57 times for 316 yards despite missing the final four games with a knee injury.

Tremayne Dameron, who graduated, ran the ball 50 times for 274 yards and scored a touchdown while newcomer Trea Jones had 29 carries for 145 yards.

"Everyone knows what to expect from Terrance West," says Coach Ferri. "But, Dominique is also playing well this Spring. Trea is also doing well and we think he will contribute more this season."

The Tigers are also excited about Clayton Minott, a "red shirt" freshman from Wilmington, Delaware who has been impressive.

"Clayton could really help us if he continues to make progress," says Ferri. "He has a lot of potential and we think he can contribute."

The Tigers will return to practice on Thursday morning at 5 a.m.

 

 


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