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Richmond ranks 13th in HERO Sports’ FCS Preseason Top 25.

The Spiders finished 9-4 last year and lost in the second round of the FCS at UAlbany 41-13.

Here’s a look at the 2024 Richmond football team.

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Returning All-Conference Players 2023 (4)

First team
Aaron Trusler
ST Jabril Hayes

Second team
WR Nick DeGennaro

Third team
EN Jeremiah Grant

D1 Transfer portal movement

Transfers incoming from FCS (5)
Matt Robbert (TE), Cornell
Brandon Peskin (C), Fordham
Carter Glassmyer (LB), Saint Francis
Zachary Palmer-Smith (RB), Wagner
John Michael DiRoberto (DB), Wofford

Transfers received from FBS (0)

Transfers lost to FCS (1)
Jasiah Williams (WR) to Stony Brook

Transfers lost to the FBS (2)
Angelo Rankin Jr. (DB) to ODU
From Marlem Louis (DL) to San Diego State

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Offensive outlook

Richmond’s offense returns the two quarterbacks who split snaps last season, three full-time starters on the offensive line and the four best pass catchers.

The Spiders averaged 28.2 points per game in 2023 and finished 42nd in the FCS.

More consistent play from the quarterback will be the difference between Richmond being just a playoff team or a threat in the playoffs. Kyle Wickersham And Camden Coleman both started last year. Wickersham completed 138/190 passes for 1,405 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions in 11 games and was second on the team with 402 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Coleman completed 100/150 passes for 1,161 yards, 12 TDs and six interceptions in seven games.

Richmond will be strong at wide receiver and will return its top four from last year.

Nick DeGennaro is one of the best WRs in the FCS, recording 71 catches for 904 yards and 11 TDs in 2023. Jerry Garcia Jr. In addition, there were 28 catches for 455 yards and four touchdowns, Ja’Vion Griffin had 16 receptions for 283 yards and Landon Ellis recorded 20 catches for 214 yards and one touchdown.

Another goal in the passing game will be Matt Robberta transfer from Cornell. Robbert caught 21 passes for 261 yards last year. And in 2022, as an Honorable Mention All-Ivy League selection, he had 31 catches for 468 yards and three scores.

Running back is a question mark, however. Richmond loses its three best backs from 2023, including Savon Smith, who ran for 708 yards and eight TDs. An Impact Transfer Portal addition to fill this gap in production is Zachary Palmer Smith von Wagner. As a sophomore last year, Palmer-Smith rushed for 699 yards and three touchdowns on 135 carries.

The offensive line can rely on a return with solid experience. Tom Elijah (6’3″ 296 lbs) and Keith Gouveia (6’4″, 305 lbs) are starters for two years. Cade Salyers (6’4″ 325 lbs) is also back. He missed most of last season due to injury, but he started 13 games in 2022, eight in 2021 and four in the spring of 2021. Parker Mitchell (1.93m, 127kg), Philip Gray III (6’4″ 300 lbs) and Scott Hummel (1.90 m, 138 kg) was in the starting eleven several times last season.

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Defensive outlook

Richmond allowed 23.6 points per game in 2023, ranking 32nd in the FCS. Nine of the 15 players with the most snaps and five of the 11 best tacklers are back in the game.

The Spiders must replace their top two tacklers from last year – Tristan Wheeler (121 tackles) and Aaron Banks (63 tackles). But the next three tackle leaders are back. Linebacker Wayne Galloway total of 60 tackles, nine TFLs, two interceptions and four pass breakups. Richmond’s top cornerbacks return as D’Angelo Stocker recorded 51 tackles, four TFLs, three interceptions and four pass breakups, while Trae Tomlinson There were also 47 tackles, three TFLs, one interception and five pass breakups.

In addition to Stocker and Tomlinson in the secondary, Starting Safety Bryson ParkerHe had 38 tackles, one interception and four pass breakups in 2023.

Quantrail Morris-Walker is a versatile defender who is listed as a linebacker but can also play as a slot corner. Last year he totaled 27 tackles, two TFLs and one pass breakup.

The defensive line appears to be a strength, led by two-time All-CAA defensive end Jeremiah Grantafter Richmond allowed 112.7 rushing yards per game (No. 19 in the FCS). The 6’2″ and 240-pound player had 21 tackles, six TFLs, four sacks and five quarterback hurries last year. In 2022, he had 52 tackles and 12 tackles for loss. DE Donovan Hoilette (6’4″ 208 lbs) added 28 tackles, five TFLs and 3.5 sacks last season.

Inside the d-line, Carsen Stocklinski (1.93 m, 132 kg) started in nine games last year and recorded 24 tackles and two sacks. Matei Fitz (6’2″, 270 lbs) started four games, but played just as many snaps as Stocklinski and totaled 34 tackles, 10 TFLs and 4.5 sacks.

Two FCS transfers are intended to strengthen an already experienced defense.

John Michael DiRoberto comes from Wofford, a longtime starting safety who had 66 tackles in 2023 and 53 in 2022. Carter Glasmyer Transfers from Saint Francis, where he was a 2023 Freshman All-American and led the team with 90 tackles, including 6.5 TFLs.

2024 Preseason Preview Central

31.8. in Virginia
9/7 against Wofford
14.9. against Charleston Southern
September 21 in the state of Delaware
28.9. at RV Elon
10/5 against North Carolina A&T
19.10. against No. 19 Delaware
26.10. at Bryant
11/2 against Towson

9.11. at Campbell
16.11. in Hampton
23.11. against No. 17 William & Mary

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