Offensive line plays
Passing, rushing, gaining first downs, scoring and winning are what the Cru football team knows how to do. The Crusaders have averaged a little more than 33 points on all games they have played this season.
With their eye on the ultimate prize — winning the NCAA Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va., the men of the football team all have one goal.
Sophomore Darius Wilson, a running back for the Cru, recognizes that in order to accomplish the goal of winning the ASC Championship Tournament and the NCAA tournament, the offense needs to work out a few problems. Wilson said they need to work on executing plays better.
“Our versatility is what makes the offense unstoppable,” Wilson said. “Our offensive line is the biggest part. They are the ignition to this offense.”
It seems as if most of the team believes the offensive line is a huge asset to the team. Junior wide receiver Tucker Glaske has the same mindset as Wilson about the huge contribution the linemen give to the team.
“Our front five are some of the most physical linemen in the nation,” he said. “And when you add physical running backs like Quincy and Darius, we’re hard to stop.”
The Cru has gone 3-0 so far this season. In their ASC opening game against McMurry University, the offense totaled 215 rushing yards and only 25 passing yards.
UMHB and McMurry definitely had different ways of putting the points on the board. UMHB predominantly ran the ball while McMurry passed.
Glaske noticed one thing throughout the games played so far: Sophomore quarterback, LiDarral Bailey enjoys running the ball, but likes to surprise everyone by passing the ball.
“I think I bring a spark to the team because I am able to make plays with not just running but I can also throw the ball,” Bailey said.
Despite how they play their game, running the ball puts the points on the board and Head Coach Fredenburg enjoys seeing the Cru score with running plays.
“There is nothing more demoralizing to a defense than someone that could run and that’s the reason we are the way that we are,” he said.
The Cru played arch rivals Hardin-Simmons Cowboys this past weekend. Just over two and a half minutes into the game, the offense of UMHB jumped ahead 7-0. After an intense first half, the Cru won the game 43-28 in front of a record crowd.
This is the ninth straight win over HSU for the Crusaders and with the victory, the Cru is now ranked fourth.