Scouting Charleston Southern – Offense

The Gators open the 2009 campaign against the weakest team they'll face all year and one of the weakest to visit The Swamp in many years. Charleston Southern may look okay at the first glance coming off a 7-5 season, but this team lost to Stony Brook and Wofford among others and was clobbered by both Liberty (42-0) and Miami (52-7). This game will not be challenging in most areas.

Offensively the Bucs are running their version of the spread. But if the Gators "spread" is a T-1 pipe then Charleston Southern's is dial up – using a rotary telephone.

The quarterback is A.J. Toscano who played in just one game last season (7-11, 74, 1/1) and was awarded a medical redshirt. He is not the running threat you'd like in this offense, but he did pass for more than 6,000 in junior college.

The best player on the offense is Gerald Stevenson who is a solid receiver (45-555, 9) and decent runner (39-298, 7.6, 2 TD). He is sort of a poor man's Percy Harvin --- ok a really poor man's Harvin --- and needs to be accounted for. He is the only one of the top four receivers back from last season. They will use their Tight Ed Tyrese Harris (14-136, 4 TD) in the passing game.

They have two decent runners in Antwan Ivey (380, 2) from Newberry and DeMarcus Moon (788 the last seasons). Ivey is also a pretty good receiver (19-172, 1 TD).

The offensive line is just okay with decent size but well below SEC level mobility and athleticism. The strength is probably on the inside with guards Jarrett Johns from Gainesville High School and B.J. Baker and center Jordan Lancaster. Their tackles are in for a very long day.

Last season the Bucs averaged just 293 yards a game in total offense and it's hard to see them being significantly better. Overall this is not a very talented offense and it would be a huge surprise if they managed to score twice.

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