What Went Right, What Went Wrong: Coastal Division

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What Went Right, What Went Wrong: Coastal Division

Last time, we took a look at what went right, and what went wrong for Atlantic division teams. Now, let’s take a look at the Coastal division in this two-part series.

What Went Right, What Went Wrong: Coastal DivisionWhat went right: The defense was sneaky good in 2017. The Blue Devils were third in total defense this year, compared to 11th last year. A lot of that improvement came against the pass where they were second in the league.

What went wrong: Daniel Jones regressed considerably this year. As a freshman, Jones completed 62% of his passes. This year that dropped to 55%. His total yardage and touchdowns all went south. The plus? So did his interceptions.

 

What Went Right, What Went Wrong: Coastal Division

What went right: As usual the running game was strong this year. But having two guys who nobody had heard of coming into the season rush for over 1,000 yards was the big surprise. Quarterback TaQuan Marshall and running back KirVonte Benson were huge additions to the offense in 2017.

What went wrong: Once again, passing the ball was a struggle. In the first four games, Marshall completed 55% of his passes. In the last seven, he completed a paltry 28%. It’s probably no coincidence that the Yellow Jackets were 2-5 over those final seven games.

What Went Right, What Went Wrong: Coastal Division

What went right: Having a nose for the football on defense. The Hurricanes had the highest turnover margin in the country at +17. Giving the offense 17 extra possessions helped the offense immensely. It also helped that Travis Homer picked up where Mark Walton left off after suffering a season ending injury.

What went wrong: The Hurricanes had a tendency to play to their level of competition, especially on the road. The Hurricanes played four games on the road, lost one and had two more decided by five points or less. They also struggled with Georgia Tech and Syracuse at home.


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What Went Right, What Went Wrong: Coastal Division

What went right: Not a whole lot went right this season for the Tar Heels. Playing so many young players, like running backs Jordon Brown and Michael Carter, gave fans a glimpse of hope for the future. The duo combined to rush for over 1,100 yards this season.

What went wrong: It got to the point at the end of the season where it would have been easier to list players who were not injured as opposed to players who were injured. I am being a little facetious, but not by much. Heading in to the last game of the season, 17 players had been ruled out for the season, and five more missed the finale due to injury.

What Went Right, What Went Wrong: Coastal DivisionWhat went right: The running game solidified in the latter portion of the season. The Panthers rushed for over 150 yards in five of their final seven games including a 336 yard effort against Duke. Darrin Hall and Qadree Ollison sparked that offense over the final five games.

What went wrong: For the second straight season under Pat Narduzzi the defense struggled to make stops. While the team improved to 10th in the league in total defense this year you would expect a team with a defensive minded coach like Narduzzi to be better on that side of the ball.

What Went Right, What Went Wrong: Coastal DivisionWhat went right: The defense was considerably better this year. In 2016, Virginia was ranked 12th in the ACC in total defense. This year, they jumped to sixth, giving up on average 90 fewer yards per game. Kurt Benkert also became the first player in school history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season.

What went wrong: In a lot of instances there were some very curious and head scratching play calls that really hurt Virginia offensively. That can be said for many offenses at Virginia over the past decade.

What Went Right, What Went Wrong: Coastal DivisionWhat went right: Once again, defense ruled. The Hokies ranked 13th nationally in total defense, which ranked second in the league, behind Clemson. Tremaine Edmunds led the team in tackles and sacks.

What went wrong: The Hokies used to be known for having a really good running game, but that hasn’t been the case the past few years. This year has been no exception. The leading rusher, Travon McMillian had just 439 yards this season.


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