WILL PROCTOR IS UNPROVEN, BUT HIS MOBILITY SHOULD CURE THE TIGERS' RED-ZONE
2005 RECORD 8-4
(4-4 in ACC Atlantic)
KEY RETURNEES RB
James Davis (Soph.) Tied a school freshman record at the end of last season by
reeling off four 100-yard games LG Roman Fry (Sr.) The 6'4" 300-pounder
lined up at center, guard and tackle in '05 MLB Anthony Waters (Sr.) Finished
third in the ACC in tackles per game
BIG MAN ON CAMPUS
Wide receiver Chansi Stuckey is one of the ACC's most lethal playmakers. A
former backup quarterback he led the conference in receptions per game (5.33)
last season. The 6-foot, 190-pound senior is the first Tiger since 1950 to
produce a touchdown by passing, rushing, receiving and returning a punt.
For four years
Will Proctor waited to take his turn at quarterback. He ran the Tigers' scout
team, charted more plays than he cares to remember and filled in at wide
receiver. He played sideline catch with starter Charlie Whitehurst and broke
down countless hours of film. Now that Whitehurst has moved on to the NFL's San
Diego Chargers, the wait is over for Proctor, a fifth-year senior who has
thrown 34 passes and four touchdowns in 12 games. It's not a stretch to say
that among quarterbacks without full-time starting experience, he's more
experienced than anyone else in the country.
that this is my only year to start," says the 6'2", 210-pound Proctor.
"My job will be to manage the game and put the ball in the hands of our
playmakers. If I can do that, we'll have a successful season."
practice offensive coordinator Rob Spence reminded Proctor to rely on his
supporting cast, which is one of the most talented in the ACC. James Davis, a
5'11" 210-pounder, was the conference's rookie of the year last season,
when he rushed for 879 yards and nine touchdowns, and wide receivers Chansi
Stuckey and Rendrick Taylor are both home run threats. The starting offensive
line also returns intact from a team whose four defeats last year were by a
total of 14 points.
Number 1 concern right now is our quarterback," says coach Tommy Bowden,
"but Will's got a really good feel for the game. He hasn't faced too many
live bullets yet, but he's very, very ready."