ORONO – It should come a no surprise. Maine football runs the ball, and does so efficiently.
“To win games at this level or any level you got to run the football,” Maine football offensive coordinator Liam Coen said.
The Black Bears have done that better than anyone this season as they are averaging just over 200 yards on the ground per game.
A run game that has been spearheaded by sophomore running back Josh Mack.
“He definitely has taken a different leap be it maturity wise and preparation and its definitely shown in his execution on game day,” Coen said.
Mack has been a freight train as he has bulldozed his way to 502 yards and 4 touchdowns this season, but the teams next opponent, Villanova, boasts the best rush defense in the entire league.
“They’re the No. 1 rush defense we’re the second rush offense so it’s going to be a battle as long as we prepare ourselves and our o-line plays well it’ll give Josh an opportunity to do some good things,” head coach Joe Harasymiak said.
Another weapon will be added to the mix this week as wide receiver Micah Wright will suit up for the Black Bears for the first time since returning from suspension.
“Yea I think it brings a confidence back that you know he’s there and I think it the biggest thing is that it puts the other wideouts back in the roles they’re comfortable with,” Harasymiak said.
“It means a lot to me because we’re from the same area and he’s been my boy since even before here,” Mack said.
Game time on Saturday is set for 1 p.m. A game that is a must-win for the Black Bears this early in the season.