ORONO – A lot has been made of Maine football’s offense this year.
With running back Josh Mack trailblazing his way through the CAA, one shouldn’t be surprised.
But don’t overlook “the Black Hole” and the young Black Bears that have helped anchor its dominant front.
Jaron Grayer, Charles Mitchell, Kayon Whitaker, and Alejandro Oregon are just some of the young players that make up the teams dominant front.
The group has accounted for 12 of Maine’s 18 sacks this season.
They’ll need that production this weekend against a stingy Albany team.
“The Black Hole” was in limbo coming into the season, with huge losses in key positions someone needed to step up.
Rather than individuals filling in the Black Bears have developed a core.
“For ya’ll to be on the field with them, we all have a great bond and that allows us to play the way we play,” Whitaker said.
“It wasn’t a surprise cause I already knew what we could do, you know what I’m saying. I’m just glad we’re getting as much attention as we are,” Mitchell said.
Junior Sterling Sheffield is “the old man” of the group, he leads the Black Bears in tackles this season and has relished the opportunity to mentor and watch the young core develop.
With five games under their belt, Sheffield says there is no more time for growing pains as each game is crucial from here on out.
“And understand that seven points or a touchdown is unacceptable and we didn’t’ have that the past couple weeks and that’s why we started slow with Rhode Island and that’s why we didn’t do well against Villanova.