ORONO – As the University of Maine football team kicked off its second scrimmage of the preseason Monday, there was one notable athlete suited up: Micah Wright.
The senior Maine receiver and punt returner went through a treacherous 2017, where he was suspended at the beginning of the year for an off the field incident, and after returning, tore his ACL fielding a punt. His road to recovery found him on the field ahead of schedule, but the Black Bears expected him to play in just the final scrimmage of the year. Instead, he found himself cleared early by doctors, and participated in full for scrimmage No. 2.
The news is good for a Maine offense that is reinvented yet again, with new offensive coordinator Nick Charlton taking the team’s old pro style offense and moving closer to a spread after Liam Coen departed this past offseason. So what can UMaine fans expect from Maine offensively this year?
“It’s just a different philosophy,” head coach Joe Harasymiak said. “A lot of the same concepts. But certainly we want to challenge teams with every yard on the field. So we will do that. I think just formationally and all those things, we’re looking forward to what Coach Charlton brings to the team.”
One player who is starting to develop a closer bond with Charlton is second-year quarterback Chris Ferguson. The redshirt-sophomore is looking to piggyback off of a strong rookie campaign, and Harasymiak thinks his success may be dependent on how he adapts to the new system and his maturity.”
That relationship is very unique in that it has to be a strong one,” he said. “Because Chris needs to know what coach is thinking before coach even says it, before it gets signaled in. And I think that’s where I’ve really seen, I know, Chris is a talent, he can make every throw. But it’s just that mental aspect of becoming a leader, and control that thing every down is what we’re excited about.”