2010 RUSHING OFFENSE: 90.4 ypg (10th in SWAC, 105th in nation)
2010 PASSING OFFENSE: 218.6 ypg (4th in SWAC, 39th in nation)
2010 TOTAL OFFENSE: 308.9 ypg (8th in SWAC, 90th in nation)
2010 SCORING OFFENSE: 22.1 ppg (7th in SWAC, 72nd in nation)
WHO’S BACK?: Seven starters. Dray Joseph, a part-time starter as a true freshman last season, has an early edge over Jeremiah McGinty as No. 1 QB. ... LT Chris Browne leads a line that brings back four starters, although Lee Almanza moves from RT to C. ... WR LaQuinton Evans, a senior, could be poised for a breakout year.
WHO’S NEW?: WR Jared Green, son of former Washington Redskins star Darrell Green, has transferred from Virginia. He’s a 6-2 senior. ... True freshman J.P. Douglas could get a long look at QB. ... RBs Brandon Rice and Sylvester Nzekwe technically never were starters, but are tough runners with some experience. They’ll be joined by redshirt freshman Dallas Fort.
VET WHO WILL HAVE THE BIGGEST IMPACT: WR LaQuinton Evans
NEWCOMERS WHO COULD LEAVE A MARK: WR Jared Green, RB Dallas Fort, OL Dwayne Houston
KEYS TO SUCCESS: The starting quarterback, whoever he is, must be more accurate, and the rushing game must be more potent than it was last year.
POTENTIAL PROBLEM AREAS: Developing more consistency along the line, which has experience but looked lost during some games last season. The line made strides toward the end of last year but was still overmatched at times.
DON’T BE SURPRISED IF: The unit makes a few more big plays and looks a little more polished than last season. Will it be enough?
SOUTHERN WILL HAVE A WINNING SEASON IF: The offense can find two things: balance and consistency. The ground game never found its identity last year. And SU quarterbacks completed only 47 percent of their passes. That number has to get better.
SUMMING UP: “Expect to see less receivers playing than we had last year. Before, we had seven or eight guys in the game. I don’t expect to have more than four or five guys in the rotation. That will allow the quarterback to develop more of a sense of chemistry with particular receivers.” - Southern coach Stump Mitchell