This week Liberty hosts Division II opponent Brevard College Tornadoes, a final tune-up before their showdown with #12/13 Charleston Southern. The Tornadoes eschew the passing game in favor of a triple-option threat, averaging only 7 pass attempts per game and featuring a myriad of running backs. Leading this ground and pound attack is a two-headed beast made of junior running backs, Jordan Ollis and Kelvin Jeter.
A ground and pound offense like Brevard’s can really wear a defense down, and their heavy use of Ollis shows that they like to emphasize the “pound.” Ollis may not be the quickest back on the team (4.2 ypc compared to second leading rusher Jeter’s 5.9), but he has the biggest work-load. He’s carried the ball 174 times for 738 yards, an average of 73.8 per game. He’s also the teams leading scorer, with 12 touchdowns on the year.
While Ollis pounds away at the line, Jeter brings a more finesse approach. He’s rushed 111 times for 652 yards. As previously mentioned, that’s 5.9 per carry, 65.2 per game. He has also found the endzone six times.
Separately, Ollis and Jeter’s stats are modest at best. However, when combined, they are rather impressive. Together, Ollis and Jeter have carried the ball 285 times for 1,390 yards, averaging a little more than 5 per carry, and 139 per game, with 18 touchdowns.
These two are coming off a monster game against Tusculum, in which they combined for 202 rushing yards, and six touchdowns. Ollis had an especially huge game, picking up 131 of that yardage, and 5 of the touchdowns, his final one a 10 yard pass reception. Oddly enough, they each averaged the same amount of yards per carry on the game as they are on the cumulative season. But I digress. The main point here is that Liberty will have a lot to prepare for as Ollis, Jeter, and company try to run their way through Williams Stadium.