College: 3 things to watch for as Bryant kicks off camp

The Bryant Bulldogs held their first practice of the 2022 season on Tuesday. Bryant returns several key starters on both sides of the ball most notably quarterback Zevi Eckhaus and linebacker Joe Andresssen.

Both will play a pivotal role if the Bulldogs want to top last season’s 7-4 record.

There is a lot of excitement around the program, especially now that the Bulldogs are going into the Big South Conference.

Here are things we are going to be watching for in fall camp.

1. The return of Zevi Eckhaus: The California kid is back after sitting out all of spring ball. Coach Chris Merritt sat Eckhaus out to let him recover but to also evaluate the other quarterbacks on the roster. Eckhaus is back and healthy to start. He should be the starter but Coach Merritt preaches competition so nothing is guaranteed.

2. The front seven: As I mentioned earlier, the Bulldogs return Joe Andresssen at linebacker but they also return his running mate Ryan Sadler and a stout front seven. Defensive coordinator Anthony Barese has got this unit playing fast and at a high level. It will be interesting to see them take the next step this summer.

3. Who replaces Adeboboye? The Bulldogs will need to replace running back Daniel Adeboboye. Senior Ishod Finger, sophomore Kyle Cichanowsky and senior Fabrice Mukendi all impressed in the spring and will be in the mix to start and contribute.

Final analysis: The Bulldogs took a big step by moving to the Big South. There are big plans for the program moving forward. The schedule is challenging with games against Florida International, URI and Brown but Merritt and his staff have laid a strong foundation and it will evident in camp.

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