Norwich (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Norwich started the 2013 football season 3-1. But like a tornado, the season spun downward, and Norwich lost four of its last five. The Purple Tornado hope the 2014 season spins in a different direction.
Leading the way will be an offensive line that returns 4 of 5 starters and should give returning 1,000-yard running back Michael Oralls plenty of holes to run through. It's part of a more smash-mouth style Norwich has stressed this offseason.
"There's been great intensity. The team has looked pretty good. Our offensive line should be very good this year. We have a lot returning," said Oralls, a senior.
"It's definitely a focal point this entire preseason and offseason -- we need to be physical at the point of attack," said head coach Mike Chrystie. "The teams that we play are not cupcakes and we know they're going to be just as physical and as disciplined. That's something we've been stressing this preseason -- making sure our practices are as competitive and as physical as possible."
Norwich gets Binghamton at home in its season opener.