2011 Hartford Colonials preview

It has been a long hard struggle for the Hartford Colonials. They started the premier UFL season as the New York Sentinels and went winless. Then they moved to Hartford became the Colonials and went 3-5. The good news there is they lost three of those games by a total of nine points. Now with new Head Coach/General Manager Jerry Glanville in place they are looking to make a big time push towards the 2011 UFL Championship game.

The Colonials offense looks to be very good, on paper at least. They have two talented QB’s in Colt Brennan and Jerrod Johnson. Both of these players are capable and give the Colonials lots of options as to what offense they will chose to run. At RB Andre Dixon and Tory Harrison return and the Colonials drafted Phillip Tanner. The WR corps is full of some relatively unknowns but does sport Markee White, who did very well in this league in 2010. Ronnie Ghent returns to the team for his third season at TE. The O line also returns a lot of players who played here in 2010.

On Defense, the Colonials could have the best DE tandem in the UFL. They return Maurice Fountain and Michale Spicer who combined for five sacks and 36 tackles in 2010. They have also added three rookies to the mix, so look for them to form a solid rotation. At DT Jonas Seawright returns, and is joined by NFL vets Orien Harris and Jonathan Lewis. At LB they return five, and two are familiar with Glanville’s system. In the secondary they have 14 guys looking to make the team including returning starters Ryan Palmer and Manny Collins.

This team must work on keeping a hold on the ball. In 2010 they were a UFL worst -7 in turnover ratio. That is a big reason why the ended up 3-5 instead of going 6-2.

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