A new season brings new optimism for the Charlotte 49ers football team as Charlotte held its fourth annual Green-White Spring Game Saturday evening as the Green team defeated the White team 14-7. Saturday was Charlotte fans' first chance to see new starting quarterback Kevin Olsen.
Olsen went 14-18 for 163 yards but threw two interceptions. Olsen will need to read coverages better if he is to keep the starting spot by Fall. However, the offense was efficient with him on the field despite the two turnovers. There still is uncertainty but as of now it looks like Charlotte found a solid starter to lead them into the 2016 season.
Trent Bostick scored the game-winning touchdown for the Green team after a 38-yard pass from Hasaan Klugh late in the fourth quarter. Klugh was 4-16 but threw for two touchdowns. Former quarterback Matt Johnson, who switched to the running back position for his senior season, had a rushing touchdown for the White team. Charlotte's leading rusher last season, Kalif Phillips, rushed for 31 yards on six carries for the Green team.
The offensive line looks to be an area of concern for the 49ers. The line under-performed last season but protection must be sharp this season if Olsen is to be productive.
This team looks better at first glimpse and I expect their record to improve but it will be another rebuilding year for the 49ers. Charlotte's season begins September 1st at Louisville.