Bernard Clark: Consistency is the key for Robert Morris in 2022


Finishing 4-6 last season, the Colonials look for improvement starting with Dayton on Saturday afternoon Photo credit: Tyler Gallo

Cole Brennan

The Robert Morris Colonials will take on the Dayton Flyers tomorrow in the season’s home opener.

“We are expecting a team that plays hard, a team that is extremely disciplined, a team that is very organized, and they are very well coached.” head coach Bernard Clark said on the opener.

The Colonials finished the 2021 season with a record of 4-6 and are looking to get more consistent this year.

Clark discussed some of the areas that need work heading into the season.

“We gotta be a lot more consistent on offense and defense. We gotta come together as a team. We gotta be offense, defense, and special teams.”

One of the changes made to the coaching staff this year is the addition of a new offensive coordinator. Eric Gallon was the team’s tight ends coach last year and will be stepping into a new role this season.

Coach Clark discussed the differences between last season’s offense and the offense that we will see this season.

“The difference is we are a no-huddle offense, we are not hurrying down the field or anything like that, so guys gotta get lined up a lot quicker and understand exactly what’s going on.”

Robert Morris lost one of their star defensive backs after the 2021 season was over in Tavin Harville.

Harville got signed as an undrafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers but was released during training camp.

One of the strongest parts about the team Clark mentioned is “just us as a unit, the organization and the discipline we have.”

Some of the standouts on offense this year are running back Alijah Jackson and wide receiver D’Andre Hicks.

Alijah Jackson has had a pretty successful career rushing for 2,373 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Wide receiver D’Andre Hicks has been a solid player for the Colonials with 57 receptions for 544 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Colonials look to improve upon a season where they turned some heads after struggling in their first season in the Big South.