State Teams at a glance

College Football '05

Divisions Ii & Iii

September 01, 2005|By Bill Free

Division II

Bowie State

Coach: Mike Lynn (second season)

Last year: 5-5, 4-3

Conference: Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Outlook: Perhaps only the lack of an outstanding quarterback has prevented Bowie State from winning a CIAA championship the past four seasons. That's why Lynn focused on that position during the offseason, and he has come up with two top prospects in junior college transfer Richard Armstrong and freshman Jerry Taylor. Either of the two newcomers should be able to surpass the 298 total yards passing produced all last season by Lamar Manigo, who opens this year as the starter. Defense, special teams and big plays from both those units carried the Bulldogs to many victories in the past four years, when All-America LB-DB Atcheson Conway roamed the field. Conway is gone, but the defense should still be strong behind S Sterling Green, DB Alonzo Corbett, S Terrence Stafford, DE Tyreve Smith and LB Marcus McLain. The Bulldogs opened the season Saturday by routing host West Virginia State, 40-7, behind 145 rushing yards and three touchdowns by sophomore Isaac Redman and a defense that limited the Yellow Jackets to 70 total yards.

Division III

Frostburg State

Coach: Rubin Stevenson (sixth season)

Last year: 2-8, 1-4

Conference: Atlantic Central Football

Outlook: There were all kinds of problems in those western Maryland hills of Frostburg last season. Top RB Mike Kitchen was never completely healthy for his senior season, and All-America DE Kevin Culbert went down with a season-ending injury after the third game. The team's victory total dropped from four to two, a decline that can be attributed in large part to an offense that produced only 12.7 points a game and 255.5 yards of total offense an outing. Junior left-handed QB Jimmy Ward returns after an unspectacular season during which he completed fewer than half of his passes and threw 10 touchdown passes, compared with 14 interceptions. Culbert is back for his senior year and is expected to lead a strong defensive unit.

Johns Hopkins

Coach: Jim Margraff (16th season)

Last year: 9-2, 4-2

Conference: Centennial

Outlook: This Hopkins team has accomplished many feats on the football field during the past three seasons while rolling to a 28-5 record and sharing three Centennial Conference championships. But the big one - an NCAA Division III playoff berth - always seems to elude this program, usually because its schedule is not considered strong enough. Last season, the Blue Jays finished in a five-way tie for first place in the Centennial before losing out on the tiebreaker for the automatic NCAA Division III berth. Hopkins is the preseason choice for a second straight season to win the league title. The Blue Jays return three skill-position players (RB T.J. Lyons, QB Zach DiIonno and WR Anthony Triplin) who already rank among the school's all-time leaders in rushing yards, touchdown passes and receptions, respectively). The defense is led by LB Max Whitacre, LB Matt Hagel, DE Brian Cook, and DB Adam Colicchio.

McDaniel

Coach: Tim Keating (13th season)

Last year: 6-4, 4-2

Conference: Centennial

Outlook: Broderick Maybank raced away from defenders all last season to become the first 1,000-yard rusher in Keating's career at the school. Maybank, now a senior, averaged 120 yards a game and 5.9 yards a carry in earning conference Offensive Player of the Year honors last season. It took a player of his magnitude and speed to bring about a major change in the Green Terror offense, which previously thrived on the pass. Shifty junior QB Brad Baer gives McDaniel another major rushing threat along with a steady passing game. Defensively, the Green Terror has many players back from last season's team that ranked 13th nationally in total defense. First-team All-Centennial performers Brett Rough, Ron Ringgold and Andy Lee headline the defense of a team that has won or shared seven of the past eight league titles.

Salisbury

Coach: Sherman Wood (seventh season)

Last year: 10-1, 5-0

Conference: Atlantic Central Football

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