State Teams At A Glance

September 01, 2006|By BILL FREE

Division II

Bowie State

Coach -- Mike Lynn (third season)

Last year -- 8-4, 6-2 (first in CIAA East)

Conference -- Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Outlook -- All-CIAA RB Isaac Redman led the conference with 1,512 yards rushing. However, it was the emergence of QB Lamar Manigo that was crucial in the Bulldogs' drive to a division title and their best season in 17 years. Redman, a junior, and Manigo, a senior, are back along with the entire offensive line, prompting hopes for Bowie State to take the final step to a CIAA title. The Bulldogs lost to North Carolina Central, 26-23, in the league title game last season. Senior OL Robert Blocker leads the veteran line, and RB Nathaniel Queen is a key returning player. The Bowie defense will be strong with four talented seniors: DB Darvin Dinkins, DB Terrence Stafford, DE Devin Williams and DE Durrell York. S Stafford had a team-high 95 tackles last season. Bowie will host North Carolina Central on Sept. 30 in a rematch of last year's title game.

Division III

Frostburg State

Coach -- Rubin Stevenson (seventh season)

Last year -- 6-5, 1-4

Conference -- Atlantic Central Football

Outlook -- Just when Frostburg State passed traditional western Pennsylvania foes Westminster and Waynesburg last season on the way to a 5-1 nonconference record, the Bobcats discovered for a second straight season that they were a 1-4 doormat in the ACFC. Frostburg will try to regroup against conference competition behind 15 returning starters. Junior TB Shanorm Young (Poly) is the Bobcats' marquee attraction, coming off a 993-yard season and 11 touchdowns on 241 carries. The offense is loaded, but the defense isn't expected to be as strong as in the past with the loss of All-America DE Kevin Culbert. Senior standouts Justin Bressler and Ryan Cutsail are expected to fill some of the void up front on the defensive line.

Johns Hopkins

Coach -- Jim Margraff (17th season)

Last year -- 8-3, 5-1

Conference -- Centennial

Outlook -- Margraff hasn't changed his style in the aftermath of the school's first NCAA playoff trip last season. He still prefers to emphasize defense first and overall talent second, so it's no surprise that he gives top billing to senior DL Brian Cook and DL Anthony Woodard, both first-team All-Centennial selections last season. Senior S-LB Matt Hagel had a team-high 187 tackles over the past two years, and junior CB Dan Requena last season broke up five passes, and had three interceptions and 30 tackles. Senior WR Anthony Triplin (Gilman) was the Centennial Offensive Player of the Year last season.

McDaniel

Coach -- Tim Keating (14th season)

Last year -- 5-5, 2-4

Conference -- Centennial

Outlook -- The Green Terror has fallen on some rocky times with key injuries and a lack of overall depth. Senior QB Brad Baer (Westminster) has shown signs of being capable of fixing some of the team's problems, but he missed almost all of his junior year with a leg injury. He's now healthy and a strong running threat. Key losses on defense include third-team All-America LB Ron Ringgold and all three down linemen. The experienced secondary is led by seniors Drew Abbamonte at free safety and Bobby Waugh at cornerback. The Green Terror will find out quickly how it shapes up, facing always-strong Bridgewater in what has become a traditional season opener tomorrow at 1 at McDaniel.

Salisbury

Coach -- Sherman Wood (eighth season)

Last year -- 8-3, 4-1

Conference -- Atlantic Central Football

Outlook -- The Leroy Satchell-Dustin Johnson era is over, with the Sea Gulls never quite reaching the expected heights with the two gifted backs. Now there's a more low-key approach being taken by Salisbury, with the highest-profile players being DB Byron Westbrook, DL Zach Armiger, OL Kristos Miliotis (all seniors) and junior SB Jamar Garner. Westbrook, the school career leader in interceptions (13) and interception return yards (144). The Sea Gulls will be gearing toward their Oct. 28 ACFC home meeting with rival Wesley College, which made a surprising run to the NCAA Division III semifinals last season.

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