Bears at a glance

August 29, 2007|By KEN MURRAY

Coach: Donald Hill-Eley (sixth season)

Last year: 5-6

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic, Division I Football Championship Subdivision (the former Division I-AA)

Radio: 88.9 FM

Stadium: Hughes Stadium (10,000)

Tickets: $20 reserved, $15 general admission, $12 senior citizens, $10 students

Parking: Garage beside stadium, $10

Offense: Multiple pro

Defense: 4-3

Outlook: The Bears need a passing game to keep defenses honest against RB Chad Simpson, an All-MEAC first-team preseason pick. Mario Melton won the quarterback job and will have to improve his .473 completion percentage. Roderick Wolfe is the go-to player in a three-receiver offense. The offensive line, led by right tackle Dakarai Grimsley, is huge, averaging 301 pounds. Offense was a weakness a year ago, when the Bears averaged 18.1 points. They led the MEAC in run defense in 2006, defensive coordinator Alonzo Lee's first with the Bears. Transfer DE Clarence McPherson will help the pass rush, and newcomers Darren McKahn and Gary Albury will start in the secondary. The Bears allowed 17 touchdown passes last season, when they ranked next to last in MEAC red zone defense. They lost three of their last four games to finish 5-6.

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