State Teams At A Glance

August 30, 2007|By DANIEL IGO AND PATRICK GUTIERREZ

BOWIE STATE

DIVISION II COACH -- Mike Lynn Jr. (fourth season)

LAST YEAR -- 5-5, 3-4

CONFERENCE -- Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

OUTLOOK -- Bowie State, which won its division in 2005, is looking to rebound after last year's season but is in an 0-1 hole after falling to Glenville (W.Va.) State last week, 29-19. In 2006, the Bulldogs ranked third in the NCAA in total defense, fourth in rushing yards per game and ninth in total sacks but finished at .500. The offense will return eight starters, including seniors Jerrick Jeffreys (6 feet 3, 310 pounds) and Cordell Hawkins (6-4, 336), who are expected to anchor the offensive line. Bowie State will also have to replace quarterback Lamar Manigo, who ended his career as the Bulldogs' all-time leader in touchdown passes in a season (17) and career (36). Jason Scott completed 12 of 30 passes for 141 yards against Glenville State. Several of Bowie State's top incoming recruits came from Edmondson High School, including linebacker Kyle Jackson (6-2, 220), running back Tariq Jones (5-9, 175) and offensive lineman Jonathan Mason (6-3, 300).

DIVISION III

FROSTBURG STATE

COACH -- Rubin Stevenson (eighth season)

LAST YEAR -- 2-7, 0-4

CONFERENCE -- Atlantic Central Football Conference

OUTLOOK -- This season is looking like another challenge for the Bobcats, who lost seven starters from the defense that ranked first in the conference last year against the pass, giving up 106.2 yards per game. Anchoring the line will be defensive end Gabe Ellis (6-4, 210), a senior who had five sacks and 35 solo tackles last year. He is joined by linebacker Brendan Clancy (6-1, 205), who had four sacks to go with 23 solo tackles. On offense, Frostburg will continue to rely on running back Shanorm Young from Poly. The 5-9 senior led the team in rushing last year, averaging 4.2 yards per carry, and scored two touchdowns. Making the move from tight end to wide receiver is senior Fred Howze, who tied for the team lead with 22 receptions.

JOHNS HOPKINS

COACH -- Jim Margraff (18th season)

LAST YEAR -- 5-5, 3-3

CONFERENCE -- Centennial Conference

OUTLOOK -- Expectations are high for Johns Hopkins. Although the Blue Jays' four-year run as conference champions ended last season, they were picked to finish second this year behind Ursinus in a preseason poll. Hopkins will be led by running backs Phil Roberts and Andrew Kase, who rushed for a combined 871 yards last season. Roberts scored five touchdowns. At quarterback, it appeared that Adam Waddell and Michael Murray would share snaps, but Murray will start after an injury to Waddell. Three starters from the offensive line will be returning. Senior co-captain Zach Rosswog is the team's leading tackler and will be manning one of the outside linebacker positions. Fellow senior co-captain Dan Requena was named honorable mention All-Centennial at cornerback last year.

McDANIEL

COACH -- Tim Keating (15th season)

LAST YEAR -- 4-6, 2-4

CONFERENCE -- Centennial Conference

OUTLOOK -- The Green Terror is looking to bounce back from its first sub-.500 season in 10 years. McDaniel needs one victory to become the 24th team in Division III to reach 500. McDaniel's success this season will in large part be determined by how much senior quarterback Brad Baer can carry the team. Baer threw for 11 touchdowns and 1,513 yards in 2006 while finishing as the team's second-leading rusher. The defense will have to make up for the loss of graduating senior Drew Abbamonte, who led the Centennial Conference last year with 125 total tackles. Looking to fill that void will be senior linebacker Derek Zabko, who was second on the team with 56 total tackles.

SALISBURY

COACH -- Sherman Wood (ninth season)

LAST YEAR -- 6-5, 2-2

CONFERENCE -- Atlantic Central Football Conference

OUTLOOK -- Salisbury started last season 1-3 but was able to win five of its remaining seven games, including the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl. It was the program's fifth consecutive winning season. The Sea Gulls return 15 starters and will be led on offense by junior quarterback Ronnie Curley, who accounted for 1,205 yards of total offense last year. He will be joined by senior wide receiver Chris Newton, who had eight receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Kevin Tillage is the team's main deep threat. The wide receiver came on late last season, averaging 29.8 yards per catch and scoring two touchdowns. On defense, Salisbury will be led by juniors Matt Barnes and Ryan Hesnan, who tied for the team lead in tackles last season with 56. Junior defensive lineman Jarrell Chandler, who had five sacks in 2006, also returns.

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