State Schools At A Glance

August 25, 2008

DIVISION II

BOWIE STATE

COACH: Mike Lynn Jr. (fifth season)

CONFERENCE: : Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

LAST YEAR: : 3-7, 3-4

OUTLOOK: : The Bulldogs start the season with five straight road games, but with 80 percent of last season's roster intact, they should have an experienced team to handle such a task. Senior Jason Scott (Dunbar), who transferred from Temple a year ago, needs to improve on his completion percentage (83 of 226). Glen Ford, who transferred back home after redshirting at Texas Southern, could help on the defensive line. Freshman Michael Gagne (Parkville) is expected to take over the kicking and punting duties for a team that made only one of four field goals and had a 32.5-yard average on punts.

DIVISION III

FROSTBURG STATE

COACH: : Tom Rogish (first season)

CONFERENCE: : Atlantic Central Football

LAST YEAR: : 2-7, 0-4

OUTLOOK: : After great success as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Indiana (Pa.) University, Rogish is hoping to return the Bobcats to the success they had in 11 straight winning seasons (1989-1999). Seven starters return to a defense that surrendered nearly 30 points a game. There are many questions on offense, but none bigger than at quarterback, where junior Brian Brosnan is the only returning player with experience, albeit only three games as a freshman.

JOHNS HOPKINS

COACH: : Jim Margraff (19th season)

CONFERENCE: : Centennial

LAST YEAR: : 4-6, 3-4

OUTLOOK: : After their first losing season since 1999, the Blue Jays return 15 starters. After five straight seasons in which the offense was based around passing, running back Andrew Kase - and an experienced offensive line - could change that. Kase started slowly last year, with only 70 yards in his first two games and an injury that forced him to sit out the third, but finished the season with 1,009 yards, including a school-record-tying six straight performances of at least 100 yards. The defense is a little suspect up front, but linebackers Colin Wixted and A.J. Albert should shore up any early-season mistakes. Wixted, a junior, led the Blue Jays with 81 tackles, including a team-high 16 1/2 tackles for losses and 5 1/2 sacks.

McDANIEL

COACH: : Tim Keating (15th season)

CONFERENCE: : Centennial

LAST YEAR: : 1-9, 1-7

OUTLOOK: : The Green Terror had only one memorable moment in 2007, its lone victory coming against Juniata and giving a 113-year-old program its 500th win. Now McDaniel is looking to rebound from its worst season in two decades. It won't be easy, as there is little experience at quarterback (nobody has 20 career pass attempts). Whoever gets the job will be helped by experience at offensive line, where four starters return, and depth at running back, led by Eric Zwilsky, who rushed for 542 yards and 10 touchdowns. The strength of the defense could be in the secondary, where all four starters return, including Steve Long (Broadneck) and Aaron Slaughter (Loyola).

SALISBURY

COACH: : Sherman Wood (10th season)

CONFERENCE: : Atlantic Central Football

LAST YEAR: : 9-2, 3-1

OUTLOOK: : The Sea Gulls won their first eight games but lost two of their last three, including a 31-21 defeat by Muhlenberg in the opening round of the Division III playoffs. Seven starters return on each side of the ball, with the defense led by preseason All-America end Jarrell Chandler, who had 11 sacks last season, and the offense by All-America candidate David Preston on the line and third-year starter Ronnie Curley at quarterback.

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