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|Volume 68, Issue 1, Monday,
August 26, 2002
Returning players add experience
By Geronimo Rodriguez
The Cougar football team couldn't be in better shape.
Following an 0-11 record in 2001, that may sound like a joke, but considering
the amount of talent returning
Senior wide receiver Brian Robinson had a standout year in 2000 filling in for an injured Orlando Iglesias. Robinson's ability and experience will be necessary as the coaching staff leans on its lettermen.
Returning 45 letterman including 15 starters, both the offense and defense come out of the gates with a pool
of growing talent and more experienced All-Conference candidates who have physically and mentally prepared
themselves to prove they are better than last season's winless record.
Starting junior quarterback Nick Eddy and senior back-up Torrence Botts
may have different styles of play
"I feel good knowing that when I get in the huddle and all those guys
are looking at me, that I'm going to make
Regardless of which quarterback is calling the shots, there will be
10 red and white jerseys ready to step up
While senior Joffrey Reynolds anticipates a good season on the ground
and in the open flats, senior running
When junior offensive linemen Rex Hadnot and Al James broke into the
Cougar program in 2000, the
The two have earned respect on the field by becoming effective protecting
against the rush, proving they have
When the running game is effective against the opposing teams' defense
and Dimel wants to air it out, senior
Despite being plagued by injuries in past seasons, each receiver has posted honor-worthy numbers.
Robinson, for example, earned national recognition for his performance
as a sophomore, registering 80 catches
After starting in the shadow of Orlando Iglesias, the receiver is expected to have a breakout senior season.
In one of the most valuable roles for an offense that relies on short
passes to set up bigger plays, the
While junior Jonathan Pritchett returns to the starting lineup, junior
Stephen Cucci has fully recovered from
With the added depth, middle linebackers may have their hands too full
to look for a quick sack or cheat on
On the other side of the ball, senior safety Hanik Milligan will lead
his troop of experienced defensive cohorts
After racking up 174 tackles during the Cougars' dismal season, the
starting free safety has been mentioned
Senior strong safety Jesse Sowells and sophomore weak safety Jermain
Woodard complete what is one of the
Sowells answered Dimel's decision to give him the start in the final
game of the season by recording a
Woodard earned C-USA All-Freshman honors with an outstanding freshman
performance that included 78 stops
At the cornerback positions, senior Victor Malone, who relies on his
ability to blanket receivers, and speedy
Sophomore Matt Schirmer, who makes the transition from fullback to linebacker
this season, will backup junior
Seniors Quantaa Jackson, Bryan Hill and Adrian Lee round out the players returning to the defensive line.
Lee leads the skilled pass rushers with three career sacks.
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