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|Volume 68, Issue 1, Monday,
August 26, 2002
New players should energize the Cougars
By Christian Schmidt
A team coming off a winless season is going to need some new blood.
New players haven't become used to losing, and their enthusiasm can
Jackie Battle, a freshman running back, is part of the talented group of newcomers on the Cougar squad. Head coach Dana Dimel's recruiting
efforts should finally start to show on the field this season.
Most of the freshmen and junior college players come from winning programs, and they will expect to win. Some of them will make an impact on
the team this year, while others will contribute down the road.
About 10 true freshmen and junior college players may see playing time
this season. Some 29 additional players will also play for the first time
Several players, including defensive lineman Kade Lane and cornerback
Delenell Reid, have been with the team since the spring and will play
According to the coaches, one of the most impressive players in fall
practice has been redshirt freshman Barrick Nealy. Nealy is a superb
"Barrick's getting better with every rep that he's taking, and so far
he's taken advantage of the opportunity he's had," co-offensive coordinator
Highly touted freshman Roshawn Pope, a Galveston product, has also been
getting attention from coaches and fans. "Roshawn Pope is going
There had been some debate, even some intra-team recruiting, for his
services. Pope was wanted by the offensive coaches to play wide
"He was a high school quarterback, so what I think is so funny is people
wonder why he's playing corner instead of wide receiver," Dimel said.
The biggest impact by freshmen and the coming junior college players
will be on the defensive line. Dimel wants to improve the speed and
Mammoth defensive linemen like 280 pound Matthew Bentley and 295 pound
Gerard Richard will provide some beef up the middle and help
An even bigger player is Darren Carr, who weighs in at more than 300
pounds on his 6-6 frame. Does that name sound familiar? Darren is the
"We're going to recruit little brothers, coaches' sons, whatever we
can get. It's been good and we're going to use it as much as we can," Dimel
On the offensive line, Philip Hawkins and Josh Veal will try to get into the rotation. Will Gulley may see some time at safety.
Kirkpatrick and Lane have looked particularly good in practice and scrimmages.
These newcomers may end up making or breaking the season for the Cougars.
It will be their job to help replace departed seniors and provide
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