THE VITAL INFO2009 | 7-4, 5-3 MEACLast playoff appearance | N/A
THE COACHPete Adrian5th year at Norfolk State and overall (28-28)Adrian guided the Spartans to their first winning seasons as a Division I program and has them routinely in upper half of conference.
THE SCHEDULESept. 2 at Rutgers 7:30 p.m.Sept. 11 North Carolina A&T 4 p.m.Sept. 18 Virginia State 6 p.m.Sept. 25 at Bethune-Cookman 4 p.m.Oct. 9 at S.C. State 6 p.m.Oct. 16 at Hampton 1 p.m.Oct. 23 Florida A&M 2 p.m.Oct. 30 at Howard 1 p.m.Nov. 6 Morgan State 1 p.m.Nov. 13 Delaware State 1 p.m.Nov. 20 at Savannah State 2 p.m.
THE STANDOUTSDeAngelo BrancheSr. | 5-11 | 200 | RBLed the Spartans in rushing last season with 922 yards. Averaged 5.3 yards per carry and scored 11 touchdowns -- 10 rushing, one receiving.
JOSH TURNERJr. | 6-0 | 315 | NTSpartans' best defensive linemen. Good run stopper. Led linemen in tackles (46), including eight tackles-for-loss. First-team All-MEAC in 2009.
ANTHONY TAYLORSr. | 6-0 | 240 | LBSpartans' leading tackler last season (81), with 12.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks. Voted preseason second-team all-conference.
THE STORYLINES1. Depth. Adrian says that this is his deepest team, with the ability to rotate players at most positions and keep fresh bodies on the field at all times.2. Quarterback. Probably the biggest question mark. JC transfers Chris Walley and Jake Strickler and junior Dexter Merritt, who has had two ACL surgeries, battle for the job.3. Defense. Free safety Terrell Whitehead is the only significant loss from a defense that ranked sixth overall in the FCS in 2009.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun