Franklin & Marshall
Coach: Tom Gilburg, 17th year
Assistant coaches: Glenn Adamire, Al Brooks, Tom Caterbone, Tony DiPaolo, Ken Pederson, Mark Snyder, Don Hess, Jim McMahon
Last year's record: 3-7-0 overall, 2-5 and tied for sixth in Centennial Football Conference
Top returnees: Seniors, running back Jake Kolen, offensive linemen Paul Kelly, Steve Carroll, Pete Spinner, defensive end Alberto Mascaro, defensive linemanKevin Murray; juniors, defensive back Brian Smolkis, kicker Larry Carlin, linebacker Geoff Mills; sophomores, running back Joe Quinn, wide receiver Zac Kraft
Coach's comments: "Nobody has really stepped out and take (the quarterback job) over. If someone does that, we could be a pretty decent offensive team. On the offensive and defensive lines, we have the most kids coming back. I think it's the most competitive conference I've seen since it was initiated (in 1983). It willbe interesting to see who can surface as the leader. Hopefully, Franklin & Marshall will have something to say about it."
The Carroll County Sun's outlook: Gilburg, a former Baltimore Colts punter who spent several years in the team's training camp at Western Maryland College, is not used to coaching a losing team -- last year's was the first in his 16 years at the school. The squad lacks experience at the skill positions, especially on offense, but the lines will be good building blocks. Still, the Diplomats have eight starters returning on either side of the ball, so they'll have much more experience than they did a year ago. The Centennial Conference coaches have picked the Diplomats to finish sixth this year, but College Football Preview '91magazine predicts Franklin & Marshall will finish second in the conference. Given Gilburg's record at the school, a second-place finish is quite possible.