Coach: Fran Meagher, seventh year

Assistant coaches: Tom Doddy, Stan Luckenbill, Chris Peischl, Scott Cooperman

Last year's record: 2-8-0, 1-6-0 in the Centennial Football Conference

Top returnees: Seniors, fullback Steve Turi, wide receiver Eric Slaton, tight end Ron Ondrejca, free safety Clarke Paulus; juniors, linebacker Craig Stump, defensive lineman Jim Cohen, punter Gerry Scott

Top newcomers: "We never go into a season expecting much from our freshmen," Meagher said.

Coach's comments: "We've got to rebuild our defense. Welost 10 seniors who started some games for us last year. The offensive line is a plus for us. Everybody's got a year's experience."

The Carroll County Sun's outlook: Traditionally among the elite in the Centennial Football Conference, the Mules fell to 2-8 overall and 1-6in the conference in Meagher's first year as coach after five years as head coach at Swarthmore. They were next to last in both offense and defense in the conference, so improvement is needed both ways. Theteam does return nine starters on offense, and is especially seasoned on the line, so that group should improve. Defensively, just one starter returns, but 13 letter winners are back. After falling so quickly, the Mules might be able to climb just as quickly. But other teamsin the conference appear on the rise, too, especially Hopkins and Western Maryland, making it that much more difficult for Muhlenberg to improve. Muhlenburg's schedule doesn't help, with punishing defensiveteams like Susquehanna, Dickinson and Franklin and Marshall on tap the first three week. Those teams could make even the experienced offense struggle, while the balanced Dickinson attack, in particular, could severely test the inexperienced defense.

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