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Coach: Karl Miran, second year

Assistant coaches: Dan McCarthy, Matt Funke, John McAllister, Mike Sommi, Jack Wuerstle

Last year's record: 7-3-0, 4-3-0 in the Centennial Football Conference

Top returnees: Seniors, center Tony Simone, linebacker/tight end Rob Ruffin, defensive lineman Joe Caltrider, defensive back Rob Henderson, defensive back Dennis Jorgensen, linebacker/fullback Art Selverian, punter Gregg Marsh, kicker Jeff Johnson; juniors, quarterback Chip Chevalier, wide receiver John Crawford; sophomores, running back Tavis Tindall, return specialist Josh Drake.

Coach's comments: "I think theoffense is going to be a big strength for us. All we're losing is one skill player and the offensive line is basically back except for one player. Defensively, the secondary has to be better. The big iffy spot with us is the defensive line."

The Carroll County Sun's outlook: Swarthmore had the worst passing defense in the conference last year, so Miran's concern about the secondary is justified. The key to the defense will be improvement in the backfield and a solid group ofnew linemen. Offensively, Swarthmore was near the middle of the pack, but with virtually everyone returning, scoring points should be a big problem. Keeping other teams from the end zone could be a worry, though. Swarthmore tied Gettysburg for the conference title in 1984, but had some lean times over the next four years. After going .500 in 1989 and 7-3 last year, this could be a team on the rise, too. But without improvement on defense, further improvement could be stymied. Still, with 16 returning starters, the Garnet has quality players. Depth may be suspect, though, since just 22 letter winners -- 11 on offense and 11 on defense -- return from last year's team.

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