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Bowie State

Coach: Henry Frazier (2nd season)

Last year: 5-4

Conference: Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic

Top returning players: LT Michael Craig, RB T-wuan Prather, LB Lee Best, FS Harry Brunson (Woodlawn), FB Kareem Perrin

Outlook: Frazier was the last coach hired by any NCAA school for 1999, and the Bulldogs still finished with their second straight winning season. The coach is happy with most of his returning starters - defensive line excepted - but the team will have to stay healthy because of a lack of depth.

Frostburg State

Coach: Rubin Stevenson (1st year)

Last year: 8-2

Conference: Division III Atlantic Central Football

Top returning players: RB DeNelle Hale, QB Billy Jackson, WR Tim Wilkins, DB Brian McElhenny, LB Chris Seguinot, DL Pat Hoiler

Outlook: Nine of the team's starters return on defense, and on offense, Hale established himself as a major weapon last season. The question is whether a thin offensive line can create room for him, or protect Jackson.

Johns Hopkins

Coach: Jim Margraff (11th year)

Last year: 4-6

Conference: Division III Centennial

Top returning players: WR Zach Baylin, RB Kevin Johnson, RT Craig Miller, DT Greg Gorla, MLB Marc Della Pia, DE Erich Hellmold, SS Joe Angelosante

Outlook: Hopkins went thud last year after two straight winning seasons. Margraff is comfortable with fewer expectations, and with most of his seniors hurt in 1999, his team is more experienced than one might think. Key losses to the offensive line make that position a question mark, and quarterback Rob Heleniak is responsible for improving a passing game that was iffy last year.

Salisbury State

Coach: Sherman Wood (2nd year)

Last year: 2-7

Conference: Division III Atlantic Central Football

Top returning players: DB Seth Haskins, LB Pat Brannan, DB Du'Juan Wilson, DE Khalid Attia.

Outlook: With eight starters returning on defense, the Sea Gulls should be better. The return of RB Tony Ellis (961 rushing yards in '98) should help the offense, despite an inexperienced offensive line.

Western Maryland

Coach: Tim Keating (8th year)

Last year: 11-1

Conference: Division III Centennial

Top returning players: LB Aaron Bartolain, DB Rob McCracken, OG Scott Shelton, WR Teron Powell, RB Joe Kendorski

Outlook: Western Maryland seems vulnerable with the loss of the conference's offensive and defensive Players of the Year - Ron Sermarini and Tommy Salecky - gone. The team will be challenged in the league race by fellow NCAA qualifier Ursinus. On offense, Keating wonders about chemistry with a new quarterback, Jamie Harris, and a mostly new offensive line, but feels comfortable about the defense, where he believes freshman Matt Wilchinski will be ample replacement for Salecky.

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