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Published: Sat, August 20, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


Head Coach: Brian Shaner, third season (8-12).

Assistants: Dennis Parise (def. coordinator), Gary Thornton (offensive coordinator), Mike McKee (RB/DB), Garrison Brown (WR/DB), Keith Brown (WR/DB), Bill Burton (OL/DL), Carvel Cecil (WR/DB).

2004 record: 5-5.

Offensive/defensive formations: Spread; 3-5-3.

Key losses: LB Derrick Slocum (all-City, all NEO), WR Andreous Gillam (all-City), WR/DB Kory McMillan (all-City).

Returning lettermen: 6 offense, 6 defense.

Returning starters: Five on offense and five on defense.

Returning offensive backs: Dwayne Smith, HB, 5-10, 175, Sr.; Gary Thornton, HB, 5-9, 186, So.; Salvador Battles, QB, 5-10, 205, So.

Incoming offensive backs: Steve Slade, TB, 5-11, 175, Jr.; Jerome Carter, FB/TB, 5-11, 185, Sr.

Returning offensive ends: Troy Rice, WR, 5-11, 170, Sr.

Incoming offensive ends: Dion Williams, WR, 6-0, 175, Sr.; Ryan Wallace, WR, 5-8, 170, Sr.; Tomaz Hilton, WR, 6-1, 170, Jr.; Tito Toles, TE/WR, 6-0, 175, So.

Returning offensive linemen: Robert Defoor, G, 6-2, 265, Sr.; Mykai Krill, G, 6-2, 260, Jr.; Derrick Veal, OT, 6-2, 215, Sr.; Ed Hines, OT, 6-2, 235, Jr.; Trenton Winford, OT, 5-11, 235, Sr.

Incoming offensive linemen: Terrance Hymes, C, 6-2, 215, Jr.

Returning defensive linemen: Brandon Wiley, NT, 6-2, 215, Sr.; Vea, DEl; Defoor, DE.

Incoming defensive linemen: Anthony Carter, NT, 5-11, 185, Jr.

Returning linebackers: Thornton, ILB; Tyrell Davis, ILB, 5-10, 170, Sr.

Incoming linebackers: Carter, OLB; Mario Wokocha, OLB, 6-1, 190, Sr.;Toles, MLB; Slade, OLB.

Returning defensive backs: Smith, FS.

Incoming defensive backs: Rice, CB; Williams, CB; Jeff Purdie, CB, 5-10, 170, So.

Outlook: Shaner said the Tigers' strength is their speed and a weakness is lack of depth. His goal is for the team to continue to improve and chase for a playoff berth.


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