Head coach: Thom McDaniels, seventh season (51-10 at Harding, 185-52 overall in 23 seasons).
Assistants: Chet Allen (def. coordinator), Angelo Ciminero (DL), Sean Borawiecz (S), Alfie Burch (CB), Greg Lazzari (OL), Curt Kuntz (OT), Matt Richardson (RB), Charles Penney (WR).
2004 record: 8-3.
Offensive/defensive formations: Multiple I/4-3.
Key losses: WR Mario Manningham, QB/DB Roger Matlock, OT Rocco Cironi, OT Dante Campbell, DB Preston Kelson, K Omar Omar.
Returning lettermen: 20.
Returning starters: Did not provide.
Returning offensive backs: Dan Herron.
Incoming offensive backs: Did not provide.
Returning offensive ends: Chris Rucker, WR
Incoming offensive ends: Did not provide.
Returning offensive linemen: Matt Cline, G; Marcus McConnell, G; Marco Flaminio, C; Levi George, C.
Incoming offensive linemen: .Did not provide
Returning defensive linemen: Ian Vasil, DL; Tony Reed, DT; Brandon Engster, DE; Lazarus McCrae, DL; Marlin Parker, DE.
Incoming defensive linemen: Did not provide.
Returning linebackers: Quentin Brown, LB; David Harsch, LB; Luke George, LB; Sidney Glover, LB; Matt Phipps, LB; Jimmie Butts, LB.
Incoming linebackers: Did not provide..
Returning defensive backs: Trevis Owens, DB; Alan Harris, DB; Jay Provitt, DB.
Incoming defensive backs: Did not provide.
Newcomers to watch: JoJo Watson, Lawrence Coleman, Pat White, Adam Huffman, Brandon Davis, DeVan Jordan, Justin Boyles, Alena Westover.
Outlook: McDaniels says that he has a great junior class and that overall team strength and speed are positives for the Raiders. He cited the offensive line, linebackers and defensive linemen for being strong positions. Lack of quarterback experience, punting and running back depth are concerns. McDaniels predicts Harding will win the SVC. "We have great kids and assistant coaches, and we expect to be good every year," McDaniels said.

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