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Football Begins ACFC Title Defense Saturday

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FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State begins its quest for a second straight Atlantic Central Football Conference title on Saturday when it travels to Newport News, Va. to take on league foe Apprentice at Builder Field. Kickoff is 1:00 pm.

The Bobcats, who are 8-2 in their last 10 season-opening games, are looking for their third straight win over the Builders.

FSU claimed a 44-13 win at Apprentice in 2001 and a 42-6 victory at home last year.

The Bobcats, who finished 6-5 overall and 3-0 in the ACFC in 2002, return 17 starters, including seven starters from a poweful offense that averaged 32.0 points and 432.5 yards per game.

Senior quarterback Grant Burrough looks to cap his record-setting career in style. The reigning ACFC Offensive Player set 12 school marks in 2002, including single-season records for completions (232), attempts (421), yards (3,041), touchdowns (26 touchdowns) and total yards (3,243).

He also set single-game records for completions (35), attempts (65), passing yards (452), touchdowns (5) and total yards (458) and became FSU’s career leader in touchdown passes (44) and total yards (5,464).

Burrough will need to cut down on his turnovers after tossing 17 interceptions and losing four fumbles if the Bobcats hope to reach the NCAA Playoffs for just the second time in school history (FSU advanced to the national quarterfinals in 1993).

Burrough will have plenty of support around him.

Three starters are back along the offensive line, which will look to blow open holes for a deep corps of running backs featuring seniors Ed Kearney and Tim Pearson. Kearney ran for 881 yards and six touchdowns, while Pearson added 526 yards and four scores.

Junior Mike Kitchen, who ran for 787 yards and 12 touchdowns at Lackawanna Junior College in 2001 and began his college football career at Georgia Tech, will give FSU another legitimate threat.

Senior tight end Roy Olson, a first-team pre-season All-American, is back after catching 44 passes for a team-high 825 yards and eight touchdowns in 2002, and junior Adam J. Snyder (50 catches, 581 yards, 3 TDs) and senior Anthony Long (19-416-3) are among a host of talented receivers.

Defensively, the Bobcats will look to overcome the losses of George O'Brien, Allen Jordan and Ron Luczak (the three combined for 226 tackles and 23.5 sacks in 2002) by changing from the 4-4 defense to the 3-4 scheme.

Talented junior Kevin Culbert (77 tackles, 6.5 sacks) is the lone returner on the front line, while former Allegany standout senior Andy Wilson (81 tackles, 2 sacks), junior James Clash (66 tackles) and sophomore Chris Lentz (87 tackles, 4 forced fumbles) anchor a strong linebacking unit.

Senior Bryan Simms (55 tackles, 2 int.) and juniors Turon Kendrick (13 tackles, four breakups) and Billy Roy (28 tackles, 2 int.) headline a solid defensive backfield.

Juniors Nick Quisgard (24-26 XP, 4-8 FG) and Jarred Boehner (18-21 XP, 2-2 FG) will share the kicking duties.

Apprentice is coming off a 20-0 season-opening loss at Greensboro last Saturday. The Builders, who featured 10 freshmen in their starting lineup, managed just 19 total yards on 65 plays (Apprentice lost 59 yards on bad punt snaps).

Sophomore Kyle Franklin and freshman Ramirez Crumbley combined to complete just 4-of-16 passes for 11 yards, while the ground attack gained just eight yards.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780