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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Bowie State quarterback Jared Johnston says, "Everything seems to be finally coming together as we get closer to the beginning of the season."
Published on: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
By Daniel Kucin Jr.
As the players and coaches lined up to take their team pictures Aug. 24 at Bowie State University, one goal was in their minds — to win the Divsion II Football Championship this season.
And, this year looks more promising than the last. Despite going .500 last year, many players on this year’s team know what it takes to get to the next level.
Injuries have plagued Bowie State for some time, but the Bulldogs have quarterback Jared Johnston at 100 percent and ready to go under center against Saint Anselm on Saturday.
Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Former Crossland High School standout Delante White returns to the Bulldogs' defense this season.
Johnston has been highly praised for his efforts last season, and he has been consistently getting better throughout their spring training camp workouts.
“We started off a little slow, but the line has been doing pretty good, and the receivers seem to be coming along,” said Johnston about how his team looks going into Week 1. “Everything seems to be finally coming together as we get closer to the beginning of the season. ... I feel a lot more comfortable with the scheme that we are running.”
Bowie State has a solid and dominant defense returning this season. Last year, defensive back Curtis Pumphrey earned CIAA Rookie of the Year honors. He will be joined in the secondary with senior defensive back and former Crossland High School standout Delante White. White was selected to the All-CIAA team last year and was awarded the “Jerome Harrington” Courage Award.
“I think we will be well prepared, I have a good feeling this year,” Pumphrey said. “I was ecstatic about last year’s performance. It just shows that hard work pays off. We have a lot of starters coming back this year, so we are looking to have more interceptions and more turnovers.”
Head Coach Damon Wilson has put together an athletic bunch of players over the off-season, and he looks to get the best out of them.
“The guys have really put their best foot forward to winning a conference championship, and I really think the coaching staff did a good job of recruiting,” Wilson said. “I think we have the best secondary in the conference, we are looking forward to those guys being able to stop the run and the pass. What we are doing is to focus on us, I think when we need to get our stuff in order on campus and we will be fine when we look at Saint Anselm.”