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The State - Wofford | Rating this season’s team

Postby BestOfBreed on Sun Aug 27, 2006 9:32 pm

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Wofford | Rating this season’s team

- 5 star position

Running back. Kevious Johnson sat out 2005 with academic problems, after rushing for 1,035 yards as a sophomore. Sophomore Dane Romero started the 2005 season as a backup quarterback but was moved to fullback when injuries struck late in the season. He rushed for 110 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the season finale, a 56-42 victory against Gardner-Webb.

- 4 star position

Secondary. The Terriers have three returning starters in the secondary: juniors Brian Ford, Brian Kemp and Dan Tavani. Ford led the Southern Conference in interceptions in 2005 with six.

- 3 star position

Offensive line. The unit returns starting guards Marty Bauer and Derek Tiller, and center Corey McKenna has starting experience. So does left tackle Will Rutherford. Right tackle Derek Wooten will be the youngest lineman.

- 2 star position

Defensive line. Any line that loses an All-America nose tackle like Katon Bethay has a big hole. End Layton Baker returns as a starter, and junior James Gonsoulin steps into a starting role at the other end. Bryan Blair, a 5-foot-9, 255-pounder, is the starting nose tackle.

- 1 star position

Linebacker. The only returning starter is inside linebacker Justin Franklin. Wofford lost starting ILB Jim Thurman and OLB to graduation, and OLB Jason Leventis to injury.

Coach

5 stars

Mike Ayers, in his 19th season at Wofford, has a 116-85-1 mark at the school. He owns the most victories in school history. In leading the Terriers to the I-AA final in 2003, Ayers won the Eddie Robinson Award (I-AA national coach of the year). He has been the SoCon coach of the year five times and the American Football Coaches Association regional coach of the year four times.

- 5 star game

The Furman Paladins come to town at 3 p.m. on Sept. 30. The two played in the state’s first college football game, in 1889, and haven't liked each other since. The Terriers will have an off week to recuperate from their game against USC.

- Best tradition at school

Steve McManus attended The Citadel. Sam Maw Jr. went to Wofford. The problem? They share ownership of The Beacon, the short-order eatery that is a Spartanburg institution. The solution? When the Bulldogs come to town, it's the Beacon Iced Tea Bowl. Has its own logo and everything.

- Stadium fax

Gibbs Stadium, opened in October, 1996, seats 13,500. It is named in honor of longtime Wofford supporters Jimmy and Marsha Gibbs. The Gibbs' relationship with Wofford spans two generations. The late Melvin I. "Razor" Gibbs, Jimmy Gibbs' father, class of '43, earned 16 varsity letters at Wofford as a student in the early 1940s and after World War II.

- Greatest Moment

Wofford defeated defending I-AA champion Western Kentucky 34-17 on Dec. 6, 2003.

- Must see in town

The $2.5 million renovation of Morgan Square in downtown includes wider sidewalks, a fountain, more plants and trees and a new road and parking patterns.

- Legend you might see at the game

Jerry Richardson, former Baltimore Colt and owner of the Carolina Panthers

- Most famous player

Richardson was an All-American in 1957 and ’58 and played in the College All-Star Game. He owns the school single-game record with 241 receiving yards against Newberry in 1956.

- Most famous coach

Fisher DeBerry, who runs his conservative wishbone offense at Air Force, was an assistant for two years at Wofford, his alma mater.

- Most famous fan(s)

Here come the judges: John Henry Waller Jr., Costa Michael Pleicones and E.C. Burnett III are Wofford graduates who are members of the S.C. Supreme Court.

- Best tailgating food

Anything from The Beacon, 255 John B. White Sr. Boulevard, (864) 585-2888

- Where to eat

Wade's Restaurant, 1000 North Pine Street, (864) 582-0477

- Where to drink

Wild Wing Cafe, 109 West Main Street, (864) 585-2739

- Where to eat Sunday breakfast

The Marriott at Renaissance Park, 299 North Church Street, (800) 327-6465

- How to get tickets

Call (864) 597-4090

- School Web site

www.woffordterriers.com
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Postby gofurman on Mon Aug 28, 2006 11:14 am

So we are your 5 star game huh? :) See you there and good luck with all your other games. I am proud that we are the CItadel's five star game also. Again, good luck in every game but ours -take out them gamecocks! :)
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