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Rams open season today

August 27, 2005

Virginia State (0-0) at Shepherd University (0-0)

Game time: 1 p.m.

Shepherdstown, W.Va.

VIRGINIA STATE OUTLOOK


Head Coach: Andrew Faison (18-12, 4th season)

Formations: Offense - Multiple; Defense - 3-4

Returning Stat Leaders:

Rushing - RB Nick Fleming (145 for 605 yds)

Passing - QB Michael Terry (86-203-9, 1203 yds)

Receptions - WR P. J. Berry (40 for 568 yds)

Tackles: LB Dewayne Taylor (93 TT)

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SHEPHERD OUTLOOK


Head Coach: Monte Cater (118-67-1, 19th season at SU; 149-90-2 overall, 25th season)

Formations: Offense - Multiple-I; Defense - 4-4

Returning Stat Leaders:

Rushing - Soph. RB Demetrius Weeden (63 for 176 yds)

Passing - Jr. QB Dan Chlebowski (16-35-1, 138 yds)

Receptions - Soph. WR Chadd Wood (19 for 215 yds)

Tackles - Jr. LB Bobby Jarvis (76 TT)

THE SERIES:


Virginia State leads, 1-0.

Last Season's Meeting: Shepherd held a 297-271 total offense advantage, but the Rams could only manage a safety and a pair of Ricky Schmitt field goals in a 13-8 loss at Virginia State ... Alex Herbert rushed for 147 yards to lead the Rams' offense.

GAME NOTES:


SU head coach Monte Cater needs seven wins to tie Deacon Duvall atop the WVIAC coaches' win list at 125. ... The Rams have dropped their past seven nonleague contests. ... West Virginia transfer Bryan Wright will see his first action for the Rams. The former Hampshire HS product gained 144 yards on 23 carries last season for the Mountaineers. ... Virginia State finished 6-4 in 2004 and limited eight foes to 15 or fewer points. ... The Trojans are the choice for the third spot in the CIAA Eastern Division. ... Shepherd enters the contest with a seven-game win streak.

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