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August 31, 2007

Q&A with coach Angelo Luvara

Q: How would you describe the state of your program?

A: "We think this is going to be a good year for us. We're real good offensively, and defensively we're going to be better. We're looking for a good year, really."

Q: How would you sum up the 2006 season?

A: "It was up and down, especially defensively. Offensively, we played well all year."

Q: Who are your top returning skill position players?

A: "Cody Hess and Cody Reed, the two senior running backs. We think they're the best tandem in the state of West Virginia. Hess ran for 1,684 yards last season and Reed ran for 1,012. You don't see that a lot of times, a tailback (Hess) and a fullback (Reed) both gain over 1,000 yards. That's pretty unique. They're both a lot stronger, and we're looking for good things."

Q: Who are the top returning players at these positions?

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Offensive line:

A: "Jake Stotler, Matt Kees, Denton Powell and Josh Mason. They're all seniors. They've been starting since they were sophomores."

Defensive line:

A: "Mike Miller came into the starting lineup last year and really came into his own. ... Zach Younker is just kid with a great motor - a big physical kid with great strength who never stops."

Linebacker:

A: "Nick Campanelli played every game for us last year. He's about 20 pounds heavier and has great football instincts."

Secondary:

A: "Sam Byrne plays our wide corner. He's one of the best athletes in the state of West Virginia. He's one of those freak-of-nature type of kids. He takes his shirt off and looks like Adonis."

Q: Who is the one departed player who will be most difficult to replace?

A: "Jacob Waugh, our left tackle. He was an all-state kid who's now at Shepherd playing football."

Q: Who are the "unknown" or new players who could make an impact in 2007?

A: "Everybody is going to be surprised with our one wideout, Justin Thomas. He's had some great practices. He's going to surprise people. ... Matt Beadenkopf in the secondary is a physical kid who can run and surprise some people. And Jimmy Harman is a really physical kid and he can play the corner and free safety."

Q: What is the biggest challenge your team will face this season?

A: "We probably have the most difficult schedule since I've been here. Hedgesville and Allegany are going to be real good, and we picked up South Hagerstown this year. The kids are going to have to play week in and week out, and we can't get anybody hurt."

Q: What things must this team do to improve over the 2006 season?

A: "We have to play better defensively. We have to cut down on the mental errors on defense. And we have to keep the offense going like last year. Those are the two biggest things."

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