August 31, 2007

Q&A with coach Dave Carruthers

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

A: "I think it is a step up from last year. We're seeing a difference in attitude. These kids have been enthusiastic. Observers have been telling us they see a difference. I think that is something to be said. I see a difference myself."

Q: How would you sum up the 2006 season?

A: "There really isn't a lot to say. Really you could say it in one word - disaster. It was just a frustrating year."

Q: Who are your top returning skill position players?

A: "We've got some excellent wide receivers. Jon Crider, Ryan Gayman and Jamie Purvis. Gayman can also play tight end and Purvis is a good returner."


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

Offensive line:

A: "Eric DeLong (6-foot, 200-pound senior) at guard, Kyler Kline (6-3, 225, Sr.) at tackle and Mike Hamilton (6-1, 280, Sr.) at center."

Defensive line:

A: "DeLong ... we've moved him from linebacker."


A: "Tyrone Burke (5-11, 205, Sr.) is the only returning player back."


A: "Crider and Joe Wilmot. I think the defense has some strength in the secondary."

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

A: "Honestly, there are none. Really."

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

A: "I think between our two running back positions we've got three kids that could be good for us. Doug Kilpatrick, ConRoy Smith and Grant Stouffer. Kilpatrick is a junior and the other two are sophomores. Even at quarterback we'll have fresh faces. Right now, it looks like Brian Reese would be starting. He's a big sophomore (6-0, 200)."

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

A: "We need to get over the mindset that we aren't capable of winning. We can. Last year, we just didn't do it. There was no feeling to winning. So far this year, this group of kids have paid the price. They are interested in football and spent time this summer on the game."

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

A: "To make the turnaround, we need to get off to a good start. That would really help. Our first game is Cumberland Valley and then we get State College. I'd really like to at least get one of those two games, and then, if we could be 2-1 after three games. ... Last year, we didn't do the fundamental things right. Right now I think we're capable of doing them right."

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