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2004 Austin College Preview

Special to the N.E.T. Sports Gazette

SHERMAN - The 2004 Austin College Football team will have a new look.  With offensive coordinator Mike Crowe joining the staff from Pottsboro High School, look for the ‘Roos to shake things up offensively this year.

Quarterback Brian Womack is back after a 2003 season ending injury early in the season.  Womack was the American Southwest Conference’s leading rusher in 2002 as a Sophomore.  Joining Womack in the Kangaroo backfield will be Sophomores Ryan Cowley and Jack Floyd.  Cowley led the Austin College rushing attack last season averaging 50.2 yards per game.  Floyd, who split time with Cowley late in the season, combines with Womack and Cowley to produce what expects to be an explosive rushing attack.

The ‘Roos 2002 and 2003 leading receiver, senior Ross Reedy returns after scoring four touchdowns and notching 46 receptions.  Look for Senior Matt Reed, a corner back and the ‘Roos leading punt returner in 2003 to put in some time at receiver this year as well.  

The Austin College offensive line will protect on the strength of four returning starters, including center Matt Ellington (Sr.) and two-year starter Preston Cecil (Jr.).  In addition, James Kowalewski will be joining the offensive line from the defensive side of the ball where he served as a part-time starter for the ‘Roos in 2003.

On the defensive side of the ball, Austin College will look to senior leadership to shut down opponents.  Senior linebacker DeMarcus Harris led the ‘Roos in tackles in 2003 with 91 and will join with fellow senior Caleb Bynum to lead the 2004 squad.  Bynum recorded 46 tackles last year, with one interception and three pass breakups.  

The defensive line will be anchored by seniors Artie Cook and Christopher Moore.  Juniors Aaron Armstrong and Blake McKibbin will round out the line.  McKibbin led the charge last year with 9 tackles for loss and 6 sacks.  Cook, Moore, Armstrong and McKibbin combined for 21 tackles for losses and 9.5 sacks in the 2003 season.

The ‘Roos again face a tough American Southwest Conference schedule.  The season opens with a September 4 trip to Austin to face Trinity (TX) University.  Following an off-week, Austin College will play their home opener against McMurry University on September 18.

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