For the Record
Coach: Dave Bradshaw, sixth season
Starters back: 9 on offense; 8 on defense
Past five seasons: 25-25
Dave Bradshaw never knew camp could be so much fun.
For the first time in his six seasons as McDonough coach, Bradshaw took his team to a camp, at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania at the end of last month. The Rams were the only Maryland team there, and it gave them time to joke around, air grievances and come together as a team -- things 10 games last year could not do.
"Going to camp was probably the best things we've done in a long time," said Bradshaw, who took 40 players on the trip. "I'm really sold on it now."
Few teams in the Washington area had a retention rate like McDonough did from last season. Nine offensive and eight defensive starters return for the Rams. Most impressive of them is 6-foot-1, 194-pound junior running back/cornerback A.J. Wallace, who rushed for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Wallace joined David Harvey at Nebraska's camp in June and expects to be offered a scholarship this week, when schools are first allowed to make offers to juniors.
Senior quarterback Corey Yates has his top four receivers returning -- senior wideouts Michael Lucero, Matt Hoepfl and Irvin Dorsey and senior tight end Barry Galbreath.
The seven Rams expected to take up the starting spots on the offensive and defensive lines average nearly 260 pounds, allowing the Rams to match up well with bigger opponents such as Westlake and Lackey.
Junior kicker Andrew Geisert kicked three field goals of 35 yards or longer last season. Among the SMAC teams, there were only two field goals of similar distance.