Bowie State offically enters the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association this season. The Bulldogs moved from NCAA Division 3 to Division 2 and from NAIA Division 2 to Division 1.
Bowie, with 24 lettermen, hopes to improve on last year's 2-8 record.
Defense should be the Bulldogs' strong suit and, with defensive backs Victor Jackson and Marco Tongue returning, Bowie will be tough against the pass.
Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 204-pounder, intercepted eight passes, eighth in NCAA Division 3 last season, and averaged 9.5 tackles per game. He returned 21 kickoffs for 562 yards, including a 98-yard touchdown against Hampton Institute.
Tongue picked off five passes last season. He is a 5-10, 170-pounder and teams with Jackson on kickoff returns.
Sophomore Jeff Wardell is a key man up front. The 6-2, 230-pound tackle averaged 8.7 tackles and led the pass rush that helped limit opponents to 62.5 yards per game through the air last season.
Bowie may have some problems offensively again this season. The Bulldogs scored 7.8 points per game last year, rushing for only 625 yards.
Coach John Organ is confident that quarterback Tony Fountain can successfully direct the Bulldog offense. Fountain, a 6-1, 185-pound junior, completed 71 passes for 695 yards but omnly one touchdown last season. Tyrone Lawson, who caught 21 passes, and Pat Green (11 catches, 20.2 average) return.
The running game is suspect. The Bulldogs do not have a returning back who gained more than 100 yards last season.