Phil Martin, ninth year (50-24-4).
TOP PLAYERS LOST:
WR Gene Thomas (now at Maryland); LB Scott Hosman; LB Zeno Brown; RB Beley Jacks; QB Gy Kirk; LB Jack Thompson.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
QB John Kaleo (8 TDs in 4 games); WR Tyrone Fitch (sat out 1989 season); WR Dwayne Freeman (sat out 1989 season); RB Carlos Smith; C Chuck Boswell; NG Mike Sarni; LB Ron Nicholson; LB Justin Payne; LB Derek Ruffin; S Carl Owens; CB Dwayne Walton.
WR Mark Sloan (Richard Montgomery); RB Delaney Johnson (Paint Branch); RB Antoine White (Whitman); OL Corey White (Wheaton); OL Mark Rabon (Quince Orchard); QB Jeff Obeck; TE Wayne Fowler (Surrattsville); WR Jessie Humphrey; FB Steve Allen; RB Andre Henry (Frederick).
The Knights have more returning sophomores (25) than ever before, and Martin is looking for an "8-2 or perhaps 9-1 record." The team is contemplating a transition to a run-and-shoot offense with four wide receivers. Kaleo, who as a freshman last season beat out two sophomores for the starting job only to break his thumb in Week 4, will return to anchor the offense. The team also will feature a pressure defense, with a "fair amount of blitzing," Martin said.