LAST SEASON: 3-7, 2-4 in ODAC.

COACH: Tom Clark (56-14-1 at Catholic from 1994 to 2000). When the Cardinals Have the Ball

Tom Clark, who returned to Catholic after spending the past three years as an assistant at William & Mary, inherited a team in need of a revamped roster. He brought in 53 new players, including 46 freshmen. Clark, who led the Cardinals to three straight Division III playoff tournaments in his first stint, expects to start as many as a dozen new players, including a yet-to-be named quarterback.

"We're going to want to throw the football quite a bit," Clark said. "It will be kind of what we did before and it will be a West Coast style -- pass to set up the run."

Six players, including Efiong Eyo (T.C. Williams), Anthony Durham (Howard), Michael Geraghty (Paul VI Catholic) and Mike Goodman (Sherwood), are competing at quarterback. Senior Pat Truxillo, who started 10 games at quarterback last season, has moved to receiver, where he played in 2002.

Four starting offensive linemen -- three seniors and a junior -- are back. Freshman Jon Cartagena (DeMatha) will start at left tackle. Senior Ed Smith, an all-Old Dominion Athletic Conference choice after rushing for 763 yards and nine touchdowns last season, will be the primary runner in the one-back offense. Senior Nick Bublavi, who led the team with 68 catches for 1,133 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2003, won't play this season because of disclipinary problems, Clark said.

When Opponents Have the Ball

Catholic's defense was one of the worst in the ODAC last season, allowing 30 points or more in six games and 50 or more in three. Clark says he'll use a 3-3-5 defense, and he'll build around ends Aaron Dada (Old Mill) and Ed Dahl and nose guard Brendan Foley.

Freshman Anthony DelBorrell (DeMatha) will start, along with senior Dave Beety and sophomore Dan Zmijewski. Senior linebacker Bobby Stutz, who led the Cardinals with 70 tackles and 191/2 tackles for loss last season, also won't play this year because of disciplinary problems, Clark said.

Junior free safety Derrell Quick, a transfer from Frostburg State, will lead the secondary. Senior Ryan Parrish moves from cornerback to strong safety, and two freshmen -- Chris Ramos-Herrera and Thomas Fontaine -- are the leading candidates to start at cornerback.

-- Mark Schlabach