August 23, 2013

Wounded Bears could regain their ferocity

It's been a painful but potentially gainful preseason for the UMaine football team.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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 Marcus Wasilewski
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Marcus Wasilewski, back for his second season as UMaine’s starting quarterback, will have an all-conference tight end to throw to once Justin Perillo is healthy.

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UMAINE SCHEDULE

Aug. 31 at Norfolk State

Sept. 7 at UMass *

Sept. 14 vs. Bryant

Sept. 21 at Northwestern

Sept. 28 at Richmond

Oct. 5 vs. Delaware

Oct. 19 vs. William & Mary

Oct. 26 at Villanova

Nov. 2 vs. Stony Brook

Nov. 9 at Albany

Nov. 16 vs. Rhode Island

Nov. 23 at UNH

* at Gillette Stadium

A defense that allowed a CAA-low 19.5 points per game once again appears formidable. Red-shirt freshmen Darius Greene and Patrick Ricard have emerged as capable run-stoppers along with veteran Matt Wilson on the interior line.

Westbrook's Trevor Bates, who prepared in spring practice to become a middle linebacker, has returned to defensive end after Kozlakowski was lost.

"Sudden change is part of the game," said Bates, who wore a walking boot because of an ankle sprain and missed Tuesday's scrimmage. "I was definitely excited about (middle linebacker), but I've played D-end and that's where the team needs me, so I'm all for that."

Bates is still likely to see time at linebacker in passing situations. Steady Troy Eastman and veteran Aaron Achey will be joined by red-shirt freshman Christophe Mulumba and sophomore Cabrinni Goncalves among a deep linebacking crew.

In the secondary, cornerback Kendall James and safeties Khari Al-Mateen and Jamal Clay return as starters, with Axel Ofori completing the quartet.

Punter Jeffrey Ondish and sophomore Sean Decloux will handle kicking duties, although Ondish dropped a snap and Decloux booted a kickoff out of bounds Tuesday.

"For the most part, we've made real good progress," Cosgrove said. "The attitude has been very good. We've had a great number of high-quality practices."

With a 12-game schedule (up from the usual 11 because of a calendar quirk resulting in 13 weeks between Labor Day and Thanksgiving) and two Football Bowl Subdivision opponents in UMass and Northwestern, the Black Bears are going to need that depth.

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