Summer 2001
Vol 18 No. 2

Celebrating 160 Years, and a Bright Future

Overcoming Years of Bitterness

New Arts & Sciences Dean

Kelly Jones Claims Miss Alabama

The Business of Jets

Picturing Samford's History

Choir Pleases Russian Audiences

Exciting Swiss Winter Escapade

A Conference for All Sports

Bulldogs To Spread Field, Rely on Defense

Other Stories

Samford Names Brad Creed to be Associate Provost

Samford Gets $100,000 FIPSE Grant for PBL Project with Maastricht

Faculty Compendium: Ross Article Cited in Microsoft Ruling; Bass Book Nominated for Pulitzer Prize

New Arts and Sciences Dean Samford ‘Anything But Sleepy’: Chapman Davis

Davis Proudest of Hiring Strong Faculty

Teaching Aspect of Nursing Has Always Attracted New Dean

Baur Steps Down as Nursing Dean, Will Continue to Teach

John Carroll Brings Breadth of Legal Experience to Role as Cumberland Dean

Early Edmund D. Pellegrino Medal Honors Namesake, Secundy and Fletcher for Bioethics Contributions

Biology Students to Map Nature Conservancy Properties

Cumberland Professor Ware Writes the Book on Alternative Dispute Resolution

Samford ODK Celebrates 50th Year, Recognizes 50 Leaders with Impact

Samford hosts Alabama Governor’s School

Halbrooks Inaugurated as President of Colgate Rochester Crozer

Frank Stagg Library Adds Greatly to Samford Baptist Collection

Student Callers Raise More than $137,000 in Phonathon Effort

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Bulldogs To Spread Field, Rely on Defense Early

Samford plans to open up the offense this fall in an effort to bounce back from last year's 4-7 record. But the Bulldog defense may have to carry the load until the offense gains some experience.

Coach Pete Hurt has 50 lettermen returning, including 13 starters, but the bulk of experience is on the defense, where the Bulldogs have veterans at every position. Leaders are linebackers Clay Romano (who led in tackles) and Matthew Forrester, tackle Demarius Newton, safeties Jonathan Clark and Robert Evans, and cornerback Donta Garrett.

"We have experience and have gotten physically stronger on defense," said Hurt. "Plus, we plan to put more speed on the field."

Samford will try to get away from its run-oriented offense of the past two seasons and spread the field. "Last season, we were too one-dimensional," said Hurt. "We still want to run the ball effectively, but a point of emphasis has been to find ways to put our backs and receivers in the open field so they can make plays."

Hurt hopes to get the ball to receiver Aryvia Holmes early and often. The talented wideout caught 52 passes the past two seasons, despite playing in an offense that rarely threw. Two-year starter Josh Kellett returns at quarterback but could be pushed by sophomores Jeff Flannery and Donald Baker. Plus, the Bulldogs recruited a talented freshman quarterback, Ramon Nelson, who starred in this summerís Alabama-Mississippi all-star game.

"Running back Gary Reed is the only other offensive player with starting experience. All five interior line starters graduated, necessitating a complete rebuilding job on the offensive front. Hurt will fashion a new line with two converted tight ends, a transfer and several experienced backups from last year.