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1997 Personnel Breakdown

STARTERS RETURNING — 13


Offense – 5

Quarterbacks (1) Thad Busby

Wide Receivers (1) E.G. Green

Centers (1) Kevin Long

Tight Ends (1) Melvin Pearsall

Tackles (1) Tra Thomas




Defense – 5

Noseguards (1) Andre Wadsworth

Strong Safeties (1) Shevin Smith

Cornerbacks (1) Samari Rolle

Middle Linebackers (1) Daryl Bush

Outside Linebackers (1) Sam Cowart**




Specialists – 3

Kickoff Returners (2) Laveranues Coles, Peter Warrick

Punt Returners (1) Dee Feaster

STARTERS LOST — 15


Offense – 6

Guards (2) Chad Bates, Marcus Long

Wide Receivers (1) Andre Cooper

Running Backs (1) Warrick Dunn

Tackles (2) Todd Fordham, Walter Jones




Defense – 7

Defensive Ends (2) Peter Boulware, Reinard Wilson

Cornerbacks (1) Byron Capers

Linebackers (2) Vernon Crawford, Henri Crockett

Free Safeties (1) Sean Hamlet

Defensive Tackles (1) Connell Spain




Specialists – 2

Place Kickers (1) Scott Bentley

Punters (1) Sean Liss

LETTERMEN RETURNING — 45


Offense – 18

Fullbacks (3) Khalid Abdullah, Lamarr Glenn, Forrest Green

Offensive Guards (2) Jeremy Brett, Jason Whitaker

Quarterbacks (2) Thad Busby, Dan Kendra

Wide Receivers (5) Laveranues Coles, Ron Dugans, E.G. Green, Germaine Stringer, Peter Warrick

Tailbacks (1) Dee Feaster

Tight Ends (2) Myron Jackson, Melvin Pearsall

Centers (2) Kevin Long, Eric Thomas

Tackles (1) Tra Thomas




Defense – 23

Linebackers (8) Daryl Bush, Sam Cowart**, Deon Humphrey, Bobby Rhodes, Theon Rackley, Demetro Stephens, Hank Grant, Lamont Green

Cornerbacks (2) Samari Rolle, Troy Saunders

Strong Safeties (1) Shevin Smith

Free Safeties (2) Dexter Jackson, Sean Key

Noseguards (2) Jerry Johnson, Billy Rhodes

Defensive Tackles (4) Sean Mitchell, Julian Pittman, Corey Simon, David Tulloch

Defensive Ends (4) Larry Smith, Greg Spires, Andre Wadsworth***, Chris Walker




Specialists – 4

Kickoff Returners (2) Laveranues Coles, Peter Warrick

Punt Returners (1) Dee Feaster

Deep Snappers (1) Clay Ingram

LETTERMEN LOST — 22


Offense – 9

Guards (2) Chad Bates, Marcus Long

Tight Ends (1) Kamari Charlton

Wide Receivers (2) Andre Cooper, Wayne Messam

Running Backs (2) Warrick Dunn, Rock Preston

Tackles (2) Todd Fordham, Walter Jones




Defense – 10

Strong Safeties (1) Harold Battles

Defensive Ends (2) Peter Boulware, Reinard Wilson

Cornerbacks (2) Byron Capers, James Colzie

Linebackers (2) Vernon Crawford, Henri Crockett

Free Safeties (2) Sean Hamlet, Jason Poppell

Defensive Tackles (1) Connell Spain




Specialists – 3

Placekickers (1) Scott Bentley

Punters (1) Sean Liss

Holders (1) Travis Chambers




** – Sam Cowart missed 1996 with a knee injury but started every game in 1995.

*** – Andre Wadsworth started at noseguard in ’96 but moved to defensive end.

Note: Tra Thomas started the last four games of ’96 in place of Todd Fordham who moved to fill Chad Bates’ guard spot after an injury.

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