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Football Govs to open at Charleston

APSU will take a young football team to Charleston, W.Va., Saturday to open the 2005 football season against the University of Charleston in a 1 p.m. contest at UC Stadium/Laidley Field.

The Govs currently have just 27 lettermen on their roster, a group of 90 players that features 60 first-year performers. Of those 60, 50 are true freshmen.

We are asking some of our freshmen to grow up in a hurry, APSU Coach Carroll McCray said. We have a good nucleus of veteran players, and were getting strong leadership from that group in helping these younger players. APSU will take a young football team to Charleston, W.Va., Saturday to open the 2005 football season against the University of Charleston in a 1 p.m. contest at UC Stadium/Laidley Field.

The Govs currently have just 27 lettermen on their roster, a group of 90 players that features 60 first-year performers. Of those 60, 50 are true freshmen.

“We are asking some of our freshmen to grow up in a hurry,” APSU Coach Carroll McCray said. “We have a good nucleus of veteran players, and we're getting strong leadership from that group in helping these younger players.”
The Govs are competing for the final year as a non-scholarship program, a direction that was made in 1997. APSU will begin awarding scholarships (30) for the 2006 season and will rejoined the Ohio Valley Conference in 2007.

This season, APSU is picked to finish third in Pioneer Football League South race. This also is APSU's final season as a PFL member as it transitions back to scholarship football next season. Brad Kirtley